Gear Suggestions

Walleye gear:

L to ML 6’6″ to 7′ graphite rods with fast action tip, reels to match rod for weight and balance, 6 to 8 lb. test line max.

Bait: lots of jigs 1/8 to 1/4 oz. chartreuse, white, black, yellow, and pink. Road runners and fuzz-e grubs, floating jig heads, twister tails 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 in. long,  rapala, shad rap, thunderstick, rat-L-trap and floating mag rapala. Bottom bouncers with spinner minnow rigs are great for locating walleyes. Slip bobber set-ups can be productive when the fish are not aggressive and are great for young or inexperienced fisherman.

Northern pike gear:

M to MH 6′ to 7′ graphite rods (medium heavy when using monofilament lines and medium action when using spectra and culver type lines), bait casting reels to match rod weight and balance, 12 to 20 lb. test line.

Bait: Johnson silver minnow, red eye, suick, super shad rap, mepps, tandem spinner baits, slug-go, and big rat-L-traps. Trolling deep diving crank baits off of steep drops in summer can be productive for large pike, since they are suspended in deep water.

Lake trout gear:

Trolling Rods – Shimano Talora Rods 8′ length with line weight of 10-20 lb., power medium and action medium/fast. Reel Daiwa Accudepth Plus 47 LC with line counter. Reel Line 60 lb. Power Pro. If trolling use 3 way swivel 75 lb. and off of 3 way swivel use 20 lb. fluoro carbon line to anywhere from a 1 oz. to 10 oz. bank sinker weight depending on time of season. Use 150 lb. duo lock snap to attach bank weight to line. Line off 3-way swivel to lure would be 30 lb. fluoro carbon.

Vertical jigging is a great technique to catch trout. We suggest a medium to medium heavy spinning rod with 20 lb braided line. This setup allows to feel the fish hit and when you hook up you’re in for a great fight with this light gear.

Bait: Sutton spoons #1 choice or try the new Savant Spoon, deep diving crank baits (Reef Runners & Slamos), big rapalas, shad raps, rat-L-traps, red eyes, doctor spoon, and 1-2 oz. bucktail jigs for vertical jigging and dead bait rigs.

This list is only a recommendation and is meant to assist our guests in the selection of top-quality and productive fishing gear. Remember, most lures catch fisherman…not fish. One’s arsenal of high tech equipment is good to a point. However, where and how you use it is your key to success.

Pre-Order Bait from Wildewood Store

Border restrictions do not allow any live or biological bait across the border into Canada. This includes frozen and salted minnows. However, you have two other options for purchasing bait:

1. Purchase live bait before coming into camp from a licensed Canadian dealer within Fisheries Zone 4, or
2. Place your bait order with us, in advance of your arrival, so we can have the bait you want to purchase on-hand at the resort. Bait is sold at current market value. Available bait includes sucker minnows, earthworms, leeches, and ciscos. Call or email your bait order one week prior to your arrival in camp.