GRAND MARAIS AREA
According to our fishing expert Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, intermittent storms have caused some anglers to be a little more wary about venturing out on the water.
Walleye action has slowed a bit in the local lakes. Most of the advice from up the trail would indicate the best time to fish is around sunset and sunrise. Leeches are the bait of choice right now but don’t pass up the chubs because some anglers are having good success with minnows.
If action is what you’re looking for during the day then smallmouth bass are the best choice. The action is good on Poplar, Hungry Jack, Seagull, Crescent, just about all the usual smallie lakes. Leeches and crawlers for bobber fishing; Mepps spinners or spoons cast toward shore.
Rainbow lakes reporting good action include all the old standbys, Leo, Kimball, Trout and Mink lakes. Crawlers on the drift or just off the bottom if you’re bobber fishing.
Good word on some lake trout. On Daniels and Mayhew lakes the lakers were hitting at about 25 feet. Try a jig or silver spoon with a larger minnow. Also, for some who want to trek into the BWCAW word is Gillis Lake was producing very well for lake trout.