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
With all the unseasonably warm weather, rain and general meteorological chaos going on right now, a steelheader can't help but begin to wonder...
The natural inclination is to want to at least drive by the streams if not jump out and walk them, but when you live more than a casual drive away, what do you do to scratch that persistent if not maniacal itch?
In this age of technological sorcery, there are all kinds of tools available to the steelheader, and all it takes is an internet connection and a browser that will hopefully act as a sort of electronic steelheader's version Gold Bond or Anti Monkey-Butt powder. Let's face it, the itch is ultimately incurable, but there are ways to make it less annoying.
Over the years, we have discovered a number of highly useful tools, and developed methods which allow us to keep tabs on what is happening up and down the North Shore, particularly during the early stages of Spring thaw. Year to year weather variability ma…