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Fishing Local – Fall Lake & Basswood

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Most all our cabin guests come for the fishing. But, they also enjoy the other amenities the area has to offer. Fall Lake is an excellent fishery for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and panfish, at select times of the year. The northernmost end of Fall Lake resides within the BWCA and, unless you’re renting a Packsack boat, you MUST have a day permit to fish in this area. Just to the north of Fall Lake is Basswood Lake, where the state record Northern Pike was caught. Basswood, too, is in the BWCA and day permits are required. Be sure to ask us, have a map and know where the BWCA boundary is located.

Northern Fall Lake or Basswood Lake

You will absolutely need permits for fishing this area, but it’s worth a little extra effort. Many of our cabin guests will leave their boats at Fall Lake, taking the portage by foot over to Newton Falls and simply fish from the shore. Or, even doing some wade fishing. Several times a year, this can be a very hot spot! For those looking to put in that extra effort, our boats can be portaged up into Basswood Lake, where they can enjoy a day full of world-class fishing, and still return to a cabin for some relaxation (permit required).

Not Catching Fish?

Since 2000, there have been only a few times when we have suggested that guests might want to try another area lake. This area is just too good to have to send anyone elsewhere. If you aren’t catching fish after a full day of fishing, be sure to ask us or the other cabin guests – who are generally VERY friendly and helpful people. If you’re still not catching fish, we can arrange guided fishing trips on Fall Lake or up into Basswood Lake (permit needed).


We can’t make the fish bite, but we can offer the best tips that match the conditions at the time.

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