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Boundary Waters fish track in the calm waters of a wilderness lake

Boundary Waters Fishing

Boundary Waters Fishing Trips

Ely, Minnesota

Experience World Class Fishing!

Two Boundary Waters whoppers!  8-and-10 pound walleyes

Two whoppers!
8-and-10 pound walleyes

No trip to Northern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is complete without considering fishing as a focus of your trip. River Point Outfitting Company, your Boundary Waters outfitter, offers a number of choices for Boundary Waters fishing trips to make a superb wilderness fishing trip-one to remember for years to come.

Paddle the Quiet Side® with River Point Outfitting Co.

Some say the Boundary Waters provides some of the world's best fishing lakes and rivers, many waiting to be discovered, making a Boundary Waters fishing trip a true adventure. There are unparalleled fishing opportunities found here.

Spring offers the newly budded trees set against a backdrop of deep green pine and streams and rivers swelled by the freshly melted snows filled with hungry fish. These waters are literally teaming with golden walleye, feisty smallmouth bass, huge northern pike, lake trout, and plate-sized crappies for som outstanding Boundary Waters fishing.

Summer and fall Boundary Waters fishing trips can be equally fish-abundant offering excellent fishing opportunities through-out canoeing season. Fresh fish sizzling in the fry pan is great no matter what the season. Sometimes, the greatest catch comes in the summer or fall. If a Boundary Waters fishing trip is your wish, let River Point put you on the best lakes and rivers for the highests success rate for Boundary Waters fishing.

Some of the world's best fresh water fishing lies in the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, including feisty smallmouth bass, golden walleyes, and giant northern pike. You will enjoy the most gorgeous scenery in Minnesota at the same time. The cool, clean waters are teeming with trophy size fish, as well as the "perfect-size eaters." Truly, the Boundary Waters fishing is an angler's (or a fly-fisherperson's) paradise!


Boundary Watars BWCA guided fishing trips


Check out the fine completely outfitted packages below for your fishing trip:

Boundary Waters Fishing:  It's hard to put into words the thrill of landing a mouth-watering golden walleye, enduring a challenging fight with a northern pike, matching wits with the feisty smallmouth bass, or netting a huge lake trout. If you are an avid angler, the possibility of enjoying these and other species, such as crappies, bluegills, stream trout, and largemouth bass, await you on your fabulous Boundary Waters fishing trip.

Nothing can describe the aroma and taste of fresh fish sizzling in the frying pan, and some of the very best lakes for catching them are those set aside just for canoe travel. So if you are into fishing, the Boundary Waters BWCA may be just the place for you.

Boundary Waters Base Camp Fishing

Setting up camp on a Boundary Waters fishing trip

Boundary Waters BWCA base camp fishing is for the serious fisherperson that wishes to set up camp one time and spend the remainder of the time fishing for the numerous species of fish the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area has to offer: walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout, and panfish.

The idea of a base camp fishing trip retreat is just that -- to get away from the beaten track, "Paddle the Quiet Side®", and tackle some great North Country fishing! You may choose to paddle right into the BWCA via the South Kawishiwi River from River Point's base, or a River Point van will transport you directly to another entry point. Either way, in a matter of just a few hours you will be wetting your line with anticipation for that first mouth-watering meal of fresh fish!

Once your Boundary Waters fishing camp is established daily excursions from it to other areas of the lake or to different lakes may be an option. The base camp plan works well for the serious fisherperson as well as others who wish to "stay in one spot" while enjoying other outdoor activities, such as wildlife viewing, photography, or just plain relaxing!

Boundary Waters largemouth bass caught on a BWCA fishing trip
Boundary Waters largemouth bass caught on a BWCA fishing trip

Let the expert Trip Routing staff help plan your base camp fishing experience when you arrive at River Point.


"Thanks again for a tremendous experience. Here are the photos of the two big small mouths. Mine was 5lbs 2 oz, caught in the rapids between Gabbro and Bald Eagle, Tommy's was 4lbs 6oz caught on the rocks just south of Trappers Point. Both were weighed on our portable digital scale and released."

- Thomas & Tommy E., Columbia, MD





Guided Boundary Waters Fishing Trips


River Point Outfitting Co.'s Boundary Waters fishing guides are experienced and congenial. Your trip need not be fishing focused to have a guide, but guided fishing trips make for fantastic "wilderness memories."

Best overall fishing month Up North is the month of June. Your River Point guide will share his knowledge of different rods, angling and fly-fishing techniques, presentations, and much more. Be prepared for exciting fishing and a superb amount of old-fashioned FUN! Catch and Release is practiced, but plan on delicious fish fries back at the campsite, too!

If you have not done a BWCA fishing trip before, or even if you have, and would like the help and expertise a fishing guide can offer for your next trip, then our Boundary Waters fishing guide will show you how to enjoy your experience...the tough parts and the easy parts!

