Between 03/30 and 04/01, cool weather conditions resulted in cold water temperatures and reportedly tough fishing conditions.
Water temperatures along the Lower Shore were approximately 38 degrees with all rivers running low and clear. Interviewed anglers reported generally slow fishing, but caught 25 Kamloops, 10 steelhead, 5 coho salmon, 1 brook trout, and 1 brown trout.
Along the Middle Shore, stream temperatures were between 33 and 39 degrees with water levels dropping and also running fairly clear. Interviewed anglers caught 7 steelhead, 4 Kamloops, 2 brook trout, and 1 northern pike.
Along the Upper Shore water temperatures were in the mid 30s and rose to only 40 degrees on Sunday afternoon. Despite some light precipitation, water levels were falling but not running as clear as streams farther down the shore. Overall fishing pressure was fairly light and interviewed anglers caught 5 steelhead and 1 Kamloops.
Trap totals through April 1stare 99 steelhead and 6 Kamloops at the Knife River, and 755 Kamloops and 45 steelhead at the French River.
Photo: Submitted by Dawn. A nice hen steelhead caught 3/28/12
Effective Immediately, Sucker River Access isCLOSED.
As of September 19th, 2018, access downstream of scenic highway 61 on both sides of the river is
no longer open for public use.Signs have been posted marking the closure areas and a notice containing additional details has been posted at the parking lot.
As many of the North Shore angling pubic
know, this same access was on the verge of closure back in April of 2017.To learn more about the history – click here. For many years, these land owners have
graciously allowed visitors to utilize paths on their property
to access the shoreline of Lake Superior. Anglers have enjoyed the benefits of ready access to the various pools, runs and
riffles as well as the mouth of the Sucker River.In recent years however, problems that can unfortunately come with open access have grown progressively worse. There
has been an increase in senseless littering, vandalism, criminal damage to property and the theft of a canoe and kayak.The landowners have endu…
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…