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North Shore Stream Fishing Report (2009 Final Report)

North Shore fishing report and Lake Superior fisheries information

The Summer lake Superior Creel Survey ends on September 30.  Therefore, this is the last regular fishing update for 2009.  Regular updates will begin again in April, when the Lake Superior Spring Creel Survey begins.  During the interim, we will post notices of fishing activity as we hear from anglers.  As a reminder, today, September 30, is the last day for lake trout fishing on Lake Superior as the season ends for spawning. Lake trout fishing opens again on December 1, 2009. 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for September 30, 2009

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was light at all lower Shore stations.  Lake trout fishing was good on the Lower Shore.   Lake trout were caught on the bottom at 90 to 120 feet and suspended at 100 to 115 feet in water from 150 to 200 feet deep.   The lake trout were mostly in the 20 to 25 inch range, with some smaller fish, 16 to 18 inches, also being caught.   The best lake trout catches came from Two Harbors.   A single Chinook salmon was recorded by our clerk from the Duluth area this past week. Lake water temperatures were in the mid-60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Grand Marais and light at other Upper Shore stations.  Anglers reported a slowdown in lake trout fishing at all stations.   Anglers in Grand Marais report that the best success for catching lake trout was in nearshore waters at depths of 90 to 150 feet. Lake trout were in the 20 to 25 inch range. Fishing was fair to good for Chinook salmon at Grand Marais. Anglers report catching them in nearshore waters at 50 to 100 feet over deeper water.  Pink salmon have been observed in small to modest numbers in most of the larger rivers on the Upper Shore. The highest numbers were observed at the Cascade River. There are gravel bars in front of the mouths of several rivers which prevent salmon from entering the rivers. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore ranged from the low 60s.  

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for September 24, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was heavy at McQuade Access, moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock, Knife River and Two Harbors and light at Lakehead Marina and Riceís Point Access. Lake trout fishing was good to very good on the Lower Shore.   Lake trout were caught suspended at 60 to 90 feet in water from 115 to 200 feet deep and on the bottom at 100 to 120 feet.   The lake trout were in the 20 to 27 inch range.   The best lake trout catches came from McQuade Access, Knife River and the Duluth Charter dock.   Several Chinook salmon were caught this past week. They were caught in the top 35 feet of water.   We received reports of Chinook salmon from the Duluth area, McQuade Access and Knife River. Lake water temperatures were in the upper-60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais and light to moderate at Twin Points and Silver Bay. Lake trout fishing was slow at Twin Points and Silver Bay.   At Taconite Harbor, lake trout fishing was very good.   Anglers caught lake trout in both nearshore and offshore waters. Most of the lake trout were from 17 to 26 inches. Several larger fish, weighing up to 20 pounds were also caught.   The larger fish came from deeper water, from 90 to 150 feet below the surface.   In Grand Marais, anglers had good to very good success catching lake trout. Most of the lake trout were between 20 and 30 inches and anglers also reported catching larger lake trout weighing up to 20 pounds. The best fishing was in nearshore areas near the bottom in 70 to 120 feet of water.   Anglers reported an increase in the numbers of Chinook salmon caught from the Grand Marais area. Our clerk measured several Chinook salmon that varied from 20 to 25 inches and weighed from 3 to 5 pounds.   Other anglers reported catching larger Chinook salmon up to 8 pounds.   In the past week, small numbers of pink salmon were seen in the Cascade, Temperance and Cross rivers. Over the past weekend, our clerk observed large numbers of pink salmon in the Cascade River.  The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore ranged from the low to mid-60s.  

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for September 18, 2009

   

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was heavy at Two Harbors, moderate at McQuade Public Access and Knife River and light in the Duluth area.   Lake trout fishing was good in the Duluth area where the catch included several lake trout between 30 and 38 inches and a couple of lake trout weighing about 20 pounds.   The best action was on the bottom around 180 feet.   Most of the lake trout from McQuade Access, Knife River and Two Harbors were caught on or near the bottom at 90 to 120 feet of water.   At Knife River, anglers also caught lake trout suspended at 160 feet in 200 feet of water, and at McQuade Public Access anglers had success catching lake trout suspended at about 60 feet in about 100 feet of water. Most of the lake trout were between 20 and 30 inches, although several lake trout larger than 30 inches were reported from Knife River and Two Harbors. Our clerk recorded a single Chinook salmon caught on the bottom at 100 feet by an angler fishing from McQuade Public Access.   Lake water temperatures were in the mid-60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was heavy in Grand Marais and moderate from Twin Points to Taconite Harbor.   Anglers report good fishing for lake trout at Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais. In Silver Bay, most of the lake trout were between 19 and 22 inches, with some larger fish also in the catch.   At Grand Marais, lake trout varied between 20 and 35 inches and we have heard reports of some fish weighing over 20 pounds.   Anglers are finding the lake trout mostly in near shore waters, between 50 and 150 feet.   Lake trout were also caught near the bottom in water from 140 to 200 feet.  The catch of Chinook salmon was light.   The Chinooks ranged from 21 to 25 inches and were caught between 60 and 110 feet.   We have not seen nor heard reports of pink salmon either in the rivers or near river mouths. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore ranged from the mid-50s to low 60s.  

