Houston's fishing report: Smallmouth, walleyes hitting in Chequamegon Bay area
Water surface temps are holding in the mid-50s, for the most part, but some waters are dipping down and some are staying in the 60s depending on where you are. The waters that were gushing out of the rivers and tributaries are coming back to normal now.
Anglers on Lake Superior are having some decent smallmouth and walleye fishing in the Chequamegon Bay area. Casting near slough areas where the water is warm has been hit or miss, but the deeper transitions to 25 feet have been good.
Stream fishing is in full force. Plan to see the rivers hosting anglers at most bends. Fresh steelhead are coming in. The best tactic has been float indicators with an "X" fly pattern. Some anglers are still finding success casting small spinners, and Flatfish are taking a fish here and there.
The St. Louis River is seeing some angling pressure and putting out a few nice walleyes and crappies. Jig-and-minnow presentations have been a good bet, targeting areas near structure or channel turns. Don't be afraid to pitch shorelines with heavy vegetation. Muskie angling has been getting better with lots of reports of follows. We're still waiting for the water temps to continue to drop, though.
Inland lake fishing is still going strong, especially for largemouth bass. Wacky worm rigs and other plastics are working by pitching to weed cover and docks. Lots of homeowners have already removed summer docks, so resident fish have relocated to new areas. Panfish are hitting in the 10- to 15-feet range of water depth on 1/16-ounce jigs, ice jigs or slip-bobber rigs. Some anglers are seeing great crappie catches.
Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.