Monday, April 30, 2012

Sucker River Clean Up - Postponed due to cleanliness

Hard to believe we would ever have to postpone a River clean up due to cleanliness... but it is true!

After a survey of the lower stretches along the banks of the Sucker River last weekend, our crew of 3 staff members discovered, a lack of trash.  In fact, a walk down to the lake produced only one single pop can and a small plastic bag. That is it! 

After reviewing the 2012 clean up campaign we felt it would be better if our group efforts were utilized more thoroughly.  The idea of  a dozen people making the drive, several from the cities, with not much to collect, just didn't seem like a good use of voluneet time.  So, we have decided to postponed the clean up date until the fall salmon run, tying it in with our annual streamside salmon & trout fishing clinic. Letting the spring and summer tourist season pass will maximize a larger collection of trash and just in time to beat the winter snow pack.

Having said all that, there will still be a few of us activly picking up trash along the Sucker river throughout the remander of the spring run.  We thank all of you who have already been picking up trash along the Sucker, as well as other rivers.  Please keep up the fine work.  for those interested in helping out this fall please stay tuned to our Website, this blog and our facebook page for more details.

If you still plan to be in the area of the Sucker River on Sunday, shoot us an email ASAP as some of us will be there too.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

2012 Creel Analysis

 
And some creel analysis... Still good steelheading to be had!

Regards-
NMF

2012 Preliminary Trap/Run Analysis





Had a chance to do some initial analysis of the Lower Shore Combined Trap Numbers (Knife and French) and the result is shown above. Keep in mind the temperatures are adjusted by a factor of Ten so the relationships can be seen better against the high flow and fish numbers. There are still fish to be had on the Lower Shore, so get out after 'em!

Regards-
NMF

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Despite Good Flows, Cold Water Dampens Fishing

Interesting Article by Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune. Very instructive with regards to temperature/flow interactions.

Regards-
NMF

Monday, April 09, 2012

Minnesota DNR trucks Knife River steelhead past waterfalls

In an unprecedented move because of low water levels, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials on Friday began transporting steelhead from the Knife River fish trap upstream past the Second Falls on the Knife River to assist the fish on their spawning migrations. The fish are being transported about 5½ miles in tanks on trucks.

By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune

Read the article - click here.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Fishing Report: 4-6-12

Between 04/02 and 04/05, cold nights resulted in morning water temperatures of about 38 degrees, warming to the mid to upper 40s by the afternoon along the Lower Shore.  Interviewed anglers caught 9 Kamloops and 4 steelhead.  The lack of precipitation has kept rivers running low and clear.  Anglers are seeing many fish in the rivers but most report slow fishing. 

Along the Middle Shore, morning water temperatures were in the mid to upper 30s while afternoon temperatures reached the mid 40s.  Water levels were falling and becoming increasingly clear.  Interviewed anglers caught 6 steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 1 brook trout. 

Along the Upper Shore, flows in the smaller streams dropped considerably, but the larger rivers maintained reasonable flows throughout the week.  Clear water conditions now prevail in both large and small tributaries.  Upper Shore water temperatures rose quickly within the past few days, reaching the mid to upper 40s in the afternoons.  Fish were observed jumping falls with the warming water.  Interviewed anglers caught 4 steelhead, 1 Kamloops, and 1 brook trout. 

Report provided by Josh Blankenheim  MN DNR

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Latest Creel Stats

Here's the latest Shorewide Creel information.
Regards-
NMF

Fishing Report - 4-2-12

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
Report provided by MN DNR


2012 Lower Shore Spring Trap Summary

DATE: 05/13/2012Knife River Flow: 19cfsSucker River Temp: 57.45°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured91
Total Captured30220
DATE: 05/13/2012Sucker River Flow: 10cfsSucker River Temp: 57.45°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured00
Total Captured1171240
DATE: 05/10/2012Knife River Flow: 29cfsSucker River Temp: 55.85°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured100
Total Captured29319
DATE: 05/10/2012Sucker River Flow: 16cfsSucker River Temp: 55.85°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured122
Total Captured1171240
DATE: 05/06/2012Knife River Flow: 45cfsSucker River Temp: 48.34°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured30
Total Captured28319
DATE: 05/06/2012Sucker River Flow: 24cfsSucker River Temp: 48.34°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured928
Total Captured1161218
DATE: 05/03/2012Knife River Flow: 60cfsSucker River Temp: 57.49°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured100
Total Captured28019
DATE: 05/03/2012Sucker River Flow: 25cfsSucker River Temp: 57.49°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured928
Total Captured1161218
DATE: 04/29/2012Knife River Flow: 42cfsSucker River Temp: 53.8°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured71
Total Captured27019
DATE: 04/29/2012Sucker River Flow: 21cfsSucker River Temp: 53.8°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured00
Total Captured1071190
DATE: 04/25/2012Knife River Flow: 67cfsSucker River Temp: 48.64°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured182
Total Captured26318
DATE: 04/25/2012Sucker River Flow: 32cfsSucker River Temp: 48.64°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured2658
Total Captured1071190
DATE: 04/22/2012Knife River Flow: 105cfsSucker River Temp: 40.86°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured220
Total Captured2451618142
DATE: 04/22/2012Sucker River Flow: 48cfsSucker River Temp: 40.86°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured44
Total Captured811132
DATE: 04/19/2012Knife River Flow: 301cfsSucker River Temp: 40.14°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured141??
Total Captured2231618142
DATE: 04/19/2012Sucker River Flow: 110cfsSucker River Temp: 40.14°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured1058
Total Captured771128??
DATE: 04/15/2012Knife River Flow: 50cfsSucker River Temp: 47.93°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured472
Total Captured20915
DATE: 04/15/2012Sucker River Flow: 35cfsSucker River Temp: 47.93°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured00
Total Captured671070
DATE: 04/12/2012Knife River Flow: 27cfsSucker River Temp: 42.96°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured172
Total Captured16213
DATE: 04/12/2012Sucker River Flow: 15cfsSucker River Temp: 42.96°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured448
Total Captured671070
DATE: 04/08/2012Knife River Flow: 66cfsSucker River Temp: 42.98°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured141??
Total Captured1451111332
DATE: 04/08/2012Sucker River Flow: 21cfsSucker River Temp: 42.98°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured2101??
Total Captured631022594
DATE: 04/05/2012Knife River Flow: 45cfsSucker River Temp: 43.12°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured324
Total Captured13110
DATE: 04/05/2012Sucker River Flow: 20cfsSucker River Temp: 43.12°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured16166
Total Captured61921
DATE: 04/01/2012Knife River Flow: 66cfsSucker River Temp: 40.57°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured60
Total Captured996
DATE: 04/01/2012Sucker River Flow: 29cfsSucker River Temp: 40.57°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured20294
Total Captured45755
DATE: 03/29/2012Knife River Flow: 55cfsSucker River Temp: 38.52°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured936
Total Captured936
DATE: 03/29/2012Sucker River Flow: 32cfsSucker River Temp: 38.52°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured25461
Total Captured25461
DATE: 03/25/2012Knife River Flow: 127cfsSucker River Temp: 40.09°F
Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured00
Total Captured00
DATE: 03/26/2012Sucker River Flow: 42cfsSucker River Temp: 37.16°F
French RiverSteelheadKamloopsUnclipped Clipped
Number Captured00
Total Captured00