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Local Fish Report for July 16

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7/16/10 -- There are lots fish in Cook County lakes – the trick is to know where they are and how to catch them. WTIP wants to help fill out your stringer by posting a weekly report on what’s biting and where.

According to our fish finder, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware in Grand Marais, the fishing is progressing nicely this year and we’re hearing plenty of success stories.

WALLEYE fishing is going well in area lakes. People are using night crawlers and leeches mainly in about 12 feet of water around rock piles and weed beds On Seagull and Saganaga. Try 14 feet on Crescent and 10 to 12 feet at Tom Lake. Slip bobbers and live bait rigs are the way to go. Some other area lakes to try include: McFarland, East Bearskin, Sawbill and Pike Lake.

Sucker minnows are pulling in NORTHERNS in 12 to 15 feet at Poplar and Hungry Jack.

LAKE TROUT are hitting on a few lakes still in 35-40 feet of water using spoons and jigs tipped with a cisco or just a cisco on a plain hook on Seagull and Sag.  A jig and minnow combination is producing the best results at Greenwood Lake and Gunflint at 40 to 50 feet. Some slow trolling with spoons can be quite productive also. Other lakes to hit: Duncan, West Bearskin, Moss, and Kemo.

SMALLMOUTH BASS are still doing well in all area lakes. Jig and minnow, crawler on a hook, or casting some spinners will keep you in the action. Devil Track , Poplar, Hungry Jack, and Seagull are some lakes you can hit.

The usual suspects for RAINBOW TROUT fishing are doing well. Crawlers or Swedish Pimples are working in about 15 feet. Lakes includes: Kimball, Mink, Leo, Trestle Pine.