WTIP Outdoor News Podcast

Steelhead season off to slow start as North Shore rivers swell

The steelhead are moving. Slowly.

Ahead of a weekend which the National Weather Service says will bring rain and snow, reports from late April at rivers near Duluth and Two Harbors that flow into Lake Superior were promising for steelhead anglers along the North Shore. Steelhead are rainbow trout that migrate from North Shore rivers to Lake Superior and back to spawn in their natal streams. However, as the final days of April end with cold, wind, and a wintery mix of precipitation, confidence in anglers wanes as the month concludes.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Nick Peterson from the DNR office at French River about the steelhead run on the Knife River heading into late April and early May.