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Babe's Bait & Tackle

Guide or Outfitter

Located in the heart of Superior National Forest and on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota is one of the most wild and wonderful remote areas left in the Continental United States. From pristine woodland streams to cool, clear, placid lakes, this is one of the few places left, where you can still get lost in the beauty of the outdoors. You can choose to paddle through seemingly unending chains of lakes, or motor along through fishing territory that most people only dream about. Without any doubt, this truly is a sportsman's paradise.

Whether your interest lies in landing giant northern pike, massive lake trout or what is the much revered and sought after walleye, Ely has it all. And THE place to begin your quest is Babe's Bait and Tackle. Babe's has been in the same location for over 30 years, one of the oldest fishing landmarks in the region. Fishermen from all over the country and beyond pass through the doors of Babe's, locally known as "the best little bait shop in Ely".

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

We offer in-house guide services or we can refer you to one of the other local professional guides. There are so many different lakes and streams to choose from here, that no one guide can effectively know them all. Therefore let us tailor a trip to suit your specific needs and requirements. You may choose from half day or full day trips to our local lakes as well as planning a days or week long adventure into the back country.

Areas of Service and Expertise

We carry Alumacraft and Grumman aluminum canoes for rent throughout the season. Whether you need a single canoe or we are outfitting groups of ten or more, we have all that you need to have a carefree adventure on the water. All rental canoes come fully outfitted with PFDs (personal flotation devices), paddles and rooftop tie downs with pads. You can elect to transport your canoe(s) to any waterway that you choose, or arrangements can be made in advance for delivery to your starting point. Rentals must be secured with a credit card and drivers license or other suitable identification. A nominal fee may be required due to distance of launch/pick up site from our facility.

Live Bait: leeches, rainbow minnows, suckers, chubs, shiners, nightcrawlers


Lindy LuresEagle claw terminal tackle
Northland Jigs
Rapala lures and knives
Mepps spinners
Plano tackle boxes
Frabill nets & bait buckets
Shakespeare rods and reels
Shimano rods and reels
Fenwick rods
Salmo fishing lures
Red Eye spoons
Daredevle spoons
Gamakatsu, Eagle Claw, Mustad, and Owner hooks
Ugly Stik spin and casting rods
Flies, Fly rods and reels and related accessories
Frabill nets and bait buckets

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