Northern Minnesota Lake Trout Fishing Trips

Northern Minnesota Lake Trout Fishing Trips
Minnesota's northern lakes, including Lake Superior, are home to significant numbers of native lake trout. The hard-fighting--and good-tasting--lake trout are popular targets for anglers. Most are found in water 40 feet or deeper and average 1 to 3 lbs., though the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says that "lakers topping 25 pounds are landed each year, so a trophy is always a possibility."

Happy Hooker Charters

Peter Dahl comes from a long line of family anglers and has been fishing northern Minnesota waters for much of his life. He's a second-generation Lake Superior fishing guide with more than 30 years of experience. He offers half-day (five and a half hours) and full-day (nine hours) lake trout fishing trips on Lake Superior for up to six anglers. The full-service charter company provides rods, reels, tackle and bait and will also help arrange accommodations and transportation. Ice is provided for your catch, and you can have your fish cleaned and filleted for free.

Happy Hooker Charters
P.O. Box 7333
Duluth, MN 55807

Tofte Charters

Hop aboard a 21-foot Bayliner boat, cruise to prime Lake Superior fishing waters and try your luck at landing lake trout. This Minnesota company, owned and operated by Darren Peck and Kelly Shepard, offers fishing trips out of Tofte, targeting the lake trout that migrate through area waters in late July and early August. They provide rods, reels and bait. Anglers are welcome to keep smaller catch (Peck and Shepard offer free fish cleaning), but the large ones you'll have to release--after you snap a photo. Anglers can sign up for half-day and full-day trips. Along with lake trout, the charters also target walleye, king salmon and steelhead.

Tofte Charters
P.O. Box 2182
Tofte, MN 55615

Lake Superior Fishing

Steve Johnson likes to say that "at the mere mention of Hard Times, the fish tremble." Hard Times is the name of his 31-foot Sport Fisherman charter fishing boat. Johnson, with more than 25 years experience as a Minnesota guide, leads lake trout fishing trips on the North Shore of Minnesota. Half-day trips and full-day trips depart from Duluth. Johnson provides all equipment and bait and offers free fish cleaning. Anglers can fish with two rods, trolling the bottom for lake trout. If you'd like to know how the fish are biting, Johnson offers daily fish reports via his website.

Lake Superior Fishing
P.O. Box 161503
Duluth, MN 55806

Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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