Jarrid Houston, for the News Tribune
Open water has hung on longer this year than last. Lots of anglers are antsy to get out ice fishing, but we will have to wait a little longer as temperatures are just starting to be consistently below freezing. Until then we still have some open water fishing opportunities for diehard anglers.
What a roller coaster weather ride it was last week. The Northland has received plenty of rain that's raised water levels everywhere. The St. Louis River and numerous other tributaries are high, dirty and fast. But most of the rain feel at night and we were able to get out on fairly mild days to fish. And the fishing success last week was pretty dang good.
Brrr, what a chilly season this has been. Wool socks, gloves and a couple of hand warmers have been very necessary for fishing. Don't short yourself dressing for the weather. But, at least the fish have been cooperating.
I think it is safe to say we can now leave the shorts and sandals at home. I was holding out hope we may get into some comfortable late autumn weather but it seems instead we are moving at a rapid pace toward a very first ice. It would be nice to get a few more open water outings in before winterizing the boat. Last week saw some waters clear up after the previous week's wind and rain, although western Lake Superior and the St. Louis River were still a bit muddy. Water temps were anywhere from 45 to 55 degrees and the fall bite is in full swing.
Water temps on lakes and rivers around the Twin Ports areas are fluctuating somewhere between 48-60 degrees depending on where you are. One thing is certain, they continue to drop. This last week we have seen plenty of cold temperatures, rain, wind and even some signs of snow, and that made fishing touch and go.
Fishing was successful last week — especially for walleyes, bass, pike and crappies — in select inland waters in the Northland. Stream fishing is going well too, and with all the opportunities this time of year, it can be a difficult to make decisions on what to do. I like to refer to this month as "Rocktober."
It's time to bust out the fall clothing. Temps in the area have dropped now that we are officially into the fall season. We're starting to see the green shorelines turn into a mixture of browns, reds and oranges. It won't be long until we are in the peak fall color. Fishing success usually is a sure bet throughout this time of year and we look forward to tackling some awesome outings as we close out our open water season. Hopefully the weather cooperates better than last week.
Water temps have been dropping and unstable weather was the constant last week. Different pressure systems have certainly brought forth some challenging conditions.
Fishing in the Twin Ports area was up and down last week. The warm temperatures we had were welcome. But the warmth came in the early stages of fall turnover and this made for some tough fishing in some places. We're still seeing average water temps between 65-75 degrees but fall colors are starting to show up on shorelines and, as days get shorter and evenings get cooler, autumn is on the way.