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With thousands of lakes, 77 lake accesses, and 13 accessible fishing piers, the Superior National Forest is made for fishing. Many of the lakes are cold water with rocky bottoms that harbor walleye and lake trout, while others have habitat for bass and crappies. Northern pike, yellow perch, rainbow trout, cisco, and even eelpout (burbot) can also be found in Superior National Forest waters.
Fishing regulations are set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and you must have a current Minnesota fishing license to fish. Fishing regulations may change yearly, so visit the MN DNR's website for current fishing regulations and license information. MN DNR's Lake Finder site will allow you to see lake maps and fish species for many Minnesota lakes, including many of those in the Superior National Forest.
Stop the movement of invasive species that can hurt aquatic ecosystems by not releasing unused bait and cleaning off trailers and boats of all aquatic vegetation. Even worms are unwanted species in Northern Minnesota, so don't let your worms go!
The lead used in fishing tackle is poisonous, so you are encouraged to use lead free tackle in your fishing expeditions.
For more information on specific kinds of fishing, check the areas below.
Get the most out of your visit by being prepared. Remember you are responsible for your own safety.
Alerts & Warnings
- Flooding impacts BWCAW, Roads and Recreation Across Forest; ATV Trails Closed
- Greenwood Closure Area Updated May 10, 2022
- Closure: Some Trails End Campsites and Nearby Rec Areas
- Border Route Trail Tornado and Current Conditions
- Spring road wt restrictions: St Louis, Lake, Cook County, see Current Conditions
- Sturgeon River Trail Partial Closure