Fall is not quite here yet, but it's definitely getting close! The only problem with this time of year is trying to figure out what to do in a day, as there's just so many great outdoor pursuits this time of the year in the northland.
With the recent rains, local rivers are running with good water and starting to fish well. A few steelhead are starting to show up in the Brule and the water is at a really nice level for this time of the year. Streamers swung through the runs and deeper holes will pick up these early September fish. The inland trout streams are fishing great as well, and will be open until the end of the month.
Out on the the big water, the Smallmouth bite has still been going nicely and it seems like the fish are starting to get more aggressive each day. Live minnows on circle hooks are still the go to pattern. The fish are still in that 12-20 ft of water and can be found in a variety of places.
Trollers are starting to pick up a few more cohos and browns out in the South Channel and the Lake Trout fishing has been pretty good out on the flats and into the islands. Only a few more weeks left of Lake Trout season, so get out there!
Looks like we'll be in for some more rain and some nice, cool temps by the middle of the week. If that's the case, the rivers will be fishing great for early Steelhead and the trolling along the river mouths and beaches to the north of town should start to pick up.