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Friday Fish Report for July 31

Northern pike
Northern pike

Here’s a Lake Superior fishing update from the Minnesota DNR.

On the Lower Shore from Duluth to Two Harbors Fishing pressure was moderate to high near Duluth and was lighter from McQuade to Two Harbors.

On the Upper Shore from Twin Points to Hovland, reports off the big lake show slow improvements with watermelon-colored spoons working best for lake trout and salmon over 180 to 200 feet.

That being said, angler pressure has been light to moderate as many anglers are waiting for water temperature conditions to warm up and fishing to improve.

Near shore water temperatures have been persistently cold at 39 to 46 degrees. Surface water temperatures are warmer off shore than near shore. At times and at varied locations along the upper shore, 50 to 60 degree surface temps can be found a mile off shore while at other locations water remains cold within several miles of shore. Anglers have reported travelling eight miles from shore before finding surface temps over fifty degrees.

Anglers along the entire upper shore have experienced a very tough time finding any fish and catch rates have been very light. Salmon have almost disappeared from the catch with only an occasional Chinook reported with even fewer coho. No steelhead were reported.