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Old 12-30-2010, 07:05 PM
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Default Coasters on the Canada side of Superior

Was thinking about heading up to the Canada side of Superior to do some backpacking and fishing......just starting to research and thought I would see if anybody here had any experience in the area.
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I have fished the North Shore of Superior from Duluth at the Lester River to the Knife River. I personally have never seen a Coaster Brookie yet, but they are starting to make a comeback of sorts. I think your best shot at one is farther up than the Knife at Two Harbors. If you are going in the near future your access to open water may be sorta limited. I have tried this in the winter before and it was a miserable deal. You do catch fish though sometimes. If you don't mind freezing your butt off. I used to do it more a few years back during the best years for Loopers. Now you have a better shot at a Steelhead than back then, but the Loopers are not doing nearly as well. I was just down there a couple of weeks ago and the Lake froze clear over. An ore freighter had plowed a path out and it froze back over in almost all of it. The few open spots left made steam columns that rose and then blew sideways across the lake. I wish I had taken a photo. This is a photo of a Looper that I caught in February a few years back. I lost a bigger one than this when my buddy that was landing it slipped on the ice on the rocks at the shore and dropped it back in the water. It was an easy 10 pound fish. I took my spey rod down there last winter and there is no such thing as thick enough waders for that.
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Default Re: Coasters on the Canada side of Superior

Though I've not fished it a good friend of mine raves about the Upper Nipigon River. Big beauties but tough fishing. A boat is a big asset up there so I'm told.
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Default Re: Coasters on the Canada side of Superior

Thanks guys, should have clarified I am thinking of heading that way in the spring, I'm old and not quite that hardcore......nice picture.
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Though I've not fished it a good friend of mine raves about the Upper Nipigon River. Big beauties but tough fishing. A boat is a big asset up there so I'm told.
I am not positive on this one, but I believe the Brook Trout in the Nipigon and Coaster Brook Trout are two completely different strains of fish. I am pretty sure that Coasters are fish that spend their whole life along the "Coast" of Lake Superior. The Brook Trout in Nipigon are huge though. If you are looking for just a big Brookie for the photo album, Nipigon is by far the odds on best bet. Coasters while they are making a comeback are far from common. The reason I mentioned Two Harbors, is they spawn in the area, so you can get them staging or post spawn, and they tend to hang around that part of the lake anyway.

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