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Spring Fishing: Better Late Than Never

This last week we have had a boost of pure awesomeness and things will only continue to get better.

By: Jarrid Houston | May 29, 2019

Make way for Spring - "Better late than never," as the old saying goes. This last week we have had a boost of pure awesomeness. Things will only continue to get better. Except maybe for pesty bug hatches which will start to make their presence known. I forecast insects, like mosquitoes and biting flies, to take over with a vengeance in the coming week(s). So now is a good time to bring along some bug-spray on fishing adventures. I already had a wood tick the other day, so the "buggy season" is just beginning. As far as fishing goes, water temps continue to stay in and around the 60 degree mark. This has, in fact, prolonged some regular spring patterns. I would venture to guess we are around 2 weeks behind schedule on a typical/average year. So there is still a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. Calendar says we are now just 3 weeks from the Summer Solstice, meaning we can expect to have many hours of light. Further meaning many hours of great opportune fishing. 

Lake Superior continues to have a sizeable amount of mud-stained waters in and around the Twin Ports. Especially on the Wisconsin side. Fishing has picked back up this week. Lots of Lakers are being caught in off-shore areas using a variety of tactics. From Dipseys to riggers, anglers are starting to drop toward deeper waters to turn some fish. A few salmon continue to come boat-side utilizing the long lined stick baits though. We have even had some nice reports of Chinook Salmon and some good sized Brown Trout. Chequamegon Bay is seeing its fair share of boat traffic as well. Anglers are reporting some nice Small Mouth Bass and Walleyes coming from the Ashland areas of the Bay. Stream fishing has picked up this week as well.


St. Louis River fishing has been steady with a nice crop of "eater sized" walleyes coming from all areas of the Estuary. Many anglers are now getting fish in the lower sections of Superior Bay. These fish have dropped back down on their way back out to Lake Superior. This bite should continue to be good for the next few weeks. Remember the significance of bigger fish and what they mean to our fishery when deciding to harvest some walleyes for a fish fry. Best tactics have been covering water with trolling schemes. Shallower channel edges have been producing best. We are seeing a few shiners runs in select areas of the Estuary. Find these and you will find fish. Another fun opportunity has been shorelanding for rough fish. A mix of channel cats, suckers and grass carp are hugging shorelines. Simple bottom rigging with live bait will turn these fish.


Inland waters are still early for vegetation buildup areas. Crappies are now starting to haunt typical spawning grounds, utilizing whatever cabbage, pencil reeds and other growth they can. We are seeing a mix of very colorful fish. The dark black crappies are males and will hang with the colorful bigger females. Again, it is important to practice conservation when targeting these very vulnerable fish this time of year. Soon, large-mouth bass and gills will also start there spawning run. Walleye fishing continues to be great using simple jigging tactics. If the jig 'n' minnow or plastic bite slows down, try breaking out the ice fishing lures and tipping them with a minnow head. Thinking outside the box can pay off. Pike fishing continues to be productive casting shorelines with a variety of spoons, spinners and/or stick baits. Small-mouth are going steady as well with some big fish coming off rock and other structure transitions.

Side note, last Saturday was the WI Musky Opener. MN Musky opener is June 1st.


Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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