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The largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, this body of water is truly a force to be reckoned with. Hop aboard one of the many Lake Superior fishing charters and find out what makes this stunning lake so special. There’s water everywhere you look, so there’s a lot to explore. And the angling opportunities on offer are, well, superior!

When it comes to Lake Superior fish, there are over 80 different species that call these waters home. Among the most popular ones are varieties of Salmon and Trout, as well as Pike, Walleye, Perch, Bass, Whitefish, and Splake. It’s a year-round fishery including ice fishing, and the only tricky part is knowing where to go.

Depending on your ambitions, there’s a whole host of fishing trips on offer in the area. If you’re looking for an introduction to the fishery, opt for a half day trip. But if you want to really see as much as you can and fill the bags, a full day trip is your best bet. There are many charters offering specialized trips as well, if you’re looking to go after a specific species.

With such a vast area, there are many places you can start your Lake Superior fishing adventure from. Some of the most popular spots are Duluth and Superior, as well as Copper Harbor, Munising, and Sault Ste. Marie. Wherever you choose to head out of, you’re bound to have fun!

Rules & Regulations

Lake Superior borders the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, as well as Canada. This means that, depending on where you head out of, you’ll need to get the appropriate fishing license. The best thing to do is book a trip with a reputable guide who’ll make sure you’re fishing within the law.

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January

At the start of the year, most of the angling on Lake Superior involves ice fishing for Splake and Brown Trout. Toward the end of the month, anglers in WI start “bobbing” for Lakers.

February

You’ll find anglers bobbing for Lake Trout near the Apostle Islands and other islands on Lake Superior. Fishing for Herring and Whitefish can also be productive at this time of year.

March

The ice is starting to melt, and anglers fishing in shallow water can target Salmon, Trout, Herring, and Whitefish. Perch and Walleye fishing are heating up off the coast of WI.

April

In most years, the ice will be gone by the end of April. This signals the start of the season for many charter boats in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario.

May

In May, you can expect lots of trolling for Chinook and Coho Salmon. Anglers in WI can enjoy excellent shore fishing for Walleye, Pike, and Bass.

June

Lake Superior’s Salmon season continues, but Trout are still swimming too deep to be caught in most places. For more variety, cast your line in Chequamegon Bay for Bass, Perch, and much more.

July

Trout are moving closer to the lake’s surface to feed, which means you can expect to catch much more of these fish in July. Fishing for Pike and Walleye is still excellent.

August

In August, downriggers are essential when trolling for Trout and Salmon in the deep waters of Lake Superior. Some anglers are trolling along the south shore for Walleye, as well.

September

Water temperatures are starting to cool, which sends many Salmon and Trout to the river mouths. Many Lake Superior charter boats will shut down at the end of the month.

October

Steelhead fishing in the rivers on Lake Superior’s northern shore starts heating up in October. Ask a local guide to take you through some of Ontario's most secluded shoreline and make the most of it!

November

In Wisconsin, some anglers are jigging for Splake before the ice sets in. Salmon are scarce, but you can have success fishing for most species if you know where to look.

December

It’s the start of ice fishing season on Lake Superior. Anglers are setting up camp and dropping lines below the ice to catch Brown Trout, Perch, Walleye, and more.

Lake Superior Fishing Calendar

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Brenda Q. fished with Hooked Up Charters - Grady White on August 15, 2021
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Remember to get your daily fishing liscence before you start your vacation or set the to complete.
Afternoon trip with Captain Steve
Pamela M. fished with Hooked Up Charters on June 24, 2021
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Its absolutely gorgeous!! Bring sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water, and a camera!!
Fishing with Pat
Warren R. fished with Hooked Up Charters - Grady White on August 12, 2020
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Prepare to have the weather be the master.
August fishing trip
Mike G. fished with Hooked Up Charters - Grady White on August 7, 2020
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yes had a wonderfull time.caught lots of fish fantastic.
Half Day Trip With Capt Ken
Troy K. fished with Reel-N-Time Charters on July 31, 2020
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The experience was amazing! Bas time for the mayflies
July fishing trip
Frank A. fished with Lake Superior Hatteras Fishing on July 27, 2020
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You don’t need anything. Just get on the boat and fish.
July fishing trip
Sheila J. fished with Lake Superior Hatteras Fishing on July 12, 2020
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It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Late Morning Trip w/ Captain Gerry
Richard J. fished with Lake Superior Hatteras Fishing on July 3, 2020
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Try here’s a reason they call it “fishing”... and not “catching.”

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Superior

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Lake Superior costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $527, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $755. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Lake Superior is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Cuddy cabin.

According to customer reviews, Reel-N-Time Charters, Happy Hooker Charters, and Northern Lights Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Superior. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Superior.

Reel-N-Time Charters, Happy Hooker Charters, and Northern Lights Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Superior.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake Superior is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Lake Superior.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Salmon (Coho), and Brown Trout. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and heavy tackle. Lake fishing, river fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Steelhead fishing in the rivers on Lake Superior’s northern shore starts heating up in October. Ask a local guide to take you through some of Ontario's most secluded shoreline and make the most of it! Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake Superior.