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for September 11, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was heavy at the Charter Dock in Duluth, the access at Riceís Point and at Two Harbors.   Pressure was moderate at Lakehead Marina, McQuade Access and Knife River Marina and access.   Fishing picked up in the last couple of weeks and anglers had good success catching lake trout last week.   Most of the lake trout were caught on or near the bottom at 80 to 120 feet, or suspended from 45 to 70 feet in water 100 to 130 feet deep.   Most of the lake trout were between 18 and 30 inches.   One 36 inch lake trout was recorded by our clerk at Two Harbors.   The largest catches came from the charter boats in Duluth, and at Knife River and Two Harbors.   Our clerk recorded a single Chinook salmon at the Charter Dock in Duluth.   Lake water temperatures were in the upper 50s to low 60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was heavy on the Labor Day weekend at Grand Marais and Silver Bay.   Pressure was moderate during the rest of the week and at other stations on the Upper Shore. Lake trout fishing was good to very good along the Upper Shore.   At Twin Points and Silver Bay, anglers had steady action for lake trout at 140 to 200 feet and near bottom structure. Anglers at Silver Bay also reported good action for lake trout suspended in the water column. Lake trout fishing at Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais was very good, with most of the lake trout caught between 60 and 140 feet near the bottom.   Anglers also reported catching lake trout suspended at these depths.   Lake trout recorded by our clerk ranged from 17 to 33 inches.   Salmon fishing was slow during the past week; a few Chinook salmon were caught at all stations, and most fish were in the 20 to 25 inch range.   Several of the salmon were caught incidentally by anglers fishing the nearshore waters for lake trout.   Anglers also reported catching a few salmon in deep water as well.   The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore ranged from the low 50s to low 60s.

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for September 4, 2009

 

   

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Knife River and Two Harbors and light at Duluth area stations.   In the Duluth area the best fishing success for lake trout appeared to be off the Lester River and Brighton Beach area, and out along the state line.   Duluth area anglers reported catching lake trout between 20 and 28 inches at 100 to 120 feet, often near the bottom.   Anglers had the best success farther up the shore at Two Harbors and Larsmont, where anglers fished both shallow and deep for lake trout.   Lake trout from 17 to 22 inches were caught in shallow water, at 20 to 40 feet of water over 80 to 100 feet of water.  Generally larger fish were caught at 125 to 150 feet at or near the bottom at these locations as well as at McQuade Public Access.   A few Chinook salmon were recorded by our clerk at Two Harbors during this period.   All were less than 30 inches. Lake water temperatures were in the upper 50s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was heavy at Grand Marais, moderate to heavy at Taconite Harbor and moderate at Silver Bay and Twin Points. Lake trout fishing was good to very good along the Upper Shore.   At Twin Points and Silver Bay, most of the lake trout were caught near the bottom in deep water and were small, up to about 20 inches.   The best lake trout fishing was at Taconite Harbor and at Grand Marais, where lake trout from 20 to 30 inches were taken.  Many of these were caught in   nearshore waters, at 90 to 180 feet.  Several large lake trout up to 20 pounds were caught in the area from Taconite Harbor to Grand Marais.   Anglers reported slow fishing for salmon at all stations.   Most of the Chinooks were between 22 and 25 inches and weighed between 3 and 5 pounds.   Chinook salmon were caught in the top 100 feet of water.  The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low 50s.

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for August 31, 2009

     

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was heavy at the Duluth charter dock and at Riceís Point access and light at other Lower Shore stations during the past week.  In the Duluth area the best fishing success for lake trout appeared to be off the Lester River and Brighton Beach area, and out along the state line.   Most of the lake trout were caught near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water.   These lake trout varied from 20 to 28 inches.   Farther up the shore, from McQuade Access to Two Harbors, fishing was slower and the lake trout were caught shallower, at around 50 feet over deeper water.   The best success was at Two Harbors.    Lake trout from Two Harbors averaged 17-20 inches.   A few Chinook salmon were recorded by our clerk at Two Harbors during this period.   Lake water temperatures were in the mid- to upper 60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was heavy at Grand Marais, moderate at Taconite Harbor and light at Silver Bay and Twin Points. Lake trout fishing was good to very good along the Upper Shore.   At Twin Points, most of the lake trout were caught in deep water and were small, up to about 20 inches.   At Silver Bay and Taconite harbor, lake trout from 20 to 28 inches were taken in both nearshore and offshore waters, from surface waters down to 150 feet.   In Grand Marais, lake trout were caught at various depths and areas. Some were caught near the bottom in 60 to 200 feet of water, while others were caught suspended in the water column at 120 feet or more.   Some lake trout were also caught in very shallow water, up to 30 feet deep.   Most of the lake trout from Grand Marais were between 17 and 27 inches.   A few larger lake trout measuring around 36 inches and weighing 16 to 18 pounds were also caught.   Anglers found good success fishing for Chinook salmon in the Grand Marais area.   Most of the Chinooks were between 20 and 26 inches and weighed between 2 and 5 pounds.   Chinook salmon were caught from 30 to 110 feet below the surface.   A few Chinook salmon were also caught at other stations.  The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low 50s.

