Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Canoe Trips BWCAW
and Quetico Park canoe trip outfitting from the Gunflint Trail area

Call (800) 328-3325 to plan your adventure!


Fishing Tackle Bow of CanoeFishing Tackle Information

When we started here at Gunflint 85+ years ago, there were two native game species of fish- Lake Trout and Northern Pike. Fifty+ years ago the walleye and smallmouth bass were introduced, and now we have a great variety of fish in many areas. However, it is of note that the walleye and bass have not been able to migrate to some of our lake systems because of the rapids and waterfalls, which is the reason some canoe routes have only the two native species.

Here is a basic overview of what you will need for your fishing:

  • Rod & Reel – spinning or spin cast is the most popular. 6# to 8# line seems to work the best

  • Small tackle box (no bigger than 11x7x2) You do not need every lure you have been teased into buying—just stick with the basics

  • Rapalla's – generally the floaters- #9 and #11, silver, gold, and perch. We use the countdowns (the sinking rapalas) for mid summer fishing when the fish are in deeper water

  • A variety of Mepps, crank baits, and spoons

  • Clipper, Hook remover, & Stringer

  • 1/4 oz Jig heads (for live bait or 4" plastics)

  • Small bungee cords (to attach your rod to the thwarts of the canoe while portaging)

We stock appropriate fishing lures, jigs, sinkers, leaders, etc. if you need to fill in your lure choices when we go over your trip planning with you.

Gunflint Outfitters Canoe Wilderness Vacations

Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Phone: 218.388.2296
Toll Free: 888.226.6346
Fax: 218.388.9429

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