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Lake Superior salmon fishing

Did you know there are parks along the eastern shore of Lake Superior where you can fish for salmon? Park staff who fish Superior’s north shore recommend two in particular: Pancake Bay and Lake Superior provincial parks. These parks are just forty minutes away on the northeast coast between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa on Highway 17 (also known as the Trans Canada Highway).

Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Pancake Bay beach is one of the best on the Great Lakes and this is where the staff suggests casting your fishing line. In September, salmon occur close to shore, near a small tributary known as Black Creek. You will distinguish it by its brown waters, which contrast with the Caribbean blue of the bay.

For history buffs, Pancake Bay is near where the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s hit ballad in 1976, sank on November 10, 1975. The body of water is known as “the graveyard of the Great Lakes”. No one knows how many shipwrecks there are here, but marine historians estimate there are hundreds. Lookout Trail is the place to head if you want to see where the big ship went down.

The park’s campgrounds include tent sites, electric sites and five rental yurts, including three with beachfront locations. Reserve in advance. This park closes the second weekend in October.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

There is excellent salmon fishing in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Ask park superintendent Bob Elliot.

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Elliot, an avid fisherman, says chinook, coho and pink salmon run in all of the park’s largest streams, including Speckled Trout Creek, Agawa River, Sand River, Coldwater River, Baldhead River and Old Woman River.

The general rule is that the farther you fish from park access points, the better the fishing will be.

If you’re willing to hike, Elliot suggests taking the Orphan Lake Trail to the Baldhead River. It’s a 5-mile loop rated moderately difficult, so be sure to share your trip itinerary with a friend before hitting the trails.

If you’re looking for easier access, try the Sand River, which is off Highway 17 and accessible from the park’s day-use area. It’s also pretty easy to get to the Old Woman River. Park in the day use area and walk along the beach to the river.

What I need?

Bring your Ontario fishing license and a park permit valid for Ontario parks. Please see the fishing page of our website for more information and a link to the latest Ontario fishing regulations. No boat required.

There’s nothing better than spending a warm September afternoon savoring pan-ready salmon.

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