Fishing

(Consult current DNR fishing regulations for complete information)

Between mid-April to 1st week of May: Lake Superior smelt runs begins lasting a week to 10 days.
End April to May: Good shoreline and small boat fishing as ice moves out. Fish close in and on top for Chinook, Coho, Lake Trout. Rainbows and Brown Trout.
Mid-June: Fish move deeper as water warms. Deep sea fishing charters for Salmon, Lakers, Rainbows and Browns yield cool beauties!
Late August: Salmon fishing intensifies as spawning runs begin. Lake Trout and Rainbows move into shoreline areas. Shore fishing great, scenery fantastic!
With only a few exceptions, size limits are now in effect for all Muskies, Walleyes, Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Trout and Lake Sturgeon caught in Iron County waters. Statewide or regional regulations which apply to Iron County waters include the 32-inch minimum size for Muskellunge, 15-inch minimum for Walleyes, 12-inch minimum for Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, and 45-inch minimum for Sturgeon. A few lakes have more restrictive size limits to provide higher quality fishing for Bass and Muskies, and a few lakes are exempted from the Walleye size limit. Several different regulations apply to different types of Trout water. Check the current fishing regulations pamphlets, and signs posted at boat landings, for details on the special size limits, bag limits, and seasons that may apply.
Most size and bag limits are only minimum standards that must be followed to protect the fishery resources, but these rules alone will generally not result in more large or "trophy" size fish. We strongly encourage anglers to go even further by voluntarily releasing larger fish. Many fish that are caught and kept are potential trophies if allowed to live longer. Feel free to keep and enjoy some fish for eating, but please use common sense by not taking more than you really need. Remember that the value of a fish, especially a larger one, can be much greater alive, to be caught again and again, rather than to die only to provide a meal. Please release fish carefully to ensure their survival. Try to avoid any possibility of undue stress or injury. Leave the hook in deeply-hooked fish. Keep a large fish like a Muskie in the water while you remove the hooks and measure it. Hold it horizontally, supporting it's body, while taking pictures — NEVER hold it vertically by gill covers or eye sockets. Keep handling time to an absolute minimum.
All waters not listed — Category 2
All streams flowing into Lake Superior have the following regulations from their mouths upstream to the first dam, lake, or natural barrier unless listed in the table:
Open Season: May 5 at 5 a.m. to September 30
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout and Salmon in total, only 2 of which may be Brown Trout over 15: and only 2 of which may be a Rainbow Trout
Size Limit: Brook Trout 8", Brown Trout 10", Salmon and Rainbow Trout 12"
Downstream from US 2 — Category 5 Open Season: March 31 to November 15
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout and Salmon in total, only 2 of which may be Brown Trout over 15" and only 1 which may be a Rainbow Trout
Size Limit: Brook Trout 8", Brown Trout 10". Salmon and Rainbow Trout 12"
Downstream from Superior Falls Category 5
Open Season: all year
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout and Salmon
Size Limit 10"
Upstream from Superior Falls along
Michigan boundary — Category 5
Daily Bag Limit: 10 only 5 may be a combined total of
Rainbow and Brown Trout in May
Size Limit: 6"
Category 5
Open Season: March 31 to November 15
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout and Salmon in total, only 2 of which
may be Brown Trout over 15: and only 1 of which may be a
Rainbow Trout
Size Limit: Brook Trout 8", Brown Trout 10", Salmon and
Rainbow Trout 12"
Category 5
Open Season: March 31 to November 15
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout and Salmon in total, only 2 of which
may be Brown Trout over 15" and only 1 of which may be a
Rainbow Trout
Size Limit: Brook Trout 8", Brown Trout 10", Salmon and
Rainbow Trout 12"
Category 5
Daily Bag Limit: 5 Trout, only 1 may be over 12"
Size Limit: Brown Trout 12", other Trout 8"

 

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