BWCA Fishing Trips near Ely, Minnesota - Boundary Waters Fishing
The Boundary Waters provides world-class freshwater fishing
opportunities. Come prepared for the excitement of a fish on your line.
Fishing Tackle Suggestions
Many items are available for purchase in our small but
well-appointed outfitting shop.
Remember that whatever you bring must be portaged - so don't bring too much
tackle. Ideally, all your gear should fit into a small (i.e., 8" x 11" x 2")
tackle box. Tailor the below list to the type of fishing you plan to do. We
highly recommend using live bait in the BWCAW. Nightcrawlers and leeches are
the easiest to use and keep alive. Live bait, organic bait, and the use of
barbed hooks is prohibited in Quetico Provincial Park. All are allowed in
Spinning Rod and Reel: Medium action rod with
6-10 lb. test line.
Hooks: Minimum of 25, bait type with short shank in sizes 4 to
Sinkers, Split Shots, Slip Sinkers: Bring an assortment of
split shot from "bb" size on up; slip sinkers should range from 1/8 to 1/2
ounce. For deep trolling bring 1 to 3 ounce weights.
Plugs: Both surface and diving. Sizes from 2" - 5" (e.g.;
Rapalas, Lazy Ikes, Heddon Torpedoes).
Spinner Baits: Such as Mepps in sizes 1, 2 & 3.
Spinners: "Pre-rigged" hooks with spinner blades, beads and
approximately 12 inches of line. Hook sizes from 4 to 6 with spinner blade
colors in chartreuse, silver, hammered brass, yellow, red/white and
Jigs: 1/8 to 3/8 ounce sizes, and foam floating jig
Hair and Feather Type Jigs: 1/8 to 1/4 ounce sizes in yellow,
orange, chartreuse, red and white. For Lake Trout, a few 1/2 to 1 ounce jigs in
black, white, yellow, red/white, and black/white.
Rubber Bodied Jigs: With and without spinner blades in 1/8 to
3/8 ounce sizes. Chartreuse, white, yellow, black, and brown (examples: Mr.
Twister and Fuzzee Grubs).
Swivels: Two and three way type.
Steel Leaders: If you are targeting northern
pike or lake trout, bring several from 6"-12".
Bobbers: Slip bobbers work well and are the
Stringer: One or two cord stringers work well and are
Needle Nose Pliers: For releasing fish, and a must for
sharp-toothed pike and walleye.
Suggestions for Specific Species
Smallmouth & Largemouth
and diving plugs; spinner baits such as Mepps; hair
and feather type and rubber bodied jigs; slip
bobbers with live bait.
||Sinking plugs, or floating plugs with
weight to sink the rig; spinners in mid sizes; 1/8,
1/4 and 3/8 oz jigs; slip bobbers with live
baits, and surface and diving plugs in mid to
steel leaders from 6-12 inches.
||Spinner and assorted jigs in small to
mid sizes; slip bobbers with live bait.
||Spring - Surface and diving plugs;
spinner baits such as Mepps.
Summer - Hair and feather type jigs in 1/2 to 1
ounce sizes in black, yellow, white, red/white, and
black/white; spoons and deep running plugs.
CLICK HERE to obtain your Minnesota fishing license online at the
Minnesota DNR website.
CLICK HERE to obtain your Ontario Outdoors Card and fishing
license online from the Ontario MNR website if fishing in Quetico Provincial
CLICK HERE for Minnesota DNR fish surveys and depth maps
for lakes on your route.