GRAND MARAIS AREA
According to our fishing expert, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, this week after talking to a few people up the trail there’s some major news… the walleyes are biting again!
WALLEYES -- So if you’re on the prowl for our state fish, word is you should try fishing in depths ranging from 16 to 24 feet. Leeches are still working but it may become difficult to obtain them as the leech season is coming to a close … many bait dealers may have seen their last shipments. But that old friend, the fathead chub, has made a reappearance. Try the rock piles with a slow drift or a slip bobber. Also evening bites seem to be a little more productive.
A few lakes you can try are: Hungry Jack, Crescent, Two Island, Saganaga, and Pike. You might also try Poplar, Devilfish, or Deer Yard.
NORTHERNS are hitting as they usually do with sucker minnows in about 12 to 18 feet around the weed beds. Trolling with spoons should also result in some fish. Northern Light Lake and Elbow are reporting decent action.
For LAKE TROUT try Greenwoodwith a spoon tipped with a minnow or drop down a cisco on a jig. Depths seem to be in the 45 to 60 foot range. Duncan Lake will also produce some nice lakers in the 35 to 50 foot range. You might want to try a slow troll with a spoon here too if you feel the need to move around a bit. The fish are suspended so take that into account.
RAINBOW TROUT -- What would we do without them in the middle of the August blahs. They are hitting on crawlers in 15 feet or so down to about 25 feet. Mepps lures and Swedish pimples are also getting fish in the boat. Lakes to try include: Esther, Leo, Trestle Pine, Trout, and Kimball. These lakes are always a good bet and many are close to town.
Don’t forget the steady SMALLMOUTH BASS. Like the Eveready bunny they just keep going… and going. Try your usual walleye haunts or weed beds in 12 to 20 feet of water. You could also find fish doing the old slow troll along the shoreline casting Mepps lures, Rapalas, or any type of spinner bait. Plastic baits have also been successful. So throw a line into Poplar, Devil Track, Seagull, or Devilfish lakes for good bass action.