2011 Photo Contest has begun - Enter Now!

2011 Photo Contest - Starts today!

Did you take any great photos from this Spring steelhead season?  If so, enter them in our 2011 Photo Contest!

All winning Photograph Photographers will receive a "goody bag" from Minnesota steelheader and the winning photos will be featured across our website, and social media pages.

Here are the rules:

1. Photo must be taken from Minnesota waters in 2011
2. jpg files only
3. Supply photographer's name, address and phone number
4. Enter as many photos as you wish
5. One winner will be selected from each category
6. Winner will be featured on our website and news blog
7. Deadline - July 10th, 2011
8. Submit by emailing to the email shown below or visit our website's contact page

1. Fish Photograph (with angler)
2. Misc. steelheading/tackle photograph
2. Scenic photograph
3. Funny photograph
4. Youth photograph

Note:  By submitting your photos, you are giving Minnesota Steelheader(MS) the rights to publish your photograph on www. minneostasteelheader.com, all related (MS) internet based social media, and in any related printed form for the use of promoting Minnesota Steelheader and our North Shore fishery.

All personal information supplied to (MS) will be keep exclusively on file with Minnesota Steelheader and will not be shared with anyone.


John said…
So "The Run" is pretty much over....Is there any other fish oppertunities in the summer. Is there ever a time for Smallmouth, Longnosed Sucker, Sturgeon, Walleye, etc. in the North Shore Rivers? Is it only a spring Steel run and a small fall Salmon run??
NMF said…

I've seen people catch all kinds of species out of the North Shore tribs during the summer. I've caught plenty of trout and depending on the trib, lots of smallmouth. The smallmouth unfortunately topped out at no more than 12" but were fun none the less.

June-ish is also a good time to fish the mouths and outflows for lakers. They come up shallow to feed on smolt that are emigrating to the lake.

I've never personally caught a walleye in the tribs, but I have seen some very large fish near the mouths and in the deeper lake-pool portions themselves while scuba-diving.

Much of the success on other (Lake) species in the tribs seems to depend on flows being adequate. I'm not positive but I would suspect it has more to do with stream temps being in tolerable ranges as opposed to flow being ideal(unless the flow is really low - then it all shuts down). Seems like a cooler summer rain helps spur action.

I have also observed coasters in the tribs as early as the second week in July. I would only ask that when temps are up, you consider not specifically targeting these fish. Mortality rates rapidly increase at stream temperatures of 64 degrees and above under natural conditions (Peterson et. al. 1979). Adding the stressors of even a short fight under these conditions will likely kill the fish.

All of this of course relates to the environment below the first barrier; above is a whole other interesting world to explore. If you're interested in exploring the lower reaches for other species, look for tribs with large, complex lake pool systems such as are found at Beaver and Temperance for example.

Regards and have a wonderful holiday everyone!

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