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for August 20, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth charter dock and light at other Lower Shore stations during the past week.  Poor weather conditions contributed to the low fishing pressure. In the Duluth the best fishing success for lake trout appeared to be off the Lester River and Brighton Beach area, and out along the state line.   Most of the lake trout were caught near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water.   Fishing was slow farther up the shore, from McQuade Access to Two Harbors. No salmon were recorded by our clerk during this period.   Lake water temperatures were in the mid-50s to mid-60s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was heavy at Grand Marais and moderate at other Upper Shore stations.  Consistent fishing for lake trout was reported from Twin Points where lake trout between 18 and 22 inches were caught deep near the bottom and in the water column between 100 and 160 feet.  Fishing was fair for lake trout at Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor, where most lake trout were caught suspended over deep water.   In Grand Marais, lake trout fishing was good last week.   Lake trout from 17 to 22 inches were caught mostly in shallow water or in nearshore areas. However they were caught in a variety of areas. The catch included some large lake trout, up to 38 inches. A few Chinook salmon in the 20 to 22 inch range were caught at Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor. The best salmon fishing was in Grand Marais, where Chinook salmon from 20-26 inches were caught in water from 50 to 80 feet deep.   Anglers reported catching a few coho salmon at Twin Points and Silver Bay. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the mid-40s to the low 50s.

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for August 13, 2009

     

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was light at all Lower Shore stations during the past week.  Anglers had good lake trout fishing on the Lower Shore.   Most of the lake trout were caught near the bottom.   Good lake trout fishing was reported out from Park Point in Duluth on the bottom in 50 to 90 feet of water, at Stoney Point at 60 to 80 feet and out of Two Harbors in about 55 feet of water.   Lake trout ranged in length from 20 to 28 inches.   Our clerk did not register any salmon on the Lower Shore during the past week. Lake water temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to the low 50s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light to moderate at Twin Points and moderate at Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais. A new dock is being put in at the public access at Horseshoe Bay in Hovland, so the access is closed.  Anglers reported slow fishing for lake trout on the Upper Shore.   At Silver Bay, anglers reported that lake trout were widely scattered throughout the water column both near and far from shore. The most consistent action was found far off shore in the top 100 feet of water.   Anglers at Taconite Harbor found lake trout at similar depths.   Lake trout suspended over deep water were mostly between 23 and 30 inches while lake trout found nearer to shore and near the bottom were smaller.   In Grand Marais, the best lake trout catches were from 150 to 200 feet.   These fish averaged from 17 to 22 inches. Salmon numbers remain low.  A few Chinook salmon ranging from 20 to 25 inches were reported from Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais.    The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the mid-40s to the low 50s.

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for August 7, 2009

 

  Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock, Lakehead Marina and McQuade Public Access and light at Riceís Point, Knife River and Two Harbors.   Anglers had good lake trout fishing near the state line off the Lester River, at McQuade Public Access, off Stoney Point and at Two Harbors.   Most of the fish were caught in deep water, either suspended at around 100 feet over deeper water or near the bottom in about 120 to 150 feet of water.   While most anglers trolled for lake trout, others reported success jigging out of McQuade Access and off Stoney Point.   Lake trout ranged from 17 to 30 inches. A few Chinook salmon were reported from Knife River and Two Harbors.   They were caught in the upper 50 feet of water. Lake water temperatures were in the low 40s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais, and light to moderate at Twin Points and Silver Bay. A new dock is being put in at the public access at Horseshoe Bay in Hovland so the access is closed.  Lake trout fishing was good from Twin Points to Taconite Harbor and fair at Grand Marais.   Anglers at Twin Points and Silver Bay travelled far off shore to find fair to good numbers suspended at 100 to 200 feet over deeper water.   These lake trout tended to be larger than those caught earlier in the week on deep water structure and in shallower areas nearer to shore.  Salmon numbers remain low. A few Chinook salmon ranging from 19 to 25 inches were reported from all stations.    The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low-40s most of the week.

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for July 30, 2009

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock, McQuade Public Access and Knife River and was light at Lakehead Marina, Riceís Point and Two Harbors.   In the Duluth area, most of the lake trout came from shallow depths, from 25 to 60 feet, in water up to about 100 feet.  Farther up the shore, from McQuade Public Access to Two Harbors, anglers found lake trout on the bottom in deeper water, from 110 feet to 140 feet.  Lake trout were mostly between 20 and 24 inches. The best lake trout fishing in Minnesota waters was found at Stoney Point, near the Lakewood Pumphouse and near the state line close to Duluth.   Good lake trout fishing was reported along the South Shore in Wisconsin.   A few salmon were caught off Stoney Point and near the Duluth Entry. Water temperatures varied from the low 40s to the mid-50s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Grand Marais, light to moderate from Twin Points to Taconite harbor and light at Hovland.   Fishing was good in the Grand Marais area where they continue to catch lake trout in deep water and near structure at depths of 100 to 200 feet.   Grand Marais anglers also caught lake trout trolling close to shore in water as shallow as 15 feet.   Anglers at Twin Points and Silver Bay travelled far off shore to find good numbers of lake trout in a variety of sizes, mostly between 20 and 28 inches.   They found the best action in the top 80 feet over much greater depths.   Many of the lake trout were caught trolling very near the surface.  Anglers in Grand Marais reported a few Chinook salmon in the 3 to 5 pound range. Anglers also reported catching Chinook salmon at Taconite Harbor.   A few coho salmon were caught at Twin Points.     The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore ranged from the low-40s to mid-50s.

