Nature Matters: Fishing Action Still Hit Or Miss Due To Late Ice Out

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Fishing opener was a waiting game on both sides of the border this year as ice tenaciously stuck around longer than normal.
Randy Erickson of Cloquet missed out on the whole ordeal.

"I've been working out west. I've been working in the oil fields out west. This is my first time back and just now going out for the first time." said Erickson.

Erickson is an Anishinaabe man and will use his first fishing trip to teach small children Ojibwe fishing traditions and ethics.
Will his students have luck with this unusual season that has been so hampered by the weather?

"It's a late season because everything is so cold right now. The water temperatures are cold. Guys were going out on Lake Superior a couple days ago and breaking through skim ice." said Mike Rust of Marine General.

Along with the cold, last week's rains have muddied up many of our waters.
Mike Rust of Marine General advises anglers to choose their lures based on color because of that.

"That rain and wind we had, you want to use bright colors like pink and chartreuse." said Rust.

Rust tells us that reports coming in from the lakes indicate fair but not fantastic luck with game fish like walleye so far.
He feels things will pick up when it warms up.
Then, Randy Erickson will have even more opportunities to teach his angling students the most important lesson the Anishinaabe have.

"The value of sharing afterwards with the elders and anybody we know that needs fish and has no ability to get any." said Erickson.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

If you can trust anglers who are usually tight lipped about fishing hot spots, the Saint Louis River is full of action right now.