Coast Guard Issues Warning to Anglers on St. Louis River

By KBJR News 1

Coast Guard Issues Warning to Anglers on St. Louis River

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Just ahead of this weekend's fishing opener the Coast Guard has issued a caution to boaters hoping to hit the St. Louis River.

The Coast Guard says that due to unsafe conditions, they were unable to set seasonal buoys on the Upper St Louis River along the western edge of Lake Superior.

Last year's historic flooding caused sediment to wash down the river and reduced water depths to only two feet in many areas.

The minimum depth for the Coast Guard to set buoys is six feet of water.. and placing buoys in this location with the current conditions would mislead boaters into shallow water.

The St. Louis River is one of the few areas locally where anglers can put their boats in and Lieutenant Judson Coleman, Chief of Waterways Management for the United States Coast Guard in Duluth warns that boaters need to take caution.

"If people intend to fish that stretch we would recommend they operate with extreme caution in the area, slow speeds and make sure they wear their lifejackets," said Coleman.

The Coast Guard has placed signs at the public access locations and marinas warning boaters of the danger along the St. Louis River.