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Jarrid Houston's fishing report

Boat Launches Busy with Anglers

It is hard to argue that June is one of the best months of the year to get out and find some success.

By: Jarrid Houston | June 3, 2020

The fishing scene continues to dominate outdoor recreation opportunities in and around our area. Most boat launches have been very busy and many anglers are finding success. We are now into some new fishing patterns that will continue to change every so often as water temperatures continue to spike. It is hard to argue that June is one of the best months of the year to get out and find some success. Water temperatures in and around the area are showing a range of 60' to low 70's inland. Further meaning we are seeing more and more signs of aquatic life coming about. Bug hatches, vegetation blooms, bait fish schools and spawning fish are just a few things we are seeing now. We are also starting to see more dominant bite windows take shape at certain times throughout the day. As weather continues to trend towards summer conditions, fishing will only get better. Here is our report:


Lake Superior anglers are showing up in big numbers. It is most definitely the busiest boat traffic maybe ever seen in the Twin Ports. Hundreds of boats combing large spreads are finding some good catches.  Best to get to the boat launch early if you want to find a good parking spot. Not to mention, great lakes bites usually are best at first light in my opinion. Per usual Lake Trout are dominating the catch rates, but some anglers continue to pick up occasional bonus Browns or Salmon. Last week we saw a influx of King Salmon coming boat side, but not hearing of many being caught this week. Most are fishing about 5 miles out from the entries and still trolling surface baits. I would say the WI side dominated the catch this last week. However, the Northshore is putting out some good bites as well. Although bright colored surface baits and spoons are putting together nice bites, some are starting to find consistent hook-ups on riggers and dipseys. The local stream anglers continue to plug away still finding some good catches of Steelhead, Brown and Brooke Trout. Flies are starting to take over on account of bug hatches.

St. Louis River continues to put out some good catches of walleyes, pike, perch, crappies and catfish. Trolling has been the dominating trend over shallow flats picking up good multi-species bites. This last week we have seen some very big female crappies coming boat side for a quick pic and release. Walleyes have mostly been hot for crawler rigs, but we have found some good bites with jig and minnows as well. The fun part about using live bait, is it opens up the doors to multi-species catches. If you find areas that are producing some good perch bites, your sure to find yourself picking up other species of fish. Best depths continue to be 2-6 feet of water, but don't look past the channel edges and deeper holes.


Inland lakes are seeing the best sign of fresh vegetation blooms. Fishing fresh vegetation is often very good. Bug larvae embedded in soft substrate will stick to fresh weeds as they come up. Small bait-fish love to eat these, and guess what loves to eat bait-fish? We have found great bites of walleyes, pike and bass in and around new of the year vegetation. Another good bite for walleyes is mid lake shallow reefs and humps. In true post spawn nature we are now seeing many walleyes transition into mid-lake areas. Best bet this last week was slip bobbers and a leech. However we did get a few to take a jig and worm or jig and minnow. I like to work the areas around the shallow mid lake hump. In the shallows we continue to see the recruitment of spawning panfish. As mentioned last week, these are very vulnerable and to take a fish off of its bed before full spawn cycle is not helping future fish hatches. Lets all continue to be stewards of our beloved resources. All the best to you anglers and we will see you on the water.

Captain, Jarrid      


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