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Don't Winterize Just Yet

Fish are starting to put on somewhat of a feed bag - especially the predator fish that roam our lakes.

By: Jarrid Houston | October 18, 2019

Water temperatures in the area are diving down into the low 50s and some are even flirting with 40 degrees. If these current trends of below-average temperatures continue, we will be settling into a early start to winter. Not the news any of us want to hear considering we have yet to have a nice consistent fair weather trend this Autumn season. Seems like every weekend it is wet. Shoot, we even had snow last weekend. The good news is fish are starting to put on somewhat of a feed bag - especially the predator fish that roam our lakes (Pike, Walleye, Small Mouth and Muskie). Looking forward, I would encourage anglers not to winterize their rigs yet as we have some somewhat decent weather coming in the next week. Otherwise, this time of year there is plenty of opportunity to shore fish as well. Just remember to dress warm.

Lake Superior's North Shore continues to not see a lot of angling traffic on the Gitch. On the flip side, Chequamegon Bay areas and other South Shore spots are putting out some Coho Salmon near shore. In the Ashland area anglers are finding a few walleyes and some good small-mouth as well. Dragging suckers has been a good tactic and will continue to produce fish for the next few weeks. What is probably the most popular fishing near Lake Superior, is stream fishing. Anglers are finding success a variety of ways. Best baits have been a mix of spinners, spawn, mepps, blue fox and panther martins. As always, finding the right color is the challenge. Don't be afraid to throw some flat fish lures as well. On a side note, many are taking to the woods this time of year, so if you are taking the wood trail to the local fishing hole, might be a good idea to have some sort of blaze orange on.

St. Louis River angling is at an all time low for angling pressure. I cannot remember a time when so few anglers have been getting out on the river. Given the nature of the fast flow and dirtied up water I totally understand why. Usually this time of year we see a fair amount of Muskie fishermen, but even they have not been showing up. Hopefully fishing conditions on the river improve in the next couple weeks.


Inland waters have been seeing a small amount of fishermen, and those that are getting out are finding some mixed success. Pitching jigs with live bait and/or plastics has been a solid option for catching a few crappies, walleyes and pike. Jigging hard body baits like Puppet Minnows or Jig Raps is a solid option as well. Hard to beat a Jig Rap bite. Muskie angling has seen some nice fish come boat side this last week. Chippewa Flowage just had a big stocking of 5000 extended-growth Muskies go in. And some select other NW WI and NE MN lakes got a fresh intake of stocked walleyes as well. We are nearing the tale end of open water season, which means water temperatures are very cold. So don't forget to wear a life vest and be safe!

Tight Lines & GOoD FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid Houston


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