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Fishing and Hunting
Fishing the lakes in the greater Grand Marais area offers anglers choices that are simply not found anywhere else. First, of course, is the Big Lake – a rags-to-riches story since the 1960s. The combination of controlling the lamprey population, the cessation of commercial lake trout fishing, and a massive restocking program has resulted in a renewed population of lake trout and salmon. Lake trout begin to bite early in the spring, and good fishing continues into the fall. Coho and Chinook salmon are also caught beginning in early spring, usually by trolling within a few miles of shore.
Second, anglers on the North Shore have more than fifty streams to try. The stream steelhead fishing begins near Duluth usually around April 1 and about two weeks later, further up the shore. For the hardy types, stream fishing also includes Kamloops rainbow trout, from October into May.
Streams and inland lakes are abundant in Cook County, providing habitat for trout species including brown, brook, rainbow and Chinook salmon. Spring fishing finds the walleyes ready to feed after ice out, and night fishing is especially successful. May and early June are also prime time for lake trout, and mid-June brings unrivaled bass fishing. As summer warms the inland lake water, fishing for walleyes, panfish and even whitefish adds to the season, and the excitement.
Whether you’re fishing for dinner or practicing catch-and release, you’re in for a great time. You may prefer the challenge of casting from a canoe within the Boundary Waters, the ease of angling from a boat and motor, or use the services of a guide. In any case, you’ll find plenty of action – maybe you’ll be hooked enough to try ice fishing for trout!
Walleye opener is in May - for more information, please go to Minnesota DNR Fishing
For information about hunting seasons, deadlines for license applications and more, please go to Minnesota DNR
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