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Friday Fish Report for Aug. 19

Chinook salmon -- photo: NOAA
Chinook salmon -- photo: NOAA

Fishing has slowed down some on the inland waters, so let’s take a look at what’s happening on the big lake.

Lower Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Two Harbors:
Fishing pressure has been heavy at the Duluth Charter Dock and Knife River, and moderate at other locations. Anglers fishing for lake trout had the best success in the Duluth area during the past week.

Charters reported very good lake trout fishing. A few Chinook and coho salmon were also caught. Anglers fishing farther up the shore at McQuade Public access had only fair success.

Upper Shore of Lake Superior from Twin Points to Hovland:
Fishing pressure was heavy at Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais, moderate at Twin Points and Silver Bay and light at Hovland. Very good lake trout fishing was recorded at Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais.

Anglers reported the best lake trout fishing in offshore waters, which tended to be warmer than nearshore waters. Lake trout from the offshore water tended to be larger (in the 4 to 10 pound range) than in waters nearer to shore, where most fish were in the 2 to 3 pound range.

Both Chinook and coho salmon were reported from all stations. Taconite Harbor had success catching good numbers of coho salmon in the 17 to 20 inch range, and weighing about 2 pounds.

Anglers in Grand Marais had good success catching Chinook salmon. They caught several in the 20 to 22 inch range and a few as large as 28 inches and weighing about 8 pounds. A 13 pound Chinook salmon was caught during the Fisherman’s Picnic.