As I reported earlier, fishing is picking up on the North Shore with fish coming in the lower North Shore streams to spawn. Rain is still needed however. I will still be reporting conditions as I get reports, however you can also get some great information from the DNR. Here is their latest report.
Streams along the lower shore remain low and clear. Water temperatures have been in the mid to upper 30’s in the mornings and reaching low 40s by the afternoons. Fishing pressure has been light to moderate. Interviewed anglers have done well this first week, landing 88 steelhead, 23 Kamloops, and 4 coho salmon. Along the middle shore, rivers are at low to moderate flows with water temperatures reaching the low to mid-40s in the afternoons. Fishing pressure has been light with few fish caught.
Interviewed anglers reported catching 2 steelhead and 1 Kamloops [looper]. Along the upper shore, conditions have improved enough within the past few days to allow anglers to begin fishing the rivers near Grand Marais. The medium to large rivers are maintaining mostly moderate flows with moderate turbidity, but the smaller rivers have low flows and some still have some ice coverage. Afternoon water temperatures have ranged from 37-39 degrees. Angling pressure has been light and interviewed anglers have only reported catching one brook trout. Trap totals through April 17th are 158 steelhead and zero Kamloops at the Knife River, and 462 Kamloops and 56 steelhead at the French River. An updated report will be posted on Monday.
This updated report can be seen here http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lakesuperior/management.html or by calling the DNR office at 218-525-0853 and selecting 1 for the updated fishing report.
For those not familiar with the sections of the North Shore often mentioned here is that information:
Three creel census clerks conduct angler unterviews from April through late-May on the following rivers:
LOWER SHORE: Lester, McQuade Harbor/Talmadge River, French, Sucker, and Knife
MIDDLE SHORE: Stewart, Silver, Gooseberry, Split Rock, Beaver, and Baptism
UPPER SHORE: Cross, Temperance, Poplar, Cascade, Devil Track, Kadunce, and Brule
Here is where you can find information on the smelt run: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lakesuperior/smelt.html