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for July 24, 2009

 

   

  Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Riceís Point and light at other Lower Shore stations.   Lake trout fishing was fair on the Lower Shore this past week. In the Duluth area, most of the lake trout came from shallow depths, from 30 to 50 feet.  Some came from deeper water, down to about 65 to 75 feet, over water between 90 to 120 feet.   Farther up the shore, from McQuade Public Access to Two Harbors, anglers found lake trout in deeper water, from 110 feet to 160 feet.  Lake trout were mostly in the 18 to 22 inch range. No salmon were reported to our clerk. Water temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to low 50s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was moderate at Grand Marais, light to moderate at Silver Bay and Taconite harbor and light at other Upper Shore stations.   Fishing was good in the Grand Marais area where they continue to catch lake trout in deep water and near structure at depths of 150 to 180 feet.   The lake trout were mostly in the 17 to 24 inch range. In the fishing tournament at Silver Bay, boats went 8 to 12 miles offshore and found good numbers of large lake trout in the 5 to 15 pound range at depths equal to or greater than in Grand Marais. Anglers in Grand Marais reported a few Chinook salmon in the 19 to 22 inch range from the top 100 feet of the water column. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low-40s.

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for July 17, 2009

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock and Riceís Point and light at other Lower Shore stations.   Lake trout fishing was good in the Duluth area. Lake trout catches were reported from off the Lester River, along Park Point, near the Superior entry and along the state line. Most of the fish came from shallow depths, from 30 to 50 feet with some coming from deeper water, down to about 70 feet.   Lake trout were mostly in the 20 to 22 inch range. Several Chinook salmon were also caught along the state line and off the Superior Entry.   Lake trout fishing was slower for most anglers farther up the shore. Water temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to low 50s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light to moderate at Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais, and light at other Upper Shore stations.   Fishing was fair for some anglers in the Grand Marais area where they continue to catch lake trout in deep water and near structure at depths of 120 to 170 feet.   The lake trout were mostly in the 17 to 21 inch range. In Silver Bay, some of the larger boats went out to near the state line, looking for warmer water temperatures. They reported slow fishing for lake trout and salmon.   Other anglers at Silver bay and Twin Points continued to fish closer to shore in deep water from 160 to 220 feet.   Fishing success varied among these anglers. Some anglers reported good catches of lake trout averaging about 20 inches.  Our clerk heard a report of a large lake trout over 20 pounds caught from Silver Bay.   Anglers from all stations reported catching an occasional Chinook salmon in the 20 to 24 inch range. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low-40s.

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for July 9, 2009

   

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was heavy at McQuade public access, Knife River and Two Harbors and light at Duluth area stations.   In the Duluth area the best fishing for lake trout was off Minnesota Point and along the state line between Minnesota and Wisconsin, at depths of 30 to 50 feet.   Farther up the shore, lake trout fishing was pretty slow for most anglers. Even so, catches of lake trout from about 20 to 24 inches were not uncommon at McQuade and straight out from Knife River, and a few were caught at Two Harbors. Anglers caught most of the lake trout in shallow water, from 20 to 30 feet.   Water temperatures were in the low to mid-40s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light at Twin Points and Hovland, light to moderate at Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor and moderate at Grand Marais.   Lake trout fishing was fair to good at Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais.   Anglers at these locations caught lake trout in the 16 to 23 inch range from deep water.   Grand Marais anglers say they are targeting fish at 150 to 200 feet, and in Silver bay, some anglers fished even deeper.   A few Chinook salmon from 20 to 24 inches were caught at each station.   Anglers reported that most of these salmon were caught in deep water along with lake trout, although a couple of salmon were also caught near the surface.   The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore was in the low-40s.

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for July 2, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was light at Lower Shore stations leading up to the 4th of July weekend.   Anglers from the Duluth area found the best success catching lake trout and a few Chinook salmon along the state line, in water between 60 and 100 feet, and along the Wisconsin shoreline at shallower depths, around 30 feet.   Anglers also caught lake trout out of McQuade access at 30 to 68 feet.  Lake trout were in the 18 to 22 inch range. In Two Harbors, some large lake trout were caught at around 50 feet in 300 feet of water.   Anglers in Two Harbors caught lake trout both trolling and jigging. Water temperatures were in the low to mid-40s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light at stations on the Upper Shore.   At times, pressure in Grand Marais was moderate. Charters from Twin points and Taconite Harbor reported continued success fishing in deep water for lake trout,  most of which were in the 18-21 inch range.   Anglers caught lake trout near the bottom, either trolling with downriggers or jigging vertically.   Anglers from Grand Marais reported fair lake trout fishing in deep water.   Salmon have been scarce in the catch on the Upper Shore.   A few Chinook salmon in the 20 to 24 inch range and weighing 2.5 to 4 pounds, were reported. The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore remained below 40 degrees.

