We are finally starting to see areas of grass showing for the first time in a while around the Twin Ports. We even had some thunderstorms roll through the other day. Gotta love the changing of the seasons. I think we are all very excited to see signs of spring popping up.
This week we witnessed some boat traffic in and around Duluth and Superior. The tug boats, freighters and cutters are going hard at it opening up water routes. Rivers are starting to open up more each day as well. Daylight hours are growing by the day and fishing transitions are taking place. Anglers need to be cautious of dangerous ice conditions as some bodies of water are starting to see early signs of soft ice. Anglers now need to leave their trucks and cars on shore and use snowmobiles, ATV’s or walk. Bringing out a fat tire bike can be a good way to get around this time of year. Be very cautious at the shoreline when venturing out onto late ice. We still have thick sheets on most waters, but things are changing in a hurry.
Lake Superior is now seeing a good amount of open water trickle in from the north and soon shore casters will be trying their luck at passing Kamloops trout. Now is a good time to get the fly rods out and practice for the upcoming stream seasons. Remember the rules regarding regulations on fishing near river mouths as well as what is a legal fish. Ice anglers are still getting some decent fish at Chequamegon Bay but time is ticking on that ice as well.
The St. Louis River continues to see a little traffic in back bays for panfish. Fishing success is on the rise. Be careful though as the Coast Guard cutter has been out breaking up river ice in the lower sections and we are in the early stages of shipping season.
Inland lake fishing has been good for a mix of panfish. Crappies and a few perch have been taken off live crappie minnows on dead-stick rigs. We’ve also been getting crappies using crappie minnow heads tipped on small tungsten spoons. Bluegills have been going good in the mid mornings and afternoons. Best presentation has been small soft plastics on forage fry type jigs. If fish don’t respond well, don’t be afraid to try something different. Don’t be afraid to seek out new areas with less pressured fish.