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Gunflint Trail Association Fishing Report

Grand Marais, Updated 1/20/14

 

 
The start of the winter lake trout fishing season outside of the Boundary Waters this past Saturday signals an uptick in activity on Gunflint Trail lakes. By now, all Gunflint Trail lakes should all have a safe, thick layer of ice, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. During these mid-winter days, slush tends to be a bigger problem than thin ice for ice anglers, winter campers, and others who recreate on Gunflint Trail lakes during winter. Slush conditions change daily, so it’s always worth checking with a local resident about current conditions before you venture out onto a frozen lake.

No one likes slush, those patches of oozing, wet mush that you happen upon when trekking across a frozen lake. Unfortunately, when you mix lake ice with snowfall you have a recipe for slush. According this article from Winter Trekking, “As soon as it snows on top of ice, that creates a force pushing down on the floating ice. All ice, including perfectly safe thick ice naturally cracks day and night, expanding and contracting with changing air temperatures. When the ice cracks water can rush up through the crack on top of the ice but under the insulating snow, and form slush pockets.”

In general, the biggest safety concern slush poses is wet feet. Although you can safely navigate through slush, slush should be avoided so you don’t get ice build up on your boots, snowshoes, skis, sleds and anything else you pulled through the slush with you. Cold, wet feet are no joking matter this time of year so if you find yourself in a slush pocket, get out it as quickly as you can.

You should always be on the lookout for spider holes, which do pose a risk of falling through the ice. According to WinterTrekking, “Spider holes are aptly named, as several channels of melting snow form the legs of the spider. Spider holes form along a crack that closes, except for a small hole, which begins to melt out quickly into a bigger hole due to the flowing water. Most spider holes are less than a foot (30 cm) in diameter.”

In general, slush tends to be worse in the early winter and slush conditions have been rapidly improving on Gunflint Trail lakes in recent days. Still, remember to play it safe when it comes to slush.

 

