Lake Vermilion Fishing

Northern Pike fishing on Lake Vermilion

Minnesota Fishing at its best: Walleye, Muskie, Bass and Northern Pike

Lake Vermilion Minnesota fishing is hard to beat – an absolute joy to fish and explore with it’s 1200 miles of shoreline, 365 islands, and 40,000 acres of stained fresh water.

When fishing Minnesota, it is hard to find a better multi-species lake than Lake Vermilion. Walleye, Bass, Muskie, Northern, Perch, Panfish – Lake Vermilion has them all! Although most large lakes in Minnesota may be described as a large bowl, Lake Vermilion is unique as its varied structure provides limitless fishing options along with welcome protection when the wind blows. Aerial pictures of Lake Vermilion are often mistaken for Canadian lakes; it is a Canadian Shield lake all within the confines of Northeast Minnesota. As we are north of the Laurentian Divide, all of our water flows north into the Vermilion River, Voyageurs National Park and eventually all the way to the Hudson Bay.

Guests of Everett Bay Lodge enjoy a calm, quiet Minnesota Fishing Resort setting making boat docking a breeze, and just a few minutes up the shoreline they find an endless array of fishing options – underwater structure in Big Bay, the deepest part of Lake Vermilion; abundant mid-lake islands such as Potato, Taylor and Stonich; reefs, sunken islands, drop-offs, mudflats…and plenty of shoreline for those who favor casting. Our Lake Vermilion resort resort guests don’t have to go very far to catch fish! Feel free to use the interactive Navionics contour map below to explore the structure and depths to plan your attack for when you are here.

Minnesota June fishingHere at Everett Bay Lodge we take our fishing pretty seriously and have a fun time too. We are pleased to offer our expertise and Lake Vermilion fishing knowledge as we cater to families just beginning to enjoy fishing as well as expert amateurs and several pros. We can help you with the details while marking up a map and if you want a guide we can arrange that for you as well. Lake Vermilion guides work independently and offer multiple, full, and half day trips. We have several listed below that All you need to bring is weather appropriate clothing, rain gear and your fishing equipment if you prefer to use your own. Otherwise the guides will provide the rods and tackle for you.

If you are looking for a change of pace during your stay, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness borders the north shore of Lake Vermilion. Trout Lake portage is a short boat ride from Everett Bay Lodge, and once there, a short motorized portage from Lake Vermilion will lead you into the BWCA and Trout Lake. (Permit required.) Trout Lake has abundant lake trout, smallmouth bass and northern, and the secluded wilderness is second to none! We can arrange a day trip for you with our Trout Lake guide, and we have rental boats to make the trip.

Whatever Minnesota game fish species you are after, we will provide you with the time proven techniques to catch fish! For those who opt to clean your catch and enjoy a fresh fish meal or pack a limit for the trip home, our lakeside fish cleaning facility located in the Bait/Surgery house makes the fish cleaning process comfortable and convenient.

Interactive Lake Vermilion map

To help plan your fishing strategy, or just to explore the lake in anticipation of your visit, here is an interactive map that allows you to explore the entire lake, see the depth contours and structure, and view points of interest around Lake Vermilion. This is the same Navionics map that is used on many gps units, and is what we use in our rental boats as well.

If you’d like to see this map in a full-screen view, click here.

Lake Vermilion US
7:43 am, Jun 24
62°F
L: 61° H: 64°
Feels like 62.29 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 5 mph
UV Index: 1.29
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:11 am
Sunset: 9:12 pm
Humidity 85 %
Pressure1009 mb
Wind 5 mph
Forecast
Thu Jun 24
59° / 79°F0.03 inch7 mph35 %1009 mb
Fri Jun 25
53° / 76°F0 inch5 mph42 %1012 mb
Sat Jun 26
58° / 77°F0.02 inch5 mph45 %1008 mb
Sun Jun 27
56° / 67°F0.03 inch9 mph84 %1013 mb
Mon Jun 28
51° / 79°F0 inch5 mph32 %1019 mb

Lake Vermilion Fishing Guides

If you are new to Lake Vermilion or new to fishing, we recommend hiring a fishing guide. Knowledgeable and experienced fishing guides can lead you the fish and help you catch them. With the size and diversity of Lake Vermilion, the helping hand of a guide is well worth it. We recommend that you book your guide trip as soon as your reservation at Everett Bay Lodge is placed. Here are the guides that we recommend:

Click on any of the green links below to go to the website to learn more about each guide/service. And when you talk to these guides, tell them that you are staying at Everett Bay Lodge!

Sunset Glow Guide Service

Dave Schueck
(612) 770-0495

Living Legends

AJ Wiesner
(507) 358-2047

Northland Muskie Adventures

Bob Benson
(715) 642-2607

Trout Lake Guide Service

Lonnie Johnson
(218) 780-3610

Lake Vermilion Guides League

Select from over a dozen knowledgeable Lake Vermilion fishing guides. All members of the Lake Vermilion Guides League (LVGL) are independent operators of their businesses.

Minnesota Fishing Information

Minnesota Fishing License

Everyone age 16 years and older must posses a valid fishing license while fishing in the State of Minnesota. We do not sell fishing licenses at the resort, however licenses may be purchased at numerous approved vendors throughout the state (list is available here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html ). The agent closest to Everett Bay Lodge is the Cenex/Y-Store convenience store at at the corner of Highways 169 & 77 just before you get to the resort.

Licenses also may be purchased by phone at 1-888-665-4236, or click on the DNR image below to purchase your MN Fishing License online:

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/online-sales.html

Minnesota Fishing Regulations

Click here to review MN Fishing regulations.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/regs.html?section=definitions&topic=inland

Also, here are the 2021 Special Regulations for Lake Vermilion:

Walleye

  • Season starts May 15, 2021
  • Limit 4 in possession
  • All from 20-26″ must be released immediately
  • One over 26″ allowed in possession.

Northern Pike

  • Season starts May 15, 2021
  • Limit 2 in possession
  • All from 30-40″ must be released immediately
  • One over 40″ allowed in possession.

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

  • Season starts May 15, 2021 on Lake Vermilion
  • Limit 6 combined in possession.

Muskellunge

  • Limit 1 in possession
  • The minimum size to keep a musky is 54″.

Lake Vermilion Shore Lunch Sites

Click map below to see shore lunch site map and GPS coordinates.

For additional information on Lake Vermilion Shore Lunch Sites visit the Vermilion Lake Association website :

www.vermilionlakeassociation.org/other-programs/shore-lunch-sites/

Learn More & Explore!

If you are interested in Muskie fishing, Bass fishing or Walleye fishing on Lake Vermilion, check out our pages dedicated to those species by clicking the links below, You can also enjoy a video tour and experience more of beautiful Lake Vermilion

Walleye Fishing
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Muskie Fishing
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Bass Fishing
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Aquatic Invasive Species control and prevention is especially important as our goal is sustain this wonderful fishery for generations to come. Read more about Lake Vermilion AIS efforts here: https://everettbaylodge.com/lake-vermilion-aquatic-invasive-species-prevention-efforts-continue/.