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thistlekicker

north shore winter kill

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I've been out four times now to a lower shore stream where I've caught many many brook trout in past years.

This year it's been dead, even last Monday during the biggest sulphur hatch I've ever seen on a MN trib.

I saw an article last month in Midwest Flyfishing that quoted area DNR fish managers that they expected to see up to 90% reduction this summer due to winter kill, and I'm wondering if other folks are seeing it on the water like I am?

I'll keep looking for deeper spots but that sulphur hatch was the smoking gun telling me not to bother with my favorite spot for a while.

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I saw many dead trout floating down the rivers this spring while steelhead fishing so i'm guessing fishing will be pretty slow this year

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I've heard of flow fishing too, but i've gone out to a couple spots and managed to get a few speks.

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there are gonna be a number of rivers, or at least sections of the rivers, which got hit hard-- some of 'em were literally trickles going into the winter.....

make sure you hit the streams further upstream-- not necessarily where they start to tumble down to the lake.... a number of them actually lose water in the rocks the further down they go..... if you hit them on the plateau further inland, you'll have a better chance of finding the deeper holes where fish could have wintered.....

i haven't tried the lower shore streams, but i did find a few further north that still held plenty of fish....

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My favorite brookie stream (in the Duluth area) has turned into a really pretty creek with no fish frown.giffrown.giffrown.gifI watched it all winter, lots of ice, not so much water. Kinda makes me wish I would have eaten a few of the little buggers last summer!

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I think some of the small streams may have suffered, but I've been hearing of pretty good reports from all up and down the shore over the last week.

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Yeah, it doesn't seem to be as bad as everyone feared. There are definitely some sections of river that were hit hard but it sounds like there are still plently of brookies around. Just have to look for bigger water sections with deep holes nearby.

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