When you have a moment, could you let me know the status of the coaster population and/or point me to somewhere on the web that provides that sort of information?
The average size of our coaster brook trout in North Shore populations has increased slightly over the last decade, with more larger fish being caught by anglers and in our surveys in more recent years. I typically receive one or two pictures from anglers each season who caught Brook Trout over 20 inches. The 20 inch minimum harvest regulation that was implemented in 1997 seems to be working. The most recent coaster brook trout report can be found here:http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lakesuperior/brook_trout.pdf . Lake Superior Area crew reevaluate coaster brook trout populations every 5 years. We are scheduled to sample again in 2018 and a new report should be available in spring 2019. Feel free to call or email if you have any other questions.
When and where are good times and spots to fish for the coaster brookies? Mouth to first barrier in October and November?
You got it! Fish anywhere below barriers, key on deeper pools, later in the year is probably best. We typically catch them up until the ice forces us to quit sampling. Keep in mind that the Brook Trout season closes on September 15th (or something like that), but as long as you are fishing for ‘salmon’ you are ok to fish below barriers. As you know, Brook trout are caught on the same types of bait/flies as salmon. No species delineation for coaster brook trout. Genetically, they are the same fish as what you will catch upstream (we proved this with genetics research). They are just a brook trout with a different life history….similar to a resident stream rainbow trout vs. a migratory steelhead…same fish species, but different.
Good luck! Please let me know how you do! -Nick
- Timber Coulee Cottage – looks cute off of P between Coon Valley and Westby.
- Coon Valley Cabins – $80/night next to Legacy Grill and Pub bar in Coon Valley. Run by Geoff. Next door to Legacy Grill and Pub.
- Central Express Inn – Westby – truck stop motel with restaurant next door $60/night.
- I saw a few other B&B type places in the area
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