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Late and Weird Start to Spring Fishing

This last week, we have had lots of strong NE winds keeping temperatures down, but we still have plenty to look forward to as far as "spring" fishing goes..

By: Jarrid Houston | May 22, 2019

This has been one of the latest and weirdest starts to spring we have ever experienced. Water temperatures have once again slipped into the low 50s prolonging some patterns. It's not all bad, as the walleye continue to roam around predictable spring fishing grounds. The only thing to really complain about is, in fact, the weather. I mean snow on May 19th, 2019? This spring has been just plain, crazy. This last week we have had lots of strong NE winds keeping temperatures down. With all that said, we still have lots to look forward to as far as "spring" fishing. Soon enough, walleyes will be slipping into deeper transitional waters and pan-fish and bass will come up into the shallows to start colonizing beds. We are now just starting to see new vegetation make its presence. On dry land, exquisite color schemes of new flowers will start popping very soon. Old timers will argue the fishing gets really good when "X, Y & Z" plants life comes to life. Many times, it is great coincidence, but always very interesting. Here is our report:

Lake Superior (as well as most waters of the area) has seen a decrease in boat traffic this last week. Brutal NE winds have kept some anglers' big lake boats at bay. Mudlines are now reaching many stretches of the South Shore. Salmon can still be found long lining stick baits. Smelting harvest for the most part has come to a close. Stream anglers have also been sidelined with the high, fast and dirty water. Look for fishing to pick up this next week as water clarity improves and flow decreases.


St. Louis River continues to be very popular, although you wouldn't be able to tell on account of last weekend's boat traffic. The only boats that were really present were those of the TPWA battling it out for the prestigious Berg Cup to Chris Edquist and Chad Clough BTW. Weather and wind was so bad last Sunday that they moved the start to any point on the river the anglers choose. Fishing has been decent as we continue to see many males still emitting spawning fluids. Lots of tactics are working, but crank baits with the right size and colors has been especially important. With the recent rains and NE winds of the Gitch, the water is high, fast and dirty. Bring along some rubber boots as there is a good chance you may need them at the launches throughout the estuary. Also, be cautious as you navigate because there is a good amount of lumber and other debris floating.

Inland lakes are starting to see more activity. Especially from lake homeowners putting in docks, swimming rafts and launching boats, jet skis, etc. We are still waiting for bass and panfish to make their beds. Fish are mostly being found on mid-depth pencil reeds and other dead vegetation. Slip bobbers with worm chunks are taking some nice fish. Crappies are schooled up and are also susceptible to live bait under a float. Pike continue to take casted spinner baits and stick baits. Huskie jerks are a fun way to tangle with some pike. The walleye bite has been best with drifting and/or jigging a minnow in the 5-15 feet of water. Start shallow and work deeper.

For WI waters, Muskie is now fair game. Next Saturday for MN waters.


Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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