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All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in MN.

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 spawning.

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

State Record: 12 lbs 13 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 33 lbs 4 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 6 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Minnesota State Record Salmon

The state record Atlantic salmon was caught from the Baptism River.

The state record chinook salmon (tie) one from the Poplar River, one from Lake Superior.

The state record coho salmon was caught in Lake Superior.

The record kokanee salmon was taken out of Caribou Lake

The state record pink salmon was caught from the Cascade River.

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.

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.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

 

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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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