Over a thousand miles of trout streams flow through the forests of Northern Minnesota. For the most part, they are brook trout streams, though there are exceptions and areas that hold brown trout. The streams are heavily dependent on the forests in the their watersheds to keep stream temperatures low enough for good trout survival, and to keep sediment out of the stream beds.
The majority of trout lakes in Minnesota are located in the northern part of the state. They fall primarily into two categories: wild native lake trout lakes and stocked “stream trout” lakes that contain stocked splake or brook, brown or rainbow trout. A fragile resource, they all depend upon their watersheds and surrounding areas to maintain the clean, clear and cold high quality water that trout need to thrive. Minnesota’s largest lake, Lake Superior is a top-notch trout lake hosting many different trout and salmon species.
Lake Superior Tributary Streams
The tributaries that flow from Minnesota into Lake Superior are a special set of streams and rivers that host the only anadromous, or lake-run, populations of fish in the state. Wild steelhead comprise the majority of these fish, originating from sources originally stocked in the late 1800s. A remnant but growing population of native “coaster” brook trout also uses these waters, and MNTU has put much effort into the the management of both of these wild populations of fish. Stocked kamloops rainbows and wild brown trout as well as pink, coho and chinook salmon can also be found in these streams and rivers.
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