Guided Fishing Trips FAQs

Q: What is provided on a guided day fishing trip?

A: Your Guide will be supplying in addition to the boat or canoe:

Bait (if applicable)
Life Jackets
Permit (depending on trip requested)
St Croix Rods and Reels (advanced notice requested)

Q: What should you bring on a guided day fishing or canoe trip?

A: Here are some essentials that you should bring with you for a more enjoyable day trip:

Rod and Reel – if you have a favorite you would like to bring, otherwise call and request to use our top quality St Croix gear
Good Raingear
Warm Layers
Fishing Licenses
Beverages & Snacks

Q: What time does your guided day trip start & where do you meet your guide?

A: After reserving a trip, we will discuss with you the start time and to either meet at the resort or an Ely lake. Full or half day morning trips generally start at 6:30-7:30am. Full days are 8 hours on the water, half days are 4 hours.

Q: When is the fishing opener?

A: The walleye, bass and lake trout fishing season opens two weekends prior to the “observed” Memorial Day.

Q: When is ice-out on the White Iron Chain of Lakes?

A: Ice-out usually occurs between the middle to end of April. (In 2008, ice out on Farm Lake was 3 days before fishing opener…so May 7th!)

Q: Are motors allowed on any of the area lakes?

A: There are no motor restrictions on any of the lakes outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We are located on Farm Lake, part of the White Iron Chain of Lakes – where 3 of the 4 lakes are ‘No Motor Restrictions’. South Farm Lake is in the BWCA, has a 25hp motor restriction and a Day Use Motor Permit is required.

Q: What is the suggest rod/reel/fishing tackle for the Ely Area?

Fishing Rod and Reel
Medium Light or Medium 2 piece spinning rod
6-8 LB test line
10 LB test line on extra spool
Surface Lures
Rapala minnow: 3 inch black and silver
Bass Oreno
Henndon Zara Spook
Henndon Zara Pup
Tiny torpedo
Crank Baits
Repala Deep Runner: 3 and four inch in various colors. I like Perch Colored
Repala shallow runners: Same as Above
Wally Diver
Crayfish imitations
Lead headed jigs are by far the “best-all-around” fishing lures. And you should be equipped with lots of them. Our favorites are 1/8-1/4 oz in various colors, such as black, chartreuse, orange, pink and green.
Bring some ¾-1 oz for jigging Lake Trout
Doctor Spoons ½-3/4 oz, one oz is good if you have a rod with good backbone
Kastmaster ½-3/4 oz silver and gold
Daredevil: good old stand by. Red and white
Twister tails in various colors such as black, yellow, chartreuse
Sassy Shads: Silver and Perch
Power Grubs: 3 inch in various colors such as crayfish and black
Various Stuff
Slip Bobbers
Hooks: size 6 and 4
Split shots
Hook remover (for catch and release)
Filet Knife
Roaster Tails

Q: What are the fish species of Northern Minnesota?

A: Muskie, Northern Pike, Walleye, Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie & Sunfish.

Q: Where/How do I buy a MN fishing license?

A: You can wait till you get to Ely and stop in at Holiday Gas station or any bait shopOr Click here to go to Minnesota DNR Online License Sales
(when you click on the above link, you will see a green border at the top with a choice of 2 circles on the left…click on the top circle and you will be directed to the next screen to fill out information)