Fishing the Great Lakes: A General Guide #Travel

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The boys love fishing and so do I for the most part. One place we have always dreamed of fishing is the Great Lakes. The five Great Lakes of North America supply an incredible array of opportunities for the sport fisherman. Whether one wishes to dip a line along with twenty or more others over the side of a charter boat setting out from the harbor of one of the large cities, or tent along a remote and rocky shore, the Great Lakes can host any kind of fishing experience. Here are some general principles for enjoying the best of fishing the Great Lakes.

What's Out There?

There are some 150 varieties of freshwater fish and eels in the Great Lakes. The finest combination of battle and dining are the Atlantic Salmon and Coho Salmon, which were re-introduced after nearly being wiped out by the lamprey eel. Those who prefer trout can find Brook, Brown, Lake and Rainbow Trout. Smallmouth and Rock Bass abound in the sheltered bays, as do Walleye (aka Pickerel) and the Northern Pike; the latter being an acquired taste as far as eating goes.

Which Species are Found in Which Lake?

As the Great Lakes are inter-connected, virtually all the named species can be found in any of them. However, a fisherman can target a trip according to taste. The following are the individual Lakes' specialties:

Lake Superior: Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Salmon, Walleye/Pickerel, Northern Pike
Lake Huron: Bass, Salmon
Lake Ontario: Walleye/Pickerel, Salmon
Lake Erie: Walleye/Pickerel
Lake Michigan: Salmon, Brown Trout and Yellow Perch

What is the Fishing Season?

As the Great Lakes border both Canada and the United States, fishing regulations are agreed upon by the International Joint Commission (IJC). Consult with the local State or Provincial Authority for and license fees. Currently, the Great Lakes have no closed season for either Trout or Salmon species. There is a daily catch limit of 5 per fisherman, with no more than 3 of any one species, except salmon which has a limit of 5 in total.

Happy fishing!

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12 comments

  1. I've grown up on these lakes, but I'm not much of a fisherman. I do love to swim in the great lakes though!

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  2. I wish we live near a Great Lake, that would be such fun to fish in one!! I used to fish a ton as a kid, but don't really anymore.

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  3. I've always wanted to visit the great lakes. Looks like such a beautiful place to see.

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  4. How beautiful! Both of my children would love this!

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  5. I haven't been to the Great Lakes. It does look beautiful and sounds like good fishing.

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  6. I love fishing but my hubby doesn't so I hardly ever go.

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  7. We want to do more fishing this year. I don't want to clean and cook them, though!

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  8. My son has been learning about all the oceans, rivers, lakes, etc. and I'd love to take him to see the Great Lakes. And fishing them would be just an added bonus!

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  9. I'm not one for fishing, but I love eating fresh catch! My dad used to go fishing a lot and would always bring WallEye and Pike home. My mom would fry them up...pure yumminess!

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  10. I've been trying to get my husband to go fishing but he's always too busy!

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  11. Wow, sounds like the perfect place for fishing lovers!

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  12. I can vouch that The Great Lakes is a fantastic area for fishing. Some amazing sea life. Some of the views are spectacular too.

    Lake Erie was probably my favourite spot. probably because I managed to catch some absolute beauties.

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