The big lake they call Gitche Gumee has a variety of gamefish, but we’ve repeatedly praised its trout fishing. Offshore, huge numbers of mid-size lakers dwell in the depths, where they fall prey to down-rigged Rapalas, often below 100 feet. And Superior’s north-shore tributaries swarm with scrappy rainbows and brookies that eagerly hit both flies and hardware. A lucky few also net “coasters”—a strain of shoreline-cruising brook trout that can easily top five pounds.
In 2008, Lake trout; Abundant large fish
When to fish: Late August. Where to fish: In 80 to 120 feet of water near Marathon. Tip: Troll big spoons, such as Doctors, Wablers or Wolverines, on downriggers.