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Lake Trout
Smallmouth Bass 
Huge Catches
Fishing Facts and Tips 

Lake Superior isn’t some arbitrary name, it is actually the largest freshwater lake in the world. It holds approximately 3,000 cubic miles of water –a total of all the other Great Lakes of America including another three Lake Eries. The lake spreads about 350 miles from west to east and 160 miles from north to south. The shoreline stretches about 2,800 miles long and touches the state of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. With an average depth of 500 feet, the deepest goes as far as 1,332 feet, Lake Superior is far the coldest of all the Great Lakes.  The surroundings of Lake Superior is primarily composed of the forested environment with poor soil and a cool climate. It’s by far the most sparsely populated among the Great Lakes.

Known for its crystal clear water, the lake’s water is cold and serves as a perfect environment for Salmon to thrive. The salmon species in Lake Superior are very much abundant – Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and pink salmon. Pink salmon were first intentionally introduced into Lake Superior, which then found its way to other Great Lakes.

Other fish species also thrive in Lake Superior, here are some of their descriptions:


Lake Trout

The average lake trout weighs about 2 to 3 pounds the biggest exceeds about 40 pounds. It prefers cold water, and its best to reel them in deeper parts as the temperature rises.


Salmon: Atlantic, Chinook, Coho, and Pink

The size of the salmon varies but one can easily catch one in Lake Superior waters and its tributaries. Some anglers claimed that Pink salmon turn in during odd-number years and caught late summer. Chinooks and Coho prefer cooler water and are abundant in early July. On the other hand, Atlantics thrive on the first weeks of October.


Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass is rather a small weighing about 1 pound but are feisty fishes. They are found in shallow waters and moving deeper as the water temperature rises.



Walleye fishes weigh about 1 to 2 pounds but can exceed 10 pounds each. They are also found in shallow waters and swim deeper as the temperature increases. It’s best to catch them in early morning and evening. Anglers look for signs of  “walleye chop” or waves on the surface water as an indication of an abundant harvest.


Huge Catches

Here are some of  the biggest fish caught in the Great Lakes:

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


All About Fishing

Anglers and boating enthusiasts go to Lake Superior its tributaries and streams for its abundant fish harvest. Many of them reel in lake trout, brook trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, perch, along with varieties of salmon.

Even those who would just want to go fishing without a boat can easily throw their fishing line in any public access areas and state parks along Lake Superior. There is a lot of fishing piers littered along the lake or hire a charter. There are fishing charters in Two Harbors, Duluth, Grand Marais and Silver Bay.

No equipment yet? No problem. Tackle, bait, licenses and all sorts of gears are available in most gas stations and outfitters along the shores. If fishing for trout, don’t forget to get a trout stamp. Savvy anglers can find good fishing harvest for a variety of species all year long on Lake Superior. Because of the lake sheer size, it can be intimidating.

For boaters, it is important to prevent aquatic invasive species from spreading. These kinds of species can cause significant harm to an environment when introduced. Some of the devastating effects of invasive species include diminishing fish populations and polluted waters. Every boater should check their equipment onboard properly to prevent this devastating effect.

Follow these steps when leaving a body of water:

  • Clean boat thoroughly including trailer & fishing equipment
  • Drain all water from the boat or buckets
  • Dispose of any unused bait in the designated trash cans
  • Dry the boat and equipment properly


When you’re ready to go fishing at Lake Superior, make sure to bring a warm hoodie along like our awesome Michigan D Tailgate Hoodie.