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Local Fishing Report for Friday, Oct. 7

Chinook salmon
Chinook salmon

Inland lake fishing has slowed down and everyone’s out grouse hunting – but there’s always Lake Superior.

According to the DNR’s Lake Superior fish report, along the lower shore from Duluth to Two Harbors, fishing pressure has been moderate to heavy.

In the Duluth area, anglers had fair to good success catching lake trout at 40 to 60 feet over deeper water, to about 100 feet. The best action was in the Two Harbors area, where anglers did very well jigging off the Stewart River and off the breakwall in Two Harbors.

There have been reports of pink salmon in several rivers on the lower shore, among them the Stewart, Knife, Sucker and French rivers. Lake surface water temperatures were in the low 40s.

Along the upper shore from Twin Points to Hovland angling pressure has been generally light to moderate.

At Taconite Harbor and Grand Marais, anglers reported excellent action for large lake trout in nearshore waters in the 25 to 35 inch range, weighing 5 to 15 pounds, in water 20 to 80 feet deep. At Twin Points and Silver Bay anglers caught smaller lake trout, from 17 to 20 inches, in deeper water.

A few Chinook salmon from 19 to 22 inches were caught in deep water, and some small Chinook and coho salmon in the 12 to 15 inch range were also caught. Many pink salmon were present in the Temperance, Cascade and Brule rivers. Lake surface water temperature has been in the lower 50s.