Fishing opportunities abound near Grand Marais.
The tributaries that flow into Lake Superior and our inland lakes are some of Minnesota’s most wild and scenic settings. Our guides are experienced and accomplished in a few sport-fishing methods, including fly-fishing and spin-fishing or baitcasting. Stone Harbor also specializes in the Japanese-style fly-fishing known as Tenkara.
In the spring and fall, we fish Lake Superior tributaries for steelhead or salmon. In the summer there are many options: try river and creek fishing for beautiful brook trout; or lake fishing for trout or smallmouth or northern pike.
Solo pontoon-style float tubes get us around on the lakes, although for single clients, we take out the canoe to cover more water. For stream fishing, we use chest waders and hip boots. We pursue rainbow trout, native brook trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and salmon. Each tour begins with outfitting and then basic instruction occurs at the lake/tributary. We cover kick boat operation and stream wading techniques.
Summer 2021 may look a little different, but Stone Harbor is here to help you recreate safely on the North Shore with our experienced guides. We are following the recommended guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and the state of Minnesota for guide policies and enhanced cleaning procedures. We have always operated with small groups and continue to do so. If you do not wish to participate with others, you can request a private tour, although there is an additional cost for this. Outdoor recreating allows social distancing to be easily achievable most of the time, however we ask that you wear masks during closer interactions of six feet or less. Due to this recommended guideline, our complimentary transportation to and from the tour sites is unavailable until further notice.
Give us a call 218-387-3136 to book your fishing adventure with us!
Fly Casting Tours
Fly Casting Fishing Tours are designed for those with previous fly casting experience. We offer both half day (four hours) and full day (six hours) options. Half day hours are $200 for private tours and $150/person for groups of two people. Full day tours are $300 for private tours and $225/person for groups of two people. Due to the space requirements of fly fishing, groups are limited to two people, plus your guide.
Spin Casting Tours
Our Spin Casting Tours are a great adventure for all levels of anglers, including those who are brand new to the sport. Half day hours are $200 for private tours and $150/person for groups of two people. Full day tours are $300 for private tours and $225/person for groups of two people. Due to the space requirements of fly fishing, groups are limited to two people, plus your guide.
St. Croix Angler’s Package
It’s a fantastic deal for anglers who want to walk away with some new equipment after their guided trip! Take a Stone Harbor fly-fishing trip and purchase a complete St. Croix Rio Santo Fly Fishing package for $125 (retail: $210). This package comes ready-to-fish with 20 lb fly line backing, St. Croix weight forward floating fly line and tapered leader pre-installed. The kit includes St. Croix Rio Santo fly rod and St. Croix die-cast aluminum fly reel with adjustable drag.
Packing ListThings to bring
- Hat with wide brim (for sun & rain protection)
- Breathable rain gear top & bottom (no ponchos please, as it is difficult to swim in them in case of an upset)
- Wool socks to be worn under the waders
- Wicking (synthetic, wool or silk) long sleeve and/or short sleeve shirt (Remember: long sleeves can help protect from sun and bugs)
- Long pants
- Warm change of clothing (Think: “If I got soaked and wanted something to put on right away, what would I bring?” The minimum to bring is an insulation/fleece jacket.)
- Sunglasses and strap
- Insect repellent and/or head net
- Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
- Minnesota fishing license with trout stamp (we do not sell fishing licenses)
- If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare(s)
- Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
- Pontoon kick boat and fins (on inland lakes)
- Chest waders or hip boots
- Footwear for stream fishing
- Fly rod, reel and flies
- Dry bag for your warm change of clothing
- Snack (half day trips) or lunch (full day trips)
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply requires tours to be paid in full at the time of booking. If a cancellation notice is given greater than 48 hours before the scheduled tour, a full refund is granted, minus the $20 processing fee per person. No refund is given for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.
If Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply cancels a tour ahead of time due to weather or other unforeseeable events, a full refund is given. Please note that light rain, snow, fog, or cooler temperatures do not cancel a tour. We are prepared with the correct equipment for different weather conditions.
We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.
That picture at the top of the page really captures the joy of fishing, doesn’t it? Credit goes to the amazing team at Canoe There.