The bite remains strong in the Twin Ports area as fish continue to be active. Inland water temps are ranging from 56-62 degrees, depending on location, and anglers are reporting success from all water systems.
Smelting is the only fishing that has come to a close. Walleyes are long finished with spawning, except for some males that are still milking. Suckers are now starting to spawn heavily in the current waters. (Make sure to not wrestle with them in the boat or else you will have a mess of sucker eggs to clean up. Gross!)
Panfish are still in the shallows doing their thing and will continue to stick near vegetation. Pike and bass have been on the move and are easy targets as well. Muskie season is starting up in both states, so as we welcome muskie anglers to the waters, let's show good angler etiquette.
Fishing on Lake Superior remains strong; anglers are doing well in 20-60 feet of water. Trolling stick baits continues to be the best tactic.
Cohos, lake trout, brown trout and the occasional king salmon continue to be caught on both the North and South shores. The South Shore has a mud-line, but anglers are still finding some success. Areas near tributaries seem to be best.
Stream fishing is slowing down as far as angler pressure goes. However, there is still great fishing to be had for the anglers that stick it out. Drifting yarn under a float is still producing some nice catches.
St. Louis River walleye bite continues to be good. Success is being found trolling, casting and jigging. Bigger fish seem to come on bigger profile soft plastics pitched near drop-offs or other structures. Pike and smallmouth bass continue to be found near walleye areas as well. Most boats are sticking to areas south of Clough Island, but fish are scattered throughout the whole system.
We have found decent walleye fishing as far as Superior Bay. Trolling hard-sided shiner color baits in 5-12 feet of has been good.
Inland lakes are having a good panfish bite going on. Small-hair jigs wiggled under floats have been on fire. Seek out shallower areas with vegetation. Having a good pair of polarized sunglasses can help located scattered fish. Walleyes are being found in similar areas.
The jig and minnow bite continues to be awesome. Pike and bass are also sticking near vegetation and sunken lumber. Working rattle baits will turn good numbers of predator fish.
Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.