Fishing at Isle Royale

Isle Royale National Park is an angler's paradise. Whether you are fishing Lake Superior or the inland lakes, by boat, canoe, kayak, or foot, there is exciting sport fishing to be found. Through the management of fish and aquatic environments, the park works to preserve and restore native fisheries and their habitats, and provide recreational fishing opportunities for the enjoyment of park visitors.

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Fishing Regulations

Learn the fishing rules for Isle Royale waters.

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Fishing Licenses

A Michigan Fishing License is needed for angling in Lake Superior. A license is not needed for inland lakes.

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Transport and Consumption of Fish

Transport your daily limit and know the fish consumption advisories.

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Disposal of Fish Remains

How and where to properly clean your fish for consumption.

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Tour the island's many coves, bays, channels, and reefs by boat.

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Fishing Conservation

Protect the health of Isle Royale's fishery.

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Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels, are harmful to Isle Royale's aquatic ecosystem.

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Coaster Brook Trout Regulations

Catch and release only in all park waters for this once-common fish.


Fishing Throughout the National Park Service

We invite you to visit the Fish and Fishing website for more information about fish and fishing in the National Park Service. You will learn about conservation, different fish species, and parks that offer fishing.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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