   
Seagull Creek Fishing Camp Walleye Report

Grand Marais, Updated 10/23/13

Seagull Creek Fishing Camp - Gunflint Trail

10/23/13 Mike Acheson Duluth 28.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
10/18/13 Jessica Berg/Collman Grand Marais 28"+29" Leech Lake Jigs Yes
10/14/13 Greg Herstad Duluth 28" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
10/13/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28.50"+28" Northern Light Lake Jigs Yes
10/12/13 Jim Reynolds Apple Valley 28.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
10/11/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29" Saganaga Lake Jig Yes
10/09/13 Bruce Harrier Nisswa 29" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
10/01/13 Chuck Rexroat Sycamore, IL 28.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/27/13 Kyle Edlund Woodbury 29" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/27/13 Jerry Simmons Duluth 28" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/26/13 Dave Hammer Duluth 28.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/26/13 Jim Olympios Ft. Lauderdale 28.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/18/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
9/17/13 Larry Ancell Joplin, MO 29.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
9/02/13 Steve Lynn Gig Harbor, WA 28" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
8/29/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30.50" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
8/29/13 Calvin Flowers Memphis, TN 28.50" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
8/27/13 Randy Docauer Duluth 29.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/26/13 Jack Gravelle Aitkin 30" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
8/20/13 Brian Bothwell Shoreview 29" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
8/20/13 Joe Bothwell Shoreview 28" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
8/20/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/20/13 Lynn Baker Lannon, WI 29.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/20/13 Steve Foster Indy 30" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/19/13 JJ Baker Maple Grove, MN 30.50" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
8/19/13 Vince Sevier Downers Grove, IN 29" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
8/17/13 Bob Krawetz St. Paul 29.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/16/13 Sam Cook Duluth 29" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/16/13 Steve Foster Indy 30.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/16/13 Wendy Reid Minnetrista 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/14/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/14/13 Levi Hapka Inver Grove Heights 29.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/13/13 Levi Hapka Inver Grove Heights 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/13/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/12/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/11/13 Roxanne Moore Woodbury 29" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
8/09/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/07/13 Rick Lundquist Duluth 29"+28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob/Rig Yes
8/07/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/05/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/04/13 Dave Stoffel Milwaukee 28"+28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/04/13 Bob Erkel Prior Lake 30" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/03/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
8/03/13 Jeff Manthey Rochester 28"+28" Northern Light Lake Bobbers Yes
8/02/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
7/31/13 Chris Biehle Mayer, MN 28+28+28 Northern Light Lake Rig/Bobs Yes
7/31/13 Kevin Moore Woodbury 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/31/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
7/30/13 Kevin Moore Woodbury 28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/30/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28"+28.50" Northern Light Lake Rigs Yes
7/25/13 Julie Collins Rochester 29" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
7/23/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
7/20/13 John Strenski Indianapolis 30" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
7/19/13 Bob Invie St. Louis Park 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/17/13 Evan Quirck Becker St. Paul 28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/17/13 Bob Invie St. Louis Parl 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/17/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/16/13 Frank DuRocher Edina 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/16/13 Andy Greeman Eden Prairie 28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/16/13 Dave Greeman Duluth 28" + 29" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/13/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
7/13/13 Steve Foster Indy 29" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/10/13 Tom Leider Duluth 28" + 29" Northern Light Lake Bobbers Yes
7/07/13 Marty Pesis Mpls. 30" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/07/13 Robie Wayne Minnetonka 28" + 29" Northern Light Lake Bob/Jig Yes
7/07/13 Mike Furman Plymouth 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/06/13 Steve Foster Indy 29.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
7/06/13 Igor Furman Plymouth 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
7/06/13 Curtis Blake Grand Marais 29.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/06/13 Marty Pesis Mpls. 32" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
7/05/13 Scott Dickman Wisconsin Rapids, WI 28.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
7/04/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28.50" + 28" Northern Light Lake Rigs Yes
7/03/13 Robie Wayne Minnetonka 29" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
7/03/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
7/02/13 Robie Wayne Minnetonka 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/30/13 Steve Foster Indy 32" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
6/30/13 Robie Wayne Minnetonka 28.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
6/30/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28"+28" Northern Light Lake Jigs Yes
6/29/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30"+28.50"+28" Saganaga Lake Bob/Rigs Yes
6/29/13 Steve Foster Indy 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/29/13 Curtis Blake Grand Marais 28" + 29" Northern Light Lake Rigs Yes
6/29/13 Jeff Chandler Woodbury 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/29/13 Rick Swank Scottsdale, AZ 28" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
6/28/13 Mike McDonald Prior Lake 29" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/28/13 Steve Foster Indy 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/28/13 Mike Ziemann Fort Dodge, IA 28.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/28/13 Rick Swank Scottsdale, AZ 30" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
6/27/13 Mike McDonald Prior Lake 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/26/13 Matt Yauch Arden Hills 31.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/26/13 Mike McDonald Prior Lake 31" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
6/25/13 Keaton Baker Fort Dodge, IA 30.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/23/13 Dave Hepperle Fort Dodge, IA 30.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/23/13 Mike Ziemann Fort Dodge, IA 30.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/22/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 31" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/20/13 John Sullivan Lakeville 30" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
6/20/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29.50" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/18/13 Brad Trachet Apple Valley 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/18/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/17/13 Tim French Apple Valley 29.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/16/13 Matt Nelson Painfield, IL 28" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/16/13 Steve Foster Indy 31" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/14/13 Robert Brooks Duluth 31" Saganaga Lake Jig Yes
6/14/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29.50" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
6/14/13 Shauna Blake Grand Marais 29" Saganaga Lake Bob Yes
6/12/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30.50" Northern Light Lake Jig Yes
6/12/13 Duane Dahlstrom Milaca 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/12/13 Bruce Harrier Nisswa 29.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/12/13 Linda Harrier Nisswa 29.50" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/11/13 Sam Olson New Prague, MN 29" Saganaga Lake Jig Yes
6/11/13 Steve Olson New Prague, MN 28" Saganaga Lake Jig Yes
6/09/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28"+28.50" Northern Light Lake Jigs Yes
6/09/13 Dave Lawler Savage, MN 29"+29" Saganaga Lake Rigs Yes
6/07/13 Curtis Blake Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/07/13 Bob Jackson Grays Lake, IL 28" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/06/13 Todd Jackson Chicago, IL 29" Northern Light Lake Rig Yes
6/06/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30" Saganaga Lake Rig Yes
6/05/13 Mike Quaife Grand Marais 28"+30.50" Northern Light Lake Rigs Yes
6/05/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28"+30.50" Northern Light Lake Bob/Rig Yes
6/05/13 Steve Foster Indy 28"+28.50" Northern Light Lake Jigs Yes
6/05/13 Chuck Rexroat Sycamore, IL 28.50" Northern Light Lake Bob Yes
6/04/13 Chuck Rexroat Sycamore,IL 29.50"+28" Northern Light Jigs Yes
6/04/13 Steve Foster Indy 28" Northern Light Jig Yes
6/04/13 Lorin Krueger Mankato 29" Northern Light Jig Yes
6/03/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29" Northern Light Bob Yes
6/02/13 Ray Churack Silver Bay 28" Northern Light Bob Yes
6/02/13 Bob Carlson Spicer 30.50" Northern Light Jig Yes
6/01/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 30" Northern Light Rig Yes
6/01/13 Hugo Leider Duluth 29.50" Northern Light Rig Yes
6/01/13 Curtis Blake Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Jig Yes
6/01/13 Jayme Sundby Victoria 30.50" Northern Light Jig Yes
5/30/13 Jeff Sundby Eau Clair, WI 29" Saganaga Rig Yes
5/30/13 Kyle Johnson Elk Mound,WI 28.50" Saganaga Rig Yes
5/29/13 Curtis Blake Grand Marais 30" Northern Light Rig Yes
5/27/13 Stephen Foster Indy 30.50" Saganaga Rig Yes
5/26/13 Henry Withers Savage 29" Saganaga Jig Yes
5/25/13 Mark Lonetti Woodbury 28" Northern Light Jig Yes
5/25/13 Paul Lambert Woodbury 29.50" Northern Light Jig Yes
5/25/13 Jared Leagjeld Woodbury 29" Northern Light Jig Yes
5/25/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 28" Northern Light Jig Yes
5/24/13 Mark Lonetti Woodbury 29 Northern Light Jig Yes
5/24/13 Ed Weiss Woodbury 30" Northern Light Bob Yes
5/22/13 Robie Wayne Minnetonka 29.50 Saganaga Rig Yes
5/22/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29"+31" Saganaga Rigs Yes
5/21/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 32" Saganaga Rig Yes
5/17/13 Ken Peters White Bear Lake 29" Seagull Rig Yes
5/16/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 29" Seagull Rig Yes
5/16/13 Ray Lorenz North Oaks 28+29.50+30.50+28 Seagull Rigs Yes
5/14/13 Claudia Blake Grand Marais 29" Seagull Rig Yes
5/14/13 Mike Berg Grand Marais 31" Seagull Rig Yes

