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Fishing Just Starting to Heat Up

Summer recreation on area lakes is wrapping up, but not the fishing season!

By: Jarrid Houston | August 29, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, some area waters are becoming increasingly dormant. Most traffic this last week has been in the form of lakeshore owners wrapping up their yearly chores and preparing for fall. Many summer camps around the region have already pulled docks, rafts and beach furniture. This is typical for this time of year. Even though many cabins and camp areas are becoming silent, the fishing is just starting to heat up. 

Lake Superior anglers are still finding good success trolling waters of 75-175 feet, for a mix of Lake Trout and Salmon. It has been a good year for bonus Chinook along the stretches of the North Shore. On the South Shore stretching all the way to the Apostle Islands, some anglers are finding success for walleye. Some walleye coming boat-side are of the trophy caliber. Things are changing day to day, but most consistent has been a troll of 2 mph dragging crank baits behind planer boards. Always remember to watch the wind as things can change in a hurry. This last week we have experienced some days with a good blow. Stream anglers continue to see the preliminary signs of returning Gitch fish. For the most part however, resident Browns and Brook Trout are being caught. 

The St. Louis River Estuary has been mostly on the silent side this last week with minimal traffic. Except for the influx of big freighters, fishermen have been scarce. With that said, a mix bag of walleye, catfish, pike, perch and Rock bass have been showing up dragging mid level cranks and fan casting shorelines.

Inland waters remain the constant for regular action. Crappies and walleyes/perch have been going good on wind-blown, mid-lake shallow humps. Looking for feeding marine birds is a good bet as bait fish are really starting to show up in select areas of inland lakes. Best tactic continues to be pitching jigs with plastics and/or live bait. Trolling mid-lake basins and contour edges with stick-baits can be productive, as well. As area waters continue to see change, fishing is only going to get better. So if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy a nice open water angling weekend with friends/family, time is running out. 

Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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