fishing report april 2

Water temps on the Brule are breaking into the 40’s but the cooler weather coming might curtail them rising a lot higher for a week or so. The flow came up a bit Wednesday.  North shore stream are still ice clogged but some of the river mouths are providing some action.

Brule Opener 2015

The Brule River has opened from hwy 2 to lake superior and so far with mostly positive feedback. The river has been running between 160-170 cfs and with just enough color to help conceal us the fisherman. Water temps have been in the mid thirties but of course fluctuating as the sun hits the valley through out the day. The usual menu options of globugs and egg patterns along with rubber legged nymph patterns such as the x-legs, red fox squirrel nymph, aggravators and the like. Good luck.


Knife is fishing great had water temps up to 42 on sat, as well as lester ,sucker, and stewart.  Grand Marais area still a little behind. Smelt are just starting to run also.


Lower river finally coming back into shape dropping about 50 cfs a day.Should be at lower 300’s by Monday. Very fishable. We are forecasted for some more rain Monday, but this week should be great if we don’t get a big rainfall.

The upper river is doing fine bwo’s and hendricksons.

Brule River-High Again

Brule had been coming back into shape but is close to 800cfs again today.


Northshore is looking fair. Water is muddy with close to no visibility.

brule river

Brule is flowing at 550 cfs, blown out for now, but we need to get through it.

North shore streams starting to blow out wont be long.

We are now carrying Hatch Reels!!!

The Brule is flowing at about 235cfs. It is gaining some color and more so the lower down the river you go. Fishing has been slow. Water temps still in the mid 30’s.

Fishing since this last weekend on the Brule has been a little slow. The warmer weather has increased the ice cold runoff that is entering the river and hence keeping the temps very low, mid 30’s. Previously glo-bugs and the standard nymphs had been producing. It looks like we might have to get through some highwater in the very near future. The USGS water gauge that is on the Brule is not yet functioning(iced up) but will hopefully giving us some water flows soon.   Northshore streams are still frozen but water has been running over the ice which means things are progressing with the recent runoff. Good Luck..

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It sure is cold out there!

How do you think the cold weather will affect the fish?

Fall run has started

We are getting some reports of Steelhead and Browns in the river.


Hexes just starting

Hexes just starting to show up on the upper Brule, not in full earnest but this upcoming week could be good…


Sulphers and brown drakes hatching on the upper Brule.

Brule Still High

Brule river still flowing high, but not horrible. Still a few remnant steelhead in the river. Upper river is starting to see sulphers hatching and a few sporadic brown drakes coming off.As far as warmwater fishing goes crappies are in some degree of the spawn, but mostly on the tailend. Smallmouth action has been picking up also.

Brule River flow looks good

River flow looks good, water stained, could not find any fish though.  Lots of gnats, bring bug dope.


Brule Stoneflies

River looks good, good flow and just the right amount of color.  Had some luck on stoneflies (they are all over the in the river), nothing on yarn/eggs.

Brule is flowing at 662 cfs

Brule is flowing at 662 cfs. Lower river is blown out upper has some possibilities. There are still good numbers of steelhead in the river and hopefully now that the rain has stopped we will see it come into more fishable flows by next week. Hendricksons have also been emerging on the upper river.  The northshore is in the same condition as well, high water…


High water again…..

High water again….. 426cfs and climbing. Numbers of steelhead in the river are good but the water levels are not in our favor. More rain in the forecast the next couple days and clearing by Thursday.

Prior to the run-off

Tom Steelhead

Prior to the run-off and river being blown out, it was a great day.  Anxious to be back down.



Not much pressure

Not much pressure from fisherman on the Brule, however the water is very high with some color.  Hooked only one fish all day, logs and trees continue to float the river and crossing is near impossible.  Still lots of snow in the area and melting with high flow on the small streams dumping into the Brule.

Brule is flowing at 399

this morning the big snow that hit hayward and ashland missed the brule valley this last thursday, but it did receive enough precip to slow down the receding runoff. It is raining and drizzling this morning but tomorrow should offer some sun and warmer temps and the river could be in great shape by mid week. north shore streams are coming into shape also but are flowing cold.