The Gunflint Trail has long been known for its fishing. The primary species caught in the area are lake trout, northern, bass and walleye.
The dock at any resort is the center for fishing information. In the morning guests and guides gather to plan the day’s fishing. Then at night they all get together to discuss their success (or lack of it).
The two main native species of game fish are northern pike and lake trout. Our cold, deep lakes provide good habitat for them. Lake trout with their orange flesh are often called land-locked salmon. Northern have lots of sharp teeth and bones but wonderful flavor.The Gunflint Lodge has been run by the Kerfoot family since 1927.
In the 1930’s the state decided to introduce walleye and smallmouth bass to the area. Because there was not a good understanding of how fish spread from lake to lake, these two fish now are found in many lakes on the Gunflint Trail.
Smallmouth bass are particularly popular because when hooked, they are a great fighting fish. Kids especially love them. Walleye have become the primary catching and eating fish.
Frying and grilling turn these fish into wonderful meals. Another popular way of fixing the fish is to gill and gut them. Next remove all the bones. Stuff them with a savory bread dressing and bake.
There is nothing better than catching some walleye in the morning and then having a shore lunch of freshly caught fried fish.
A day of fishing provides more than just catching fish. Sitting in a boat with no noise but the calling loons is truly relaxing.
There is no phone ringing or other interruptions. The gentle rocking of the boat in the lake’s waves has put more than one fisherman to sleep after lunch.
Add a little sunshine and you could not ask for a better day.
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