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Jarrid Houston's fishing report

Best Bite on Inland Lakes

Being mobile continues to be important. As well as fishing away from pressured fish.

By: Jarrid Houston

We couldn't be more humbled by the kind words and support shown at this years Duluth Boat Show. Thanks to the many that stopped by the booth and also attended a seminar or two. We are lucky to live in such an awesome community. Okay, enough being mooshy. The weather this last week has definitely been a good mix of warm and cold. As of now, we are again fishing in shelters as necessary, but at the same time setting up setlines outside the shacks. Thermal hole covers are crucial, as well as checking the set lines periodically. If nothing else, to get the minnow back to being active, we call them "minnow shakedowns". We are certainly looking forward to the warmer days that are in front of us and according to the upcoming forecast, they are coming.

Best Bite has been on the inland lakes chasing crappies and gills alike. Being mobile continues to be important. As well as fishing away from pressured fish. Seems that if you can find an active daytime "honey hole" for gills, you can sit it out until dusk and find some crappies. Light tackle such as small tungsten jigs and soft plastics seem to be the best presentation. We are also seeing fish come on wax worms and spikes. We have been having a tough time getting crappies to bite crappie minnows off of dead sticks, but don't ever give up on dead sticks. Pike, bass and the occasional walleye are still being taken on tip-ups with live bait rigs. Targeting transitional areas such as weedlines, or mud to rock/gravel continues to be the best locations. 

St. Louis River has been slow lately, and anglers have been working extra hard to put few fish topside. Most are seeing walleyes on the electronics but having a hard time getting them to bite. Spoon baits tipped with minnow heads or jigging stick baits, seem to be bringing in the most lookers and the occasional taker. We were hoping walleye fishing would be better being the end of the official season, but hey, that's fishing. Sturgeon still seem to be active, and if one chooses to target them, success can happen. Using a dead stick with an clump of dead minnows on the bottom will turn fish. If, and when hooking up with these fish, don't plan to see anything else after a while considering the fight you will endure will spook off a lot of other fish. 

There have a been a few anglers taking to the Two Harbors areas of Lake Superior, but not a lot of success to report. The breakwall has been popular for casting long rods for open water Salmon or Loopers. The best bet for ice fishing the Gitch continues to be Chequamegon Bay areas. Fish are being caught near shore at depths of 10-30 feet. Best success has been off of tip-ups rigged with lake shiners set halfway down the water column. The whitefish and splake have all came on jigging spoons or jigging raps tipped with minnow heads. If you get a bogie on the radar, reel up fast and play keep away. That is the best chance you will get a fish to bite. Otherwise if you let it look at your lure, it's gone.

GoOd FiShN and be SAFE,
Capt. Jarrid 


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