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Fish Starting to Seek Cooler Waters

Summer temperatures continue to spike water temperatures.

By: Jarrid Houston | July 17, 2019

Summer temperatures continue to spike water temperatures.  We are now transitioning into more usual-type patterns. Water temperatures are pushing into the upper 70s and even low 80s, depending on where you are. Some waters are even growing algae blooms and shallow back bays are choking out from vegetation. Fish are starting to seek out cooler shaded waters offshore or under shade. Mid-lake structures should now be on anglers’ minds. Areas to target should include but not be limited to: mid lake sunken islands, humps, reefs, steep breaks, docks, bridges, etc. Adjusting speed/cadence on retrieves whether your castings, trolling or jigging is especially important this time of year. We are not yet to the "dog days" of summer as fishing remains positive. Although it is still very important to time out the outings to fit the mold of the best bite times, which are early mornings, later afternoons, and evenings.

Lake Superior anglers have been catching nice lake trout and the occasional salmon trolling the upper sections of deeper waters off-shore. Anywhere from 150-450+ feet of water is producing fish. We are receiving reports of spotty but productive fishing all the way up toward Grand Marais. Here in the Twin Ports areas the common practice remains trolling spoons up to 3 mph. Some are taking fish with flasher fly combos as well. The Wisconsin side is now seeing a few walleye anglers combing the areas from Superior through the Brule River. Look for this bite to heat up. The areas of Chequamegon Bay continue to report good catches of small mouth bass, pike, and a few walleyes as well.   


St. Louis River has been a hit 'n' miss bite this last week. Most of our trips have been successful in finding the right fish. However, we are now dealing with some time lapses of slower fishing. Trusting electronics and looking for clear, active water is important. Most walleyes have been coming off areas of deeper waters of 10-20 feet of water. Jigging live bait has been the best. Currently we are having a great catfish bite going on. Nightcrawlers slow drifted with butterfly spoons or simple hook and split shot are taking a nice, multispecies bag.

The inland bite of Wisconsin waters has been great this last week. We are finding fish on sharp breaks off weed edges in 10-16 feet of water. Slow death trolls have been best (trolling or drifting down to .25 mph) for a mixed bag of smallies, pike and walleyes. In conjunction with a morning bite, we have also been picking up some fish in the high sun afternoons as well. Pan-fish continue to be an easy target near beach or vegetated shoreline areas. Simple small jig and soft plastics is taking a variety of year classes. Bigger fish seem to be biting best near late afternoon. Muskie angling is picking up in the Northland as well. Some anglers are finding some success chucking medium-sized spinner baits at shallower mid-lake humps. Look for musky angling pressure to grow throughout the rest of the open-water season, especially during early mornings, and evenings.

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