Not only do they taste great, but they are fun to catch. Most of our guests head to Gunisao Lake because of the opportunity to land a Master Angler walleye, and boy do they ever land them in great numbers. With over 1400 Masters caught in 2014 you can see why Budd’s is the destination for avid trophy walleye anglers.
Many of our guides have fished Gunisao Lake for over 27 years. Our guides know every nook and cranny of the lake as well as migration patterns, so you can spend the majority of your time catching fish. Excellent boat control by your guide allows you to simply reel them in while your guide keeps you over your honey hole. You spend almost 9 hours a day with your guide and they are an integral part of the success and overall experience of your fishing trip, so you definitely want the best. Year after year our guides assist guests in catching record-size Trophy Walleye and Northern Pike in record numbers!
40hp, 4-stroke Yamaha motors and 18 foot Alaskan Lund Boats speed you across Gunisao Lake with comfort and safety. Our boats have flat bottoms so you can easily walk around, and feel sturdy and secure when standing up to reel in your next lunker. Vinyl, non-slip flooring and Coast Guard safety foam make you feel comfortable on the water, even in the rain. The boats are big enough for you and your guide to freely move around when catching and netting your monster fish. Padded Air Ride pedestal seats cushion the ride as you hit all the good fishing holes. A depth finder helps to locate the smallest of drop offs and ledges where big Walleye tend to hang out.
Budd’s has top-of-the-line St. Croix fishing rods and reels to rent. If you bring your own reel, you can use our St. Croix rods for free. A complete tackle store is located inside the Lodge and has exactly the right gear to help you catch your Trophy fish. With the fishing gear and tackle the Lodge has to offer, you can pack light before heading North to Winnipeg. Bring clothes and friends, and leave your cell phone and everything else behind!
If you bring your own reel, you can use our St. Croix rods for free.
We have been a catch and release lake for larger size fish for over 15 years. This is one of the largest contributing factors is to why Budd’s has the World’s Best Walleye fishing. As many have come to find out, the larger females are the breeding fish. They produce the most eggs and this helps to ensure the walleye population will be bountiful for years to come . 2013 and 2014 have produced over 1000 Master Angler Walleye each year, making them our 2 best seasons for trophy walleyes.
Just because we let the big ones go, doesn’t mean you can’t have a “wall hanger”. Replicas of the fish can be made and they are of great quality. Take a picture and the taxidermist can paint your fish, just like your picture. They can even match the girth of your fish to create a true replicated version of your actual fish.
• 4 walleye 18 inches and under
• 2 Northern Pike 28 inches and under
If you are looking to take a few fish back home with you, we can help. We include free walleye and northern preparation for your take home fish. Your guide will filet, package and freeze your catch and then box it for your trip home. We use zip lock bags and even leave a small piece of skin on the fish for easy identification at the border.