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Houston's fishing report: Fish are running like marathoners

Jarrid Houston

The days leading up to Grandma's Marathon weekend — and the fresh influx of thousands of tourists visiting the Twin Ports — are a special time of year. To us it is the start of summer!

Even though the recent days have showed signs of spring holding on tightly, we can expect the summer weather to hit us very soon. We did get a peek of it last weekend as temperatures were very comfortable to say the least. Lake Superior, the St. Louis River and the local inland lakes all are producing nice fish catches.

Lake Superior anglers are still getting fish near shore at first steep breaks. Trolling stick baits in bright colors near the surface has been a good presentation. Anglers also are getting fish with baits off of dipsy divers. Lake trout have been the best for numbers, but a few anglers are still getting some coho salmon and an occasional walleye. Duluth to Two Harbors has been good, and the South Shore off of Superior is starting to show signs of a walleye bite as well. This will pick up as we move into consistent summertime temperatures and the lake warms up a little more. The best time to fish has been daybreak.

The St. Louis River and estuary have been good, with plenty of big fish still hanging around in all areas of the river. The best bet for a big fish is near Lake Superior and into the South Shore of the lake. Plenty of other fish are being caught from the power house to the entries. Trolling and jigging are both taking fish. The best bet has been a slow troll dragging night crawlers behind spinner baits. Jigging off of sharp breaks and other structure types is catching some bonus pike, smallmouth, crappies and the ever-present rock bass as well. We're even getting a few freshwater drum and white perch in our river system.

Tributary fishing has been decent for those willing to spend the time. Covering water has been key. Hardware such as small spinners has been good for brook trout.

The inland bite continues to stay strong with nice panfish, walleyes, pike and bass. Live minnows or leeches under floats in 6 to 15 feet of water near vegetation have been good spots to target. Find weeds and you will find fish. Walleyes are now showing up on mid-lake humps and rock piles consistently. Dragging lindy rigs with live leeches or crawlers is starting to produce some fish.

Muskie angling has been on the quiet side this past week.

Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.

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