Twin Ports Report 10/26
Aggressive walleyes have been on the chew this last week, it has made for some fun fishing. A sweet tactic we have been utilizing is the "double-up" method. It's simple, instead of using 1 minnow, use 2 while you are working jigs.
It gives off more scent and if you miss a fish and it took a minnow, you still have another minnow on. I like this operation on faster, dirtier water with current. However, don't be afraid to try it other places. Water temps are dipping into the lower 50's and will continue to fall as we now move into November.
St Louis River has been good fishing for decent size walleyes using bigger chubs pulled on regular hook, line and sinker. Jigging is best and easiest way to be catching a few fish (give the double up method a try) but slow trolling cranks is working as well.
Cranks in the #5 size with rattles in them have been best. Use larger jigs with plastics and tip with a minnow for the bigger fish. Crappies have been on the chew as well. Some anglers are catching muskies throwing the regular line-up of large baits at shore lines. A fun fish to catch has been the fresh water Drum (AKA Sheepshead). They have also been taking baits in all sections of the river.
Lake Superior has been quiet in the Twin Ports area. However anglers are still finding success on the streams. Brookies, Brown Trout, Steel Head and the occasional Salmon are entering the streams from Lake Superior. Swinging flies under float indicators and casting smaller spinner baits are showing the most action. Make sure to give other anglers room while fishing. There are plenty of areas to provide space and fish are both in deeper pools and fast areas.
Inland lakes are the ticket for consistent catches. Snap jigging has been good (fast jigging cadence using flashy baits). Pike have been on the chew using all tactics. Panfish have been going good on small jigs or slip bobber rigs. Look to the weed edges in 10-17 feet of water. Most pan fish are transitioning into their usual winter areas so don't be afraid to try deeper water.
It is a good time to scout out first ice spots. Muskies have been reported on Island Lake as well as some northern WI waters like the Pike Chain in Iron-River, WI. Large suckers have been a good choice for targeting big Esocidae family members.