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Local Fish Report

Walleye image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

There are lots fish in Cook County lakes – the trick is to know where they are and how to catch them. WTIP wants to help fill out your stringer by posting a weekly report on what’s biting and where. 

Tune in to DayBreak every Friday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. for the latest report.


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Rainbow trout

Local fish report for Friday, September 27

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, trout and grouse make for a perfect fall day.

Fishing picked up a little over the past week as people were fishing rock piles and humps in the 15 to 20 foot range. There was decent action on Seagull and Gunflint Lakes.

For some of the smaller lakes you can head to Two Island or Kemo lakes and give it a shot. Try off the rocks in Two Island in 12 to 15 feet or so.

Rainbows in Leo Lake were being caught down deep on night crawlers and head to Trout Lake for a few rainbows. Try Shoe Lake for a little casting from shore.

Other than that, just get out there and enjoy these fabulous fall days ahead.
 

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Walleye

Local fish report for Friday, September 6

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, good weather means continued good fishing.

Looks like another beautiful week ahead to go fishing. Walleyes, bass, northerns, brookies and rainbows, all seemed very cooperative this past week. Bear hunting has begun and Grouse season is approaching so it’s all coming together.

Walleyes were biting in Two Island, Devil Track and the Twin Lakes. Mostly a morning and evening bite but there’s still a few getting taken midday. Try trolling in 12 to 18 feet using leech and crawler rigs. You might want to try Poplar or Homer lakes too.

Bass are everywhere, Hungry Jack, Devilfish, Poplar, they’re all giving up the bass.

Lake Superior is still doing well. Both lakers and cohos, (watch out for all the pinks too) are hitting anything watermelon colored.

For all you brook trout fisherman not afraid to crash some brush, the good word is on the streams.

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Tackle box with vintage lures

Local fish report for Friday, August 30

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, fishing continues to be good despite the hot weather.

Walleye action still seems to be in the 12 to 18 foot range in the rocks and along weed edges with night crawlers and leeches being the baits of choice.

Some lakes with decent action include: Hungry Jack, Poplar, the Twin Lakes, Two Island, Cascade, and Brule.

On Lake Superior lakers are being found around 200 feet or so with Salmon being fished at 125 feet or less. Action is still pretty good out there.

Rainbows are being had in Trout Lake, Leo, Ram and Mink lakes. Most are using crawlers for live bait. Brookies in the streams of course, but also a few lakes like Shoe, Carrot, Vale, and Gadwell if you’re in for a hike.

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Early tackle advertisement

Local fish report for Friday, August 2

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, walleyes continue to keep anglers happy.

A jig and leech is pulling in walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Devil Fish Lake and Pike Lake; in 10 to 15 feet at Two Island, and in 25 feet at Loon.

Walleyes also can be had with the same rig in 18 to 22 feet at Poplar Lake or with Rapalas at Devil Track Lake in eight to 12 feet.

On the big lake, anglers are finding lake trout suspended over 150 to 200 feet and salmon are being taken with Dipsey Divers in 100 feet or less.

Crawlers are taking in rainbows in 20 to 22 feet at Trout and Leo lakes and brook trout at Loft Lake. Top water baits continue to give anglers steady smallmouth action at Hungry Jack in 15 feet.

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Rainbow trout

Local fish report for Friday, July 26

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, walleyes continue to keep anglers happy.

Walleye action has been strong with Rapalas in 6 to 12 feet at Crescent, Devil Track, and Hungry Jack lakes. Leeches are working best in 12 to 18 feet on Poplar and 11 to 15 feet at McFarland. Crawlers are working on East and West Twin lakes in 9 to 15 feet.

Smallmouth bass are taking crawlers down to 20 feet on Hungry Jack, 10 to 15 at Poplar, and along the shorelines of Devil Track.

Lakers are suspended over 50 to 60 feet at Greenwood Lake, over 30 to 45 feet at Sag, and down 60 feet at Gunflint Lake.

