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Coldest Temps Behind Us

Anglers can now look ahead to fishing outside the confines of portable shelters.

By: Jarrid Houston | March 8, 2018

This last week has been more of the same. Slow fishing continues to be the normal. Local waters are still seeing a lot of snow over a slush crust making travel conditions tough. Trucks and ATV's are still not recommended. Snowmobiles or tracked ATVs are the way to go. Boat launching points have lots of standing water and slush, so be careful around those particular areas. We are still measuring plenty of ice. We have way more this year than this time last year, and I expect it to stick around for awhile still. The good news is the coldest days are behind us, and we can look forward to fishing outside the confines of portable shelters. Not to mention, we are climbing into longer days now with the start of Daylight Saving Time. As far as fishing goes, those who give the most effort are going to come up with the most success. 

Lake Superior ice report is limited to the areas of Chequamegon Bay and parts of the Apostle Islands. Areas near Ashland and Washburn are measuring over 20" of ice. Anglers are finding mixed success on trout and salmon, but walleyes, perch and pike are showing up in shallower waters near Ashland. Open-water fishing on the Gitch is seeing more and more anglers as we climb closer to the start of spring. Long casting spoons and weighted bobbers with looper bugs has started to turn a few fish. This will get more popular in the days to come.

St. Louis River success has been limited to anglers taking to the back bays for panfish. Overall, fishing has been very slow. Best tactic is dead sticking a wax worm. It seems jigging does nothing but deter the fish. Travel conditions are tough, so be prepared. 


Inland lake fishing has been coming around with suspended fish over deeper basins getting active. Remember that during this time of year, panfish can get very vulnerable, so practice good conservation. We have been finding success by drilling out holes over steeper breaks, and checking holes for active fish with electronics. Tungsten jigs have been best to get presentation down in a quick manner. Given the conditions, it is very tough work. Some area lakes may require an extension for the auger, but most lakes around Duluth and to the south and into Wisconsin have not needed one.

*Reminder: Make sure to get new 2018 fishing licenses. Minnesota is in new angling year and Wisconsin will expire at the end of the month.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Jarrid

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