Lake Superior lives up to its name in more ways than one. This is the largest freshwater lake on earth, and it is the deepest, coldest, and purest of all the Great Lakes. As a result, its waters produce a quality of fishing that some might say is, well, superior. The key to fishing Lake Superior is finding the fish: most of the lake appears empty, but once you find the fish, there are lots of them. This Grand Marais Fishing Charters Guide will help you find local guided fishing services for any type Lake Superior (and inland) fishing experience you are looking for.
Grand Marais Lake Superior fishing charters run out of the Grand Marais Harbor. For hardy anglers, the cold, deep waters of the lake offer year-round angling opportunity. With a little help from a local guide, you can make the most of this fishery no matter the season.
Spring: Ice-off marks the start of Lake Superior’s open water fishing season, usually in mid-to-late April. By May, you can expect most charter boats around the lake to be up and running just in time for Chinook (King) and Coho Salmon fishing. Depending on where you fish, you’ll also find good numbers of Walleye, Muskellunge, and Northern Pike at this time of year.
Summer: Early Summer marks the height of Lake Superior Salmon fishing. You can expect good numbers of King and Coho Salmon through June, depending on where you fish. Anglers in Minnesota don’t see as much Salmon as others, but the local Trout fishing makes up for it. You’ll find high numbers of Lake and Brown Trout throughout the lake from July through fal`
Fall: September is your last chance to experience the best of Lake Superior’s Salmon season. At this time of year, the key is knowing where to look. By the end of September, many charter boats shut down for the season.
Winter: Come December, much of the lake is covered in thick ice. But that’s not enough to scare away local anglers! Many continue fishing Lake Superior all through winter, using an entirely different approach: ice fishing. Dettermined anglers pack ice augers, huts, heaters, and the rest of their gear onto vehicles and haul them off to the fishing grounds. Main target species in winter include Splake, Walleye, Pike, and Perch. In some places, anglers also catch Steelhead, Trout, Whitefish, and even the odd Salmon while ice fishing.
Grand Marais Fishing FAQ
? What to expect: Charter fishing on Lake Superior offers spectacular scenery paired with a world-class fishing experience. Plan on either a half-day or full-day adventure typically starting early in the morning.
? What to bring: Dress warm and bring layers!!! It is generally AT LEAST 15 degrees cooler out on Lake Superior at any time. Even on warm August days you may find yourself wishing for a sweater. Most guides will provide all the gear you’ll need but your camera. Check with your guide service on specifics.
? Type of fish: Kamloops rainbow trout, pink salmon, Chinook salmon, or steelhead trout thrive in the cold, rocky waters just off the shoreline. 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 late summer, usually by trolling within a few miles of shore.
? License type: Anyone age 16+ must have a MN Fishing License with a trout stamp. License year begins March 1 and ends the last day of February (except where otherwise noted).
? Claims to fame: Some of the record fish in the state were caught right here in Cook County MN. Here are our top fish submitted to the MN DNR State Fishing Records: Chinook/King Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Whitefish, and Walleye.
? Not all species are legal to fish for year-round: Closures vary by state and can change from year to year, so be sure to read more about local regulations before your trip.
Fishing Charters & Outfitters
Bear Track Outfitting • 1.6 miles
LOCATION: 2011 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604, (218) 387-1162 |
>Bear Track Outfitting
Services: Lake Superior Guided Fishing Trips, Guided Inland Fishing, Lunch & Dinner Cruises, Bird Tours, Fly Fishing, Scenic Cruises
Come join us aboard a 27 ft. Regal Commodore, named “Fishin’ Chics” with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain David Williams. We provide all the equipment and soft drinks. You need a MN fishing license with a trout stamp The half day runs 4.5 to 5 hrs. And you can choose a morning start or afternoon start. Dress warm and in layers, and bring a hat and protective eyewear… sunglasses are fine! Capt. David Williams has a Master’s License certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. He has over 50 years experience navigating Lake Superior and Lake Michigan where he grew up.
