Fishing Species and Tactics

Boundary Waters Fishing Tips - Species and Tactics

The Boundary Waters provides world-class freshwater fishing opportunities. Come prepared for the excitement of a fish on your line!

Suggestions for Specific Species

Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Surface and diving plugs; spinner baits such as Mepps; hair and feather type and rubber bodied jigs; slip bobbers with live bait.
Walleye 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 bait.
Northern Pike Spoons, spinner baits, and surface and diving plugs in mid to larger sizes;
steel leaders from 6-12 inches.
Pan Fish Spinner and assorted jigs in small to mid sizes; slip bobbers with live bait.
Lake Trout 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.

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