Commercial fishing in Lake Superior, in four charts

    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA, circa 1960. (Photo by Harvey Meston/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

    Fisheries on Minnesota’s North Shore have seen their catches dwindle dramatically since the mid-20th century, according to data from the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. 

    Minnesota allows commercial fishermen to catch nine species of fish, including rainbow smelt and herring. Click through the slides for a look at how commercial fishing in Lake Superior has changed since the early 20th century.

    Rilyn Eischens
    Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.