Lake Vermilion

Lake Vermilion, one of Minnesota's premier fishing destinations, spans over 40,000 acres and is renowned for its scenic beauty and diverse fish population. Our expert fishing guide services offer personalized experiences to help you catch walleye, muskie, and northern pike, ensuring excellent fishing opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers


Northeastern Minnesota, near the town of Tower


40,557 acres


Maximum depth of 76 feet

Fishing Species


The most sought-after fish in the Bemidji area, known for its excellent taste.

Tips: Use jigs tipped with minnows or leeches along drop-offs and weed edges.


Known as the “fish of ten thousand casts,” muskie fishing is challenging but rewarding.

Tips: Trolling with crankbaits or casting large bucktail spinners near weed edges and rocky points.

Northern Pike

Aggressive predators that provide exciting action for anglers.

Tips: Jigging with live bait like minnows or using crankbaits in deeper waters during the day.


Prized aggressive fish known for their amazing fights.

Tips: Spinner Baits along weed edges, combined with wacky worms. Don't be afraid to go in to the weeds, Ned rigs have been a great option too.

Seasonal Fishing Tips


Focus on shallow waters for walleye and northern pike as they spawn.


Fish deeper for walleye, use nightcrawlers or leeches on a Lindy rig.


Target muskie with large lures; look for walleye in deeper waters using live bait rigs.


Ice fishing for perch and walleye; use small jigs with waxworms or minnows.

History and Interesting Facts

Lake Vermillion has a rich history tied to the Ojibwe people and the fur trade era

In 1865, a geological survey team found gold deposits near the lake, which led to a gold rush.

Recommended Lodging By Lake Vermilion

We have built relationships with some of the finest resorts around Lake Vermilion to meet your needs.

Everett Bay Lodge

Everett Bay Lodge offers affordable Minnesota cabins for rent, boat rentals, reserved docking, heated swimming pool/sauna and convenient central location on the lake.

Spring Bay Resort

Spring Bay Resort is nestled among towering Norway Red Pine, along a protected bay, on the most beautiful lake in all of Minnesota – Lake Vermilion

Ludlow’s Island Resort

Ludlow’s Island Resort offers northwoods cabins set at the water’s edge of Lake Vermilion, under a canopy of pine and birch, as well as idyllic fishing opportunities.

Learn more with the guide life!

If you have experienced Lake Vermilion Walleye fishing and want to learn more or if you have never been and want to see what this lake can offer, this is the show for you! LOA Guides Justin Chromy and Jason Freed head out on a cold weather day and put the forward facing sonar and slip-bobbers to work! Capitalizing on multiple big bites and a bunch of eaters to boot, these to show the full experience of what this beautiful lake has to offer and enjoy a great shore lunch to wrap it up!

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