Additional Information: Rapids are very high! Be careful if you go!
All gate openings listed on this page refer to those compensating gates in the main rapids only. The # of gates open can range from 1/8 of a gate to 16 full gates.
Fishing in the St. Mary's River rapids can be risky. The water is deep in some areas, and the current is swift. Gates that regulate the water flow can make the current strong and, in some cases, impossible to wade.
# OF GATES OPEN
0-2 gates open
the rapids are easily fished
2-4 gates open
fishing is still possible,
but extreme caution should be used
more than 4 gates are open
it is highly recommended that you
do not fish in the rapids
These recommendations are for informational purposes only. Individual anglers will need to decide for themselves if they should risk fishing in the rapids. It is highly recommended that you fish with someone who knows the waters if you have not fished in the rapids previously.
Daily water temperatures are taken inside the Aquatic Research Laboratory.
The average weekly temperature is the average weekly water temperature for the past 10 years; it is posted every Monday.
For current weather conditions in the St. Marys river area, visit Intellicast
The fishing report is given for an area that lies within approximately 1/2 miles of the powerhouse (Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant).
Fish that are available throughout the season :
Atlantic salmon, Pink salmon, Chinook salmon, Whitefish, Walleye, Rainbow trout (steelhead)
Where are the best places to fish?
Fishing in the rapids or hooking up behind the Edison Sault powerhouse is best suited for fly fishing, drift fishing, and casting. Alford Park is a good location for still fishing and casting spoons. Trolling is best for all other sites.
For more information about fish of the Great Lakes, you can access the Wisconsin Sea Grant website.
There are several fishing guides who offer their services in the St. Marys river and nearby areas: