Minnesota may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but enter a restaurant and you’ll be hard pressed to find local fish on the menu. Fishing is a huge sport here, and there are trout farms, but there aren’t a lot of sources for sustainably caught fish. Among of the exceptions are the small number of commercial fishermen left on Lake Superior.
I had the pleasure of going out one morning with Harley Tofte, who’s seen the lake and the industry change over the last 29 years. He operates Dockside Fish Market out of Grand Marais, Minn. and sells to the local restaurants as well as those in the Twin Cities. Watch this episode to see Lake Superior in all its glory and how its trout and herring get to your table.