Fly Fishing the Cloquet River Minnesota for Smallmouth Bass
Enjoy a scenic Cloquet River fly fishing trip catching smallies on one of the top smallmouth bass waters in the Midwest. We offer guided fly fishing float trips down the Cloquet River in 2 or 3 person pontoon drift boats. The Cloquet River is mostly carry down access, so the fishing is light compared to other high profile smallmouth bass rivers, but has an excellent smallmouth bass population for fly fishing.
The Cloquet River near Duluth, MN contains significant stretches of Class I rapids and there are some Class II near the river's mouth where there is a steeper pitch. There is a waterfall that forms at river mile 37 as water is drawn from Island Lake Reservoir. All rapids, including the waterfall, can be portaged easily. The river varies in width from 50-300 feet. Cloquet Map
Cloquet River Water Characteristics - check the river level reports.
Because of the many steep, rocky stretches and the small watershed area, medium to heavy stream flow is necessary for an enjoyable run. During the summer, the river's rapids may be runnable only after a heavy rain. Stream flow usually peaks in late April and falls throughout the summer. Fall rains frequently raise the level of the river significantly.
Cloquet River Landscape - The upper stretch of the Cloquet River is wild, its generally low banks are heavily forested with red and white pine, fir, spruce, aspen and birch. Long placid stretches are broken by short bouldery rapids. Outcrops are most frequent in a short stretch immediately above Island Lake. Except for several houses near Alden Lake and on Island Lake, the upper Cloquet is undeveloped. The lower part of the river varies in scenery. A riverside forest of red and white pine, fir, spruce, aspen and birch is occasionally broken by farmland and a few homes and cabins. Though several bridges cross this stretch, there are no large towns or cities.
Cloquet River Fly Fishing and Wildlife - Common game fish include smallmouth bass, sunfish, northern pike, walleye and channel catfish. A few brook trout inhabit the far upper reaches near cold-water tributaries in that area. Wildlife includes timber wolves, bobcats, lynx, beavers, otters. Big-game animals include moose, black bears and white-tailed deer. Game birds include ruffed grouse, woodcock and several species of ducks. Great blue herons are common, bald eagles and osprey are sometimes sighted.
Cloquet River Fishing Seasons -