Nature Matters: Weather Not Cooperating With Stream Trout Season

By KBJR News 1

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Stream trout season is open in both Minnesota and Wisconsin so fly tiers are in a tie–ing frenzy.
Aficionados say stalking trout is a different art than going after other game fish.

"It's more challenging, I guess. It's like a step up from conventional fishing." said Angler Pat Little of Duluth.

The fishing, though, is tougher this year due to cold, snow and ice clogging favored fishing streams.
Still, some luck has been reported on rivers like the Brule.

"Right now, they've been pretty good out by river mouths like the French River and McQuade Safe Harbor." said John Fehnel of Great Lakes Fly Shop in Duluth.

Because of frozen rivers, McQuade Safe Harbor is indeed a popular spot.

"Despite the cold and snow, some anglers are still trying their luck on trout streams so it's especially important then because of the snow and cold to be extra cautious while going out after the big one." said reporter Dave Anderson on a frozen in dock.

"There are lots of slippery stones so use a wading staff and by all means, wade cautiously." said Fehnel.

Experienced anglers tell us there are two approaches to this frigid fishing season: dress warmly and try it now, or wait just a little while for a warm up.

"I'm giving it another week. Maybe two weeks. Just do the warm weather dance." said Fehnel.

At McQuade Safe Harbor on Lake Superior for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

In Minnesota, stream trout season will last until September.
We're bound to get at least a little warm weather by then.