Our Retail and rental Store is open daily from 9 am to 5 PM . We have a wonderful gift shop with a north woods flavor so don’t forget to take home a gift for grandma and grandpa. Our store is stocked with the most complete inventory of dehydrated foods in the county. Any item you may have forgotten, can most likely be found in our shop.
North Shore Outdoors • 0.4 miles
LOCATION: Grand Marais Harbor, MN 55604, (218) 370-8726 |
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Services: Lake Superior Fishing Charters, Inland Lakes & Streams, Boat Rides
Embark on the fishing trip of a lifetime on the waters of Minnesota’s beautiful North Shore by contacting North Shore Outdoors today. Captain Kelly L. Shepard is a 6th generation guide to the area and has been guiding fishermen and hunters since the mid-1970s.
I have all the safety and fishing gear. All you need to bring is a Minnesota fishing license and trout stamp, camera and something to munch on. I also clean and package your fish for free when we finish your charter.
Big Lake Charters • 0.4 miles
LOCATION: 114 S W 8th Ave, Grand Marais, MN 55604, (218) 387-5035 |
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Welcome aboard the 2 Eazy!! The 2 Eazy is a 1992 Searay Sundancer 290 29 feet in length with a 9 foot beam. Your Captain Tom (2E) Bernier is a US Coast Guard Certified Charter Boat Captain. I started fishing Lake Superior when I was 13 and have yet to stop, This gives me almost 40 years of fishing experience on the Big Lake. The boat is equipped with Radar, GPS/Sonar, Downriggers, Rods, Reels, divers, and lures. The boat also has a full head and all safety equipment on board.
THE CATCH: Early season, May through June, we use Downriggers and fish deep for Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chinook and COHO Salmon. As the water warms the fish come up shallower and become more active. The Trout, Salmon and Rainbow Trout are then caught on flat lines, shallow divers and downriggers. Your catch will be cleaned and bagged for you after returning to the dock.
Grand Marais Charters • 0.4 miles
LOCATION: Grand Marais Harbor Marina, MN 55604, (218) 370-5800 |
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Services: Lake Supeerior Charter Fishing, boat rides, harbor tours
Captain Gary is a USCG licensed charter boat captain with over 30 years of experience
fishing out of the Grand Marais marina on Lake Superior. During May and June we will be downrigging in deeper water for lake trout and salmon. During the months of July, August and September the salmon action picks up and the lake trout come closer to the surface. During
these months we will be using a combination of downriggers, boards and dipsy divers.
You will be departing from the Grand Marais, MN marina aboard the NORTHEASTERN a 2009 24′ trophy with an enclosed hard top cabin a dinette and toilet. It is equipped with radar, sonar,GPS, marine radio, Cannon downriggers, Shimano rods and reels and all U.S Coast Guard safety equipment is on board. Captain Gary provides all tackle and any equipment you will need for a successful day on the water. Your catch will also be cleaned and packaged by your Captain. Lake Superior fishing charters in Grand Marais
Little Vince’s Guide Service • 0.4 miles
LOCATION: 69 Brandon Road, MN 55604, (218) 388-9942 |
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Services: Inland guided fishing, Guided fishing in and near the BWCA on mid-Gunflint Trail lakes for walleyes, smallmouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout, splake trout, lake trout, and brook trout.
In the last few years, Vince has discovered a lake that does well on two to five pound lake trout all summer. Brook trout are only found in relatively difficult to get to lakes and tend to bite best in the spring and fall. Rainbow trout and splake are aggressive all summer and they are the trout that I fish for the most. Ice fishing is a blast; you can catch rainbow, splake, brook, and lake trout when you visit me in the winter! I firmly believe that I am the only guide on the Gunflint Trail guiding for stream trout in lakes.
You can also fish for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and, occasionally, bluegills. Although he has caught a lot of trophy-sized fish over the years, his my primary focus is to put people on large numbers of eating sized fish (most clients take fish home) and occasionally someone still catches a trophy.
Prices include everything needed for trip except MN fishing license, lunch, drinks, and bait. Bait can be provided by guide; customer will be charged for what is used. Shore lunches can be arranged for in advance (not available during fire bans). Customer will purchase own fishing license and bring own drinks.