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Local fish report for Friday, July 13

Chinook salmon
Chinook salmon

According to our fishing expert Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, It’s been hot outside and walleye fishing has slowed quite a bit.

For walleyes, people are generally fishing in the 12 to 15 or 18 foot range in the evening. Leeches are the bait of choice while nightcrawlers are definitely picking up. Some are still jigging or using live baits trolling slowly. Others have settled in with slip bobbers.

Lakes worth mentioning include Two Island, Pike, Brule, and Hungry Jack. But don’t forget to check out Lichen, Cascade, or Homer lakes either.

Smallmouth bass keep on hittin’ during the day. Devil Track, Poplar, Hungry Jack, and even Gunflint Lake. Most are using crawlers and minnows in 10 to 16 feet of water. Crankbaits and spinners are doing a number on the bass too.

Lake trout are being had on Saganaga in 60 to 80 feet suspended in 40 to 60 feet of water. Anglers are jigging as well as slow trolling with spoons. Mayhew was also giving up a couple in 40 to 50 feet suspended at 30 to 40 feet. Ciscoes seemed to be the bait of choice.

The biggest story of the week is Lake Superior as many people are hitting the lake for salmon and lakers. Depths reported have been 80 to 110 feet and also some were in forty feet of water trolling in 20 to 25 feet for salmon.
Lake Trout reports are deeper, in the 150 to 200 foot range off the bottom.

All this is taking place near Grand Marais from Lutsen to Five-Mile rock.