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Lake Superior Fishing Pressure on the Rise

Most anglers report mostly slow to some moderate success, but everyone seems to be happy to get out on soft waters.

By: Jarrid Houston | March 11, 2020

Fishing and weather have both been awesome this last week. We had temperatures approach near 60 degrees in select areas this past weekend. Although we still have a ton of snow on the ground, it does seem to be melting away nicely. Lake travel continues to be good on most area waters. The only thing that is starting to wear, is the access points. It is encouraged to not drive any vehicles on the waters from here on out. If you have an ATV, Side by Side or Snowmobile, that would be best for lake travel. With the change of daylight savings, we now have later afternoons which will be awesome for this late ice fishing season. Most rivers are opening up in different areas of MN and WI as well. To the north, Rainy River now has moving water that continues to grow each day. Same goes for WI in the area of Green Bay where the Fox River is now ice-free and even has some boat traffic. Things are moving along rapidly and nicely for an early spring, that's for sure.


Lake Superior fishing pressure increased this last weekend with anglers taking to the North Shore in hopes of locking up with early spring fish. Most anglers report mostly slow to some moderate success, but everyone seems to be happy to get out on soft waters. Lots of anglers will continue to launch boats on the North Shore the next several weeks, so if you plan to get out, best to be there early. Tactics will be near shore trolling with stickbaits. If you don't have a boat or are not ready for boat life yet, don't be afraid to test out some luck shorelanding. For us ice heads, Chequamegon Bay hardwater can still be had. Most the areas north of Washburn are getting very dangerous, so safest bet is to stick toward the Ashland side of the bay. Most are catching a nice mixed bag of Trout, Burbot, Sturgeon, Pike, Whitefish, Perch and the occasional Salmon. Tactics continue to be setlines covering all depths of water column and aggressively jigging flashy spoons. Usually fishing late ice on the Gitch can be worth it, lets hope we finish the season on a high note. Also, don't forget to bring spud bar, rope, spikes and flotation device(s) as ice conditions are changing in a hurry. 

St. Louis River now has the USCG Cutter ALDER hard at work opening up shipping lanes. Day by day the open water grows into the harbor from the entries. The only real safe ice is the back bay areas in WI waters. Unfortunately, the fishing is nothing to write home about lately. 


On the flip side, the inland waters have a hot bite going on depending on where and when you are fishing. Most panfish bites are coming in the shallower back bays of 6-15 feet of water. Best bait has been tungsten jigs tipped with soft plastics of waxies. We have found some success jigging small crappie minnow heads as well. Best route to success is putting in the hard work. Drilling many holes to locate moving schools of fish is the best tactic. This last week, bait selection was not as important as finding fish with the right attitude. As always, trust your electronics. As we climb closer toward end of ice season, things will only get better. Also, don't be surprised to lock up with bonus catch and release fish like bass, pike or walleyes. Be safe, have fun and see you on the water!

Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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