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2017 Running Creel Project Totals

DATE: 05/20/2017Lower Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/09339Total Reported31194176DATE: 05/20/2017Mid Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/094210Total Reported5434018DATE: 05/20/2017Upper Shore SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/093181Total Reported42765DATE: 05/20/2017Shore-Wide Totals SpeciesBrook Trout SteelheadKamloops#Reported Since 5/09104210Total Reported127610199
As many of you know, the MS Creel Project reporting page and form was not cooperating for a period of time. Once that was corrected, it turns out that there was a secondary issue with the back-end related to mail. We send the submissions to a mailbox, but that mailbox wasn't getting submissions.  Long sad technical story....

It looks like we are getting everything now, but we are missing quite a bit of data from prior submissions. We're not quite sure how to deal with that; we're still working on a plan so we'll let you know.

If you continue to …

2017 Running Trap Summary

DATE: 05/19/2017 Knife River Flow: 461 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number CapturedTRAPCLOSED0Total Captured14215621704DATE: 05/19/2017 Index River Avg Temp: °F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured11011Total Captured76139800DATE: 05/15/2017 Knife River Flow: 45 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number CapturedTRAPCLOSED0Total Captured14215621704DATE: 05/15/2017 Index River Avg Temp: 50.41°F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured24024Total Captured75039789DATE: 05/12/2017 Knife River Flow: 51 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number CapturedTRAPCLOSED0Total Captured14215621704DATE: 05/12/2017 Index River Avg Temp: 54.02°F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured15217Total Captured72639765DATE: 05/09/2017 Knife River Flow: 68 CFS French RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured42832Total Captured14215621704DATE: 05/09/2017 Index River Avg Temp: 50.39°F Knife RiverSteelheadKamloopsTotal Number Captured30333Total Captured71137748DATE: 04/30/2017 …

SGP Program Announcement

Attention all Steelhead Genetics Program Volunteers!

A number of you, particularly volunteers who live on or primarily fish the Upper North Shore, had previously requested a more convenient way to submit scale samples.

The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Steelheader are pleased to announce the addition of a second sample collection box at the Poplar River.

Lutsen Resort was kind enough to allow installation of the second collection box on the side of the boathouse. This is located just upstream from the covered foot-bridge which crosses the Polar River. When you drive in, simply follow Resort Road around the Lodge until you see the boathouse, it will be on your left - Location circled in red.

This second location is just off of Steelhead 61, approximately 20 miles south of the Gunflint Trail and Grand Marais. The new location should make it much easier and more convenient for Upper Shore Anglers to drop off SGP samples. DNR Creel Clerks will be checking this location regularly and collecting …

Sucker River Angler Access - NO MORE!?

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…

04.07.17 Update

Greetings! Quick update for April 7th. We are getting very close to the Lower Shore attaining what Minnesota Steelheader calls the run initiation temperature.

If you look at the chart below, you'll see our 2017 Lower Shore index stream is just about there. Keep in mind however that this is a very small stream, so while we are close, it warms far more quickly that larger streams like the Knife, so it will hit the threshold something like 7-10 days sooner.

Even so, the Knife trap was recently opened and DNR Fisheries captured some 50+ adult steelhead already up-bound on their annual spring spawning run.

French river has previously seined in the neighborhood of 400 Kamloops and 30 steelhead, and while many of those Kamloops spent a good chunk of winter in the French River, it's all very encouraging.

Couple quick graphics regarding Mid and Upper Shore. Mid Shore is moving but it has a ways to go yet. Still in what we call our pre-run phase where an average of 10% of our total a…

Latest Updates as of 04.01.17

Greetings from Minnesota Steelheader!

Just a couple quick notes we thought worth posting. Lower Shore Stream temperature info has been scarce. This is due to some packages not having been placed yet along with various gauge outages however, the daily data which is available is finally showing an upward trend.

Brown-up is certainly helping this, and warmer temps are driving increases in flow as the remaining snow-pack melts. We are seeing a decent flush of melt-water runoff as snow remaining in the upper portions of the Lower Shore watersheds melts and hits the systems. Recall that the North Shore is heavily runoff dependent for flow, with the Lower more-so than the Upper due to more lakes and swamps feeding the Upper systems. The remaining melt runoff will be retarding the rate of temperature increase as it hits the systems at near-freezing temps, so base flows will remain cold for a little while longer.

As I said though, the general trend is finally upward. Note the strong heartbeat sig…

SGP Program - Tips for Collecting Scales from Steelhead


SGP Program - A note from Nick Peterson, DNR Migratory Fish Specialist

Hello again!

The 2017 spring steelhead season will be here soon! We will again be looking for avid anglers to help collect scale samples from steelhead for the second year of the Steelhead Genetics Project

I would really appreciate your help in collecting scale samples from adult steelhead you catch this spring. If you would be interested in helping out again (or for the first time!), please let me know as soon as possible so I can get you a new permit and more scale envelopes, if needed.
 A few notes for those who want to participate in 2017:

All anglers need an updated permit. I have permits ready to go and can email or mail them to anglers who participated last season. Please let me know what delivery method would work the best for you. Anglers who did not participate last year will need to contact me or another Lake Superior Area Fisheries staff to receive a permit and training on how to collect scales.

Goal for 2017: Collect more scales from smaller rivers. We had …

Steelhead Genetics Project - First Findings

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 Superior.

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 st…