The high water has come and the fishing has held on in many areas.  The streamer fishing, despite the high water, has been solid. The lower rivers are more than full and those opportunities will be limited for a week. If you can find some clarity fishing should be good, it has been for my clients.

Lakes are another obvious choice with flood waters. Bass are up shallow and feeding and the pike and walleye fishing should get better with the cold nights finally settling in. The musky fishing in the region is never good but they have shown some life lately too.

I had the pleasure of fishing with Andreas Andersson and Russ Maddin the other day. They would have been living on the rivers for the week but the high water pushed them to try a little something different for the day. We had a blast and landed some high quality fish. It started as a bass mission which was turned into a steelhead streamer fest. Hooking into these fish on the strip is something special. I’ve watched Russ catch steelhead for many years and this was no different. Lock down on him, drag him and hope nothing breaks. It’s a sight to be seen. Andreas was a little shocked at Russ desire to not let the fish fight and stand.

Andreas hadn’t hooked into one on the strip before but he’ll never forget it. He stood his ground and got his too. The day couldn’t have worked out better for any of us. It was a great time with good buddies, which in the end, is what it’s about.

The elusive ghost musk