Rainbows are taking crawlers at Leo and Rose lakes.

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Wobblers

Local fish report for Friday, July 19

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, if your fishing walleyes, keep an eye on the water temperature.

Good reports out of Seagull this week, Walleyes in the 12 to 18 or 20 foot range trolling the flats. Some other lakes with walleye action included Gunflint, Sag, Two Island, and Devil Track.

Smallies seem to hitting on all cylinders. Hungry Jack, Poplar, Devilfish.

Trout action on Duncan and Daniels in 25 to 30 feet with the fish suspended. Loon Lake was also productive though perhaps a little deeper. Trout Lake started going with some smaller Lake Trout but the rainbows were also hitting.

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Local fish report for Friday, July 12

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, the walleyes are finally moving into deeper water.

Walleyes are taking both crawlers and leeches on the reefs at 10- to 18-feet in Saganaga, Seagull, Hungry Jack, Devil Fish, Loon, Homer, and Cascade.

Smallmouths are in 15 to 22 feet on Hungry Jack, not quite as deep on Poplar -- 12 to 18 feet and shallower still at Devil Track 10 to 15 feet.

Spoons and jigs are picking up lake trout in over 45 feet of water on Greenwood Lake, over 55 feet on Loon, and over 30 feet on Daniels.

Word is, spinners are turning rainbows on Leo Lake in 15 feet.

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Wobblers

Local fish report for Friday, July 5

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, the walleyes are once again hanging out fairly shallow…

Walleyes are still hitting in less than 12 feet on most lakes including Caribou, Seagull, East Twin, Two Island, Hungry Jack, and Northern Light.

Lake trout are suspended over deep water and hitting spoons or ciscoes at Lake Saganaga and Seagull.

Leo Lake and Esther Lake are producing rainbow trout on crawlers in 12 to 15 feet and Lost Lake is giving up a few brook trout in 18 feet.

Smallmouth bass are hitting on the shallow rocks and shorelines of most lakes, while sucker minnows are producing pike on Homer Lake and Northern Light.

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Local fish report for Friday, June 28

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, the walleyes are once again hanging out fairly shallow…

Fish are still shallow, especially in the mornings and close to sundown. They’re still in the 4 to 8 foot range or even less in some cases. People are throwing lures up near shore on the rocks and the walleyes are taking it right away.

Lichen, Homer, Gunflint, Poplar, all are giving up the fish in pretty good numbers. The lakes are starting to heat up a little and anglers are turning to leeches, but staying with minnows if the lake temperature is down.

There’s some really good brookie fishing for those of you who want to battle the bugs. When the bugs are bad and the lilacs are blooming, it’s time to get out there with a spinner or a hook and a crawler or a fly.

Smallies are doing pretty well in Hungry Jack, Devil Track, Homer, Poplar and anywhere else bass are likely to be. They’re fishing in depths between 8 and 15 feet on the average.

Northerns were smoking using sucker minnows. Some were caught as shallow as 3 feet. One last mention for Lake Superior, plenty of people are heading out and catching Lake Trout and a few salmon as well. Most everyone went 150 feet or more.

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Rainbow trout

Local fish report for Friday, June 21

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, the walleyes are still hanging out fairly shallow…

With the late spring we’ve been having, the question is when will walleyes start heading for deeper water? They’re coming in shallow in the evening at from 4 to 10 feet.

Minnows are still going strong but there’s more and more action from leeches.
Northern Light, Two Island, Devil Track, and Elbow are doing fine. Also, Poplar and Birch were doing well.

Smallies in 12 to 18 feet of water in Hungry Jack, Devil Track, and Northern Light, are biting on crawlers and cranks. Troll a Rapala or two and you should do alright. Probably pick up a walleye on the way.

Lakers in Greenwood, Sag and Seagull are suspended in forty feet of water or so. Trolling spoons was also successful.

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