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Best Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters in Minnesota


Top Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters in Minnesota


Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

  • Size 1 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing in Minnesota

Between the state’s famous 10,000 lakes and the endless streams which connect them, you could spend a lifetime enjoying the Trout fishing Minnesota is so good at and never hit the same spot twice. Rainbow Trout live in rivers and streams all over the state and fish well over 16 pounds have been caught in the past. You can catch two different types of Rainbow Trout in Minnesota, with both Steelhead and Kamloops Trout putting anglers through their paces.
 
And it’s not just Rainbows here. Brook, Brown, Lake, and Tiger Trout all grow to monster sizes in Minnesota’s clear, cold waters. You can also take on Splake, a hardy hybrid of Brook and Lake Trout. The variety doesn’t stop with the species, either. From the smallest stream to the vast expanse of Lake Superior, you can fish for Trout a dozen different ways, one for every month of the year.

Trout Fishing Spots

There’s a lot of water to cover here, and every inch of it has at least a couple of keeper-sized fish in it. Lake Superior is the perfect place to start, with both Steelhead and Kamloops Trout in big numbers. You can also catch Lake and Brown Trout here, and the state record for both species was caught in Lake Superior’s depths.
 
If you’re a fan of taking Trout on the fly, you may already have heard of Root River. The South Branch is the best, just before it feeds into the Mississippi River. Both Brown and Rainbow Trout are both stocked here with great success, and native Brook Trout really round off the fishery. 
 
At the other end of the state, the remote Sucker River has provided some of the most impressive Rainbow Trout catches in recent years. In fact, there are scores of streams flowing into Lake Superior and many of them have great trout fishing potential.

Trout Fishing Techniques

How you fish for Trout really depends on when you go looking for them. Lake Superior’s resident Rainbows react best to trolled lures and baits. When they’re near the surface in spring and fall, you can use a variety of spoons and spinners. When they go deeper in the summer, follow them down with spinner-and-worms or three-way rigs. Once the freeze sets in, cut a hole and try your luck at ice fishing.
 
When Rainbows are in the rivers, fly fishing is the most obvious way to target them. There are a couple of reasons for this: it’s great fun and it works. Every angler has their favorite setup but an effective all-rounder is a 9’ 5-6wt rod with a reel to match, rigged with weight-forward line and a good eight feet of 5X tapered leader. You could fill a truck with all the different flies people have tied for Trout but some classics like Wooly Buggers and Parachute Adams never get old.
 
The wonderful thing about fishing in the North Star State is that everyone else is also at it! Around a quarter of all Minnesotans hold a fishing license and there is a bait shop in every town. This is the perfect getaway for both experienced anglers and complete beginners, and you can always find a skilled guide ready to take your Trout game to the next level.
 
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

  • Size 1 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore

Minnesota Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) fishing in Minnesota varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to June and September to October. Low season is January to March and December. There is no closed season.

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