Monday, April 26, 2010

Fishing Report 4-26-10

From 4/23 through 4/26, water temperatures ranged from 51-52 in the morning on the Lower Shore, 45-47 on the Middle Shore, and 44-46 on the Upper Shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 53-55 on the Lower Shore, 48-52 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 49-51 degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/23 through 4/26, interviewed anglers caught 2 Steelhead and 2 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 9 Steelhead, 2 Kamloops, and 2 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 12 Steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 2 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore.

It has still not rained more than 1/10th of an inch anywhere on the shore since the snow melted in mid-March. All streams are low and clear. The run is peaking in the section of the shore from the Baptism to the Brule. Successful anglers fished early and late, used flies, spotted fish, snuck up on them, and made accurate casts.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 346 unclipped steelhead, 271 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 24 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 87 unclipped steelhead, 4 maxillary clipped steelhead and 381 Kamloops.

report provided by the MN DNR

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fishing Report 4-24-10

From 4/19 through 4/12, water temperatures ranged from 47-52 in the morning on the Lower Shore, 37-46 on the Middle Shore, and 36-46 on the Upper Shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 47-57 on the Lower Shore, 42-48 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 42-49 degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/19 through 4/22, interviewed anglers caught 11 Steelhead and 8 Kamloops on the Lower Shore, 4 Steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 1 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 2 Steelhead on the Upper Shore. The three creel clerks reported observing steelhead in every stream on the creel. Successful anglers fished early and late, used flies, spotted fish, snuck up on them, and made a good cast.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 344 unclipped steelhead, 268 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 23 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 86 unclipped steelhead, 4 maxillary clipped steelhead and 373 Kamloops.

provided by the MN DNR

Steelhead Movement Information

Here's an interesting bit of information on steelhead movement from an MS.com contributor.

Jesse made the trip up & fished April 16th-18th. After working the Lower Shore, he continued North looking for fresher fish. Around 5 p.m. on the 16th, he landed this super buck on a Mid Shore tributary. Note the "Rod Rule" on Jesse's Flyrod, great tool for keeping the fish in the water yet still getting a quick but accurate measurement:
After landing the fish & examining it for clips etc., he noticed that this fish had a Floy Tag; so he duly recorded the information & forwarded it to the DNR. You can use the new Tagged Fish Reporting Tool Here:
On the 20th the DNR contacted him regarding his fish & here's what Jesse said:
"I heard back from the DNR today on my tagged fish. It was originally tagged in 2008 at the Knife. It was recaptured this year at the Knife on April 1st. They passed it along up stream. Between the 1st and the 16th it left the Knife, swam 60 miles NE through the big lake and entered the river where I caught him."

That is some impressive movement and speaks volumes about the importance & efficacy of proper catch & release. If you get a tagged fish, please record the Date, Time, Location & Tag Number. Water temp, overall fish condition and any other comments you might have are also helpful. This information is invaluable to the DNR & you'll have fun finding out a little more about your fish. Thanks to Jesse for this great information!
Regards-
NMF

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Father and son: First Steelhead!


Spring of 2009 we corresponded with Dan, a MinnesotaSteelheader.com visitor. He was planing a first steelhead adventure with his son, Davis (13 years old). Though they were new to steelheading, Davis had been doing his homework and spent the winter tying up fly patterns. After several emails with Dan regarding technique, gear, destination possibilities, etc. they were ready for there adventure.

On a nice bluebird morning in April of '09 Myself and a couple other MN Steelheader staffers ran into Dan and Davis at a river parking area near two Harbors. It was great to bump into these two after corresponding much of the winter via email.

We visited for a while, sharing what we new from the river we were fishing and about the conditions. After looking over Davis' wonderfully tied flies and their gear we were confident that they were set up well. It was now up to their skills and some luck to get a hook up or two.

I received an email a week or two after their adventure with news that no fish were caught though they enjoyed their time together learning about this great fishery.

Today I just received a nice letter and these pictures. They both just recently returned from there 2nd annual steelhead adventure with wonderful news of fish. They each caught their first steelhead - together!

This is such great news on so many levels. First, a father spending priceless time with his son and introducing him to a new fishery. Second, great witness that you must educate yourself, be patient, and hone your skills to be a successful steelhead angler. Third, this is great witness to our mission of educating, informing and entertaining all who share our passion for the mighty Mn Steelhead.

