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…
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…
DATE: 05/20/2017Lower ShoreSpeciesBrook TroutSteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/09339Total Reported31194176DATE: 05/20/2017Mid ShoreSpeciesBrook TroutSteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/094210Total Reported5434018DATE: 05/20/2017Upper ShoreSpeciesBrook TroutSteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/093181Total Reported42765DATE: 05/20/2017Shore-Wide TotalsSpeciesBrook TroutSteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/09104210Total Reported127610199 As many of you know, the MS Creel Project reporting page and form was not cooperating for a period of time. Once that was corrected, it turns out that there was a secondary issue with the back-end related to mail. We send the submissions to a mailbox, but that mailbox wasn't getting submissions. Long sad technical story....
It looks like we are getting everything now, but we are missing quite a bit of data from prior submissions. We're not quite sure how to deal with that; we're still working on a plan so we'll let you know.