• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
rkhinrichs

lester and sucker upper reaches fishing

Recommended Posts

I was wonder if the trout fishing on the lester, and sucker river are worth fishing for, not by the mouth of the streams, but fishing the upper reaches of these two rivers for brookies and browns. seeing if these rivers are worth skipping school for and catching some trout!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i used to always fish the lester up stream all the way to the source as far as i could go. but that was many years ago. i promised myself that this summer i would spend a week fishing the streams and inland trout lakes this year. the lakes in the finland isabella area and some in the gunflint. also some of the streams on the northshore [upstream].

i have never fished the sucker upstream. the lester for miles, starting from the source has good streches for great trout habitat. even some of the creeks in the duluth city limits should have some trout fishing available. i wonder if they still stock trout in twin ponds and hartly pond. i practicly lived on twin ponds as a kid. we used to catch brookies with our hands in the creek that flows through enger golf course and then enters twin ponds. your post brings back many memories. good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Without being too specific, I've fished the upper reaches of quite a few streams around Duluth and up the shore and have had some great times. The upper reaches of most streams are dominated by brookies and some have a few browns as well. Most streams hold small fish, but there's a few surprise fish. Some parts of the upper reaches, including on the Sucker, can get deep and very greasy. So be careful if you are wade fishing. A good trout book to check out is In Pursuit of the Rise by Rudy Senarghi. It contains a lot of stories from the author's time exploring the upper reaches of the local north shore streams (without being too site specific).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

o thanks for the advice i think the upper reaches of the streams get over looked with the all the steelhead fishing in the area! and want to try something differnt!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Reinhard, hartley pond is mostly bullheads and sunnies. Although tischers creek is stocked with both brown and brook trout, and apparently they find their way into the pond every once in awhile. My brother-in-law lives a couple blocks from the nature center, I've always thought about hitting the creek up in the early AM.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

times have changed i guess. i fished twin ponds more because i lived only a few blocks away from there. we used to go to enger golf course on rainy nights for nightcrawlers. i remember going up on the poplar river on the north shore far upstream and there were lots of brookies. upper branches of the knife and the split rock river. but the lester i fished the most. i have fished that river from the source all the way down to the mouth over the years. lots of great memories. good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

can you start fishing these rivers now, practicing catch and release or do you have to wait till the trout fishing opener on april 16 to fish for them??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you have to wait till the opener on april 16th. once the season opens keep in mind that rainbows are catch and realease only on lake superior tributaries even above the natural boundaries. good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks you to! yea thats what i thought no worries!! ill keep that in mind, and read the regs. i dont keep a lot of fish anyways.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yesterday i went out for a walk with the girlfriend and took a walk in Lester park found some pretty nice areas that would be fly fishing friendly! the river is still pretty iced over thou!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In college at UMD, I had a blast fishing these places in the mid-1990's, when the looper fishing was poor on the shore. I caught a 13 inch brookie on the upstream Stewart river, which was my biggest ever. I used a 4 ft ultralight pole and a worm, or cast a mepps in the pools. Great memories of that kind of fishing, good for a poor college kid with no boat. I need to get back there and do it again someday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my whole childhood was devoted to that and fishing for walleys and pike off shore on boulder and island lake. the simple things in life are sometimes the most enjoyable. we would get our own crawlers from our yard at home on 4th street in duluth and if we needed a lot we would go to enger golf course at night during or after a rain.

twin ponds, chester creek, hartly pond, rocky run, midway creek, upper lester and more. poplar river up the shore the brookies would hit the ciggaret butts we would toss in the river after that smoke was done. i have probably fished every foot of the lester from the source to the mouth over those years. the upper branches of the knife river. man what a blast. like you said the mepps and a killer spoon called the russian hook. cant find those anymore. well anyway, going to bring myself back to the past and do some of those fantastic trips again. stock up on OFF or something better i guess. good luck,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Here are some pictures from this years trip!
    • How do you keep ants off your feeders, especially hummingbird and oriole feeders? I've tried Toro and Raid sprays on the post but it seeks the birds don't like that smell either and i don't see many for a while. Has anyone else experienced that? Any good ideas?
    • I should’ve looked closer - I have an eyes open pic too. 😌  Tough to tell sometimes on my phone screen.  
    • Among other wilds that have moved into our urban areas, we can now add loons.  There is a breeding pair on the lake formerly known as Calhoun, mostly staying on the west and northwest sides.  But there is also a bunch of yearlings fishing the east side, numbering maybe six or seven and so unafraid that they come right up to the 36th Street dock and try to steal suckers being used for musky bait.  Maybe the call of the wild is not really so alien to the South side of Minneapolis, but it looks like the loons have moved in and can be heard calling from time to time. 
    • Sounds like you guys gave her heck up there to find them. I'd be praying thanks, too if I got that one on! ☺️
    • Quick recap:   Weather was too darn “nice”!  Upper 80’s - 90’s; no wind to speak of; mostly sunny. Water temps were anywhere from 64 - 71 depending on location and day.   We looked the lake over from end to end, marking up our map and returning to some places where we saw fish either later the same day or a couple days later.  We could literally see the transition from spawn to post spawn happening during our stay.  Being new to both muskie fishing and that lake, we spent time in dead water as much as good water but feel like we got a pretty good handle on how to go about setting up a more efficient return visit.  It was a lot work and long hours but I’d go back this weekend if I could so I must’ve enjoyed it.   A few pics as hoped for:
    • big dave 2 and leech, darn good lookin meals!!!!  Dave have a good weekend!!!!
    • Ok Dave have a good weekend. Hope you get over the whole butt hurt Leech deal! Not sure where you got that I don't like folks smoking or grilling things?  I know I do enough. Have fun! 🙂  
    • Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.Several park system property or portions of properties are closed due flooding. Amnicon Falls State Park, closed temporarily but has reopened, though some roads, trails and observation areas remain closed. Pattison State Park is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed. There are washouts on the dam that forms Interfalls Lake and Highway 35 over the dam is closed. A campground and horse trail are closed at Governor Knowles State Forest and the day use areas along the river at Interstate Park are underwater.Water was roaring over Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park.Photo credit: Gervase ThompsonAll rivers in the region are running extremely high. The falls at both Amnicon and Pattison are roaring, but road closures mean observing the falls now is challenging. The Bois Brule and Flambeau rivers are high enough that some canoe launches and campsites are underwater. The water is making its way downstream and the Lower Wisconsin River is running very high with all sandbars submerged and canoeing and kayaking not recommended. The river is expected to crest Muscoda this weekend at 40,000 cubic feet per second. .
    • I'm still going to smoke this fatty while camping this weekend whether Leech likes it or not.....😋       See you fellers on Monday........