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.

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 Park.

CLICK HERE for Minnesota DNR fish surveys and depth maps for lakes on your route.