Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau
1808 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(800) 647-2858 or (906) 632-3366
Sault Ste. Marie Fishing on the St. Mary’s River
Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula is a bountiful destination for anglers, thanks largely to Sault Ste. Marie fishing on the St. Marys River – a 75-mile system of river, bays, and associated lakes that connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Host to several nationally-known fishing competitions, Sault Ste. Marie and the St. Marys is known for its world-class walleye, musky and small-mouth bass fishing, but that’s only the start. Weather is never an issue in the protected coves and bays. The four-season fishery means that salmon, whitefish, pike and more are lurking below your boat or ice shanty and ready for your plate.
St. Mary’s River Fishing on the Upper River and Lower River
The St. Mary’s River is divided into two main sections, denoted by the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The Upper River, from Lake Superior to the Locks, is particularly known for its whitefish and Coho salmon. Around the Soo Locks themselves, look for fantastic Atlantic salmon fishing. Off the Lower River in Raber Bay and Munuscong Bay, land some of the largest musky in the Midwest, as well as walleye, perch and pike. Lake George, off the northern side of Sugar Island, promises great walleye fishing. For those who are new to fishing this area, there are an abundance of guide services, bait shops and outfitters who love nothing more than to talk about the perfect catch with visitors.
Sault Ste. Marie Area Highlights
The thrill of fishing the St. Marys River isn’t only about the fish. Be prepared to watch as massive freighters, barges, and other unusual vessels ply this unique waterway and be sure to make time on land to visit the Soo Locks to learn more about the importance of the river to the nation’s manufacturing and economy. Also on land, you’ll enjoy UP hospitality, complete with great restaurants, an active nightlife, and casino action for those who feel lucky both on and off the water. For those who love the outdoors, discover a variety of hiking trails, beaches, lighthouses and more just calling for exploration. For a complete list of regional attractions both on and off the water, visit SaultSteMarie.com.
After you have taken the St. Marys River by storm and brought your catch ashore, plant your feet on terra firma and enjoy Downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Wet your whistle at Soo Brewing Company or 1668 Winery and fill your belly with great eats compliments of a variety of restaurants, all within walking distance of area attractions. Explore the Soo Locks, Museum Ship Valley Camp, Tower of History and other historic sites in Michigan’s first city. Don’t forget to sample homemade fudge, visit the shops for a souvenir and stroll through the beautiful parks. Yearning to return to the water? Let another experienced captain take the helm and escort you through the world famous locks aboard a Soo Locks Boat Tours vessel. Take a daytime Locks tour, an evening dinner cruise or enjoy sunset aboard one of the comfortable boats. Whether on land or water, get ready for a great vacation in Sault Ste. Marie.
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