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Fishing

Lake Superior and it's tributaries offer up lake trout, a variety of salmon and stream to anglers, while inland lakes provide walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, perch and brook trout.

Check out details on the speciific fish below and
here are the details for the
Spring Creel Report on Lake Superior Tributaries


Good luck fishing!



State Record Fish
Fish Descriptions & Tips
Where to Fish from Shore
Fishing Regulations



walleye
State Record Fish
caught in the North Shore area
Atlantic Salmon
12 pounds, 13 oz; Baptism River at Tettegouche State Park
Chinook Salmon (shared record)
33 pounds, 4 oz; Poplar River and in Lake Superior, near Duluth
Coho Salmon
10 pounds, 6.5 oz; Lake Superior northeast of Two Harbors
Pink Salmon
4 pounds, 8 oz; Cascade River near Lutsen
Steelhead/Rainbow
16 pounds, 6 oz; Devil Track River near Grand Marais 
Lake Whitefish
10 pounds, 6 oz; Lake Superior northeast of Lutsen
Lake Trout
43 pounds, 8 oz; Lake Superior near Hovland
Brown Trout
16 pounds, 12 oz, Lake Superior northeast of Two Harbors
Walleye
17 pounds, 8 oz; Seagull River at the end of the Gunflint Trail



Fish Descriptions & Tips
refer to current regulations prior to fishing

walleye

Walleye
Description
average 1-2 pounds, but can exceed 10 pounds
Location
shallow waters (less than 15 feet) moving to deeper waters as temperatures increase
best at dawn & dusk
a "walleye chop" (waves) on the water or overcast skies mean more active fish

Tips
try a spinner-bait, slip-bobber rig or jig head with bait (minnow, leech or nightcrawler)
Season
check regulations (extended for some Canadian border lakes)

smallmouth bass

 Smallmouth Bass
Description
average 1 pound; the best fighting fish
Location
shallow waters (less than 15 feet) moving to deeper waters as temperatures increase
Tips
try a spinner-bait combo or troll with a Rapala


lake trout

Lake Trout
Description
average 2-3 pounds, but can exceed 40 pounds
Location
cold water; shallower early in the season, moving to deeper water as temperatures rise
Tips
for shorecasting: yarn flies, tiny spinners or spoons
Lake Superior boat fishing: dodger fly with downriggers or planer boards

Season
Inland Lakes

Mid-May to late-September
On lakes outside or partially outside the BWCAW except Snowbank, Clearwater, Seagull, Ram, Magnetic, East Bearskin & Saganaga: winter season = January to mid-March
On lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW): winter season = January to late March
Lake Superior
check regulations

brook trout
Brook Trout
brown trout
Brown Trout

Stream Trout:
Brook, Brown, Splake, Rainbow
Description
average 1/2-1 pound, elusive fish
Location
pools on shaded, small streams and tributaries
and small lakes
Tips
small spinners, nightcrawlers or flies
in designated trout lakes, no live minnows are allowed and only one line per person
Rainbow Trout rainbow trout


chinook salmon
Chinook Salmon
coho salmon
Coho Salmon

Salmon
Chinook, Coho, Pink, Atlantic
Description
size varies with type of salmon
Location
on Lake Superior and its' tributaries
Tips
Pink Salmon

run in odd-numbered years and are caught on yarn flies, small spoons or tiny spinners the first few weeks of September
Coho Salmon
prefer cooler water; try dodger-fly combos
in early July with a season that is continuous
Chinook Salmon
the run peaks earl July for Lake Superior stream fishing; try yarn flies and spawn bags
Atlantic Salmon
fall run begins around the first of October; try yarn flies or spawn bags


Where to Fish from Shore
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides seven accessible fishing piers in the North Shore area. These are great areas to fish if you don't have a boat.

Dumbbell Lake
From Hwy 61 near Tettegouche State Park, go north on MN Hwy 1, then east on Forest Road 172 for about 4 miles
Fish for smallmouth bass, walleye and northerns off the
12 x 16-foot deck.

Hogback Lake
From Hwy 61 near Tettegouche State Park, go north on MN Hwy 1, then east on Forest Road 172 for about 12 miles
Rainbow trout are the main game fish in Hogback. Remember a long-handled net!

Crescent Lake
From Hwy 61 in Tofte, go north on the Sawbill Trail (County Road 2) about 20 miles, then 8 miles east on Forest Road 170
Fish for walleye and an occasional muskie from this pier. An accessible campsite is adjacent to the pier
.

Sawbill Lake
From Hwy 61 in Tofte, go north on the Sawbill Trail (County Road 2) about 24 miles
Cast for walleye and enjoy the view of the lake.

Whitepine Lake
From Hwy 61 in Lutsen, go north on the Caribou Trail (County Road 4) about 7 miles, then west on Forest Road 164 for about 3 miles
Most folks catch walleye or northern at dawn or dusk here.

Mink Lake
From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, go north on the Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) about 9 miles, then west on Forest Road 140 about 2 miles
Fish for splake and rainbow trout - also a good ice fishing lake
.

(Trestle) Pine Lake
From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, go north on the Gunflint Trail (County road 12) about 3 miles, then west on Co Rd. 8 to Co. Rd. 27, go northwest on Co. Rd. 27 to Forest Road 1365 and then east 2 miles
Note the old railroad trestle crossing the lake - fish for rainbow and splake.


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