Fishing the North ShoreGiven that it is home to the largest body of freshwater in the world, there are plenty of spots to fish on the North Shore!

Options include fishing on Lake Superior, its tributaries, or on number of the inland lakes and streams that hold a variety of different fish. Lake Superior is best known for its lake trout and salmon, the streams are perfect for trout and salmon, and the inland lakes hold a ton of walleye, small-mouth bass, northern pike, and perch. If you have a boat, perfect, otherwise there are plenty of fishing guides or boat rentals available for you to purchase.


Outfitters include:

Fishin’ Chics and Dad: 1-800-795-8068 • Full or half day trips, shore cruise or pelagic tours
Fly Box & Company: 218-370-9659 • • [email protected] • Guided fly fishing trips on inland lakes and tributaries. Half day and full day options available.
Gunflint Lodge: 1-800-328-3325 • Guided day-long fishing packages
Joe’s Inland Charter Fishing: 218-387-2483 • Full and half day trips, pontoon available for large groups
Tofte Charters: 218-663-9932 • Full, half and quarter day trips, scenic charters
Skarupa Secret Lures: 218-370-1010 • Fishing charters
Grand Marais Charters: 218-370-5800 • Fishing charters

Great spots to fish without a boat are:

Hogback Lake (40 acre lake located close to Isabella, MN): Accessible fishing pier perfect for rainbow trout and splake. From Hwy 61 MM 60, drive north on the MN Hwy 1 for 22 miles, turn east / right on the Wanless Road for 11.9 miles

Crescent Lake (755 acre lake located by Grand Marais): Accessible fishing pier perfect for Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch. From Hwy 61 MM 83.2, drive north on the Sawbill Trail for 17 miles, turn west / right on the Wanless Road for 11.9 miles

Sawbill Lake (833 acre lake located near Tofte, MN): Known best for walleye, rock bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike. From Hwy 61 MM 83.2, drive north on the Sawbill Trail for 23 miles.

Licenses and bait and tackle can be found at most gas stations and outfitters along the shore and up the Gunflint Trail. Some of these include:

Beaver House (Grand Marais): 218-387-2092
Buck’s Hardware (Grand Marais): 218-387-2280  • Bait, tackle, licenses, maps, hunting supplies
Clearview General Store (Lutsen): 218-663-7478 • Bait, tackle, licenses
Super America (Grand Marais): 218-387-2766 • Bait, tackle, licenses
Holiday (Grand Marais): 218-387-1043
Holiday (Tofte): 218-663-7882 • Bait, tackle, licenses, fishing and hunting supplies.

Reminder: If you are fishing for trout, you will need a trout stamp.