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fishing at gunflint


Fishing remains a big part of a trip to the northwoods. Here at Gunflint we have native Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. The fishing season opens on the second Saturday before Memorial Day, and we usually start with walleye and lake trout. The smallmough come into their own by June and continue to bite all season, with some huge ones taken in September and October. The northern pike are scattered around in all our lakes and are steady, but they are probably our fourth species in size and excitement.

In 2012 the ice cleared the lakes early and the fishing got off to a good start. Our three veteran full time fishing guides were back for another season--Dennis Todd, Jon Schei and Adam Treeful. Between them they have over 50 years of guiding experience.

A good deal of the lake trout fishing is done right here on Gunflint Lake, with most coming in from 3 to 8 pounds in size. They have gotten fairly easy to catch and many guests do well on their own trolling along our rocky shores, particularily in the spring when the fish are in shallow water.

The walleye fishing is on Gunflint, Little Gunflint, North, Magnetic and Saganaga lakes. You leave right from our dock to fish the first 4 lakes. Saganaga fishing is usually with guides and is a 15 minute drive away. Saganaga is still the home of the state record walleye--something over 17 pounds. The guides regularily catch trophy walleye all summer, with many in the 28" to 31" sizes.

Smallmouth bass fishing is very good, with bass in all our lakes. The smallies love our cold rocky lakes and they grow to a decent size. We fish them a variety of ways--casting, jigging and occasionally trolling.

We have fair northern pike fishing, but we spend more time fishing other species.

Guests taking a guided day of fishing can choose between a sandwich lunch or a hot shore lunch of fresh fish, potatoes, beans, bacon and dessert. We are always glad to cook up some of your catch for dinner in the lodge dining room, either as an appetizer or as your entee.

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