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Hit-and-Miss in the Dog Days of Summer

Fish are always biting somewhere, somehow - It is just a matter of being innovative and finding new ways to catch them.

By: Jarrid Houston | July 31, 2019

We are now entering the dog days of summer. Sun is hot, bugs are swarming, vegetation is in full bloom and algae is present on select waters. Many anglers may argue the bite slows down. Any avid angler knows this is far from the truth, as fish are always biting somewhere, somehow. It is just a matter of being innovative and finding new ways to catch them. Some days can be better than others. We call that "hit n' miss" in the industry, but make no mistake, successful fishing can still be had. Water surface temperatures are well into the upper 70's and lower 80's on many waters in and around the Arrowhead region. Daytime temperatures are still very warm, but we are now starting to see a drop in overnight temperatures. This week we even broke overnight "low" temperatures in some cities around the Northland. For the next month, I forecast the patterns to be consistent. Unless of course crazy inclement weather throws us a curveball. Here is our report, see you on the water:

Lake Superior anglers are finding success fishing the very early mornings. Most catches are still Lake Trout, but the occasional Salmon is showing up. Flasher-fly combos and spoons have been popular choices. Finding water temperature swings this time of year is important. Water thermoclines are more-less considered Lake Superior "structure." Trolling baits off riggers continues to be important to reach deeper waters. Chequamegon Bay is still producing nice catches of Small Mouth, with the occasional Pike or Walleye. Most anglers are starting to find fish dragging or rigging medium sized sucker minnows. Don't be surprised to lock up with a bonus Brown Trout or Salmon while targeting deeper structures for Smallies. 


St. Louis River is seeing some suspended walleyes roaming the shipping channels. Best technique is to speed troll deep billed crank baits (2.5 mph). Best bite has been happening in the early mornings and later evenings. We are also still picking up nice bags of multi-species fish on the shallower flats slow dragging live bait. Getting hung up on weeds and/or lumber can get frustrating, but that is where the fish are hiding out. The Catfish bite remains steady in all sections of the river as well. Dead sticking night crawlers with heavier egg sinkers is turning some nice fish.


In-land waters of both WI and MN have had a nice bite going on this last week. Most fish are congregating to the deeper cooler waters surrounded by structure. It remains important to utilize your electronics to located areas of sunken timber or deep vegetation. This time of year, marker buoys become an very important tool in our boat. This helps pin point a relative location of fish. Best depths to target have been 15 to 25 feet of water. Simple split shot 12" inches up from a No. 2 red hook tipped with a medium sized fat head or leech has been taking a nice mess of walleyes and crappies. Bass and Pike are also hanging out in similar areas, but don't be afraid to continue to cast shore lines using spinner, or top-water baits.  

Tight Lines,

Capt. Jarrid


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