Report courtesy of our friends at the MN DNR

Water temperatures in the Duluth Area (Lower Shore) ranged between 37 and 44 degrees this past week.

Water temperatures in the Finland Area (Middle Shore) ranged between 35 and 40 degrees, while water temperatures in the Grand Marais Area (Upper Shore) ranged between 36 and 40 degrees.

Water temperatures are warmer at the Duluth end of the lake, resulting in more rainbow trout being caught there. Anglers interviewed by the lower shore creel clerk caught a total of 46 steelhead and 5 Kamloops. The lower shore creel takes place on the Lester, French, Sucker and Knife rivers.

Anglers interviewed by the middle shore creel clerk caught 3 steelhead and 0 Kamloops. The middle shore creel takes place on the Stewart, Silver, Gooseberry, Split Rock, Beaver, and Baptism rivers.

Anglers interviewed by the upper shore creel clerk caught 5 steelhead and 0 Kamloops. The upper shore creel takes place on the Cross, Temperance, Poplar, Cascade, Devil Track, Kadunce, Brule rivers.

Streams continue to run high, but are running clearer as of 5/2. Most North Shore watersheds received several inches of precipitation on 4/24 and 4/25. Rain is expected on 5/2 and 5/3, which should add some color to the water again. We expect numbers in the run to increase in the middle part of the shore this week as air and water temperatures increase.

As of 5/2/08, the Knife River fish trap has sampled 162 unclipped steelhead, 198 clipped steelhead, and 17 Kamloops, while the French River fish trap has sampled 44 unclipped steelhead, 6 clipped steelhead and 230 Kamloops strain rainbow trout. Very few ripe female steelhead have been sampled with the Knife River trap (>90% green), indicating, the run is still in its early stages on most streams due to low water temperatures.

this report is courtesy of the MN DNR


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