River Point's guides provide personalized service to all skill and interest levels, tailoring a guided fishing trip to meet your needs. A wilderness guide experienced in canoeing, camping, and fishing, while not essential, can greatly enhance a canoe trip. Boundary Waters fishing guides know about the history of the area, the wildlife, the species of fish, and the fishing spots, and they know how to best take care of you.

The Boundary Waters fishing guide takes care of many details of your adventure, from filleting the fish, to cooking delicious meals, to teaching you paddling techniques. Our River Point fishing guides are specialists in what they do: part outfitter, part historian, part naturalist, and resident navigator, plus they have a genuine love for canoe camping and the great outdoors. But, remember, you will want to learn the "ways of the wilderness", so always pitch in to help, and while you are helping your guide, you will be learning.


Boundary Waters guided fishing trips

How do you get to the exact right lake, and that perfect fishing hole?

Answer: A River Point Guide

With a guide, you will learn the "ways of the wilderness" and have a great time doing it.

2018 Guided Fishing Canoe Trip Rates


(Rates are per person)

  2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
3  Days $770 $620 $545 $490 $460 $440 $415
4 Days $995 $805 $700 $610 $570 $545 $515
5 Days $1215 $965 $845 $785 $745 $695 $665
6 Days $1480 $1195 $1045 $965 $905 $865 $830

(Rates are per person)

Rates Include:

  • Guide Expertise
  • Fully outfitted Comfort Plus Package™ with the lightest Kevlar canoes, backrest canoe/camp chairs, upgraded packsacks, Nemo state-of-the art sleep pads, comfy pillows, water purifiation system, Seal Line waterproof stuff sacks, and all other canoeing and camping equipment, maps, and fine trail food
  • Safe Van Transport to and from Entry/Exit point, unless paddling back to River Point via the South Kawishwi River
  • Parking for your vehicles in a safe, onsite parking lot
  • Showers before and after your trip in private fully custom ceramic showers beautifully appointed

Nonrefundable Deposit: $250/person

Tax, MN Fishing License, Bait, Tackle, Small van transport gas surcharge, Guide Gratuity, USFS Permit & User Fees are additional.

Please Note:

  • Minimum of 2 persons; maximum of 8 persons
  • Maximum length of guided trips offered is 6 days, 5 nights
  • Any discount, including the 5% Senior Citizen Discount (age 63+), does not apply on guided trips.
  • Pets are not allowed on guided canoe trips.
  • A child, age 6 & under, when accompanied by a paying parent or legal guardian (minimum of two adultsin the pary) is not free on  completely outfitted trips that have a guide. The "6 & under free" option applies to self-guided canoe trips.
  • Rates subject to change

To better prepare for your Boundary Waters Guided Fishing Trip, make certain that you also secure:

Lodging the night prior to the trip:

          1) Bunkhouse at $19 per person;  2) For higher comfort, select a brand new Chalet 



Remember to pack only the fishing tackle you truly will use, and keep it light and in a small container that can be easily transported during your fishing trip. When you arrive, as much current information that is available about what the fishing action has been like will be offered, so that you can be successful in your Boundary Waters fishing trip.

A full line of tried and true Boundary Waters fishing lures is carried in River Point's Bait & Tackle Shop. Spoons, spinner baits, Rapalas, jigs, spinners, rubber worms, hula poppers, steel leaders, sinkers, and large casting lures are items you should have in your tackle box.

Spin casting, regular casting rods, and fly rods are great. Consider 10-20 pound test line for casting and 6-12 pound test line for spinning. There should be a balance of weight between the rod, reel, and the line you choose.

Live Bait

Live bait is recommended for best Boundary Waters fishing-- leeches and night crawlers, are normally readily available in the on-site Bait & Tackle shop.

 Trip routing at River Point Outfitting Co prior to the BWCA fishing tripDuring your orientation and routing session with the outfitting staff at River Point's Ely, Minnesota outfitting facility, the good fishing spots will be hi-lighted for you on the waterproof maps along the route chosen for your fishing trip. Evaluation of your tackle, rod, and reel will be made, and suggestions offered.

Portaging is part of a Boundary Waters trip, and keeping your personal and fishing gear to only the essentials is important.

Remember: what you pack, you will have to carry. 

BWCA guided fishing trips…successful with River Point Outfitting Co. in Ely

Ely named one of ten 'Dream Towns':

"You may feel out of place in Ely if you don't have a 16-foot, scratched-to-hell Old Town canoe strapped to your roof rack. Unless you're a fisherman, that is. Ely (pop. 3,724) is located 35 miles from the Ontario border at the gateway to the legendary Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a million-acre maze of lakes and boreal forest with 1,500 miles of canoe trails and endless runs of small-mouth bass, walleye and pike."

- Men's Journal -

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