Steelheaders finding fish in streams near Duluth

Mike Charon of Chisholm sets the hook on a steelhead while fishing on the Split Rock River Monday afternoon. He missed the fish. (Sam Cook photo)

Steelhead anglers are getting steelhead and Kamloops rainbow trout in North Shore streams near Duluth. After last week’s high water receded, fishing was decent at times on Friday and over the weekend. Success was spotty on Monday and Tuesday, but some anglers were finding fish from the Lester River to the Split Rock River, according to interviews with anglers.

Mike Charon of Chisholm hadn’t hooked a steelhead while fishing the Split Rock River on Monday, but a friend of his had landed four steelhead there — two 29-inchers, a 28-incher and a 27-incher, Charon said.

“Tomorrow could be the day,” Charon said on Monday.

Bill Evarts of Park Rapids had hooked one steelhead on the Baptism earlier on Monday, he said.

Josh Yunker, a University of Minnesota Duluth student, was fishing the Split Rock with his friend, Kellie Montpetit, on Monday. Yunker had caught one steelhead and lost another.

“I’ve been fishing every morning or evening for two weeks, Yunker said. “Now all of a sudden it’s prime time. But if we get hot weather, it won’t last.”

The Knife was quiet Tuesday morning. Very few anglers were fishing there. Perhaps a dozen anglers were on the Sucker and a few fish had been taken.

Here are some more photos from the past two days:

A Kamloops rainbow trout lies on a log on the Sucker River Tuesday morning. Gary Baker of Duluth had caught the fish. (Sam Cook photo)

Scaup, a yellow Lab, keeps an eye on the action as his owner, Gary Baker of Duluth makes a drift for steelhead Tuesday on the Sucker River. (Sam Cook photo)

Bill Evarts of Park Rapids, Minn., drifts a yarn fly on the Split Rock River Monday afternoon while fishing for steelhead. (Sam Cook photo)

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