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St Louis River, Douglas County

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9/21/20 @ 7:51 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (25%)
Waxing Crescent
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

Fishing is heating up as we climb into the Fall season. Water temps are now hovering around 60-65 degrees and we are seeing a good amount of turnover. Areas that have dead vegetation floating on the surface are holding some good size crappies and pike. The walleyes are being caught on channel edges slow rolling live bait. Lots of Muskie anglers are now taking to the water in hopes of tangling. We are not seeing a lot of flow on account of the Power House not spilling any water. This is usual when we are low on fresh rain. Winds have been out of the SW lately as well, so we are not seeing to much seiche from Lake Superior. Forecast looks to be dynamite awesome for the next week. Hope all is well with everyone and tiiiigghhhttt Lines, Capt. Jarrid

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
8/10/20 @ 7:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (60%)
Waning Gibbous
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

Sorry, I missed you question from a couple weeks ago. Lots of debris always making navigation tricky in the estuary. Especially now after this last soak we were dealt over the weekend. River has been slow and not fished much the last several weeks for our team as this time of year we are usually targeting other credible options. Both MN and WI hold some great inland opportunities for walleyes, bass, pike and pannies. This last week we have been concentrating on the deeper cooler waters either under structure of rock/wood or in the deeper vegetation. Live bait is still a thing for sure the more aggressive bites come from ripping soft plastics. Trolling is certainly an easy way to go and successful now as well. To piggy back off that, we are deep into a bite window time of year. Mornings or late afternoon into after hours is best bet for action. As we climb further toward Sept. things will be cooling down as far as water temps. With that said the bite will only get better and better come Autumn (my favorite open water time of year). Look for the river to get fresh influx of fish and things to heat up. Cant wait. Hope all is well with everyone.. All the best, Capt. Jarrid

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
6/24/20 @ 11:50 AM
PimplySwede
User since 1/6/09

Jarrid,

What was with all the debris outside the Billings harbor and fishing pier 3 weekends ago?  Looked like an entire pier exploded and fell in.

6/23/20 @ 12:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

As we wrap up calendar spring and welcome summer, we hope everyone is enjoying themselves and staying healthy. It has certainly been a whirlwind of emotions to start this new decade, but at least we can all be thankful for the wonderful outdoors opportunities we have in and around our region. 

                                  

I know I don't just speak for myself when I say “welcome back summer, please stay a while.” Water temperatures are about to shoot up with the warmer weather and the longest days of the year. That means we will see a boost in marine aquatic lifeforms. 

                            

Currently we are seeing most waters range from mid 60's to low 70's inland. We are now entering the stages of transitional changes. Some waters will now start to see bug hatches that will negatively, or in some cases positively, affect a bite. Feeding windows will now start to take shape as well. 

                            

We have already started to see some bites wear off. What may have worked yesterday is not working today. Here is our weekly report:

                            

Lake Superior was a windy one this last week. Some days have been impossible to get on the big water, leaving charter captains working in the harbor. The less windy days are still seeing good bites of lake trout, including some notably big fish, as well as a few salmon and the occasional walleye. 

    

  

                                

Downriggers and Dipseys are becoming more popular, which is typical this time of year to get lures down deeper. The best bites have been reported a little off-shore. Most are still finding success using stick baits, but the transition into meat rigs behind flies will take shape soon. 

                            

The stream anglers are still finding themselves some success swinging flies or casting small spinners. On the Wisconsin side, a few walleyes are starting to show up along the South Shore. Look for that bite to pick up as we move into July.

                            

The St. Louis River continues to be busy with both recreational boaters/anglers and tournament fishermen. The walleyes are spread out in pods in select areas of the river. 

                            

Most are combing water with tolling lines, but we have been mixing in some jigging and casting spots and finding some success. Best baits have been worms, but we are starting to see a few bites on crankbaits. It's best to find areas that have good baitfish. Even better to find areas that have baitfish and fresh vegetation and/or wood. Fish love to hide in structure to ambush prey. I always say, if you're not fishing snags, you're not fishing where the fish are. 

