Fishing Report 4-20-09

The rivers go from being open on the Lower Shore and Middle Shore, to semi-open on the Upper Shore. Water temperatures ranged from 35-36 degrees in the morning and 38-42 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore. Water temperatures throughout the day range from 34-37 on the Middle Shore and 33-35 on the Upper Shore.

Interviewed anglers caught 18 Kamloops, 11 Steelhead, and 1 Coho on the Lower Shore, 1 Steelhead on the Middle Shore, and nothing on the Upper Shore this past weekend. The run will likely peak on the Lower Shore this week (Thursday and Friday) if afternoon air temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s with sunshine, as predicted. Flows on the Lower Shore crested on Saturday and are now declining. Lower shore streams are also clearing up and carrying less debris, while Middle and Upper shore streams are still very turbid and carry ice chunks and debris.

The Knife River trap had 14 steelhead in it on Saturday after a warm sunny day on Friday (72 degrees), but a cold front on Saturday and Sunday (daytime air temperatures in the low to mid-30’s) resulted in only 3 steelhead on Sunday and 1 on Monday. Flows at the French River are decreasing, and we should be able to open the adult trap and seine this Wednesday (4/22/09).

Info provided by the MN DNR

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