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…
For those of you not aware,the Steelhead Genetics Project
(SGP) is a cooperative research project between anglers and the Department of
Natural Resources. This project relies in great part on volunteer angler
participation to facilitate DNA sample collections. Through a special collection
permit granted by the DNR, trained anglers carefully remove scales from
presumed wild steelhead, and these samples are then submitted for genetic
analysis. The hope for SGP is that it will provide critical information needs
to advance rehabilitation efforts for Steelhead in the Minnesota waters of Lake
This project is evolving, but initial objectives were as follows: Evaluate hybridization between hatchery-raised Kamloops Rainbow Trout and naturalized (wild) SteelheadExamine the utility of genetics to identify adult
Steelhead that were stocked as fry and determine their contributions to
the adult catch in the North Shore spring fisheryDetermine strain composition, genetic variation and
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…