                            

Catfish continue to be a nice added bonus on all our trips, as well as a few pike, smallmouth and perch. We even got a bonus 40-inch muskie the other day. 

      

      

  

                        

The inland lakes also continue to be busy with many anglers getting out. Mid-lake shallow reefs and humps are producing some nice catches of walleye and pike. Best depths have been in 8-14 feet of water. Best tactic continues to be either jigging some live bait or rigging some live bait under a slip-bobber. Slow rolling small spinner baits tipped with worms or a leech has been productive as well. 

                            

The bass bite for both smallmouth and largemouth has been consistent when casting shorelines covered with vegetation, although the smallies prefer more of the rock/sand areas and the largemouth like shade under docks and near weeds. 

                            

Some lakes are seeing panfish start to finish up the spawning stage of the year. These fish will be ready to eat aggressively in thick vegetation in and around that 4-8 feet of water. Pitching small 1/16 oz jigs tipped with a third of a nightcrawler is a sure bet. See you out there. 

                            

Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
6/17/20 @ 3:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

s we wrap up spring and welcome summer, we hope everyone is enjoying themselves and staying healthy. It has certainly been a whirlwind of emotions to start this new decade, but at least we can all be thankful for the wonderful outdoors opportunities we have in and around our region. I know I don't speak for myself when I say, "welcome back summer, please stay awhile". Water temperatures are about to shoot up with the warmer weather and the longest days of the year. Further meaning, we will see a boost in marine aquatic lifeforms. Currently we are seeing most waters range from mid 60's to low 70's inland. We are now entering the stages of transitional changes. Some waters will now start to see bug hatches that will negatively (or in some cases positively) affect a bite. Feeding windows will now start to take shape as well. We have already started see some bites wear off. What may have worked yesterday is not working today. Here is our weekly report:

Lake Superior has been a windy one this last week. Some days have been impossible leaving Superior Charter Captains working inside the WI and MN points. The days that are doable, anglers are still finding good bites of Lake Trout (some notably big fish), a few salmon and the occasional walleye. Down-riggers and Dipseys are becoming more popular which is typical this time of year. The best bites have been reported a little off-shore. Most are still finding success using stick baits, but the transition into meat rigs behind flies will take shape before you know it. The stream anglers are still finding themselves some success swinging flies or casting small spinners. On the WI side, a few walleyes are starting to show up. Look for the south shore walleye bite to pick up as we move into July.

St. Louis River continues to be busy with both recreational boaters/anglers and tournament fishermen. The walleyes are spread out in pods in select areas of the river. Most are combing water with tolling lines, but we have been mixing in some jigging and casting spots and finding some success. Best baits have been worms, but we are starting to see a few bites on crankbaits. Its best to find areas that have good baitfish. Even better to find areas that have baitfish and fresh vegetation and/or wood. Fish love to hide in structure to ambush prey. I always say, "if your not fishing snags, your not fishing where the fish are". Catfish continue to be a nice added bonus on all our trips. As well as a few pike, small mouth and perch. We even got a bonus 40" muskie the other day. 

 

The inland waters also continue to be busy with many anglers getting out. Mid-lake shallow reefs/humps are producing some nice catches of walleye and pike. Best depths have been the 8-14 feet of water. Best tactic continues to be either jigging some live bait or rigging some live bait under a slip-bobber. Slow rolling small spinner baits tipped with worms or a leech has been productive as well. The bass bite for both small mouth and large mouth has been consistent when casting shorelines covered with vegetation. Although the smallies prefer more of the rock/sand areas and the large mouth like shade under docks and near weeds. Some lakes are seeing panfish start to finish up the spawning stage of the year. These fish will be ready to eat aggressively in thick vegetation in and around that 4-8 feet of water. Pitching small 1/16 oz jigs tipped with a 1/3 a nightcrawler is a sure-bet. See you out there. Capt. Jarrid

Tight Lines & GOoD FiShN, 

Jarrid 

Houston's Guide Service
(218)-393-4962 or [email protected]
www.houstonsguideservice.com

