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Timber Trail Lodge: World Class Fishing For Bronzebacks.... And More!

A great catch!The Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, Minnesota, offers some of the world's best small-mouth bass fishing. You have a good shot at a 5- or 6-pound bass; and with decent weather, you'll catch more 3- to 4-pound small-mouths than you can imagine. Then too, don't miss overlooked opportunities for big walleyes, lake trout, and pike.


HOW TO GET THERE: Ely is 112 miles northeast of Duluth.


But doesn't a trip to the BWCA mean paddling and sleeping in a tent?


Yes, if that's what you want. But Timber Trail Outfitters also specialize in day trips, and they offer reasonably priced lakeshore cabins for those who'd rather sleep in a real bed. I also like the way they work waters where boats and motors are legal-fish in the comfort of your fully rigged boat.


Other interesting wrinkles include brook and rainbow trout in out-of-the'-way lakes adjacent to their lodge. One of the best-kept secrets is a muskie lake about half an hour away.


For a great family spot with with access to wilderness and variety contact:
Bill Forsberg, Timber Trail Lodge & Outfitters,
629 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN 55731,


– Larry Dahlberg