Smallmouth, largemouth, walleye, panfish and pike are all being caught shallow and hungry.
May 14, 2023
Shary Zoff has a dam problem.
“This area used to be a little lake,” Zoff said, gesturing toward a patch of clumpy brown grass.
As she hesitantly moves her feet, Zoff steps through pockets of grass and snow toward the cold, flowing waters of the West Branch of the Knife River. Her home is nearby, just over the ridge from this quiet piece of wilderness situated about 10 miles from Two Harbors and Lake Superior.
First the bad news – invasive spongy moths are still present in New York and remain a threat to its forests.
But there’s also good news. A few years into an aggressive program to control the insects formerly known as gypsy moths, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is reporting significant progress.
On a wall inside an old shed sit a dozen small jars.
Some are small, 1-ounce glass bottles, and others are plastic, 16-ounce jars that held bait. They are all empty now, but at one time they contained the scent of success for my trapline. Mink, fox, muskrat – you name it – I had a scent that was bound to work.