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helpful list of guides,
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Hire a pro for a hassle-free fishing trip. | C.B. BYLANDER
I; ;;;; ;;;;; ;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;; catching fish, why not hire a guide to make the most of your time on
the water? Whether you’re a novice or
seasoned angler, fishing guides can take
you out on virtually any lake, and they
o;er distinct insight and assistance to
ensure you have a successful trip.
There are many benefits to hiring a
guide—learning new fishing techniques,
experimenting with new gear and
catching more fish—but hassle-free
fishing is the primary advantage. Guides
provide almost everything: rods, reels, bait,
tackle and life jackets, plus a noon meal if
it’s a full-day trip. They can also help you
determine the best fishing license option
for you and your party.
Many fishing guides, guide services,
charter boat rentals and ice fishing
house rentals are available in northwest
Minnesota. Resorts will gladly arrange a
fishing guide for their guests; visitors not
staying at a resort can also hire a guide by
contacting one directly.
A charter boat trip is a great option for
larger groups and families. In the winter,
ice fishing trips include a toasty ride to and
from a heated ice fishing house that has
been set up in a prime location on the lake.
When you’re ready to go, just pick a
lake, then find a guide or resort that
works for you.
At 112,000-plus acres, Leech is
Minnesota’s third-largest inland lake.
Most anglers fish Leech for its walleyes,
premier muskellunge destination
thanks to its abundance of 50-inch-
plus fish. Fishing is also good here for
largemouth bass, perch and bluegill.
;STAY IN: Walker, Cass Lake,
Longville, Federal Dam, Laporte,
Benedict, Boy River
Lake of the Woods
With 65,000 miles of shoreline and more
than 14,000 islands, Lake of the Woods is
the ultimate big water fishing destination.
It o;ers world-class walleye, sauger,
muskellunge, smallmouth bass and lake
sturgeon fishing. Charter boats are readily
available. Lake of the Woods is a winter
walleye angler’s paradise, too, as ice covers
the lake roughly six months of the year.
;STAY IN: Baude;e, Angle Inlet, Oak
Island, Warroad, Williams, Roosevelt
Covering 67,000 acres, “Big Winnie” is the
state’s fourth-largest lake. Surrounded
by the Chippewa National Forest, nearly
all of the lake’s 140 miles of shoreline are
undeveloped. Big Winnie is the perfect
getaway for a family fishing vacation.
The lake is primarily known for its
walleye and keeper-sized perch, though
Upper Red Lake
Located partially within the Red Lake
Indian Reservation, Upper Red Lake
covers 120,000 acres, and public fishing
is available on 48,000 of them. In recent
years, Red Lake has provided some of
the ho;est walleye fishing in the state.
It’s also a go-to destination for northern
pike 40 inches or larger. Crappies are
the lake’s bonus fish, with fair numbers
in the 8- to 12-inch range.
;STAY IN: Waskish, Kelliher
Nestled against the city of Bemidji,
this 6,420-acre lake consistently
produces good walleye fishing. It is
a trophy muskellunge lake, too, with
fish more than 50 inches long caught
annually. Perch and northern pike are
also good bets.
;STAY IN: Bemidji
In addition, many communities in
northwest Minnesota host fishing
tournaments and fish-related events.
Perhaps the most notable is the
annual Eelpout Festival in Walker, held
each February on Leech Lake. This
celebration of an unusual bo;om-dwelling fish draws some 10,000 people
to the ice, primarily those who enjoy a
good mid-winter party.
and local chamber of commerce
websites for other events that may
complement your fishing experience.