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Travel by dog sled over some of the beautiful Boundary Waters lakes to winter fish for trout, pike, and panfish. An exhilarating run over ice with Bob, an experienced guide and dedicated fisherman, transforms the angler experience. Bring your own tackle or use ours: we provide the bait, the dogsled, the auger, the experience, and lunch. Drive back through Ely with a new passion and great stories.

Lake Trout

A cold-water fish particularly active in the winter, lake trout are often referred to as the ?trophy fish? of the Boundary Waters. Most are 3 -6 pounds, with the occasional ten-pounder. For these fish, we travel along the Canadian border, Knife Lake to Otter Track, or, leaving from Snowbank, we may fish Thomas, Ima, or Fraser Lakes. Trout season in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area runs January 1st ? March 31st. Lake trout fishing ties in well with our popular winter camping trip, since we travel about the same distance for both.

Northern Pike

An early season fish, northern pike are active in the shallows during the winter: the best time for this catch is first ice. We primarily go to the shallow bays of Basswood Lake in pursuit of the Northern Pike. The state record for Northern Pike hails out of Basswood: the pike weighed in at approximately 45 pounds. If you?re a spear-fisherman and have your own gear, this could be the perfect trip for you. Pike season runs through approximately mid-February.

Panfish ? Crappies and Bluegills

These fish are also active biters in the winter. Bluegills are normally found in the weeds, crappies suspended over deep water. Panfish expeditions are generally day trips; we have to travel farther for trout. We?ve got secret spots for these.

Dog Sledding / Winter Camping / Ice Fishing – Costs

  • 1 ? 2 people: $300.00/person/day
  • 3 ? 4 people: $250.00/person/day
  • 4 ? 6 people: $225.00/person/day
  • $25.00/person for bait, etc.

Dog Sledding / Full Day Ice Fishing – Costs:

  • Adult: $250.00
  • Child: $125.00
  • $450 minimum

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