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Fishing at Bearskin Lodge

East Bearskin is a beautiful Canadian Shield lake that supports excellent populations of walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout. There is a variety of structure on the north side of the lake and several deep drops on the south side. East Bearskin Lake is 4 miles long, with the far east end inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. (There is a motor limit of 25 hp inside the BWCAW.) A number of other nearby lakes with excellent fishing can be accessed from East Bearskin Lake with portages: Crocodile, Moon, and Alder are the most popular. Our front desk staff can help you plan a memorable fishing trip. 

Fishing Guide Service

Bearskin no longer has an on-site fishing guide. East Bearskin is not a lake where you are likely to get lost and our front desk staff can easily direct you to the well-known fishing holes. We can also direct you to good fishing areas on many of the BWCA lakes that are reached by portaging from East Bearskin. You can access top-notch BWCA fishing on easy day trips from Bearskin, then be back on time to fry up your catch for dinner in your cozy cabin.

A day trip with a guide to one of the huge Gunflint Trail lakes can be a memorable part of your Bearskin stay. This offers you a great way to experience another area of the Gunflint Trail. Our local guides are often very busy; it is not unusual for them to be 100% booked for summer early in the season, so you will have the best success if you a book a trip early. However, even guests who dream up this idea later in the season can often get a spot with one of the guides if they are willing to be flexible about the date and time.

Christianson Guide Service


Cory Christianson writes a column for the local newspaper. He is family man with 2 small children, and gets rave reviews for his guiding service.  E-mail him at:   We have always recommended Cory as a first choice for guiding, but he is uncertain whether he will guide in 2017 as he and his wife have opened a restaurant.

Roger Campbell


“The Fishing Junkie.”  Roger guides in Florida during the winter, and on  Lake Saganaga during May – October. 

Seagull Creek Guides


If you went out fishing with Curtis at Bearskin a few years back, you will probably enjoy arranging a guide here.  This is his family’s guide business. 

“Little Vince” Eckroot


Little Vince’s guide service operates mid-Gunflint Trail.  Vince grew up on the Gunflint Trail and seems to know some unusual spots to fish.  Contact him at

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