Today’s post comes from multi-species angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
I have been fortunate enough to fish many provincial parks over the years. After a recent trip to Lake Superior Provincial Park, this place quickly became one of my favorites.
The views alone are simply spectacular, but add in the trout fishing opportunities and this is a really fun fishing destination.
The park is situated on the western shore of Lake Superior with access to the large lake, along with many inland lakes and rivers within the interior of the park.
Lake Superior offers tent and RV camping, as well as backcountry camping.
My partner, Eric, joined me on this adventure and we brought a camper. Our site was nestled among the trees, just a short walk from Rabbit Blanket Lake.
There were toilets and showers conveniently located nearby.
what you will find
There are several inland lakes and rivers within the park, supporting several species of fish, including: brook trout, lake trout, and stocked splake (which is a hybrid between a lake trout and a brook trout).
Lake Superior and coastal rivers offer fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, lake trout, and salmon.
Please note that the use of live baitfish (live minnows and crabs) is prohibited. forbidden in inland lakes to avoid the introduction of non-native species.
Our first expedition
Upon arrival, we rented a canoe from the park office and immediately headed to Rabbit Blanket Lake, located just steps from our campsite.
With sunset only a couple of hours away, we were eager to take advantage of the remaining daylight. Conditions were cloudy and the threat of rain loomed on the horizon. We shared the entire lake with only a couple of loons.
Rabbit Blanket Lake (on a sunnier day than our visit)
We saw some small baitfish disturbing the surface of a point adjacent to deeper water and immediately decided to focus our efforts on this promising looking area.
Approaching slowly, we covered the water, casting in-line spinners with crawler tips. After a few casts, I gave my spinner a good hit, but couldn’t set the hook.
We worked this area a little more and then moved on to cover more water for bites. At that point it started raining pretty hard, but we continued fishing until it got dark.
Attempt number two
The next morning we got up very early and once again fished in the rain, but this time the bite was very productive!
Between Eric and I we got over a dozen splake.
We started the morning by casting in-line spinners, but then began drifting our baits and trolling as the day progressed. Eric was the first to catch a fish and threw a beautiful little splash on a spinner.
I decided to try a different technique and tied on a 1/16oz jig head rigged with a 2” white soft plastic minnow. As I was jumping along the bottom as we were moving, I suddenly had a strike!
I was very excited to get my first hit of the trip.
Lures of choice
Realizing that covering the water seemed to work best, we began trolling using jig heads tipped with 2” white curly tail grubs (since the tails have good action when moving). This way we picked up some more fish.
Experimenting with other techniques, we also tried lipless crank baits and small spoons over the course of the day.
The jig and grub was the most successful performance of the morning. Later that day, the wind picked up considerably, making effective fishing difficult.
We decided to head back to the coast for a few hours to have lunch and try to wait out the wind.
The weather changed drastically in the afternoon as the gloomy rain clouds disappeared and were quickly replaced by blue skies.
Fishing slowed down a bit (probably as a result of the post-frontal conditions), but we still managed to catch a couple more splake during the afternoon/evening, including one of the biggest of the day.
We left the park the next morning hoping to return someday soon to explore some of the more remote inland lakes for big wild brook trout.
Even though I just explored a little piece of Lake Superior Provincial Park, I can’t wait to get to know this park better!