Fishing in the area continues to be great. We have started to see some slower days, but ultimately fishing remains consistent. The slower days, true to nature, usually happen right after a change in the weather. It may be inconsistent thunderstorms or rain. Or it may be a crazy switch in the wind that drops or raises air temperatures. There’s a lot to be said about barometric swings, but truth be told, you’re not going to catch anything if you don’t get out. Area waters are now packed with recreational users, so be courteous to others and stay safe out there.
Off the Twin Ports on Lake Superior most anglers are cruising 8-12 miles out from the entries. It is key to find not only mudline transitions but also temperature divides. Fish are starting to transition over deeper waters, but don’t overlook shallow, near-shore areas. Dipsey Divers, copper line or downriggers are starting to produce with the warming temperatures. Flasher-and-fly combos with or without bait are taking a few fish, as well as bright colored stick baits. Most catches are happening over 80-150 feet of water. Mostly lake trout, but some are still mixing in a few coho salmon. The Chequamegon Bay area continues to produce nice smallmouth bass, pike and walleye in the sloughs throughout the Ashland area.
The St. Louis River has some colored mudlines throughout the system, mostly down-current of red clay areas. These areas still hold fish, but it is important to utilize baits that emit noise and vibration. Anglers are still catching some nice walleyes in all sections of the river. We have noticed fresh leech hatches and good shiner runs in some select areas. These are the areas we like to fish. We’re still getting fish jigging channel edges, but most success has come trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits over flats in 3-8 feet of water.
Inland waters are seeing the most diverse water temperatures. Finding areas that have inlets are producing a nice mixed bag of walleye, panfish, pike and bass. Simple jig and a 1/3 nightcrawler will boast a great multispecies day on any inland lake. Best times of day to fish are early mornings and later afternoons into evenings. For those ambitious enough to fish overnights, you are going to find success. It can be fun fishing topwater baits in the dark! Let’s also not forget walleyes are nocturnal and can feed aggressively under the stars, especially in clear water lakes and rivers. Night trolling and lighted bobber fishing is in the very early stages, but look for this bite to pick up as we move further into summer. A side-note: Make sure all proper vessel lighting is intact. And remember to bring the bug spray as the pesky critters are now out in full force.