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Sucker River Angler Access - NO MORE!?

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Sucker River Access is in Jeopardy!
Are you aware that the access paths from the parking lot at Scenic Highway 61 to the downstream portion below the culvert to the mouth of the Sucker River lies within private property?If not, you should be: The paths, the wooded area on both sides of the path, the stream bank and the water to the center-line of the river is private property; you read that right, private property on both sides to the center of the river bed. Though there is an angler easement on upper stretches of the Sucker River, there is no angler easement from scenic HWY 61 downstream to the lake.


On April 19th, 2017, the Board of Directors of Minnesota Steelheader received a call from DNR Fisheries Area Supervisor Cory Goldsworthy informing us that the landowners along left-hand side of the Sucker River looking downstream had stopped by the Fisheries Office with a message: Access to all foot traffic will be legally closed.  Knowing that Minnesota Steelheader was planning on conduc…

2017 Running Creel Project Totals

DATE: 04/19/2017Lower Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloopsNumber Reported000Total Reported1198116DATE: 04/19/2017Mid Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloopsNumber Reported000Total Reported3517811DATE: 04/19/2017Upper Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloopsNumber Reported000Total Reported4171DATE: 04/19/2017Shore-Wide Totals SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloopsNumber Reported000Total Reported50293128
Ok, so we are in a bit of a pickle here...

Our creel project reporting page and form was not cooperating as some of you know. For whatever reason, the catch dates were dropping off the submitted data on our end, so we could not use or plot the data in any meaningful way.

What we are asking is that if you were kind enough to submit a creel report for any fish caught  prior to April 12th, please re-submit those numbers. It honestly doesn't matter when you submit related to when you actually caught the fish, as long as the catch total for steelhead, kamloops or brook trout is accompanied…

2017 Running Trap Summary

DATE: 04/17/2017 Knife River Flow: 108 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured20109129Total Captured10513101415DATE: 04/17/2017 Index River Avg Temp: °F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured1227129Total Captured58720607DATE: 04/14/2017 Knife River Flow: 120 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured31555586Total Captured8512011286DATE: 04/14/2017 Index River Avg Temp: °F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured34411355Total Captured46513146DATE: 04/07/2017 Knife River Flow: 226 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured24282306Total Captured54646700DATE: 04/07/2017 Index River Avg Temp: °F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured68169Total Captured1212123DATE: 04/06/2017 Knife River Flow: 288 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured000Total Captured30364394DATE: 04/06/2017 Index River Avg Temp: °F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured53154Total Captured53154DATE: 03/27/2017 Knife River Flow: EQP French …

04.07.17 Update

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Greetings! Quick update for April 7th. We are getting very close to the Lower Shore attaining what Minnesota Steelheader calls the run initiation temperature.

If you look at the chart below, you'll see our 2017 Lower Shore index stream is just about there. Keep in mind however that this is a very small stream, so while we are close, it warms far more quickly that larger streams like the Knife, so it will hit the threshold something like 7-10 days sooner.

Even so, the Knife trap was recently opened and DNR Fisheries captured some 50+ adult steelhead already up-bound on their annual spring spawning run.

French river has previously seined in the neighborhood of 400 Kamloops and 30 steelhead, and while many of those Kamloops spent a good chunk of winter in the French River, it's all very encouraging.


Couple quick graphics regarding Mid and Upper Shore. Mid Shore is moving but it has a ways to go yet. Still in what we call our pre-run phase where an average of 10% of our total a…

Latest Updates as of 04.01.17

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Greetings from Minnesota Steelheader!

Just a couple quick notes we thought worth posting. Lower Shore Stream temperature info has been scarce. This is due to some packages not having been placed yet along with various gauge outages however, the daily data which is available is finally showing an upward trend.

Brown-up is certainly helping this, and warmer temps are driving increases in flow as the remaining snow-pack melts. We are seeing a decent flush of melt-water runoff as snow remaining in the upper portions of the Lower Shore watersheds melts and hits the systems. Recall that the North Shore is heavily runoff dependent for flow, with the Lower more-so than the Upper due to more lakes and swamps feeding the Upper systems. The remaining melt runoff will be retarding the rate of temperature increase as it hits the systems at near-freezing temps, so base flows will remain cold for a little while longer.

As I said though, the general trend is finally upward. Note the strong heartbeat sig…

SGP Program - Tips for Collecting Scales from Steelhead

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SGP Program - A note from Nick Peterson, DNR Migratory Fish Specialist

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Hello again!

The 2017 spring steelhead season will be here soon! We will again be looking for avid anglers to help collect scale samples from steelhead for the second year of the Steelhead Genetics Project

I would really appreciate your help in collecting scale samples from adult steelhead you catch this spring. If you would be interested in helping out again (or for the first time!), please let me know as soon as possible so I can get you a new permit and more scale envelopes, if needed.
 A few notes for those who want to participate in 2017:

All anglers need an updated permit. I have permits ready to go and can email or mail them to anglers who participated last season. Please let me know what delivery method would work the best for you. Anglers who did not participate last year will need to contact me or another Lake Superior Area Fisheries staff to receive a permit and training on how to collect scales.

Goal for 2017: Collect more scales from smaller rivers. We had …