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Fall Fish Patterns Taking Shape

Bite has been mostly a "hit n miss," but some anglers are into some nice fishing patterns. The cooler mornings and shortened daytimes definitely have given way to a sense of fall.

By: Jarrid Houston | September 11, 2019

Fishing has given way to some nice days, and not-so-nice days this last week. That goes for the weather, as well. We have seen our fair share of rain and overcast recently leading to cooler air and water temps. On the flip side, we have had some spectacular comfortable days as well. Bite has been mostly a "hit n miss," but some anglers are into some nice fishing patterns. The cooler mornings and shortened days definitely have given way to a sense of fall. Technically we are still in summer, but the early Autumn season is definitely in full swing. Fall fish patterns have certainly taken shape, and the waters of the region are seeing less and less anglers. Here is our report:   

Lake Superior fishing has been "hit n miss" this last week according to Charter Captains in the Twin Ports. Lake Trout, Coho and a few King (Chinook) Salmon are still being caught trolling deeper waters off-shore. 150' plus feet of water has been the common. It's important to take notes on water temperatures and trolling speed. If one is finding success in a certain water temp and speed, its important to not change things up. Downriggers or copper/wire long lined has been effective with spoons or Dodger, Fly combos. Tipping fly's with a smelt head (meat rig) has been a good tactic as well. Both the North Shore and South Shore has been seeing some success. South Shore Walleyes have been slower this last week.

Stream fishing has not changed much. Anglers are still catching a few resident Brown Trout and Brook Trout. With the recent rain, water flow is high, so fishing has slowed down a bit.


St. Louis River has had a decent bite in the mid-morning hours trolling channel breaks. Or flats near deeper channels. A variety of crank baits have been producing. Find which one works best, and set up other lines with same or close to same presentations. Jig fishing has been on the slower side this last week. We are certainly now seeing Musky anglers frequent the river more and more. Speed trolling over sized baits on the lower sections, or chucking big spinner rigs at shorelines up river is showing "some" success. Patience and time are the biggest two variables.

Inland lakes continue to give up fish. The reservoirs north of Duluth have seen some successful walleye catches slow trolling waters in about 20 feet. Others are catching fish dragging live bait on lindy rigs over mid lake humps and near other structure. Panfish have been plentiful near vegetation in and around that 5-15 plus feet of water. Best bet is a float combination with worm chunks. Crappies are certainly starting to get more and more active in usual fall areas, so don't forget small hair jigs and/or plastics. Bass have been coming off of top-water baits like poppers or buzzers. Northern Pike are also being reported shore casting near breaks and vegetation.

Tight lines and GoOd FisHn,

Captain Jarrid


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