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Jarrid Houston's fishing report

More Anglers on the Water

By: Jarrid Houston | May 6, 2020

They say license sales are way up this year. I would have to agree based on the amount of traffic on area waters. Talked to a lot of local people these last several days and it is certainly evident people are happy to be back on the water. I even got a chance to chat with local CO's and some invasive species patrol in the WI inland waters. All in all, it was a great WI opener weekend and we are now looking forward to part 2 (MN fishing opener). Water temps are climbing slowly and we are even seeing a lot of walleyes in spawn mode. With the weather not looking to spike any time soon, I expect these fish to stay in areas we found them in over the last few days. Here is our report:

Lake Superior has a bit of a slow down for reports this week. I am guessing it was on account of the wind and people just dinking around the house (I know my honey-do list keeps growing). With that said, some anglers are finding some success in the confines of Chequamegon Bay targeting early season small mouth. Some nice catches are coming fan casting boot tailed soft plastics over sand/mud sloughs. The smallies are certainly getting ready for there turn at the spawn cycle. More locally, anglers are still reporting a few trout/salmon coming boat side with successful trolls. Smelt season is still active, but we are past peak and the run will surely be over soonish. Area stream anglers are still finding some successful drifts for a mix of Steelhead and Brown Trout. Best tactic continues to be egg patterns drifted under a strike indicator. We are hearing a few reports of anglers getting some nice brookies with small spinner baits as well. It is nice that the streams for the most part have come back to normal flows. 

St. Louis River saw a few anglers trying there luck at some spring panfish in the back bays. Word is, the crappies are not ready yet. Water temps generally need to be somewhere between 55-65 degrees for crappies to move into there shallow spawning grounds. Should be any day now. I know that I will try and spend some time hunting these babies down this week. My go-to attack will be 1/16 oz small plastics twitched under a float. There are a few rough fish out willing to bite for those that are looking for something to do. Drum, suckers and carp are always fun to reel in. Try soaking a nightcrawler in the current and you'll likely find some action. As far as the MN opener this weekend, let us remind you that fishing is prohibited from the highway 23 bridge to the boundary cable until May 19th. My game plan is to target sections of the river less traveled looking for migrating female walleyes making there way back to the Gitch. You may also see me logging some time playing bumper boats up top as well, we will see. An anglers best friend this time of year is down imaging and sidescan on electronics, especially because we have some time before vegetation takes over. I will look for fish, then fish fish.. Be safe and courteous to others out there people.  


Inland lakes are going great with diverse bites. This is where I will likely spend a good amount of time the next few weeks given the fun bite we have been on. Best tactic for the HGS vessel has been fan casting rock piles with husky jerks and getting a mix of nice walleyes and smallmouth bass to go (remember WI bass are now legal for catch and release). Lots of male walleyes have been cruising the rock and sand shorelines and depositing fishy fluids. These fluids have even found there way to my brand new boat, yuck. But that should give you an idea of where we are at with spawn cycle. Playing the wind game is always tricky. This last weekend the blow was very aggressive, but I truly believe our best bite came on the windiest time(s) of the day. Also found some success dead sticking shiners over the side of the boat in 8-12 feet of water. I didn't have a chance to target any blue gills or crappies (although got a few crappies in walleye locations), but I plan on spending a couple future weeknights chasing these critters. I am so glad we are to the fishing opener and hopefully we can get back to bringing our valued customers on the water after May 18th. Be safe and have a great holiday (FISHING OPENER).


Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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