Plenty of great fishing opportunities are continuing in the Northland. Anglers continue to find success utilizing many different tactics we will touch on. Water temperatures are now moving above the 60-degree mark. Last week we really noticed how green foliage has become along shorelines. We are now looking forward to budding flowers and colorful landscapes.
While a jacket for morning might still be a good idea, we've started to see some “full-on’’ summer weather of late so don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses and expect to share the lakes with swimmers, jet skis and water skiers, tubers and wake-boarders.
Lake Superior was very busy last week with many anglers filling the boat landings along the North Shore, South Shore and Chequamegon/Apostle Island areas with good catches of lake trout, brown trout, king, coho salmon and some good-sized walleyes. Many anglers are still running baits near shore and on mudline transitions. Shallow running stick baits continue to have the most success, although some anglers are catching some fish off of downriggers now.
Stream angling reports have been positive for nice sized brook trout using small spinners. Others are still catching the occasional steelhead and coho salmon drifting flies over select areas.
The St. Louis River/Duluth-Superior harbor also continues to see anglers catching walleye and now some avid musky anglers. Muskies have been active (we actually had one eat a walleye right at the boat the other day). Walleyes continue to roam around all sections of the river and even into Lake Superior. Best tactics continue to be combing flats with shad raps, fan casting shorelines with husky jerks or smithwick rogues or jigging with live bait and/or plastics. A few nice crappies and perch have been showing up lately as well.
Inland waters are still producing some fun springtime panfish outings. Targeting shallow vegetation is turning some nice sized pre-spawn bluegills. If you’re looking for crappies, the simple float over a crappie minnow is faring well. Walleyes continue to be found in typical spawning areas but are now starting to see some fish in the deeper waters. Drifting or jigging live bait has been a good tactic. Pike and Bass continue to be active and can be located chasing shallow running panfish.