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Still Grinding and Finding Fish

Daylight hours are the longest of the year and temperatures will rise. For anglers, this means patterns are going to be changing.

By: Jarrid Houston | June 19, 2019

We are still grinding and finding good success. It is no secret, this has been one of the better spring fishing seasons we have had in some time. The only downfall one may argue, is how chilly the temperatures have been. NE winds off of Lake Superior continue to keep the Twin Ports temperatures on the low side. In conjunction with that, we have had our fair share of overcast and rain days throughout this spring season. With all that said, things should be changing in the very near future as we are on the cusp of July. We are now in the beginning of summer solstice. Daylight hours are the longest of the year and temperatures will rising. For anglers, this means patterns are going to be changing. We have already started to see some fish transition into summer patterns. One key tip I can share is that it may be a good idea to start utilizing a summer pattern now to pick off the first crop of big fish. Trying different tactics can seriously pay off. Here is our report:

Lake Superior is still producing some great catches of Salmon and Lake Trout. We are not hearing as many reports of Chinook or Browns in the Duluth/Superior areas. In the Bayfield areas, anglers are doing well with a mix bag of Splakers, Browns, Lakers and Cohos. Boats are now starting to move off-shore a bit to deeper waters, but there are still lots of near shore fishing opportunities. Flasher fly combos are picking up a few fish, but long lining stick baits and spoons is still a good bet. Stream anglers are finding some good brook trout using small spinner baits.


St. Louis River continues to have a hot bite in all sections. Crossing the Blatnik, you will notice many boats trolling near park point and other select areas of the harbor. Make no mistake, other areas of the estuary are still holding some very nice fish. We have had a blast this last week casting stick baits at shorelines and drop-offs finding a mix bag of pike, bass and good walleyes. Trolling of course is still taking good fish as well. Like always, the challenge is finding the right crank size and color combination. A good example, I only had one "right" crank bait the other day that was taking all the fish, even know we were trolling multiple lines with similar lures. Needless to say, a trip to the store happened the next morning, LOL.


Inland waters continue to turn some nice panfish in the shallow shorelines and back bay areas of most lakes. Simple small hair jigs fan casted into shallow vegetation is fairing well for most anglers. Walleyes are coming off the 10 foot breaks trolling, dragging or jigging live bait. Leeches are now starting to produce some fish. Have not heard a lot of reports of Muskies success, but we have seen a few this last week while walleye fishing. Even was able to boat one. Bass are still being turned with soft plastics thrown into vegetative areas. Some are starting to hit top water baits, but we are still a little early there.

Side note, waters are going to start to be getting very busy, so be courteous, stay safe and have fun!   

Tight lines,

Capt. Jarrid

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