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for June 26, 2009 

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was high at McQuade Public Access and moderate at Knife River and Two Harbors.   Pressure was low at Duluth Area stations.   Lake trout fishing for anglers from the Duluth area was fair and a few coho salmon were also caught.   Fishing for both lake trout and salmon was good to very good out of McQuade Public Access and Knife River.   Most fish were caught within the upper 50 feet of water. Lake trout were mostly in the 20 inch range. Some smaller lake trout were caught at around 150 feet in 170 feet of water off Stoney Point.  Several large lake trout over 35 inches were caught at about 30 feet by anglers targeting bug slicks on the surface.   Coho salmon were caught in the shallower water and were generally less than 20 inches long.   Water temperatures were in the low upper 30s to low 40s.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light at stations on the Upper Shore.   At times, pressure in Grand Marais was moderate. Charters from Twin points and Taconite Harbor reported good fishing in deep water for lake trout in the 17-22 inch range.   Some Silver Bay anglers fished water exceeding 200 feet, while other anglers reported catching larger lake trout in waters from 100-150 feet.   Although fishing pressure was light, anglers from Grand Marais reported good lake trout fishing in deep water.    Some large lakers were caught: anglers from Taconite harbor and Grand Marais reported catching lake trout weighing about ten pounds.   Salmon have been scarce in the catch on the Upper Shore.   Anglers report an occasional small salmon in the catch, and our clerk has observed a few small Chinook salmon.   The lake water temperature on the Upper Shore remained below 40 degrees.

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for June 19, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was high at Riceís Point, and low at other Lower Shore stations.   Pressure was low due to bad weather on some days and to muddy waters in the far western part of the lake caused by dredging near the Superior Entry.  Pressure was moderate to high at McQuade Access on some days, as anglers tried to move out of the muddy areas.   Lake trout fishing for anglers from the Duluth area was good and some Chinook and coho salmon were also caught.   Most fish were caught at shallow depths, less than 50 feet.   However, anglers had to go out along the state line and up to the Lakewood Pumphouse to find the better fishing.  

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light at stations on the Upper Shore.   Lake trout fishing was good in the Taconite Harbor area.   Lake trout averaged 19-22 inches, and some fish up to 27 inches were reported.   The best action for lake trout was in deep water from 120-190 feet.  Anglers in Grand Marais reported slow fishing, with few lake trout being caught in the usual deep water areas this past week.   Lake water temperatures were in the upper 30s.  

 

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for June 12, 2009

  Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock and light at other stations for most of the week.   Pressure increased to a moderate level at McQuade Public Access as the week progressed.   Lake trout fishing was very good and coho salmon fishing was good in the Duluth area. A couple of Chinook salmon were also reported. Anglers in the Duluth area reported the best success off Park Point, along the South Shore and farther out along the state line.  Most of the fish in the Duluth area were caught in shallow water, within 50 feet of the surface.   Although fishing was slow for most of the week from McQuade Access to Two Harbors, later in the week we met anglers at Two Harbors that had success catching lake trout at around 150 feet.   Anglers also had good luck fishing for walleye in St. Louis Bay and River. Lake water temperatures were in the upper 30s for most of the week.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light to moderate at Grand Marais and light at other stations on the Upper Shore.   Boat anglers report difficult fishing at Grand Marais although they had fair success catching lake trout in the 18-23 inch range from deep water from 160-200 feet. Charters have reported good catches of lake trout from Taconite Harbor and some small salmon from the Silver Bay area.   Lake water temperatures were in the upper 30s.  

 

 

Lake Superior Fishing Update for June 5, 2009

 

 

Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was moderate at the Duluth Charter Dock, Riceís Point and McQuade public accesses and light at Lakehead and Knife River marinas and at Two Harbors.   Winds kept many anglers off the lake during the past week. Lake trout fishing was very good and coho salmon fishing was good in the Duluth area. Fishing off Park Point produced the most fish this week. Lake trout fishing was also good for anglers using McQuade access and fair for anglers out of Knife River.   Anglers also had good luck fishing for walleye in St. Louis Bay and River. Lake water temperatures were in the upper 30s for most of the week.

 

Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   Fishing pressure was light at all stations on the Upper Shore.    Boat anglers from Grand Marais had fair success catching lake trout in the 18-22 inch range.   These fish were taken near structure in deep water from 150-200 feet. Anglers also report catching a few steelhead in the 22 to 25 inch range in the Devil Track and Temperance Rivers. Lake water temperatures were in the mid- to upper 30s.  

 

 Lake Superior Fishing Update for May 29, 2009

 

 

  Lower Shore-Duluth to Two Harbors:   Fishing pressure was light at all Lower Shore stations.   Poor weather conditions kept many anglers off the lake during the past week. Many anglers in the Duluth area were fishing St. Louis Bay, especially when wind was a problem.   Walleye fishing on the Bay and St. Louis River was fair to good.   Lake trout were caught by anglers from the Duluth area, McQuade Public access and Knife River.   Several anglers interviewed by our clerk were fishing off the Wisconsin shore.

 

  Upper Shore-Twin Points to Hovland:   As on the Lower Shore fishing pressure was light at all stations on the Upper Shore.    Boat anglers from Grand Marais and Twin Points had fair success catching lake trout in the 16-21 inch range.   They reported targeting lake trout in deep water from 170-200 feet. Lake water temperatures were in the mid- to upper 30s.  

