Fishing At Timber Trail Lodge

We have everything a fisherman needs for our chain of lakes and the surrounding area: bait, tackle, gas, boats, motors, canoes, fish cleaning house, freezers, veteran guides and excellent advice. We are a full-service fishing resort with direct access to four lakes, which includes both motorized and paddle-only portions of the Boundary WatersFishing At Timber Trail Lodge in Ely, MN.



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Fishing At Timber Trail Lodge in Ely, MNor to set-up a custom fishing trip for your group. We are here to help you find the right place to spend your next fishing vacation. Our professional guides will help you learn these productive waters and take you into remote lakes around Ely, Minnesota. Each guest of Timber Trail Lodge receives free maps of our lakes and our staff is available to provide you with the information you need. 800-777-7348





Fishing in Ely, MN

Fishing At Timber Trail Lodge in Ely, MNGet your tackle box out of winter storage. The fishing season opens earlier here than in most parts of Minnesota. With the retreat of winter in early May, the spring thaw leaves our icy-cold waters alive with trophy-sized species, enticing avid anglers eager to get a line into the water. So, whether you're seeking tonight's dinner or a trophy for the den wall, we offer an ideal setting for your fishing vacation. Many Ely vacationers enjoy the northwoods waters for their angling opportunities. Known for its walleye, northern pike, small and largemouth bass and slab size panfish, Ely's waters can be extra productive with the help of one of our fishing guides. Our guided trips are designed to put you directly over some of northern Minnesota's best producing waters and fishing holes. Our guides will tell you which bait and lures will work, and how to use them effectively. Fish all day, only breaking for a delicious shore lunch of the morning's catch prepared by your guide. Don't let this fishing opportunity escape you. When fishing with a guide, your chance of landing more and bigger fish is greatly increased.


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The Tackle Box:

We have gathered a list of guide tested tackle to help with your trip to Northern Minnesota. Our guides fish these waters just about everyday during the summer and they have tested different lures, colors and bait. Let their experience help.


The list below is comprised of general items that have proven 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 also will want to tailor this list 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.


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 (notexceeding 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.