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
5/12/20 @ 12:49 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (69%)
Waning Gibbous
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

FISHING THE RIVER HAS BEEN GREAT! Definitely one of the better openers in the last few years. caught fish casting, trolling and jigging. Just about everything we did worked. They are post spawn stage and most walleyes are still depositing bottom of the tank fluids if you know what I mean. Did find that the best bite was with bigger sized chubs and shiners as opposed to regular or smaller sizes. Same goes for stick baits, the 7 and 9's were better that 6" or less stickbaits. Cant wait to get our customers on the water...…..


With all the shuffling/rescheduling/cancellations of Covid19 nightmares,
 Here is what we have available:
 May 21,29,30, June 14,26, July 17,18,19,31, Aug 1,2,7,8,9, Sept 4,5,6,11,12,13,20, plenty  of October as well, can also do some weeknights
 Cost for a 1/2 day is $250 and $350 for full for 2 anglers. A 3rd angler add $50.
 Message us and we will get you set up!

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
7/15/19 @ 3:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

It is hot and the fishing remains hot as well. Somedays are better than others, but that is typical, especially for this time of year. We are catching most of the fish in deeper waters of 10-20 feet now. Locations are mostly channel breaks near flats. Definetly are into a morning and later afternoon pattern now as well. "some" fish are being caught during the middle of the day, but mornings and evenings are certainly better. We are on the verge of taking to the South Shore bite of Lake Superior as many fish are now enjoying the cooler waters. With that said, we never abandon the river as we can catch fish in the estruary all season long. Tactics will be changing, but being diverse is a variable that our guide service is proud of. Give us a call and lets set you up with a great river trip and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Duluth/Superior. Tight lines, Capt. JH

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
6/28/19 @ 9:40 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (20%)
Waning Crescent
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

Grinding into summer and all is well. Fishing continues to be awesome on select areas of the St Louis. We are still catching fish with a variety of presentations, but trolling spinners, cranks or drifting butterfly spoons has been the most productive. Of course if you find a condensed area of fish, nothing is more fun that fan casting stick baits and catching. Also getting some fish on 10' deep channel drops with jigs and plastics and/or live bait. Leech hatch has busted open on some bays and we are seeing lots of shiner runs as well. The bite windows are starting to mold, but make no mistake, you can still catch fish in the high noon hours of an afternoon. We still have "some" availability, but are looking to fill spots for fall season for sure. So give me a call and come up an explore the St. Louis River!

Capt Jarrid

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
6/17/19 @ 12:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

NE winds of the Lake have kept temperatures very cool. We are still putting up with 50's. It has not effected the fishing as things are still hot in that conversation. Many pods of walleyes are being found in different sections of the river. All the way from up top, to the bay and harbor areas and even getting a few out on Lake Superior now. Basic trolling of spinners and/or cranks have been the ticket. We are also catching them fan casting and drag/jigging as well. Seems the better quality fish prefer a nice sized chub and a 1/4 oz current cutter jig. We have plenty of openings still, so give me a call and lets go fishing. houstonsguideservice.com 218-393-4962.

Capt. Jarrid

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
6/4/19 @ 3:54 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Jarrid Houston
Capt. Jarrid Houston
User since 5/24/16

Hey hey, we are finally climbing into the 60's consistantly as far as water temps go. We are still on a great bite catching lots of walleyes using a lot of different tactics. Funnest bite has been dead sticking ultra light rods over the side of the boat and drifting over active fish. We have scored some very nice fish with this tactic recently. We are mostly still using fatheads, but have cranked out a lot of fish jigging plastics and fan casting shad raps. Water clarity has been decent and we still have a steady flow. River/estuary continues to be high with strong NW winds of Lake Superior bringing in a giant volume of water. Give us a call as we still have plenty of awesome spring fishing going. This bite will surely bleed into summer and we would love to get you on a unique bite that I know you will enjoy. Capt. Jarrid

Houston's Guide Service
(218) 393-4962
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