We are finally turning the corner. It took the better half of April, but things are changing. After a long, cold and snowy winter, it is nice to see all the signs that resemble the spring season.
Soon we will start to see the awesome beauty of budding flowers and green grass. In the here and now, we are seeing some annual fish spawning activity. We have been fishing out of town open-water tributaries of Lake Michigan and finding some impressive pre-spawn and post-spawn walleyes. Let’s all cross our fingers that we have a good return on Lake Superior spawning walleyes.
Duluth area lakes have rotting ice and areas of open water. We are not quite yet to total “ice-out” stages on most lakes, but this coming week will certainly change that. Lakes further south are ahead of the curve.
As mentioned in previous reports, now is a great time for anglers to get boats ready and organize. Maybe you still need to get a new fishing license? Or update your boat registration? I anticipate we will be wetting lines on some lakes in the next 7-10 days. I sure hope so, because the great Wisconsin Fishing Opener is right around the corner (May 4).
Hopefully everyone has their game plan in place and is ready to fish.
Lake Superior has started to see some open-water trolling last week. Anglers are reporting some nice catches of steelhead, cohos and a few accidental lakers. Best tactic is to troll near shore in close proximity to tributary streams. Stick baits are the lure of choice. No need to use deep-diving crankbaits as lots of fish can be caught near the surface this time of year.
Shore anglers are also getting in on the action as fish roam near shore. Long-casting weighted bobbers suspending live bait can produce some nice fish.
The stream fishing this last week has been challenging with the high, fast and dirty waters, but some anglers are reporting success. Time on the water will yield the best chance at tangling with a nice steelhead, brown trout or salmon. Drifting spawn sacks is still the popular choice for hooking up with migrating fish. Remember to spread out, and concentrate on slack waters, deeper holes or backside of any structure that blocks the current.
The St. Louis River is mostly open now, except for a few back bay areas that are still covered with ice. We have not seen any fishing boats on the water yet, but that will likely change this week. We are hoping to get out and do some early season “rough fishing” soon. Also hoping docks get installed sometime in the next couple of weeks.