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Find that Bite Window

I am a firm believer that when the water settles down from noise pollution, fish start to get the green-light to eat.

By: Jarrid Houston | August 8, 2019

This last week we have been finding plenty of fish using a variety of presentations. I've said it before, "dog days of summer" are a myth. We are still able to have very successful days on the water. The bite window of early mornings and later evenings continues to be the best times of day to fish. I am a firm believer that when the water settles down from noise pollution (water skiers, jet skiers, boat traffic), fish start to get the green-light to eat. This can especially hold true for bass, walleyes and muskies who often will crawl up into shallower waters to ambush bait fish, frogs, or other small critters. Fishing into the twilight hours can be a lot of fun this time of year.


Lake Superior anglers are finding a diverse fishery this time of year. The likes of Chequamegon Bay, Apostle Islands, North Shore and the South Shore can make it hard to decide what and where to target. Near shore water temps are heating up into the 60's and open water off-shore surface temps are anywhere from 44-50 degrees. The North Shore continues to put out some nice catches of Lake Trout. Some anglers are finding some bigger fish in the deeper waters of 150-250 feet of water. Downriggers are the most efficient to get your spoons down, but lead core with heavier snap weights can work as well. South Shore bite is turning some nice walleyes. Utilizing your electronics to find fish is the first challenge. A lot of water to cover, so time is your best advantage. The areas of Ashland are still putting out some nice Small Mouth.


St. Louis River has had a hit 'n' miss bite this last week. Recent rains has areas of the river turned up with color. Nonetheless, fish can be caught using a variety of trolling techniques. One added trick I use when trolling crank baits is to add a small orange bead on the line. This can add a little more bling to your lure, and gives the look of a bait fish chasing food. Bigger fish are being turned with speedy trolls of 2.5-3 mph. Also, swinging S-curves in your trolling patterns will give way to some bites.


Inland waters of both WI and MN have been giving up some good catches this last week. Best depths we have been finding walleyes and crappies are anywhere from 8-25 feet of water. Trolling has been bringing fish boat side, but it has been more rewarding catching them with simple Soft Plastics or live bait. We are still targeting brush piles and other structure in soft substrates. Bass and Pike have been on the chew roaming areas near vegetation and wind blown shorelines and points. Casting jig and plastics from deeper water toward shallow water has been good. Don't be in a hurry to retrieve your bait when you are back to the boat. Lots of fish can be caught right underneath your vessel. See you on the water!

Tight Lines and Good Fishing,

Capt. Jarrid


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