Fishing in the Twin Ports area has been very slow this past week. That’s not unusual for this time of year with the drastic changing of the seasons.
Water surface temperatures are plummeting into the 30s, and we are starting to see ice cover on most bodies of water. Small lakes and ponds are mostly iced up with thin ice, and the bigger waters are seeing back bays capping over. We have not found any safe ice around the Twin Ports yet. The majority of docks have been pulled for the winter, and waters in the Northland have sort of become ghost towns.
This is the time of year to properly clean, organize and prepare for boat hibernation until spring — as well as cleaning, organizing and preparing for the upcoming ice-fishing season. My prediction is we may have fishable ice by the end of the month. Remember, no ice is safe and one should use caution at all times when venturing out. It is important to check with local bait shops, resorts or guides in an area before venturing out.
Not a lot to report for fishing. Some area waters have had seasonal closures for stream fishing. Make sure to be up-to-speed on regulations. Muskie season is only a couple weeks from closing and we haven’t had a lot of reports. Lake Superior has some die-hards chasing after smallmouth, but fast-cooling water temps have slowed the bite. Water temps in Chequamegon Bay have dropped from 43 to 37 in the past week. The St. Louis River has had very minimal traffic, except for a few shore anglers who haven’t had much success.
The Minnesota firearms deer season is on its last day, and Wisconsin’s gun deer season has started and will run through next Sunday. Good luck, hunters!
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.