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

 This season Bearskin does not have an on-site fishing guide.  We’re still looking for someone who will be available to regularly guide fishing trips on E. Bearskin Lake, so as the season progresses this situation could change.  Luckily, 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’ll update this page if we find the right guide.

Meanwhile, here is the contact information for several excellent guides in the area.  They all prefer to fish on the larger lakes in the area, which offers you a great way to see another area of the Gunflint Trail.  These guides are often very busy.  We suggest booking a trip with them well ahead of time before your visit in order to get an available spot.


Seagull Creek Guides  800-531-5510  If you went out fishing with Curtis at Bearskin during the last few years, you will probably enjoy arranging a guide here.  This is his family’s guide business.


Christianson Guide Service 218-388-0315 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.


Roger Campbell  218-388-0628  “The Fishing Junkie.”  Roger guides in Florida during the winter, and on  Lake Saganaga during May – October. 

Angler's Boat


For the Serious Fishermen – The Angler’s Boat

Bearskin Lodge is excited to offer a rental option for our more dedicated fishermen. We have a new angler’s boat this year, with an electric start motor, trolling motor, fish finder, live well, and nice seats.  Capacity 4 people or 600 pounds. If you’re serious about fishing, reserve the Angler’s Boat early.

Weekly rate – $600

Daily rate – $100 (upon availability)

Sorry, no motor substitutions on the Angler’s Boat. 

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