Zups Fishing Resort and Canoe Outfitters with lakeside cabins on Lac La Croix, Minnesota

Zup's Fishing Resort & Canoe Outfitters
on Lac La Croix Lake

It's All About Fishing - So Many Species - In One Great Lake!

The fishing on Lac La Croix has proven to be some of the best in the world!  With no public road access, and 35 miles of water playing host to only two lodges, our fishing proves itself year after year!  Lac La Croix is an International border lake with Minnesota and Ontario. A major portion of the Minnesota side lies within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness(BWCAW) of Minnesota. This area has become a huge spawning pool for the entire lake.  The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources have reassured us about Lac La Croix’s healthy future.  Test netting has found the lake to be in great shape.

Smallmouth Bass 5 lbs plus

Smallmouth Bass  AKA "Smallies"
The smallmouth bass are not native to Lac La Croix or the surrounding area…today they are one of our most abundant species.  Bill Zup Sr.  introduced the smallmouth bass to the area lakes in 1942 by releasing fry into them. We now call it “The smallmouth bass population explosion”… the border waters between Ely, Minnesota and just north of Lac La Croix are home to one of the world’s largest smallmouth bass population!

It’s all about fun when your talking about fishing …the fight of a smallmouth on top water in our cold northern shield lakes is a thrill a minute!  They generally spawn the first week of June, and you can find them top water from the end of May until the end of June.  In July , August, and September  they are easy to roust up from the cooler waters with tube jigs, and deep running crank baits.  Motor oil, pumpkin seed, natural greens and crayfish colors work great!  There are small lakes in the Park that are home to only smallies and lake trout…phenomenal!  The largest for the 2015 season weighed in just under 7 lbs.

Walleye fishing in the area is fairly simple… yet there is nothing simple about the taste of a walleye shore lunch!  The spawn takes place shortly after ice out, in the faster moving waters.  3/8 ounce lead head jigs, tipped with a minnow seem to be their favorite lunch fare.  Mid June moves them onto the large reefs and points.  Always fish the points with the wind blowing into them for your best walleye fishing.  The 2015 season saw a record number of 10 lb. plus walleyes on La Croix! All of these were taken within a mile of the Main Lodge!  The hottest colors seem to be chartreuse, black, and white… also toss some 1/4 oz. jigs into the tackle box.  The old faithful Lindy Rigs, and Little Joe Spinners are still area favorites.  The largest walleye for 2015 season weighed in just over 11.5 lbs. With the high waters, the Spring of 2015 saw record numbers of 10+lb walleyes!

Nice Walleye Catch

45 inch Northern Pike

Northern Pike
Time their spawn with the area lake ice outs. They tend to spawn in shallow weedy bays. Large Stick Baits and Buck Tail Spinners are best used at the edge of these weedy bays and points.  It is not uncommon while fishing for walleye and small mouth bass to have a northern pike attack your catch as you real it in to the boat, and the angler gets a two for one!  We have heard this tale numerous times!  As the season progresses, and the water temperature warms, northern pike are found in sunken weed beds and reefs.  They do come shallow again in the fall and our trophy northern pike season is fantastic during the month of September.  The 2015 trophy on La Croix weighed in at 30lbs. 4oz.   


Lake Sturgeon
Sturgeon are a bottom feeder, and are generally found in deep channels, and river bottoms.  They have a prehistoric look to them… and what a fight!  Many are caught by walleye, and northern anglers.  They are a very oily fish, and are good smoked.  Usually caught by accident… but make a great story!  The largest for 2015 was figured at 45 lbs. But was not brought into the boat as it was not in season. 

Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout

Largemouth, rainbow and brook trout are not found in Lac La Croix itself, but they're one portage away. We'll help you plan a day trip to the appropriate lakes for these three species.

Boat and Motor Specs
Our new 16' or 17' Lund boats with floors and swivel seats are an anglers dream. All are equipped with 30 HP or 40HP electric start,  Mercury, Yamaha or Honda motors and bow mount foot controlled electric trolling motors with unlimited battery supply.

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Zup's Fishing Resort & Canoe Outfitters
on Lac La Croix Lake

Valid for the 2016 season

Winter Address
1918 Pine Tree Trail
Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fax: 218-365-7001

E-Mail: info@zupsresort.com


Summer Address
H.C. 3  Box 80
Crane Lake, Minnesota 55725
Fax: 807-485-2491