All who are involved behind the scene of MS.com are volunteers, donating there treasures, time and talents purely because they want to share and teach others about this wonderful fishery. Unlike some people out there, we believe that introducing more people to this fishery will actually benefit all and is vital to the proliferation of Minnesota Steelhead and the ecosystem we all have a passion for.

Enjoy today and think about introducing someone to a Minnesota fishing adventure this year.

DB

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some nice steelhead!



Pictured here are MN steelheaders, Adam and Jay with a couple of nice Upper shore Steelies. These were caught over this past weekend.
Despite the low water there are still big fish up and down the shore.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fishing Report - 4-19-10

Despite the low water and bluebird days our followers are still catching fish. We have weekend reports for fish caught from the Knife all the way up to the Brule. Most of the reports are coming back with larger than normal fish too. Below is teh MN DNR weekend report.

From 4/16 through 4/18, water temperatures ranged from 47-50 in the morning on the Lower Shore, 40-46 on the Middle Shore, and 38-40 on the Upper Shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 51-58 on the Lower Shore, 47-51 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 45-49 degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/16 through 4/18, interviewed anglers caught 31 Steelhead, 12 Kamloops and 9 Coho Salmon on the Lower Shore, 33 Steelhead, 5 Kamloops, and 5 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 8 Steelhead, 1 Kamloops and 2 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore. Most fish were caught in the section of the shore from the Sucker to the Baptism. Large streams are low and clear, and smaller streams are blocked off already by gravel bars. One can visually see most fish. Successful anglers fished early and late, used flies, and snuck up on fish.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 338 unclipped steelhead, 265 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 21 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 84 unclipped steelhead, 3 maxillary clipped steelhead and 360 Kamloops.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fishing Report 4-16-10

This Monster Steelhead was caught Thursday 4/15/10. This beauty, submitted by a MS.com follower, came in at 33" long - a true North shore trophy.

Report: From 4/12 through 4/15, water temperatures ranged from 42-44 in the morning on the Lower Shore, 42-43 on the Middle Shore, and 38-40 on the Upper Shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 49-54 on the Lower Shore, 45-49 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 41-45degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/12 through 4/15, interviewed anglers caught 2 Steelhead on the Lower Shore, 19 Steelhead, 2 Kamloops, and 2 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 6 Steelhead and 7 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore. Most fish were caught in the section of the shore from the Stewart to the Baptism. No significant amount of rain fell anywhere on the shore this past week, and water levels and clarity are low and clear everywhere. Smaller tributaries are blocked off already by gravel bars.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 327 unclipped steelhead, 257 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 20 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 82 unclipped steelhead, 3 maxillary clipped steelhead and 345 Kamloops.

report provided by the MN DNR

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shorewide Temperature Information

As of 04.13.2010, the lower, mid & upper shore stream temps all are in the run/spawning range for steelhead. One slight issue: The Baptism sonde package looks like it needs to be re-calibrated. The readings appear to be about 7°F on the low side, so keep that in mind. Lower, Mid & Upper Shore index stations respectively as follows (Click Images for Larger Versions):






With the low, clear water, look for fish to be holding in the deepest holes & pockets adjacent to spawning gravel along with slots, eddies & seams in broken shallower water. Work slow, methodically & as stealthy as you can through these types of sections. Hopefully we'll get some rain soon!
Regards-
NMF

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hydrograph Tutorial

Aack!

I get so wrapped up in the data sometimes I forget that perhaps I should explain where I'm getting information from. No wonder people often look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears...

I received a couple e-mails regarding temperature information I've posted wondering how to get the information themselves. I'll show you a couple ways to get the maximum information out of the hydrographs. Prepare for steelhead information overload! (O.k., I'm exaggerating a bit)

If you open up one of the DNR/MPCA cooperative hydrographs like the Poplar, it looks like this (Click for Larger Image):




The line represents flow in cubic feet per second. 1cfs = about 7.5 gallons per second. Flow goes up, line goes up etc. If you want to see the temps however, just click on the, "data for above period (csv)" link at the bottom of the page there. This will open a csv file (comma separated value - o.k., THAT's overload!) in a spreadsheet format & the temps will be displayed along with all the other information (stage, flow etc.) for the period shown from most recent to oldest.

