Lake Superior Fish
Lake Superior fish differ in some ways from their inland lake relatives. The cold clear water makes them somewhat brighter in appearance and heavier of body.
Irregular wormlike markings on back and dorsal fin
Light spots in body and tail
Deeply forked tail
Best Time? May thru Sept. Bigger trout caught July thru Sept.
Chinook (King) Salmon
Black mouth and gums
Spots over entire tail
15-19 anal fin rays
Best Time? May thru Sept. Bigger kings caught Aug. thru Sept.
Lake Superior Coho Salmon
Black mouth and white gums
Spots on upper part of tail
13-15 anal fin rays
Best Time? April thru June. Bigger coho caught July thru Sept.
Lake Superior Rainbow (Looper)
Rainbow Trout (Inland)
Many small spots on body
White mouth and gums
Square tail with many spots over entire tail in radiating rows
10-12 anal rays
Kamloops (Loopers) are caught occasionally.
Lake Superior Steelhead
Steelhead (Lake Superior)
Spots all over tail remain, but rest of body is silver
White mouth identifies rainbow (steelhead) from the salmon
Best time? Currently there is a Catch and release policy for native steelhead. They are caught May thru October.
Lake Superior Brown Trout
Brown Trout (Lake Superior) Pictures
Very silvery in summer. Dark spots on body but not colorful reds or blue
Best Time? April thru July. Also October.
Lake Superior Brook Trout (Coaster)
Brook Trout (“Coaster”) Pictures
Pale markings may look similar to small lake trout
A “Original Native” of the lake, they are caught only rarely on west end of the lake.
Lake Superior Walleye
When to catch walleye?
Best time for lake: June until Sept.
Best Time for St. Louis River: Mid May until August
St. Louis River is a steady producer, especially on windy days.
Muskies are found in the St Louis River and in Lake superior near the river mouths