Piragis Northwoods Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
105 North Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731

Why we do what we do:

Fish the Boundary Waters

Call Drew Brockett or Adam Macht toll free at 1-800-223-6565 for more information about anything related to Canoe Trip Outfitting and the Boundary Waters

Fishing Information for the BWCA and Quetico


Boundary Waters:
Smallmouth Bass: May 12, 2012 – February 24, 2013 (starting date for Arrowhead area only, catch and release only from September 10 through the end of the season - February 24, 2013)
Walleye: May 12, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Northern Pike: May 12, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Lake Trout: May 12, 2012 – September 30, 2012
Crappie, Sunfish, Rock Bass, Bluegill: Continuous

Please go to the Minnesota DNR website for more details about the fishing season and regulations.

Please use environmentally friendly LOON Friendly non-lead jigs and sinkers.
Use biodegradable Berkley Gulp when possible.

Easy tips for the BWCA:
Recommended line strength is 6-10 lbs.
Jigs: 1/8oz green or white in the spring, chartreuse and pink in the summer
Live bait: minnows in spring and fall, leeches in spring-mid summer, worms in late summer.
Use a leader for Pike!

Smallmouth Bass: Open all year
Walleye: January 1 – April 14 and the 3rd Saturday in May to December 31, 2013
Northern Pike: Open all year
Lake Trout: January 1 – September 30, 2013

Please use environmentally friendly no-lead jigs when jigging.
No Live Bait in Canada, Only Barbless Hooks in Canada.

Fishing Licenses in Canada:

Fishing Licenses are no longer available at the Ranger Stations. Licences can now be obtained online ahead of your adventure at www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard. Licences can also be obtained over the phone by calling 1-800-288-1155 or in person at issuer locations.

Quetico Licensing Help Line 1-800-387-7011

About the Fish:


State record – 17 lbs, 8 oz on Seagull River in Cook County

Early spring spawn
Moving water, shallow bars and reefs
They like hard bottoms
Mid-summer -- flats, points, reefs, islands to deep water
August – toughest time
September -- can be tough, check reefs
Do not use a leader for best results, keep your bait presented as natural as possible. Be responsive to subtle vibrations of your rod or line across your finger.

Suggested lures:
Spring – crankbaits
Summer – jigs (1/8th oz) and rigs
Mid-late summer – trolling jigs and spinners deep

Smallmouth Bass (aka Bronzeback):

State record – 8 lbs on West Battle Lake in Otter Tail County

Spawn in June – they are in the shallows, incredible action
Mid-summer – reefs and points near deeper water, structure
September – start going deep, harder to catch

Suggested lures:
Tiny torpedos, poppers, Mepps spinners, crank baits, Berkley Gulp and jigs

Northern Pike (Water Wolves):

State record – 45 lbs, 12 oz on Basswood Lake in Cook County

Early spring spawn
September and October – “Pike Fest” as they are hungry
Love weed beds, fish the edges/parallel to them
September – shallow feeders
Use a leader

Suggested lures:
Large poppers, torpedos, spinners (red/orange/nickel), Dardevle, large crankbaits

Lake Trout:

State record – 43 lbs, 8 oz on Lake Superior in Cook County

Shallow in early -- mid May
Fall spawn – late September
Like rocks and rubble that drop quickly
Shallow to deep (can be very deep) back to shallow in fall

Suggested lures:
When in the shallows use crank baits. Troll during the summer with deep running crankbaits (orange, blue, chrome, chartreuse), spoons, bucktail jigs

Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish:

Slip bobber fishing is the best and most fun.

Small hooks with crappie minnows and a split shot up about a foot and a half or tiny "flu flu" tied jigs with small hooks. Find the school of paper mouths and you'll have a tasty meal. Great fun for kids. Size doesn't gauge the fun here. Try 2 feet deep along the weed beds in the heat of summer when the sun is falling down to touch the tips of the treeline. Look for fallen trees and other structure. They like to hide there. If it is a hot day, remember "sunnies" or sunfish aren't like walleye, they can still be found when "ole big eyes" heads for the shadows of the deep.

Contact Drew Brockett or Adam Macht

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