Fishing Tackle Suggestions

We’ve gathered a list of guide-tested tackle to help with your trip to Northern Minnesota. Our guides fish these waters throughout the summer and they’ve tested a lot of different lures, colors, and bait. Let their experience help you choose your best options.

The list below have proven to be very 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’ll want to tailor this 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 all the “hot” colors.

Fishing Tackle Suggestions
Spinning Rod and Reel: Medium action rod with 6 – 10lb. test line, depending on your skill level and desired species of fish.
Hooks: Minimum of 25, bait type with short shank in sizes 6 – 4.
Jigs: “Pre-rigged” hooks with spinner blades, beads and approximately 12 inches of line. Hook sizes from 6 – 4 with spinner blade colors in chartreuse, silver, hammered brass, yellow, red/white and black/white.
Floating Jigs: In orange, chartreuse and red.
Hair and Feather Type Jigs: 1/8 to 1/4 ounce sizes in yellow, orange, chartreuse, red, and white. For Lake Trout a few 1/2 to 1 ounce jigs in black, white, yellow, red/white, and black/white.
Rubber Bodied Jigs: With and without spinner blades in 1/8 to 3/8 sizes. Chartreuse, white, yellow, black, and brown(examples: Mr Twister and Fuzzee Grubs).
Plugs: Both surface and diving. Sizes from 2 to 5 inches(Examples: Rapalas, Lazy Ikes, Heddon, Torpedoes).
Spinner Baits: Such as Mepps in sizes 1 and 2.
Sinkers, Split Shot, Slip Sinkers: Bring an assortment of split short from “bb” size on up; slip sinkers should range from 1/8 to 1/2 ounce. For deep trolling bring 1 to 3 ounce weights.
Swivels: Two and three way type.
Bobbers: Slip bobbers work well and are the most functional.
Stringer: One or two cord stringers work well and are compact.
Needle Nose Pliers: For releasing Fish.

Suggestions for Specific Species:

Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Surface and diving plugs (not exceeding 2 inches); SPinner baits such as Mepps; hair and feather type and rubber bodied jigs; slip bobbers.
Walleye Sinking plugs(not exceeding 2 inches); Spinner in mid sizes; Floating jig heads; Hair and feather type jigs; Slip bobbers.
Northern Pike Spoons, Spinner baits, and Surface and Diving plugs in mid to larger size; Steel leaders from 6 – 12 inches.
Pan Fish Spinner and assorted jigs in small to mid sizes; Slip Bobber.
Lake Trout Spring – Surface and diving plugs; Spinner baits such as Mepps Summer – Hair and feather type jigs in 1/2 to 1 ounce sizes in black, yellow, white, red/white, and black/white; Spoons and deep running plugs.