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Local Fishing Report for June 18

Northern pike
Northern pike


The experts are telling us that the fishing situation has remained pretty much the same this week as it was last week. This means good fishing is still going strong. 

The LAKE TROUT are biting like crazy. Most of the lake trout lakes are reacting the same…30 feet deep or so, try a jig with a minnow or cisco up and down the column to find where the fish are suspended. Some are off the bottom. Also, try jigging a Swedish pimple or buckshot lure.

Some of the good lakes for trout include: Saganaga , Seagull ,Gunflint ,Daniels ,and Trout Lake.

WALLEYE fishing is picking up -- look for the windy bays. Find some weed beds or rock piles and use a jig with a leech in 8 to 10 feet of water. Later in the evening is still best but the fishing has picked up a little for some lakes during the day. Up at Sag they’re getting fish in the 18 to 20 inch range at these depths. So if you want a bunch of “eaters”, try Sag.
Some of the other area lakes reporting good action include: Seagull, Hungry jack, Elbow, Birch, Brule and Cascade . Use the same strategy.


NORTHERN fishing is still hot. A sucker in about 8 to 12 feet of water is working well as is slow trolling with daredevils and rapalas. Area lakes include: Devil Track, Northern Light , Hungry Jack, Swamp, and Seagull.

SMALLMOUTH fishing is going well and some of the guides don’t believe that the fish will enter their spawning beds this year as they are behaving differently this spring. People are finding smallies both shallow and deep using nightcrawlers and minnows. Try casting some spinning lures for a little action as well. They shouldn’t be too difficult to find as many are being found in typical walleye locations.


Some good smallie lakes include: Saganaga , Seagull, Hungry Jack, Northern Light, and Devil Track.


RAINBOW action is still going strong too, if trout is your game. Nightcrawlers off the bottom in about 15 to 20 feet seems the way to go. You can also try a few Mepps spinners for some action. Area lakes with good action are Leo, Ram, Trestle Pine, and Mink.


Finally we have a few brook trout lakes to fish but anglers are reluctant to give up their secrets. We were able to weasel the names of a couple of lakes to try, including Carrot, Shoe, Bath , and Mulligan lakes.