Catch Your Trophy Fish
Stretching 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, Lake Vermilion boasts 40,000 acres, 365 islands, and 1200 miles of beautiful shoreline, making it a haven for fishing enthusiasts.
Lake Vermilion is a phenomenal lake for fishing walleye, crappies, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, along with panfish like sunfish, perch, and bluegills.
Bait & Tackle Shop
Ludlow’s Island Bait and Tackle Shop offers an expanded line of fishing and outdoor gear, equipment sales, and demo options for our guests.
Michael, our head of guest services, shares his passion for Lake Vermilion fishing by offering educational clinics throughout the summer. Michael will help equip experienced fishermen, novices, and everyone in between.
Guided Fishing Trips
A guided fishing trip will take your experience to the next level.
We will set you up with an expert fishing guide who will take you to all the best fishing spots on Lake Vermilion. For those with minimal or zero experience, your fishing guide will teach you all the basics to help you reel in the big ones.
All you have to do is show up with a fishing license and you’re good to go.
Cooking Your Fish
Your fishing guide will clean and filet your catch for the day, and if you'd like, Michael has also perfected a delicious recipe. He’ll cook up the fish in an air fryer with a special Ludlow’s secret mix and then deliver your hard-won catch on a silver platter.
“We love going above and beyond for our guests,” says Michael.
Michael’s Lake Vermilion Fishing Tips
- Guests looking to catch walleye, crappies, and northern pike should aim to come during the springtime or fall.
- Bass anglers will want to plan their trip during the warmer months in July and August.
- Walleye fishing is usually good all year round.
- Panfish move to the shallows when the water starts to warm in the spring, so fishing varies with the year and spring.
- Muskie season opens in Minnesota on June 4 in 2022. The fishing is usually pretty good right away in June, but it gets really good in the fall.
If you’re interested in other species, or if you’d like additional tips and advice, Michael is happy to help!
So that you may start your vacation right away, we recommend purchasing your license online prior to your arrival. However, you may purchase a fishing license at the resort, in the main lodge building using your driver’s license and social security number.
Current Minnesota Fishing Regulations
We have a variety of fishing boat set-ups available for rental by the day or week. We recommend reserving your boat in advance of your stay.
Fishing for Kids
Kids have lots of luck fishing right off our docks, and cane poles are free for their use. Fish caught off the docks are released so there are always plenty to catch.
Kids under 16 years old do not need a fishing license.