Shore fishing spotsHere’s a list of suggested places to fish from shore, courtesy of Scott VanValkenburg at Fisherman’s Corner in Pike Lake and Ted Sellers at Northwest Outlet in Superior.
By: News Tribune, Duluth News Tribune
Here’s a list of suggested places to fish from shore, courtesy of Scott VanValkenburg at Fisherman’s Corner in Pike Lake and Ted Sellers at Northwest Outlet in Superior.
Island Lake bridge — On St. Louis County Highway 4 where it crosses the narrows on Island Lake. Walleyes, northern pike, crappies, the occasional muskie
Island Lake dam — Follow Lavaque Road north to where it dead-ends at the dam. The Cloquet River flows out below the dam. Fish above or below. Slip-bobbers and live bait. Walleyes, northern pike, catfish, smallmouth bass, the occasional muskie.
Finlander Bay of Island Lake — This is the body of water on your right as you drive north on Lavaque Road from the Fredenberg Minno-ette. Walleyes and more. Slip-bobbers and live bait.
Fish Lake bridge — Where Lavaque Road passes over the narrows of Fish Lake near Eagle’s Nest Resort. Walleyes and crappies in spring.
Fish Lake dam — Follow the Fish Lake Dam Road past Hi-Banks Resort to the boat launch. Fish from the dam on Fish Lake or below the dam where the Beaver River flows out. Walleyes, crappies, northern pike.
Chambers Grove, St. Louis River, Duluth — A city park along the river, just above the Minnesota Highway 23 bridge at Fond du Lac. Walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, the occasional sturgeon (which you must release).
Boy Scout Landing fishing pier, St. Louis River, Duluth — Adjacent to the boat landing where Commonwealth Avenue dead-ends at the river in Gary-New Duluth. Walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass and more.
Water Street, Fond du Lac neighborhood, St. Louis River — Take 131st Avenue West toward the river and follow it to the road that runs alongside the river. Good in spring for walleyes. Use a Lindy Rig with a minnow or night crawler.
Munger Landing, St. Louis River — Take Grand Avenue to Clyde Avenue and follow it to the boat landing and fishing pier. Walleyes, smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappies.
Caribou Lake north of Duluth — Try fishing from the dock at the boat landing off the Birch Point Road (reach it from Munger Shaw Road). Kids can catch bluegills here.
McQuade Small Craft Harbor — On Scenic Minnesota Highway 61 at McQuade Road. The breakwall was designed with areas custom-made for shorecasting. Use a long rod, 6-pound-test line. Throw Kastmasters or other spoons for trout and salmon.
Twin Ponds — Just east of Enger Park on Skyline Parkway. Stocked with brook trout, intended for kids.
SUPERIOR AND BEYOND
Arrowhead Pier, St. Louis River — Follow Belknap Avenue west to the parking lot near the pier (what’s left of the former Arrowhead Bridge). Walleyes, catfish, northern pike, almost anything.
Billings Park, St. Louis River — Follow 21st Street west until it ends and follow a short road down to the boat launch. There’s a paved trail along shore that goes around First Point.
Barker’s Island — Fish from the docks at the public landing or from shore on the harbor side. Walleyes, northern pike, muskies.