A few anglers were fishing Lake Superior near the French River Tuesday morning, and a handful were fishing for Kamloops rainbow trout at the McQuade Small Craft Harbor. Most of the harbor was covered in ice that had formed overnight.
At the Sucker, as at the French and the Lester, gravel bars have formed at the rivers’ mouths. Water from the streams is seeping through the gravel bar, but fish won’t be able to enter streams on their spawning migrations until runoff flows have carved new channels in the gravel bars.
It’s hard to know when that might occur. With temperatures in the 60s forecast for the weekend, rivers should begin to open up. The Duluth area has received record snowfall in the month of April, so there’s a lot of runoff coming when it finally happens. Last year, with an early ice-out, many steelhead anglers were through steelhead fishing by now.