Great Lakes Fishing
The Great Lakes are a collection of freshwater lakes located in north eastern North America, on the Canada – United States border. Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total surface and volume. The total surface is 80,545 sq mi, and the total volume is 5,412 cu mi.
Great Lakes Freshwater Fishing
The Great Lakes are sometimes referred to as the North Coast or “Third Coast” by some citizens of the United States. The Great Lakes hold 21 percent of the world’s surface fresh water. The Great Lakes region contains not only the five main lakes themselves, but also numerous minor lakes and rivers, as well as approximately 35,000 islands.
Great Lakes Fish Species
There are literally hundreds of species of fish available when fishing the great lakes. Some of the most common are Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Carp, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, Freshwater Drum, Lake Herring, Lake Sturgeon, Lake Whitefish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Smelt, Rock Bass, White Bass, Black Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Round Whitefish, Walleye, White Perch, Yellow Perch and Suckerfish. Taking a trip with one of the many Great Lakes fishing guides or Great Lakes fishing charter services can be a great way to find the specific fish you are looking for.
Great Lakes Fishing Summary
The Great Lakes fishery consists of a blend of native and introduced species, some of which are regularly restocked. Recent years have seen a major resurgence as walleye fisheries recover in Lake Erie, trout populations become more self-sustaining in Lake Superior, and new salmon fisheries develop in Lake Ontario. Fishery researchers estimate that 25 percent to 40 percent of the salmon and trout populations in lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario are now self-reproducing, crediting improved habitat, water quality and stream conditions. The region’s inland waters offer many fishing opportunities, as well. Blue-ribbon trout streams attract fly fishing enthusiasts from around the world.