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Jig Bite on the Horizon

Hard to believe September is almost here, but fall fishing can certainly be some of the best fishing of the year.

By: Jarrid Houston | August 21, 2019

Fishing remains steady in and around the Northland. After logging many hours trolling the last several weeks, it is nice to know the jig bite is on the horizon. As overnight temps continue to cool, the jig bite will be hard to beat. This will hold true throughout the fall season. Not saying to abandon a troll bite, just saying it is fun to catch them stationary. Hard to believe September is almost here, but fall fishing can certainly be some of the best fishing of the year. This last week we concentrated on jigging small 1/16 oz. jigs in shallower waters up to 10-15 feet. Waters over 15 feet, we beefed up to 1/8 oz. Fat head minnows, leeches and/or a variety of plastics are doing the job. The most important tool is your fish graph. Utilizing the GPS and creating waypoints and seeking out structure will help find fish. When picking apart a body of water it is important to focus on anything that sticks out. I like rock piles, lumber, submerged points and humps and vegetation near shallower water.


Lake Superior bite has not changed much this last week. Meat rigs (flasher/fly combos tipped with a smelt head) are still doing a productive job. Anglers are also having success with spoons in a variety of colors. What has changed is trolling depths. The last few weeks success has come from deeper waters of 150+ feet of water. This last week fish have been showing up in shallower water of around 100 feet. Lake trout, Coho, Walleye and the occasional King (Chinook) are still showing up. Looking to the weeks ahead, this is a good time to chase trophy Lake Trout. Stream fishing continues to pick up as well. Look for this bite to only get better and better as we move into autumn.

The St. Louis River has been on the slower side this last week. Best approach is to stay on a troll-bite using mid-range crank baits off of channel edges. The lower sections of the river are giving up a few pike, perch and walleyes and the very occasional bonus Muskie. In the coming weeks, look for the river bite to pick up.

Inland waters have been good and our go-to for great action. From inland WI waters extending from Iron River, Hayward and Minong to the lakes and reservoirs north of Duluth, the bite remains steady. Anglers are turning several fish pulling crank baits over basins in back bays. The reservoirs north of Duluth all the way to Lake Vermillion are having good success for Perch, Walleyes and Pike. Long lining has been more productive then pulling boards and of course easier to tell if a lure has picked up any weeds. Jigging small soft plastics have also been the way to go. Casting spoons or drop shotting near shore-lines is catching some nice-size Bass and Pike in most area inland waters.

Tight Lines & GoOd FiShN,

Capt. Jarrid


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