Steelhead, loopers running on North Shore streams
May 14, 2018 06:28AM ● Published by Editor
By John Myers of The Duluth News Tribune on May 13, 2018
ALONG THE KNIFE RIVER — Tom Cawcutt had been on the river only 20 minutes when he tied into a feisty rainbow trout just downstream from the Highway 61 Expressway.
Cawcutt battled the strong fish for a bit and then brought it to the net, a nice, 25-inch looper, with a clipped fin, making it legal to keep.
That doomed the fish to the dinner plate.
"I'm going to keep this one and give it to my dad. He loves fish, but can't fish anymore," Cawcutt said, noting he had caught a couple of similar-size fish earlier in the week.
Steelhead rainbow trout and their cousins, Kamloops rainbow trout, are running on North Shore streams now — a couple weeks later than usual due to the late river ice and cold temperatures of April.
Tom Cawcutt of Cloquet poses for a photo taken by Ross Korpela of Cromwell with a trout. Bob King / email@example.com
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