Western Lake Superior Fishing Report period ending July 16th, 2006
The report covers the area from Minnesota and Wisconsin Points north and south and east approximately 5.5 miles east with the best fishing at approximately 2.2 to 3.9 miles east. The report is based on actual fishing success. The sources for the fishing information are skilled recreational and commercial hook and line guides and they hope by providing you with this information, your catching is as good or better then their success.
There was little or no change in the winds or breezes which effected the temperatures of the deeper waters of Lake Superior. As expected, the waters have cooled to 38.9 degrees at 40 to 45 feet from the surface temperature which are in the very high 60's and low 70's. The currents were still coming toward the west at 2.8 mph near the south shore and flowing out into the lake at about the same speed off Minnesota Point. This condition offered a very interesting fishing experience for those anglers curious as to what was going on down below them.
The species of fish which showed the activity were the Lean Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon and Walleye. No Coho Salmon, Brown Trout or Rainbow Trout were reported caught in the area this week.
The best producing baits were spoons having the same colors as reported in last weeks report. Yellow and green with the red tail spot (Fishlander) seemed to be the hottest of the baits (4 fish to the hour) followed close by the yellow and green spoon (Northern King) at 3.5 fish to the hour). The Northern King spoon called the "Lemon" took a close third (3.2 fish to the hour) in effective spoons and the yellow and blue with the red tail spot in fourth (3 fish to the hour). They were being trolled at 1.8 to 2.0 knots at depths of 35 to 45 feet. I believe the difference in effectiveness was nothing more then which spoon was at what depth. The yellow and green with the red tail spot produced best at 45 feet while the yellow and green spoon produced best at 50 feet or just inside the 38.9 degree water. For those of you who have fished with our service before, "Old Yeller" is still the rod of action.
The tip of the week deals with watching for the logs in the lake. Recently logs have been appearing in the waters near the western end of Lake Superior. They float just at the surface, long ways, and are very hard to see in the early morning sunlight or in wavy waters. Keep a good eye watching where you are going. Strike one of those logs and your day of fishing will be very short or you may even put a good leak in your watercraft.
Check with the family and see if they want to go fishing with you. You might just be surprised at the answer you get. "YA, YA, YA"!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988