Trophy Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime
World Class Walleye & Northern Pike
If Trophy Walleye's Your Game, Then Budd's Is The Name! ™
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 770 Master Angler walleyes caught in 2022 you can see why Budd’s is the destination for avid Trophy Walleye anglers.
Spring Fishing (May 17 - June 15)
Spring fishing is usually done in more shallow water from 5 to 12 feet. We use jigs, plugs, and walleye rigs most of this time. We catch a lot of big fish and in great numbers this time of year. It calls for cooler weather, but the best part of all is that you don’t have to travel far. “Walleye Hole” is a 5 minute boat ride from the lodge. That is where you will to start hauling in those lunkers.
This time of year we fish from 15 to 35 feet of water with mostly vertical jig fishing. Bait your jig with a frozen minnow and away you go. We cover much more of the lake this time of year and fish off islands, under water reefs and even catch them in the river entering Gunisao Lake. Great weather, the ability of your guide to follow the migration patterns, and proven years of success turn a day of fishing into a day of catching.
Budd's Master Angler Club
The Budd’s Master Angler Club (BMAC) is our very own club designated to acknowledge the achievements of all of the Trophy Fishermen on Gunisao Lake.
Benefits of joining the BMAC include:
◉ A commemorative BMAC pin with the year of your accomplishment.
◉ Entry in our St. Croix Rod and Reel combo giveaway.
◉ 1 lucky BMAC member will receive a free trip back to Budd’s the following year.
Great Guides & Gear
18 Foot Alaskan Lund Boats
Quick, safe, and comfortable boats.
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.
Rods & Reels, Tackle, And More
Superb fishing gear catches fish.
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!