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. Our front desk staff can help you plan a memorable fishing trip — or consider the option of using our fishing guide service.
Fishing Guide Service
Guided fishing trips are available at Bearskin Lodge from mid-May through early October. A guided fishing trip is fun and instructional for both the novice and advanced fisherman. Our fishing guide will show you the tactics and seasonal hot spots that will make fishing on East Bearskin more rewarding. And you may even catch a few fish.
Guided day trips into the Boundary Waters and surrounding lakes are also available. We can also arrange a guide for other well-known fishing lakes along the Gunflint Trail.
Bearskin Lodge supports Catch and Release.
Erik Simula, our winter musher, will be our on-site fishing guide this summer. In 2009 Erik made a 1000 mile birch bark canoe trip, the Arrowhead Journey, that many Bearskin guests enjoyed following on his blog. He has an extensive history as a fisherman and wilderness guide. Erik will be offering guided fishing trips on East Bearskin Lake, as well as guided fishing trips into the BWCAW. He’ll also be giving a weekly “fish talk” for guests all summer, every Tuesday afternoon from 5-6 PM. Click here for more information about Erik.
Guide rates may vary, depending upon the guide. These rates are just to give you an approximate price. Please talk to our front desk for pricing on your dates.
Full Day (2 people) – $260.00
1/2 Day (2 people) – $160.00
Extra Fisherman – $40.00
Tag Boat – $75.00
Guided trips include life jackets, rods and reels, and fish cleaning. Limited to 450 lbs plus the guide.
Reserve your spot for the upcoming fishing season. Call 1-800-338-4170. No deposit required for Bearskin guests.
For the Serious Fishermen – The Angler’s Boat
Bearskin Lodge is excited to offer a rental option for our more dedicated fishermen. The Angler’s Boat is a wide beam 14-foot 2006 Alumacraft outfitted with 3 comfortable seats, a new 9.9hp Mercury outboard motor, a Minn Kota trolling motor and a depth finder. If you’re serious about fishing, reserve the Angler’s Boat early. Advance reservations by the week only.
Weekly rate – $552
Daily rate – $92 (upon availability)
Sorry, no motor substitutions on the Angler’s Boat.