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It is important to note that BWCA entry permits are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so the earlier you reserve your trip the better chance you have of securing the best entry point.
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The Tackle Box
It is IMPORTANT to note that whatever you bring you must portage - so don't bring a lot of tackle. Ideally all your gear (minus the filet knife and pliers) should fit into a small Plano or similar tackle box. The list below is comprised of general items that have proven useful over the years. Many of the items do have suggested colors. These are only suggestions, "hot" colors change constantly so don't be afraid to experiment. You also will want to tailor this list towards the type of fishing you plan to do, and don't forget to throw in a couple of your own secret lures. We also highly recommend using live bait. Nightcrawlers and ribbon leeches are the easiest to use and keep alive. We do have a small tackle shop stocked with all the items listed below in the all "hot" colors.
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Here's What to Bring
Spinning Rod and Reel:
Medium action rod with 6-10lb. test line, depending on your skill level and desired species of fish.
Live bait type with short shank in sizes 6-4
Worm hooks in 2/0 for use with plastic baits
Gumball Jig - 1/4 to 3/8 ounce sizes. (Northland Gumball works well)
Tube Jig – 1/8 to1/4 ounce sizes (Gitzit)
Leeches – 3 or 5 inch (ex. Gulp)
Twister Tails - 3 inch in White, Black and Chartruese (ex. Mr Twister)
Sencos or Dingers – 5 inch in Pumpkin, Smoke Pearl, Watermelon (ex. Yamamoto Senco or Yum Dinger)
Flukes – 5 inch in White Pearl & Glimmer Blue (ex. Zoom Salty Super Flukes)
Tubes – 3 inch (ex. Gitzit)
Shad Raps – #7 or #8 (ex Rapala Shad Raps)
Original Floater - #11 & #13 (Rapala Original Floater)
Husky Jerk - #10 (Rapala Huskey Jerk)
Slip bobbers work great with live bait
One or two cord stringers work well and are compact.
Needle Nose Pliers:
For releasing fish
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A word from Boundary Waters Outfitters
Thank you for visiting our website. We at Boundary Waters Outfitters are dedicated to our mission and to providing quality Minnesota Vacations to all who visit us here in the Northwoods. It is our pleasure to serve you in anyway we can, whether it is planning a BWCA canoe trip, arranging a stay in one of the lakeside cabins at our full-service resort or helping you purchase just the right piece of gear for your next adventure. Ely Minnesota and the Northwoods is our home and we are eager to share it with anyone who has the desire to experience all it has to offer. With so much to see and do...from fishing, to exploring, to sunsets, the wildlife, to all the little canoeing and camping tips we have picked up over the years, we are here to help you make the most of your Boundary Waters vacation. Thanks again for visiting our website and please let us know how we can help you with your Boundary Waters needs.
-Boundary Waters Outfitters owners and staff.