For Minnesota’s Fishing Opener, Cook County Offers Anglers A Grand Catch!


For Minnesota’s Fishing Opener, Cook County Offers Anglers A Grand Catch!

May 8, 2015 – Grand Marais, Minn. — Minnesota’s fishing opener officially kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (May 9), and where better to drop your line than in a lake or river in Cook County?

“With ice out at Cook County’s more than 1,000 lakes (a stark contrast to the 2014 state fishing opener) conditions should be grand for anglers looking to snag their share of big fish,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.

As a testament that the big ones don’t always get away, Cook County holds eight state records for largest fish caught, according to the Minnesota DNR.  This table shows the type, size and where in Cook County the fish were caught.

Common Name lbs. oz. Length” Girth” Waterbody
Salmon, Chinook – (King) Tie 33 4 44 3/4 25 3/4 Poplar River
Salmon, Pink 4 8 23 1/2 13 1/8 Cascade River
Sucker, Longnose 3 10 21 10 1/4 Brule River
Trout, Brook 6 5 24 14 1/2 Pigeon River
Trout, Lake 43 8 unknown unknown Lake Superior near Hovland
Trout, Rainbow (Steelhead) 16 6 33 19 1/2 Devil Track River
Walleye 17 8 35 3/4 21 1/4 Seagull River at Saganaga Lake
Whitefish, Menominee (Round) 2 7 21 9 Lake Superior

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Kratt adds that if you are a novice or an experienced fisher person looking to get the BIG one, there are plenty of guides in Cook County to help you find the choice fishing locations. For inland fishing charters and guide services in Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, check out this Visit Cook County link:

Besides millions of acre of wilderness, lakes, rivers and streams, Cook County is home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), more than 2,000 wilderness camp sites and the city of Grand Marais, which was voted the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minnesota includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.


Kjersti Vick | Visit Cook County MN (218) 387-2788 ext. 103