Lake Superior Outdoor Fishing Report – July 2, 2020
Fishing reports will be updated based on the availability of field reports and work schedules of field staff.
REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.
Surface temperatures have been rising quickly as warm weather has been common in the area lately. Lake Trout have begun moving into slightly deeper water, and Lake Trout fishing has been heating up. Trophy fish are more often encountered as July approaches. Lake Trout are generally reached using downriggers, lead core line, or dipsy divers during the summer season. Brown Trout, Coho Salmon and Splake fishing has slowed down during this part of the season, but anglers may still encounter one or two while targeting Lake Trout.
Lake Trout trolling has also been heating up in the Western arm, and trophy Lake Trout have been encountered. Lake Trout have begun moving into deeper water and can be targeted using downriggers, lead core line, or dipsy divers during the summer season. Brown Trout and Coho Salmon fishing has slowed down during this part of the season, but anglers may still encounter one or two while targeting Lake Trout. Many Walleye that have moved out of the St. Louis River Estuary will begin moving eastward down the South Shore as water temperature increases, and anglers can target these fish by trolling in < 30 feet of water.
Fishing has been steady in the Bay during late spring and early summer with consistent weather patterns. Water temperature has increased quickly in the past couple weeks, and anglers will need to target Smallmouth Bass and Walleye in deeper water and humps. Brown Trout, Coho Salmon and Splake fishing has slowed down during this part of the season. Lake Whitefish have not been consistently encountered yet, but look for this bite to heat up in July.
Bois Brule River:
River flow is relatively low and stable. Lake-run brown trout begin their spawning migration from Lake Superior in mid to late-July; spinners, spoons and flies are common choices, especially in some of the deeper runs and river bends and during low-light hours of the mornings and late-afternoons. Cast for brook trout from Stones Bridge downstream to County Highway B. This section is for artificial lures and flies only; plan for a four to six-hour canoe trip, as many areas are too deep for wading and shore access is limited. Expect higher boat traffic during the weekends throughout the summer. Encounters with juvenile steelhead are likely throughout the river. Fishing season is open upstream from U.S. Highway 2 until September 30. Downstream to Lake Superior until November 15.
Flag, Cranberry, Sioux Rivers and Fish Creek:
River flow conditions are relatively low and stable, although intense summer storms can quickly raise water levels due to rapid runoff from the surrounding landscapes. Look for lake-run brown trout later in July as they begin their spawning migration from Lake Superior. Spinners, spoons and flies in the lower sections are common choices, especially in some of the deeper runs and river bends and during low-light hours of the mornings and late-afternoons. Encounters with juvenile steelhead are possible; brook trout, as well, although they are more common in the upper segments of the rivers. Fishing is generally open until September 30, and several segments stay open through November 15.