GRAND MARAIS AREA
According to our fishing expert Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, word is the walleyes were shallow last week and the bite has slowed -- so try a little deeper.
Jigs and minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet at Saganaga and Seagull. The best depth is 10 feet at Pike Lake, 15 feet at Poplar and in eight feet at Elbow.
Lake trout are hitting spoons or minnows about 30 feet down at Greenwood and Duncan.
Crawlers are the ticket for rainbow trout at Kimball and Mink and smallmouth bass action has been strong in shallow water on most lakes.
The DNR manages some trophy brook trout lakes in the area where you can try your hand at fly fishing. These are catch-and-release only lakes, but the state has been managing these fish specifically for size, so treat them gently.
Thrush Lake off the Ball club road is one trophy lake. You’ll have to portage to get there. Indications are there are plenty of fish and plenty of size to the fish so find a map and check it out.
Turnip Lake is another trophy brookie lake to check out. Catch-and-release only, single hook and no live bait. Easily found up in the Veggie Lakes, it’s only about a quarter mile jaunt from the access road to the lake.
While you’re in the Veggie Lake area you might hit Tomato Lake too. It has the same regs as the others, Catch-and -Release only, single hooks, and no live bait.