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Bearskin’s new fishing guide, Erik Simula

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, a trip 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  all summer at 5 PM on Tuesday. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a guest at Bearskin or camping at the East Bearskin Lake campground.

Erik’s history

Erik grew up in Northeast Minnesota fishing on  Lake Superior and inland lakes and rivers for walleye, northern pike, bass, pan fish, trout and salmon. He began guiding BWCA and Quetico wilderness canoe and dogsled trips in 1982.  He worked as a First Mate on a 75 foot commercial ocean fishing boat in Alaska, has netted whitefish and herring through the ice in interior Alaska and Minnesota, and fly-fished for cutthroat, brown, speckled and rainbow trout in Montana.

Erik’s interesting life history includes working as an interpretive park ranger at the Grand Portage National Monument, teaching canoe building, snowshoe construction, and other classes at North House Folk School, and serving as an outdoor skills instructor at Vermillion Community College and at Ely Outward Bound. He’s been an Army Medic, built log cabins, been an EMT, worked as a logger,  and inspected incoming vessels for the US Customs and Immigration.  Time spent with Erik, whether in a boat on a dogsled, is always full of remarkable stories.

Schedule a guided trip

Erik will be available for guided fishing trips Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday all summer and fall, excluding June 19-22 and September 6-7.  Call our front desk to make arrangements.  Fishing guide rates are listed here.

Fish talks every Tuesday

Everyone is invited to join Erik for his free fish talks on Tuesday afternoons, 5 – 6 PM, at the Main Lodge.  Learn about the history of fishing, fishing equipment and bait, fishing techniques and safety, and fish ecology.  Adults and kids all welcome.

Hey, where’s Curtis?

Bearskin’s guide for the past few summers has been Curtis Blake, from Seagull Creek Fishing Camp.  Curtis is pursuing his dream of becoming a winning professional fisherman.  He has sponsors and will be on the professional fishing circuit for much of the summer.  Watch the news for him — we think he’s going to do well. He will occasionally be in the area and  if he’s here, he will do guided trips on Lake Saganaga.  Contact our front desk to make arrangements.