Houston column: Trout, salmon fishing heating up on Lake Superior streams
Thunderstorms rolled through last week putting somewhat of a halt to good fishing. Some waterways such as the St. Louis River and South Shore of Lake Superior are back to low visibility with mud and debris. Water temperatures have changed as well, slowing down the bite. Shorter daylight hours and cooler overnight temperatures are starting to lower water temperatures and fishing tactics in coming weeks will have to change.
On Lake Superior, North shore anglers continue to troll using downriggers and meat rigs over deeper water. Lake Trout and few salmon are being caught. South Shore success has slowed with the muddier water. Best bet is to find clear to semi-clear waters and troll crankbaits behind planer boards. Chequamegon Bay is giving anglers good opportunities at trophy pike and smallmouth bass.
North and South Shore streams continue to show success. Higher river flow can trigger stream fish and Lake Superior fish at the river mouths. Anglers are reporting catches of brook trout, browns and rainbows along with the occasional Chinook. River fishing will be heating up as we climb further into September. Shout out to the Brule River Sportsman's Club as they once again provided volunteer efforts to improve trout habitat.
The St. Louis River has some areas muddied up and fishing last week was hit or miss. Smallmouth seem to be the most active along shorelines near gravel areas. Soft tube plastics in bright colors like pink have been good. A few walleyes are being caught trolling the flats with No. 5 crankbaits. If action is slow, try a small piece of crawler on the trailer hook or use some fish scent. I like Dr. Juice. Crappies have slowed down but should pick up in the coming weeks.
Inland lake fishing has been good for bass anglers. Normal shady areas such as under docks have been good. Pike have been roaming weed edges and panfish continue to be located off sharp breaks in deeper vegetation. Walleye anglers are getting fish in 20-30 foot waters off of mid-lake humps. Muskie angling was silent last week.