Minnesota Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters

Minnesota Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters

Top Minnesota Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Destinations

Best Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters in Minnesota

Top Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Charters in Minnesota

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing in Minnesota

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Size 1 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore

(Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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.
 

Minnesota Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing Seasons

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

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.
Minnesota
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4.2
Based on 22,133 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Reviews of Fishing in Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Fishing in Minnesota

Half day with Captain Thayne
Greg F. fished with Memories Made Guide Service on June 12, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get ready to catch some fish….. Hook up and hang on!!
Half day trip with Captain Brian
Michael S. fished with Muskies And More Guide Service on June 8, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We happen to run into a very hot stretch of weather but the trip was still spectacular and a lot of fun.
Half day evening trip with Captain Brian
Justin W. fished with Muskies And More Guide Service on August 24, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book your trip with Muskies and More. Brian is good and will get you to the fish.
July fishing trip
Frank A. fished with Lake Superior Hatteras Fishing on July 27, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try here’s a reason they call it “fishing”... and not “catching.”
Fishing with Brad
Rod K. fished with Action Fishing Charters LLC on August 31, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We had a great time fishing. Captain Brad works hard to get you on the fish I would recommend Captain Brad.
Full day with Jamie
Darron M. fished with Nate Berg Fishing Guides on July 29, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fish Mille lacs or the area. Trust your guide. If he knows the lake, he'll take care of you. Hes always prepared. As long as you come prepared, you'll enjoy yourself

Fish Species Similar to Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) in Minnesota