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Fishing with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters can be a rewarding experience.
The Boundary Waters are full of Minnesota's favorite sport fish.
The State record Walleye was caught just minutes from Voyageurs dock.


    Here at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters you can fish for several different species of gamefish. There are Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout.

    Learn about the different types of fish available to you when you visit Voyageur. Whether you use a canoe or fish from one of our boat and motors all of these species will be within your reach.

Fish Species

Walleye

  Length: 12 to 29 inches.
   Weight: 10 oz. to over 20 pounds. Back is greenish-yellow with a brassy hue. Sides brassy-yellow with dark mottling. Stomach is white. Dark spot at rear of spiny dorsal fin. Anal fin and lower lobe of tail fin are white. Eyes are opaque-silver in color. Moderate canine-like teeth.
  Table Quality: Because of savory flesh it is considered one of the finest tasting fish available. The meat is white, flaky and has a very mild flavor.
  Habitat: Bottom oriented fish, due to their sensitivity to light, preferring to stay in deep water during the day, moving to shallow waters during the night.
  Spawn in spring, in relatively shallow water, over clean gravel or rocky bottoms.
  Food: Walleye prefer fish but will eat crayfish and worms.
  Angling: Because of light-sensitive eyes, walleyes feed more actively early in the morning, late in the evening, or at night. Effective lures and baits include, minnows, leaches nightcrawlers, jigs, spinners and minnow imitating plugs.
Smallmouth Bass

  Length: 12 to 22 inches. Weight: 8 ounces to 7 pounds. Smallmouth often are bronze to brownish green in color, with dark vertical bars on sides. In contrast to the Largemouth bass, the upper jaw does not extend beyond rear margin of eye. Eye reddish in color. Shallow notch in dorsal fin. Soft dorsal fin has 13 to 15 rays.
  Table Quality: The meat is mild tasting, white, flaky and low in oil content.
  Habitat: Found in North America, they prefer rocky habitats in streams and lakes with clear waters.   
   Food: Shad and crayfish are consumed in lakes; and crayfish and minnows in streams. In streams, Smallmouth can be very aggressive when insects are available.
   Angling: Effective lures for Smallmouth, are those that resemble minnows, jigs, plastic worms and streamer flies. Live baits include minnows, insects and crayfish.
Northern Pike


   Length: 12 to 47 inches.
   Weight: 8 ounces to 24 pounds. The northern pike is a very elongated, somewhat laterally compressed fish. Back and sides, dusky olive-green with rows of light oval spots. Dorsal, anal and tail fin have round to oblong darkened spots. Dorsal fin located far back on an elongated body. Large canine-like teeth. Cheeks completely scaled, only upper half of the gill cover is scaled.
   Table Quality: The meat is white, firm, flaky and has good flavor, but each fillet has a row of Y-bones. By cutting around the bones they can be removed.
  Habitat: Prefer shallow water and areas congested with aquatic weeds. Spawn just after ice thaws; Adhesive eggs simply scattered over the bottom or onto vegetation.
   Food: Fish make up the bulk of their diet but they will also take frogs, crayfish, waterdogs, ducks, birds, and mice.
   Angling: Effective lures and bait for pike are "LARGE" spoons, spinners, plugs. Northern pike have sharp teeth, so many anglers use a wire leader to prevent the line from being cut.
Lake Trout

  Length: Large fish - 3 to 100 pounds. Lake Trout have a raised tooth crest on the head of the vomer. The tail is forked. Body is generally blue-gray or bronze-green with pale spots on the sides and back.

  Table Quality: An excellent table fish.
  Habitat: Lake trout require cold, clear, well oxygenated water. In summer they often move to depths of 50 to 100 feet, but in spring and fall you can find them at depths of 20 feet or less. They prefer water from 40 to 52 degree F.
   Food: In most waters, lake trout rely heavily on small fish.
   Angling: Most are taken by trolling with spoons or minnow-like plugs attached to wire-line rigs or downriggers. They can also be taken by bottom-fishing with whole or cut fish.
 

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