Steelheading Conditions Improve; Some Smelt Running On Park Point

Here’s today’s post on the North Shore Fishing Report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

Along the Lower Shore, water levels dropped as the week progressed and conditions for angling have improved. Water temperatures were low 40s early in the mornings and generally 46 to 48 in the afternoons. Fishing pressure remained low this week but anglers reported improved fishing compared to recent weeks. Interviewed anglers caught nine steelhead and five Kamloops rainbows.

Along the middle shore, water conditions also improved considerably compared to early in the week. Water levels have receded to very manageable levels, and water temperatures reached 46 to 48 degrees in the afternoons. Angling pressure was very light and interviewed anglers reported slow fishing despite good conditions, and caught one steelhead and one northern pike.

Along the Upper Shore, water levels were very high early in the week and have come down some, but not to the extent that they have along the rest of the shore. Water temperatures were 41 to 44 degrees. Angling pressure was extremely light and no fish were reported.

Knife River trap totals through May 15 were 204 steelhead and 14 Kamloops at the Knife River. The French River trap captured 36 Kamloops and nine steelhead. River temperatures have risen high enough to trigger smelt runs, and some action has been reported along the beach at Park Point.