Gitche Gumee Chapter

Serving Northeast Minnesota, the Gitche Gumee Chapter is active along Minnesota’s North Shore and works to protect, preserve and enhance our local trout, steelhead and salmon resources.  There are lots of opportunities to get involved in our upcoming habitat work, and some great meetings open to the public yet this season.  Come on out, get in contact with us and we hope to see you at the meetings and on the water.

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Spring finally sprung in the Northland in late April/early May! A lower snow base than normal and a warm spell in mid-March melted enough snow to get river temps just right for the first run of steelhead in our rivers. We had a couple of rain storms after the snow melted in mid-April to sustain our steelhead runs. From my own experience and hearing various reports, fishing was good but the run sputtered, ending earlier than typical years due to limited rainfall. It’s always hard to put the equipment away, but we have summer now to look forward to. 

Thank you to everyone that participated in our chapter survey this spring. Our goal was to hear from you on issues such as conservation, stream restoration, volunteer opportunities, and fishing our waters. Looking through the initial survey data there is some good information. High five to you! I’m excited to review the data with the board later this year. 

We had a successful tree planting event on the Sucker River on Saturday, May 15. Chapter and community members met up and planted white pine and cedars along the upper Sucker River. Thank you to those who made the event and dedicated time to this project. These newly planted trees in the riparian area will stabilize the streambank and provide shade that is crucial for the trout population. If you weren’t able to make this event, don’t worry as we will be planning a river maintenance day later this summer. 

Interested in learning how to fly fish or know someone that has always wanted to try it? We will be partnering with the City of Duluth this summer for a fly casting clinic. Details are just starting to be worked out. As we formalize event details, we will post information on our Facebook page and send details out in a chapter email newsletter. 

I’d like to say THANK YOU to our board members for your work this year. This past year was truly trying and though not ideal, we became proficient with Zoom. We did a great job keeping relevant and bringing several awesome presentations to our communities. With COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease, I’m hopeful that we will be able to bring in-person meetings back to the forefront. 

Wishing you all a great summer!

Join us on our next project!

Contact the Gitche Gumee Chapter

Brandon Kime, Chapter President