Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Basswood Lake

Ely, Minnesota

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A trip to Basswood Lake doesn't require much portaging but puts the paddler into some of the best fishing in Minnesota. With hundreds of lakes and few serious anglers at work, the Boundary Waters offers remarkable fishing for northern pike, walleyes, lake trout, and smallmouth bass. Some anglers will want to take plenty of tackle, including depth-finders and fishing boats with outboard motors. As a result, they’ll stick to the larger lakes were motors are allowed. Other anglers will be satisfied to fish from a canoe, using a minimum of gear. They are free to paddle and portage to remote lakes that are fished only lightly.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

A trip to Basswood Lake doesn't require much portaging but puts the paddler into some of the best fishing in Minnesota.

With hundreds of lakes and few serious anglers at work, the Boundary Waters offers remarkable fishing for northern pike, walleyes, lake trout, and smallmouth bass. Some anglers will want to take plenty of tackle, including depth-finders and fishing boats with outboard motors. As a result, they’ll stick to the larger lakes were motors are allowed. Other anglers will be satisfied to fish from a canoe, using a minimum of gear. They are free to paddle and portage to remote lakes that are fished only lightly.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ely
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 days to more than a week
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: McKenzie Maps Nos. 9, 10, 17, 27 and W.A. Fisher Co. F-10
Driving Directions: Directions to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Basswood Lake

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