 

Hungry Jack Fishing Report

Grand Marais, Updated 1/14/13

The trout fisherman I had staying here this past weekend had good success overall fishing.  Access to remote lakes via snowmobile (through the portages) has been difficult with the lack of snow cover.
Cook County News Herald Fishing Report

Grand Marais, Updated 6/4/11

Cook County News Herald Fishing Report

Where are the fish biting? From the great fish photos we’ve been receiving here at the Cook County News-Herald, it looks like the season is off to a great start. For the anglers out there who need a little help finding a good fishing hole, Jon at Buck’s Hardware and Tyson at the Beaver House provide some tips from local fishermen. Both Tyson and Jon have heard that Hungry Jack Lake has been good, with walleyes still shallow (under 10 feet). Fishermen are still using leeches and minnows as bait. Northern have also been caught while trolling with spoons in shallow water. Sucker minnows and a bobber have also enticed northern onto the hook. More walleyes can be found on Lake Saganaga, said Tyson. He said the larger fish can be found in the shallows and smaller ones deep. Elbow Lake is also doing fairly well, according to both men. Jon said spinners seem to be the tackle of choice. Homer Lake fishermen who avoided the rocks found some nice walleyes in shallow water using jigs with minnows or leeches. Crescent and Caribou lakes have also been having decent signs of fish—also shallow. Lake trout action is going strong at Mayhew, Duncan, Trout, Leo, and North and South lakes. Jon said trout are “high in the column” so he recommends trolling with spoons and Rapalas. Splake are hitting on Mink, Trestle Pine, and Musquash lakes, according to the fishermen stopping by the Beaver House. And Tyson has heard good reports on stream and river fishing. Steelhead are still being caught in Brule, Cascade, Temperance, and Poplar rivers. Be careful though— water is high!

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