Rain, rain, go away. Fishing this past week in the Twin Ports has been wet. It has certainly been tough sledding trying to stay on consistent bites. With constantly changing conditions, we have had to adjust and try new tactics.
Water temperatures have dipped down with cool overnights and the addition of constant rain. We all are looking forward to a dry spell so area waters can get back to a routine bite. We love October fishing, so our fingers are crossed. At least we can say that it certainly is a great time of year with endless outdoor opportunities. Hunting and fishing in the fall is a special time.
Lake Superior will have some anglers continuing to fish, but because of the closure of some seasons, it will dwindle down. This likely will be the last weekend we see the full platoon of Lake Superior charter captains. Except, of course, for the die-hards chasing salmon and walleyes. Walleyes can still be caught trolling some areas of the South Shore, but we have not heard of anglers reporting good fishing. Those willing to travel to Chequamegon Bay will find a nice fall smallmouth bite coming on.
Local stream fishing has come to a halt with the rain pushing waters too fast and high to fish. The good news is that once the waters come back to normal conditions, anglers should find that a lot of migratory fall fish from Lake Superior have entered the tributaries.
The St. Louis River is tough fishing as of late on account of high, fast waters as well. For those willing to try, the best tactic would be finding slack water and pitching bright-colored soft plastics, working them slow on the retrieve. A few smallmouth bass and pike are being caught by chucking baits at shorelines. Muskie anglers have been seeing a few fish, but nothing to report.
Inland lakes have been the best bet for successful trips. Small jigs tipped with crappie minnows have been good for walleyes, crappies and pike. The reservoirs north of Duluth have been faring very well for consistent action. Bass are being caught by throwing the usual bass lures like spinnerbaits or plastic worms at vegetation, rock structures or docks.
Note that hunting season has started — so it is important to be cautious of hunters sharing the woods and waters in the area.
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.