Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report – May 16th, 2014
Chubs and jigs have been the ticket for walleyes in six to 10 feet on Island Lake, Boulder Lake, and west of Duluth on the St. Louis River. Steelhead reports have been favorable on the Knife River and Kamloops are hitting at the French River. Shifting ice continued to limit Kamloops fishing on this end of Lake Superior early this week.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleyes are being caught with minnows in Jackfish Bay and the Louis Narrows area on Basswood Lake. The Silver Rapids area of White Iron Lake and north shore of Shagawa Lake also are kicking out walleyes on minnows. Crappie and pike reports have been poor, but will improve as the water warms.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Ice continues to limit where people can fish in this area. Northern pike and a few walleyes are being caught with minnows and jigs in the current flow area of Northern Light Lake. There’s a small spot of open water on Gunflint Lake and it’s producing lake trout in eight to 12 feet, primarily with spoons.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Anglers have caught walleyes, sauger, pike, perch, and crappies in areas with open water. Opening weekend, that meant fishing to the east, west, and north of the Ash River Visitor Center. On the west end, Bittersweet Island and Woodduck Island produced fish, as did the Tar Point area on Namakan.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121