Looking for input from the masters on RF about MN salmon fishing. Some of you know that I started my son FP4Life a scrapbook a few years back with a goal of trying to catch and document every species of fish MN has a state record for. That goal is now at 63 as the MN Kokanee salmon record was set way back before the DNR's stocking program for them failed. #64 was the blue catfish, which was eliminated as the guy finally admitted he got it in south dakota so now MN doesn't have one. He has caught and documented all but 15 of these fish plus a few extras and a handful of micros and the new MN state record shortnose gar. This website has been the key to our success thus far, thanks to everyone for the excellent advice, tips, and friendship.
Anyway on to my question, 3 of the fish left out of the 15 are coho, chinook, and atlantic salmon, I know people that go to Michigan and such and catch lots of them, however our goal is to stay in the state of MN if it's possible. I've researched a bunch on the north shore and from what I've gathered salmon runs in the fall there are spotty at best. I have a close friend who catches lots of them by the Apostle Islands but again I want to stay in MN. Most of the pics for lifers on here aren't from MN. I've also researched some charter boats but would rather stick to doing it on our own. Does anyone have experience catching them in the rivers from Duluth on up? Time of year and such? We all lucked out a couple years ago and got our pink salmon up there, but they seem to be the only ones really abundant running the rivers up that way. I do realize that an Atlantic salmon in MN is going to be the same caliber fish as a tiger trout or blue sucker and that people living there may get one in a lifetime if theyr'e lucky. We are about 4 hours to Duluth so that's probably not going to happen anytime soon. But any suggestions on the other two would be extremely helpful. Thanks gang, any input would be awesome!