Lake Trout Fishing Productive On Saganaga Lake

Mike Prom, owner of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail north of Grand Marais, holds one of the lake trout that he and three other anglers caught Tuesday on Saganaga Lake. (Sam Cook photo)

Four of us ventured onto Saganaga Lake north of Grand Marais on Tuesday for some lake trout fishing. Mike Prom of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters took us to one of his lake trout holes. We had a good day. We landed seven lake trout up to about 6 pounds and kept five.

We were fishing on the U.S. side of the Minnesota/Ontario border, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We didn’t see another angler near us, although a few were fishing closer among the islands close to Sag Narrows.

Lake trout are native fish that love the deep, cold waters of the border-country lakes. Although Mark Ceminsky, one of the anglers, used a sonar unit for a while, we mostly fished in the traditional style — without electronics, auguring holes by hand, sitting or standing in the open atop the ice.

I’ll do a complete story about the trip in Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune and online at Here are a couple more photos in the meantime.

Chad Goodale (left), Mark Ceminsky and Mike Prom, all of Grand Marais, fish for lake trout on the ice of Saganaga Lake off the tip of the Gunflint Trail on Tuesday. (Sam Cook photo)
Mark Ceminsky does the lake trout quick-step as he lands another laker while fishing on Saganaga Lake north of Grand Marais on Tuesday. (Sam Cook photo)

3 Responses

  1. Bob Marnich

    Hi Sam,
    I enjoyed your story in the Sunday paper. I was wondering if you can share some more details:
    Where did you drive to?
    How far do you snowmobile?
    How far do you have to walk into the lake?

    Thank you,
    Bob Marnich

    1. Sam Cook


      Thanks for reading. As a courtesy to those who take me to specific fishing spots, I typically don’t share the exact locations where we go. I don’t want to abuse the trust of those whom I accompany, and I don’t want to create undue pressure on a fisheries resource. That said, if you do a little checking with people who fish Saganaga Lake or if you poke around up there on a snowmobile on a weekend, I’m sure you’ll find some good spots.


      1. Bob Quirk

        Little chance of me putting any pressure on the trout from Fort Lauderdale FL. Looks cold but fun.

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