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Plenty of Great Fishing Opportunities Continue

Anglers continue to find success utilizing many different tactics.

By: Jarrid Houston | June 5, 2019

Plenty of great fishing opportunities are continuing in the areas of NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. Anglers continue to find success utilizing many different tactics we will touch on. Water temperatures are now escalating over the 60-degree mark. This last week, we noticed how green the shorelines are starting to look. We are now looking forward to budding flowers and colorful landscapes. Although the morning jacket is still encouraged, we are now climbing closer to "full-on" summer weather temperatures. Further meaning: don't forget the sun screen, sun glasses and bug spray. Most lake home owners are now gearing up for summer. Expect to see swimmers, jet skis and water skiers, tubers and wake-boarders in the coming weeks. In the mean-time, fishing patterns are holding consistent.


Lake Superior was very busy this last week with many anglers filling the boat landings of the North Shore, South Shore and Chequamegon/Apostle Island areas. Last weekend’s boat traffic had a lot to do with a local fishing tournament. Many lake trout, brown trout, king salmon and coho salmon were taken, as well as some good-sized walleyes. Many anglers are still running baits near shore and on mud-line transitions. Shallow running stick baits continue to be raking the most success. Although some anglers are catching some fish off of riggers now. Stream angling reports have been positive for nice sized brook trout using small spinners. Others are still catching the occasional steelhead and coho salmon drifting flies over select areas.   


The St. Louis River estuary also continues to see anglers trying their luck for some walleyes. We are now seeing a few fresh anglers working hard for a Musky story. Muskies have been active as we have seen a couple on recent walleye guide trips. (Actually had one eat a walleye right at the boat the other day). Walleyes continue to roam around all sections of the river and even into Lake Superior. Best tactics continue to be combing flats with shad raps, fan casting shorelines with husky jerks or smithwick rogues or jigging with live bait and/or plastics. A few nice crappies and perch have been showing up lately as well.

Inland waters are still producing some fun spring time pan fish outings. Targeting shallow vegetation is turning some nice sized pre-spawn blue gills. If you’re looking for crappies, the simple float over a crappie minnow is faring well. Walleyes continue to be found in typical spawning areas but are now starting to see some fish in the deeper waters. Drifting or jigging live bait has been a good tactic. Pike and bass continue to be active and can be located chasing shallow running pan fish.


Tight Lines & GOoD FiShN,



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