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I was wondering if anyone knows of good tactics for catching Lake Trout or Salmon from shore. Best baits? Bobber fishing? what seems to work best? Live bait? Any help would be appreciated. Me and some friends are camping off of Superior Shore this weekend as part of a trout fishing trip.

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We are going to be fishing/camping in Tettagouche(spelling?) State Park. All of the rivers,lakes and mouths of the rivers. We will be next to the mouth of the Baptism and Lake Superior.

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Not sure the type of water where you are going?? Was up at Big Saganaga,BWCA a few years back for opener.Watched some ole timers on one of the islands, catching some lakers from shore.They were using dead ciscoes on the bottom,and having pretty good results.

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The lake trout are deep in Superior this time of the year. They can be caught near shore when the surface water temps. get closer to 50 degrees. This doesn't occur at the river mouths until the first warm spring rains have raised the stream temps to 50. Typically this does not occur until late May or early June in the Grand Marais area. You may have some luck with the stealhead in the rivers below the first barrier. Talk to the folks at Marine General in Duluth for more info on how to do that. They used to sell spawn sacs there which would be the bait of choice this early in the season.

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I understand people have been catching Kamloops and steelhead from shore in Two Harbors and near the French, sucker and lester rivers. Marine General set me up a few weeks ago but only got out once and had no luck. Sounds like fun though!

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I'm probably a bit late with this reply, but for those that read this, keep it in mind.

It' very easy to launch a canoe in the early morning hours on Lake Superior when the winds don't blow. Actually, its a fantastic way to fish. There are a great deal of fish in shallows (10 to 25 feet) in the spring that do not get "spooked" by your canoe. Drag a small jointed rapala, a small silver Wally Diver, various types of smaller "big lake" spoons, or something similar, and your chances are good to catch a keeper for dinner.
Have you ever landed a 5 to 10 pound fish out of a canoe? It's a riot, especially if you're using your walleye rod.
I like doing that until I get my 24 foot ready for the summer.
If the wind whips up, either stay off or get off the pond.

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