Where are the fish biting?

While fall colors peak, fade and leaves float, flitter and skitter like worn colorful sun-kissed kites to the ground, most leaf lookers will scatter to the winds.

It’s not quite that way with fishing, although with the close of stream fishing past the first barrier and lake trout season ending October 8 for Lake Superior, many anglers become hunters, seeking grouse or deer or black bear.

While most are putting away rods and reels, creels and wheels of line, boats and bait boxes containing a few less lures, a few hardy souls are still plying the waters for fish. Plenty of smaller boats can be seen on Lake Superior, and some fishermen are still trying for “Pinks” at the mouths of streams.

Captain Kelly Shepard of North Shore Outdoors Lake Superior Charters is one of those hardy souls voyaging out on the big lake.

Shepard reports that lake trout are still being caught in good numbers on Lake Superior.

The trout are deep again, said Shepard, who suggests fishing in the 150-foot range. Best bets to catch a nice lake trout are to use downriggers fitted with yellow or red spoons, said Shepard.

This will be the final fish report for this season. If you would like to learn what lakes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocks, you can use mndnr.gov/lakefind and click the fish stocking tab. General information about fishing in Minnesota can be found at mndnr.gov/fishing.

Until the lakes freeze over, now is a good time to plan for upcoming adventure on the water.

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