 

 

Spring Creel Survey, 2009

 

 

Three creel clerks conduct the spring creel for rainbow trout on the Minnesota Shore of Lake Superior between mid-April and late-May.  The Lower Shore clerk interviews anglers at the Lester, French, Sucker, and Knife, the Middle Shore clerk interviews anglers at the Stewart, Silver, Gooseberry, Split Rock, Beaver, and Baptism, while the Upper Shore clerk interviews anglers at the Cross, Temperance, Poplar, Cascade, Devil Track, Kadunce, and Brule.

 

 

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/18/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 46-55 degrees on the Lower Shore, 44-52 on the Middle Shore, and 42-49 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 2 Steelhead and 2 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 3 Steelhead on the Middle Shore, and 9 Steelhead, 2 Kamloops, and 2 brook trout on the Upper Shore from Friday through Sunday.  Flows have decreased on Lower Shore streams, and streams are fairly low, clear, and warm.  A few fresh fish have continued to move into Lower Shore streams each day this past week.  Middle Shore streams are holding their water and fish and will likely do so for the next couple of weeks.  Runs of fish are occurring on Upper Shore streams, which should have fish through the end of the month.

Trap totals after running the traps today are 245 unclipped steelhead, 215 clipped steelhead, and 46 Kamloops at the Knife River, and 382 Kamloops, 76 unclipped steelhead, and 8 clipped steelhead at the French River.

No reports of smelt activity were reported up the shore by the Middle or Upper Shore creel clerks or by Finland or Grand Marais Area Fisheries offices.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/15/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 57-61 degrees on the Lower Shore, 46-50 on the Middle Shore, and 47-52 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 1 Steelhead and 1 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 5 Steelhead on the Middle Shore, and 2 Steelhead and 2 brook trout on the Upper Shore from Monday through Thursday.  Flows have decreased on Lower Shore streams, and streams are fairly low, clear, and warm.  A few fresh fish have continued to move into Lower Shore streams each day this past week.  Middle Shore streams are holding their water and fish and will likely do so for the next couple of weeks.  Runs of fish are occurring on Upper Shore streams, which should have fish through the end of the month.  Angling pressure has been light since walleye opener, despite catch rates being good for those fishing.
Trap totals after running the traps today are 236 unclipped steelhead, 209 clipped steelhead, and 44 Kamloops at the Knife River, and 361 Kamloops, 74 unclipped steelhead, and 8 clipped steelhead at the French River.
No reports of smelt activity were reported up the shore by the Middle or Upper Shore creel clerks or by Finland or Grand Marais Area Fisheries offices.

 

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/11/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 48-55 degrees on the Lower Shore, 46-56 on the Middle Shore, and 47-49 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 7 Steelhead and 12 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 44 Steelhead and 3 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and 9 Steelhead on the Upper Shore from Friday through Sunday.  Flows have decreased a lot on Lower Shore streams since flows peaked last Wednesday, and streams are getting fairly low, clear, and warm.  Just a few fresh fish are moving into Lower Shore streams each day at this point in time.  Middle Shore streams are holding their water and fish and will likely do so for the next couple of weeks.  Early runs of fish are just starting on Upper Shore streams, which should have fish through the end of the month.

Trap totals after running the traps today are 214 unclipped steelhead, 199 clipped steelhead, and 42 Kamloops at the Knife River, and 348 Kamloops, 70 unclipped steelhead, and 8 clipped steelhead at the French River.

The smelt run is done at the Duluth end of the lake.  Commercial operators pulled their nets for good on Sunday the 10th.  No reports of smelt activity were reported up the shore by the Middle or Upper Shore creel clerks or by Finland or Grand Marais Area Fisheries offices.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/8/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 50-60 degrees on the Lower Shore, 48-55 on the Middle Shore, and 43-47 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 14 Steelhead and 14 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 41 Steelhead and 6 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and 6 Steelhead on the Upper Shore from Monday through Thursday.  Flows increased shorewide, due to thunderstorms on May 5th and 6th that produced approximately ? inch of rain shorewide.  Lower Shore streams have peaked; however, as long as the streams hold their water fish will be present.  The Middle Shore streams are peaking and fish will also remain in the streams as long as they hold their water.  Upper Shore streams will be peaking over the next week or so, based on stream temps and flows.

Trap totals after running the traps today are 201 unclipped steelhead, 190 clipped steelhead, and 38 Kamloops at the Knife River, and 316 Kamloops, 62 unclipped steelhead, and 8 clipped steelhead at the French River.

The smelt run is winding down.  Commercial operators have experienced poor and inconsistent catch rates over the past week and plan on pulling their nets for good this weekend.  No reports have come in yet of smelt activity up the shore.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/4/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 46-54 degrees on the Lower Shore, 40-49 on the Middle Shore, and 36-40 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 29 Steelhead and 36 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 34 Steelhead and 5 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and 4 Steelhead on the Upper Shore on Friday through Sunday.  Flows are decreasing and streams are running cleaner and clearer shorewide.  Lower Shore streams have peaked; however, as long as the streams hold their water fish will be present.  The Middle Shore streams are peaking and will so for the next week.  Interviewed anglers caught fish in Upper Shore streams for the first time this weekend, and the run is just starting.