If you want to get fancy, click on the "Configure Hydrograph" tab at the top of the hydrograph image & it brings up this screen:


Simply change the parameters like date, add rainfall, whatever you need then click "Update Hydrograph", it's that simple.
Regards-
NMF

Monday, April 12, 2010

Staff Fishing Report

A few of the Minnesota Steelheader staff headed for a North Shore excursion this past weekend. I say excursion because with the lack of water in all the tributaries from Duluth to Canada we just didn't know if this was going to be a fishing trip or a sight seeing adventure.

We packed up our gear and headed north Thursday evening. After much discussion we decided to call Two Harbors our home for the night. The last minute planing with are buddy Greg helped as we decided to all meet up Friday morning for some Middle shore river fishing. Nothing to early as the spring like air expected to get down to 10°f. With the cold evening temps we expected the water to be a bit too chilly at first light - water was 34°f at 7:30am on the Stewart.

Arriving to our main destination by 9:30am we were ready to get our feet wet. With water temps now at 38°f and a blue bird day we new it was just a mater of time before we got the magic of the 40°s. Though the water was low we did manage to land 4 fish on Friday - one nice buck at just a hair under 30". Not huge numbers of fish for 3 guys but we weren't complaining.

We moved North around 4pm to give some northern rivers a try. Water was low at every river we stopped at but the temps were perfect. Friday evening was not very eventful, though we did manage to hook a steelie right before dinner.

On Saturday we made it all the way up to the Brule. After exploring a bit we did manage to hook into one fresh chrome steelie that put on a show of 3 consecutive 3' acrobatic jumps then a smile and kindly returned the fly to the water. It made the overheated walk in the sun worth every drop of sweat.

Overall the shore needs rain bad, but there are fish in the larger rivers and the rivers with acceptable flow. We either caught or talked with people who caught fish in 4 of the7 rivers we visited spanning from the Split Rock to the Brule. On Sunday we talked to two guys we walked out of the river with that landed 8 and 5 fish respectively in about a 4 hour time frame - middle shore river. Between two of us we only had one during the same time frame. You can bet our hind sight was killing us. We opted out of going to the hole where the the majority of those 8 fish were caught. The trust your gut lesson is still being learned...

DB

Fishing Report - 4-12-10


General Report:

From 4/9 through 4/11, water temperatures ranged from 40-44 degrees in the morning on the Lower Shore, 38-41 on the Middle Shore, and 36-38 on the Upper Shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 46-52 degrees on the Lower Shore, 43-46 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 40-43degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/9 through 4/11, interviewed anglers caught 29 Steelhead, 34 Kamloops, and 12 Coho on the Lower Shore, 13 Steelhead on the Middle Shore, and 13 Steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 5 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore. Most fish were caught in the section of the shore from the Lester to the Stewart. Water levels and clarity are fairly low and clear on the entire shore. Forecasts indicate nights will stay above freezing this week, and rain is forecast from Monday through Wednesday. If we get an inch or more of rain shorewide and stream temperatures stay above 40, we should see runs of fish shorewide.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 310 unclipped steelhead, 246 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 19 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 73 unclipped steelhead, 3 maxillary clipped steelhead and 325 Kamloops.

Fishing Report 4-9-10

General Report:

From 4/5 through 4/8, water temperatures ranged from 33-35 degrees in the morning on the entire shore. In the afternoon water temperatures ranged from 49-53 degrees on the Lower Shore, 40-48 degrees on the Middle Shore, and 39-41degrees on the Upper Shore.

From 4/5 through 4/8, interviewed anglers caught 19 Steelhead, 9 Kamloops, and 2 Coho on the Lower Shore, 55 Steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 1 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 9 Steelhead and 1 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore.

