The Fish

The FishThe St. Louis River provides a variety of fresh water sport fish, including, walleyes, northerns, muskies, small mouth bass, and crappies.

From late April to mid May, the walleyes of Lake Superior congregate and spawn in the St. Louis River. This provides outstanding opportunity for large numbers as well as large fish from the fishing opener in mid May through the end of June. From July to mid August, we will be hunting the deeper channels for those catches of 20-30 walleyes with large walleyes still inhabiting the river.

Small mouth bass provide an exciting opportunity throughout the season. Fish will be found in the rocky areas in the upper part of the river to the riprap-lined banks of the middle river to the pilings and bridge abutments of the lower river. While one to two pounders are common, four pounders are lurking.

Muskies and Northern Pike range throughout the river system and can be caught trolling or casting. Crappies, rock bass and white bass provide non-stop fun in many places on the river throughout the year.

Walleye population surges again in late September through October as they follow the shiner run providing opportunity for trophy fish. Although the walleye limit is two fish with a 15 inch minimum, it is not always about how many we keep.

The river is unique in that some sections will be fished like a river using current and current break with a jig and a minnow or casting stick baits. Other areas we will fish like a lake, trolling the flats with spinner rigs and crank baits.