4-14-06 - Back to Minnesota's North Shore
Waters Fished: Lester River, Amity Creek, Talmadge
River, French River, Sucker Creek, Stewart River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 4-29-06
Weather: Sunny, calm
Air Temp: highs in the 60's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: up
Water Color: Stained, visibility 1-2'
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Egg Patterns & Wolley Buggers
Pattern Color: Eggs in Oranges and Buggers in Red/Black
Well, it looks like we misplanned for Looperpaloosa
'06, arriving a full week early! Renee came along for this one too..after
an 8 hour drive we arrived in Duluth with a few hours left in the
day...time for some FISHING!
We made our way up the shore, first stopping to
look around at the Lester River and Amity Creek. Pressure was heavy
and there were FEW fish around. The scenery upstream was worth the
When you get to the north shore, you ALWAYS have
to stop at the French River. This year was no different. We paused
at Talmadge River just long enough to see there were already 4 or
5 guys fishing...skip that! Upon arriving at the French River, we
found only a handful of fish in the lower pool...not nearly as many
as I've seen in years past. The French really isn't my kind of place
to fish, so we kept moving northeast along the shore.
Next stop, Sucker Creek. Here too angling pressure
on this Good Friday was VERY heavy. Despite that, we headed in to
check things out. Snow lined the western bank. SNOW. We fished for
a little bit in the lower pools but didn't see anything...well we
did see one brief hookup. After an hour or so of this I'd had enough....time
to keep moving.
I'm not sure how or why, but we headed all the
way up to the Stewart. It's not like I've had any good times here
before, but maybe it was just that I wanted to explore it more.
We pulled up and while getting our gear together, I saw a fish porpoise
in Lake Superior, just outside the mouth of the Stewart.
We also ran into Matt & Matt from TheHawgTrough.com
- always good to run into guys from the trough out on the water
as I feel they share my passion for fishing. One of the Matts had
good luck upstream...hot orange eggs. On a slow day like this, I
wasn't going to ignore a tip like that.
We made our way up and down the Stewart without
seeing a fish. Again, more of a "nature wade" than actual
fishing...the best spots were already being fished by other anglers.
So I guess we've really come up short this trip...usually
the north shore is more productive! Tomorrow is another day!