Most fish were caught in the section of the shore from the Stewart to the Split Rock. Water levels and clarity are fairly low and clear on the entire shore. Nights below freezing this week, have brought stream temperatures down each morning. We need rain shorewide, and nights above 40 degrees to bring staging fish in.
Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 273 unclipped steelhead, 216 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 16 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 68 unclipped steelhead, 3 maxillary clipped steelhead and 273 Kamloops.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Upper North Shore Temperatures

The Poplar River Sonde is a great resource for figuring out what's happening on the Upper North Shore. You can use it like an index station as it tends to track fairly closely with regards to temperature on streams like the Arrowhead Brule, Kadunce, Devil Track & Cascade Rivers.

The Upper North Shore looks to be having just as early a run as the rest of the North Shore rather than the 1-3 week lag of the Lower North Shore. Here are the latest low, average & high temperatures as of 04.09.2010 (Click Image for Larger Version):

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Delayed Fishing Report 4.03.2010

Sorry for the delay...

I was able to get in a quick trip to the lower shore on Saturday April 3rd. The rains from Friday had brought water levels up to the mid-260cfs range, but unfortunately temps dropped 4-6 degrees and clarity went way down. This made fishing very difficult.

Not many fish hooked or landed by anyone. The worst part was the wind... Attempts at high-sticking just resulted in the wind taking the line and pulling the business end up and away from where the fish were holding.

mid-afternoon was best after the sun came out. I missed 5 or 6 fish, hooked 2 (including a very large male steelhead) and landed 1 smaller kamloops hen.

Surprizingly, small yarn did the trick. I fished big and bright until about 1:30 or so; but made the switch and immediately started getting results which was shocking considering the conditions. 1/2 ply of 1/4" long orange over blue yarn got the most attention from the fish. I also saw a couple more very large steelhead hooked/landed by the only other guy fishing small yarn. Spawn fisherman only took a steelhead or two the rest of the afternoon along with one large kamloops male (~28").

Quite a few fish around all things considered, just really tough for myself.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Fishing Report 4-5-10

From 4/2 through 4/4, water temperatures ranged from 39-44 degrees in the morning and 48-50 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore.

On the Middle Shore, water temperatures ranged from 37-39 degrees in the morning and 39-44 degrees in the afternoon.

On the Upper Shore, water temperatures ranged from 36-39 degrees in the morning and 39-42 degrees in the afternoon.

From 4/2 through 4/4, interviewed anglers caught 44 Steelhead, 10 Kamloops, and 3 Coho on the Lower Shore, 50 Steelhead, 3 Kamloops, and 1 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 1 Steelhead and 4 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore. Most fish were caught in the section of the shore from the Sucker to the Split Rock. After isolated showers Friday night, water levels rose and became slightly turbid from Duluth to the Split Rock and rain did not materialize from the Split Rock to Canada. Water levels and clarity is fairly low and clear on the Upper Shore. Hopefully we get at least ½ inch of rain on Tuesday night and Thursday as predicted to bring in more fish.

Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 233 unclipped steelhead, 173 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 13 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 57 unclipped steelhead, 2 maxillary clipped steelhead and 141 Kamloops.

Fishing Report 4-2-10

The rivers on the Minnesota Shore of Lake Superior are now open from Duluth to Canada.

From 3/29 through 4/1, water temperatures ranged from 38-43 degrees in the morning and 50-51 degrees in the afternoon on the Lower Shore. On the Middle Shore, water temperatures ranged from 34-36 degrees in the morning and 41-46 degrees in the afternoon. On the Upper Shore, water temperatures ranged from 33-34 degrees in the morning and 41-45 degrees in the afternoon.

From 3/29 through 4/1, interviewed anglers caught 29 Steelhead, 13 Kamloops, 5 Coho and 1 Brook Trout on the Lower Shore, 43 Steelhead, 5 Kamloops, and 2 Brook Trout on the Middle Shore, and 3 Steelhead and 7 Brook Trout on the Upper Shore. The run is peaking on the Lower Shore, and starting to peak on the Middle Shore. Water levels and clarity is fairly low and clear, and hopefully we get at least ½ inch of rain on Friday night and Saturday as predicted to bring in more fish.

The Knife River and French River traps were opened for the first time on the morning of Sunday, March 28th. Totals for the Knife Trap are thus far are 177 unclipped steelhead, 133 maxillary clipped steelhead, and 10 Kamloops. Totals for the French River are 24 unclipped steelhead, 2 maxillary clipped steelhead and 78 Kamloops.

report provided by teh MN DNR