MN Salmon fishing

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FP4LifesDad
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MN Salmon fishing

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!

andy
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cohos from the breakwall
FP4LifesDad
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Thanks buddy!  I did fish

Thanks buddy!  I did fish that breakwall when we talked last before we made a run for pink salmon.  It's a cool spot, but it's sketchy enough in the summer I couldn't imagine it being coated with ice LOL.  Have you fished the rivers at all up there for salmon?  I hear alot about steelhead but that's about it, very few salmon run I guess compared to like Wisconsin and stuff.

Divemaster
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I'm not going to be any help

I'm not going to be any help for MN, but I can tell you that there's pretty much no Atlantics in Lake Superior and it's tribs, you'd be best off investigating inland lakes for landlocks. However, if you're willing to go out of state then Sault Ste. Marie is the place to go! Easily gets the best run (and only consistent run, to my knowledge) of Atlantics in the Great Lakes. Tons of them present late June through August.

2017 Species Goals:

Atlantic Salmon (X), Lake Whitefish (X), Sauger (X), Longnose Gar (), Burbot (), any new Redhorse (X)

FP4LifesDad
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I was worried about that,

I was worried about that, sounded from everyone I talked to that they were pretty much gone from Superior.  I'll have to take a run to Sault St Marie like you said for that one, really appreciate your input Dive, let me know if you have any species we can help with too.