Knife River trap totals are 177 unclipped steelhead, 165 clipped steelhead, and 28 Kamloops.  French River trap totals are 264 Kamloops, 51 unclipped steelhead, and 6 clipped steelhead.
Water temperatures have exceeded 45 degrees overnight on the Lester every night since last Thursday, which is when smelt spawn.  Seining success along Park Point was good this past weekend due to warm weather and light winds.  Commercial operators catch rates have decreased by 50%, each of the past three days, indicating the run has likely peaked and is tailing off.  Reduced numbers of smelt will still be available along Park Point and the Lester River for the next week.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 5/1/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 38-46 degrees on both the Lower and Middle Shore, and were 35-37 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 26 Steelhead, 20 Kamloops, and 1 Coho on the Lower Shore, 3 Steelhead and 2 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and nothing on the Upper Shore on Monday through Thursday.  Water temperatures entered the optimal 42-45 degree range for a day here and there on the Lower and Middle Shore this past week, but cold fronts and cold nights have dropped water temps back to the 38-40 degree range every other day. As a result, fishing has been inconsistent for anglers that fish every day.  The Middle Shore streams will peak in the next week, so anglers should now focus their attention on those.  Up to two feet of snow is still present in the woods north of Grand Marais, so wait until after walleye opener to head up there.  Flows are decreasing and streams are running cleaner and clearer on the Lower and Middle shore; however, upper shore streams continue to run high, turbid, and carry debris.

The Knife River trap had 3 steelhead on Monday, 14 steelhead on Tuesday, 22 steelhead and 1 Kamloops on Wednesday, 18 steelhead on Thursday, and 4 steelhead on Friday.  Knife River trap totals are 141 unclipped steelhead, 124 clipped steelhead, and 22 Kamloops.  The French River trap had 22 Kamloops and 3 steelhead on Monday, 1 Kamloops on Tuesday, 26 Kamloops and 4 steelhead on Wednesday, 6 Kamloops and 2 steelhead on Thursday, and 3 Kamloops and 5 steelhead on Friday. French River trap totals are 228 Kamloops, 46 unclipped steelhead, and 4 clipped steelhead.

Water temperatures have exceeded the 45 degree range overnight on the Lester, which is the appropriate temperature for smelt to run into the river to spawn.  Seining success along Park Point has been sporadic and limited due to high northwest winds.  The commercial operators captured 7 smelt on 4/21, 30 pounds on 4/23, 320 pounds on 4/25, 1,000 pounds on both 4/28 and 4/29, 430 pounds on 4/30, and 1,600 pounds on 5/1.  Commercial operators have stated that most fish captured were males; however, females captured were ripe.  If the smelt run has not peaked as of now, it will have peaked within the next week.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/27/09:

Water temperatures ranged from 39-46 degrees on the Lower Shore, 37-46 on the Middle Shore, and 33-36 on the Upper Shore. Interviewed anglers caught 27 Steelhead, 27 Kamloops, and 2 Coho on the Lower Shore, 8 Steelhead and 2 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and nothing on the Upper Shore on Saturday and Sunday. The run peaked last Wednesday through Friday on the Lower Shore, and will likely peak on the Middle Shore sometime late this week or early into next week. Rain totals from Sunday averaged around one inch in Two Harbors, Finland, and Grand Marais, resulting in flows increasing shorewide. Streams on the entire shore are now high and turbid due to the rains; however, Lower Shore streams are carrying very little debris. The amount of debris in the water increases as one progresses up the shore. Upper shore streams are currently very high, turbid, carry a lot of debris, and have some shelf ice remaining.


The Knife River trap had 17 steelhead and 2 Kamloops on Saturday, 11 steelhead and 4 Kamloops on Sunday, and 3 steelhead and 0 Kamloops on Monday. Water temperatures dropped back below 40 degrees for the first time on since last Thursday night at the Knife River due to the cold front and rain storm on Sunday. The French River trap had 15 Kamloops and 5 steelhead on Saturday, 17 Kamloops and 4 steelhead on Sunday, and 22 Kamloops and 3 steelhead on Monday. The French River also dropped to 39 degrees on Sunday and Monday.


We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur until the first week of May.

 

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/24/09:

 

The rivers are open on the entire shore.  Water temperatures ranged from 36-37 degrees in the morning and 41-45 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore.  Water temperatures throughout the day range from 34-40 on the Middle Shore and 33-36 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 12 Steelhead and 20 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 14 Steelhead and 5 Kamloops on the Middle Shore, and nothing on the Upper Shore this past week.  The run is peaking from the Lester to the Stewart right now and will be peaking on most Middle Shore streams within the next week.  Flows on the Lower Shore streams have been declining and clearing up for the past week; however predicted weekend rains might add some more color to the water and increase flows.  Middle Shore streams have decreasing flows and are starting to clear up and carry less debris, while and Upper shore streams are still turbid, have some shelf ice remaining, and carry some debris.

