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Lake Superior Ice Conditions Feb 2019

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JBMasterAngler

Really wish I would have made it up there today. Turns out the snow isn’t coming until 3. Not until 7 up there. Does anyone know when the ice breakers will get the shipping season started?

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AlwaysFishing23

I felt the same way. I was planning on staying home and watching the snow fall then saw no snow till around noon. So ran to town ran my errends for the week came home and looked and they said not till after 3pm for my area. Darn if I would have known that I would have went fishing. They should start to carve a path out there in the next 2-3 weeks. But it’s only a 50ft wide path and with the amount of ice its not going to affect much. 2014 ice fishing out there the ships were running and most guys were still out fishing .

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Jim Almquist

The Soo locks open March 24th so I would guess a couple of days before they will start cutting a path. With all of the ice the cutter may have to stay with the ships on their journey.

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JBMasterAngler

I’m so mad I didn’t go up there yesterday. It didn’t start raining until 4:30. Snow didn’t start until almost 6. Sounds like the wind was brutal, but I can deal with that. Nice to know I’ll have at least one more chance to get up there.

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evinrudespeed

Great conversation and advice crew!

 

So, when I went out on the big lake after I first posted this conversation I really went out there intimidated because it was such an unknown for me being my first time. At that time 2/18 we didn't have much luck at all (sounds like other anglers said the same)...went out of Lester River.

 

Determined to try again, I splured on some gear/lures at Marine General and went out again yesterday 3/9. We went out of Brighton Beach and were fishing by sunrise. From what I was hearing from forums and talking to others the Lakers were going deeper in 130-150 FOW.

 

We started in 60-80' for a couple hours and had only 2 chasers and a nibble. Then we worked our tail off...we definitely fish hunted and stayed mobile (didn't even pop our tent up). We fished in multple depths betweem 40-150 FOW. I threw my new tackle out all day...white tube jigs, rattle raps, white/pearl heavy jigs w/trailer hooks, swim jigs with plastics, +/- frozen smelt. I fished off bottom 5-20 feet, then changed it up by jigging in the middle of the water column. Unfortunately, we didn't see much and didn't land a single fish after 6 hours of hard core fishing (packed up cuz the wind picked up too much). 

 

Wish I had a better report, but I definitely feel like a rookie beat up by the old Gitche Gumee! I know the weather seems more stable and warmer this week, so I wonder if that changes things? I have off this Thursday, so I may take another (probably final) shot at those lakers/cohos again. I was thinking McQuade, but not sure? Any tips would be appreciated? Fish On!

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DLD24

I have heard it's been slow out there. I went out last week for the first time this year and only had 3 chasers in like 8 hours, 1 was landed. I also didn't use a house, I jumped all around from 70-140ft. I marked quite a few schools of cohos/herring out suspended in 140ft, but all I had were big laker lures. I might give it another shot tomorrow.

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Jim Almquist

Nice looking Redfin Chris !!! Was going to try last Saturday but the weather spooked me. Maybe next weekend.

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Xplorer

Thanks Jim!

I was really hoping for coho or some herring which is why I wasnt out deeper, but was happy when this one slammed a jig/paddletail.  Smoked up great!  Never did mark any schools shallower.  Thinking of heading out on Saturday or Sunday again, after all this rain were supposed to get. Going to need the cleats for sure. 

Quite a few sleds and 4 wheelers heading out from McQuade last week.

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JBMasterAngler

Heading up first thing in the morning! Anyone been out, or heard if the bite has gotten better?

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BIGFISH.JZ

Nobody has ever caught a trophy fish from their couch!! Good luck tomorrow JB!! Keep in mind that if the depth is increasing and you haven't 'moved', you might wanna call it a day... Or... Hope you 'troll' to a better spot! If rescuers insist you leave your stuff behind, put your tackle or trophy catch under your jacket. Be safe- have fun!!🎣👍😁

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evinrudespeed

Nicely done...good to know you can try fishing that shallow. That slab will taste good...enjoy!

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biff

Nice, looks like a stocked seeforellen brown.

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leech~~
27 minutes ago, biff said:

Nice, looks like a stocked seeforellen brown.

 

Not blocky enough for a Brown, the heads to pointed. Coho.  

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JBMasterAngler

I was actually thinking the same thing. It has a clipped fin. I assumed coho though, because the mouth was super bony, and his scales were going all over the place. I believe WI still stocks cohos. Had it not had a clipped fin, I would have released it just to be safe. 

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jeffeg64

look at the anal fin and the tail,

Brown.

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AlwaysFishing23

I’m not an expert on trout identification ( not yet at least) but from comparing it to photos of cohos and browns I’d have to say it’s a brown. That kind of checkerboard skin has me saying brown. Nothing wrong with that though browns put up one heck of battle!

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biff

I don't think anybody on Lake Superior stocks Coho's anymore. Wi even quit stocking kings. WI started stocking seeforellens on our end a few years back and you see one occasionally caught shore fishing for loopers etc. Speaking of loopers, I know they quit stocking them but there should still be a few year classes left out there. I haven't heard anything about them this year. Anybody got any loopers this year?

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BIGFISH.JZ

Look at the way its laying on the ice... I'd have to call it dinner. Look at how it has scales.... I can tell you that it ain't no darn eelpout or sturgeon. Whatever you caught, JB, excellent catch! Way to think outside the box to connect on a beautiful salmonoid. 

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leech~~
On 3/18/2019 at 6:22 PM, biff said:

Nice, looks like a stocked seeforellen brown.

 

You guys might be right?

From our very own LHarris on another site.

 

Seeforellen heritage

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Not a seeforellen heritage

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JBMasterAngler

I checked out the Wisconsin fish stocking records. No records of any coho stockings. And it looks like seaforellan browns are stocked in big numbers on even years. Annually up until 2014. 

 

Well, that’s still my first fish through the ice on the north shore! And it’s my first brown trout out of Lake Superior (although I did catch a little one out of a tributary many years ago). 

 

Thanks for all the feedback!

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Ramone Lariviere

Is anyone think the ice will be fine this weekend i was thinking about coming up on Saturday.  We were thinking breighton Beach or mcquaid.

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JBMasterAngler

I just checked the Two Harbors webcam, and it’s still frozen. However, the ice cutter was in the background carving out the shipping lanes. Personally, I think the ice season on the big pond is over!

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