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Local Fish Report for July 30

7/30/10 -- 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.
According to our fish finder, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware in Grand Marais, another week has passed and with the hot, muggy weather we seem to have hit the WALLEYE doldrums. There are reports of people getting a few of the fish, but most anglers are striking out.

Even if it’s a bit shaky out there for old glass eyes, SMALLMOUTH BASS are doing well so you might want to fish bass during the day and try for walleyes early mornings or later in the evening. You can do that on the same lakes. All the smallie lakes are reporting success but here are a couple of suggestions: Seagull, Hungry Jack, Devil Track, and Devilfish.

Lake Superior is giving up its SALMON and LAKE TROUT with a passion. People are catching them shallow either flat lining or downrigging. Depth ranges from 20 to 80 feet are being reported for salmon, though trout are slightly deeper.

RAINBOW TROUT fishing is still going strong whether you use night crawlers, spinners or flies. Simply head for your favorite trout lake and you’ll find what you’re after. Area lakes to try include the usual suspects : Leo, Trout lake, Kimball, Mink, and Esther.

NORTHERN fishing is still pretty good out there. Trolling with spoons or better yet sticking a sucker minnow on a plain hook in about 8 to 15 feet of water around weed lines will yield some good results. Try Elbow, Hungry Jack, Flour, and Northern Light lakes.