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Minnesota Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in MN.

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Salmon fishing in Minnesota

If you fish for salmon in MN you are pretty much restricted to Lake Superior and the tributary waters flowing into it. Many of these rivers are the natural migration routes for salmon spawning.

The Minnesota state record atlantic salmon was caught out of the Baptism River. The state record for chinook (king) salmon was a tie with one fish coming from the Poplar River and the other from Lake Superior. Lake Superior also served up the state record coho salmon. Caribou Lake was home to the state record kokanee salmon and the Cascade River yielded the state record pink (humpback) salmon.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Minnesota Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

MN State Record: 12 lbs 13 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

MN State Record: 10 lbs 6 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Minnesota salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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