The Knife River trap had 1 steelhead on Monday, 9 on Tuesday, 36 on Wednesday, 36 on Thursday, and 71 on Friday.  Water temperatures remained above 40 degrees for the first time on Thursday night at the Knife River.  The French River trap was opened for the first time on Tuesday, and had 2 steelhead and 25 Kamloops on Wednesday, 4 steelhead and 16 Kamloops on Thursday, and 14 steelhead and 65 Kamloops on Friday.

We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur the last week of April or first week of May.

 

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/20/09:

The rivers go from being open on the Lower Shore and Middle Shore, to semi-open on the Upper Shore.  Water temperatures ranged from 35-36 degrees in the morning and 38-42 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore.  Water temperatures throughout the day range from 34-37 on the Middle Shore and 33-35 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 18 Kamloops, 11 Steelhead, and 1 Coho on the Lower Shore, 1 Steelhead on the Middle Shore, and nothing on the Upper Shore this past weekend.  The run will likely peak on the Lower Shore this week (Thursday and Friday) if afternoon air temperatures are in the 50ís and 60ís with sunshine, as predicted.  Flows on the Lower Shore crested on Saturday and are now declining.  Lower shore streams are also clearing up and carrying less debris, while Middle and Upper shore streams are still very turbid and carry ice chunks and debris.

The Knife River trap had 14 steelhead in it on Saturday after a warm sunny day on Friday (72 degrees), but a cold front on Saturday and Sunday (daytime air temperatures in the low to mid-30ís) resulted in only 3 steelhead on Sunday and 1 on Monday.  Flows at the French River are decreasing, and we should be able to open the adult trap and seine this Wednesday (4/22/09).

We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur in late-April or early May.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/17/09:

The rivers go from being open on the Lower Shore and Middle Shore, to semi-open on the Upper Shore. The spring creel has been going for one week on the Lower Shore, while it started yesterday on the Middle Shore, and today on the Upper Shore.  Water temperatures ranged from 34-35 degrees in the morning and 38-41 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore.  Water temperatures throughout the day range from 33-36 on the Middle Shore and 33-34 on the Upper Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 9 Kamloops and 9 Steelhead on the Lower Shore, and 3 Steelhead on the Middle Shore the past four days.  It is still early in the run on the Lower Shore.  In general, water temperatures must exceed 40 degrees for Steelhead and Kamloops to migrate upstream. Flows on the Lower Shore are peaking, continue to be turbid, and are still carrying some debris in the afternoons.

The Knife River trap was opened on 4/12/09 and has sampled 6 Steelhead this past week.  Flows at the French River continue to be too high to open the adult trap.

We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur in late-April or early May.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/13/09:

The rivers on the Minnesota Shore of Lake Superior go from being open on the Lower Shore (Lester, French, Sucker, and Knife), to semi-open on the Middle Shore (Stewart, Silver, Gooseberry, Split Rock, Beaver, and Baptism), and frozen on the Upper Shore (Cross, Temperance, Poplar, Cascade, Devil Track, Kadunce, and Brule). We started the spring creel on the Lower Shore this past Friday (4/10/09).  Water temperatures ranged from 34 degrees in the morning to 38 degrees in the afternoon on all four rivers.  Interviewed anglers caught 11 Kamloops, 8 Steelhead, and 4 Coho Salmon.  The creel on the Middle Shore will start on Thursday, (4/16/09) and on Friday (4/17/09) on the Upper Shore.  It is still very early in the run on the Lower Shore.  In general, water temperatures must exceed 40 degrees for steelhead and Kamloops to migrate upstream. Flows on the Lower Shore continue to increase and are currently high and turbid.

The Knife River trap was opened for the first time on Sunday.  The French adult trap will be set later this week when flows allow.

We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur in late-April or early May.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/10/09:

The rivers on the Minnesota Shore of Lake Superior continue to go from being semi-open and flowing at the Duluth end of the shore to ice covered at the Grand Marais end of the shore.  The water temperatures on streams at the Duluth end have reached 35 degrees each of the past three days. We still need several consecutive days of sunshine and air temperatures in the mid to upper 40ís for water temperatures to reach the upper 30ís.  In general, water temperatures must exceed 40 degrees for steelhead and Kamloops to migrate upstream. Anglers continue to catch some Kamloops off the mouth of the French and Lester rivers and around McQuade Harbor. We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees overnight for several days in a row, which will most likely occur in late-April or early May.  We will update the fishing report twice a week on Mondays and Fridays starting on 4/13/09.

North Shore Stream Fishing Report 4/3/09:

The rivers on the Minnesota Shore of Lake Superior go from being semi-open and flowing at the Duluth end of the shore to ice covered at the Grand Marais end of the shore.  Despite being open at the Duluth end, the water temperatures remain in the 33-34 degree range. We need several consecutive days of sunshine and air temperatures in the mid-40ís for water temperatures to reach the upper 30ís.  In general, water temperatures must exceed 38 degrees for steelhead and Kamloops to migrate upstream. Anglers are currently catching some Kamloops off the mouth of the French River and Lester River. We do not expect the smelt run to begin until water temperatures exceed 45 degrees for several days in a row, which will most likely occur in late-April or early May.  We will update the fishing report again when conditions change.

 


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