Fishing Info

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) provides some of the best fishing opportunities in North America. Extremely low fishing pressure and highly productive growth environments contribute to this remarkable fishing habitat. Lakes and rivers in the BWCAW contain Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Crappie, Perch, Sunfish, and Bluegill.

Dependent on seasonal trends and current conditions, anglers can land trophy fish using a variety of fishing techniques including topwater presentation, mid-depth crankbait casting, or live bait rig and jigging for deeper water structure fishing.  Our experienced wilderness fishing guides will share their years of fishing expertise with you through a personal consultation tailored to your own fishing skills and preferences.

Before you hit the water, browse our wilderness store complete with a full line of canoe country tackle proven for success.

Whether you are a fly fisherman or a spin casting angler come test your fishing technique against the rod-bending species of canoe country.

Our Wilderness Fishing guides have compiled the following information to help you prepare for your wilderness fishing experience:

Minnesota Record Fish

Smallmouth Bass 

8 lbs, 0 oz

Largemouth Bass

8 lbs, 13 oz

Northern Pike

45 lbs, 12 oz


17 lbs, 8 oz

Lake Trout 

43 lbs, 8 oz

Wilderness Outfitters has experienced guides on staff who can greatly enhance your wilderness experience.

Become a Minnesota Master Angler

  • Open to all licensed anglers.
  • Youth and adult classes.
  • Categories for master angler, expert angler and grand master.
  • Qualifying entries receive letter of commendation, certificate of achievement, recognition pin, award sticker, listing in Master Angler Annual, and posting at Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame

For more information about this program, check the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame Web site.