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Angler Traffic Heavy Throughout Region

What a great start to the fishing season. Fishing is alive and well in the Northland.

By: Jarrid Houston | May 20, 2020

What a great start to the fishing season. Fishing is alive and well in the northland. Don't believe me? Stop at any boat launch and you will find some angler traffic. Especially in popular fishing areas in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have done some diverse bites this last week that have been pretty fun. Also had the opportunity to team up with my angling brother Sherpa and film a television show that will air in January of 2019. The only real downfall we have experienced this week was the check engine light came on in the truck, dangit! Oh and we shouldn't forget to mention the strong NE winds that continue to be pesky and bring a chill off of Lake Superior. Water temperatures are still not spiking so fish patterns are staying pretty dang consistent. Inland lakes are seeing some back bays climbing into the 60's, but the bigger lakes, rivers and Lake Superior are staying on the colder side. As soon as the NE winds switch we will certainly start to water temps continue to rise, which of course will transition these fish into a new pattern. Here is our report, its a good one. 

Lake Superior has not seen a ton of traffic this last week on account of the tough North, North East winds. For those that are getting out, the best reports are coming from the more sheltered areas of Chequamegon Bay. Smallmouth, Walleyes and some trout have been coming boat-side doing both trolling and jigging. Some anglers are finding a few Lake Trout out by the islands in and around Bayfield. Make sure your vessel is sea worthy anytime you storm the Gitch. It is not the place where you want to be if you run into a pickle. Stream fishing has had less and less traffic on account of regular game fish season now in full swing. With that said the anglers that are taking to the streams are mopping up some nice fish. Many Steelhead reports are coming from both MN and WI streams. Sounds like anything that has some crystal flash has been the ticket. Lots of fish are hiding out behind rocks and lumber. This last weekend we trampled through less popular trout stream and more popular pike and walleye streams. Lets just say, it was fun.  


 April Thomas with a 26-3/4" incher 

She was fishing with her Fiance' Matt Stewart

It was not a guide trip. 

St. Louis River has seen the most traffic anywhere as of late. Many are finding success both trolling and jigging. The lower sections have been a challenge to fish because of the strong winds, but those that suck it up will be rewarded. Lots of nice fish in the system right now and they don't seem to be making big moves because the water temperatures have not changed much at all. We have been catching walleyes in as shallow as 2 feet of water and as deep as 18 feet. I know I have said it before, but Ill say it again, trust your electronics. My favorite display is a split screen with Side-imaging on the left and GPS on the right. Side to see, and GPS to track and mark spots. Most this weeks recipe has been a mix of cranks, husky jerk stick baits and live bait. Seems that some pods of fish prefer something different that another pod of fish. Beside the walleyes there are a number of fish that are turning on some feed bags. Crappies, Perch, Pike are all not afraid to eat some lures. Even getting some flirting from Sturgeon and Muskies as well. Reminder if you find yourself accidentally tangled up with Sturge or a Ski, remember they are out of season. Also, with the amount of traffic and some very vulnerable bites happening, think about the importance of selective harvesting. One walleye equals 2 fillets, 2 shoulder blades, 2 cheeks and a breast plate, plenty of meat!

Inland waters have definitely been the more comfortable fisheries to escape the wind. However, the wind is valuable to successful anglers. They don't call it the "walleye chop" for nothing. Wind blown shorelines and wind swept points have been producing a mix of good fish. Best tactic has been live bait tipped on a jig. I prefer small sized jigs for shallower waters and heavier sized for deeper stuff. Look for fresh vegetation to be holding some good fish. Panfish have certainly made there way into a feeding frenzy on select waters. Floats over small hair jigs or soft plastics have been working. Best to try and not spook the fish as you move up on them though. We haven't seen a better morning or night bite yet, but those days are coming. Like I said, we are off to a great start to the fishing season, so get out there and have some fun. All the best, Captain Jarrid

Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid

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