Fishing is excellent on Bay Lake, especially for bass and sunfish and crappies. Bay Lake has a very healthy population of largemouth bass, lots of northern pike, abundant sunfish and crappies, and walleyes. Whether you’re a serious angler, hunting for trophies, or are just looking for enough action to keep the kids excited, you’ll find it here at Ruttger’s. 

If you are looking explore other area lakes, the nearby mine pits in Crosby-Ironton are fantastic for largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike and trout. Farm Island Lake and Lake Mille Lacs are great choices if you are chasing walleyes. Wherever you decide to fish, set the hook and have fun. 


Guided Fishing Trips

If you love to fish, you’ll love Ruttger’s. Crappies, walleyes, bass, northern pike are abundant in Bay Lake or in lakes surrounding our beautiful northern Minnesota fishing resort. From the experienced fisherman to fun family outings, everyone is guaranteed to have a great time on their next fishing vacation at Ruttger’s!

Need help finding the fish? Fishing Guide Lynn Harker knows all the spots. After 34 years of teaching, Lynn retired and began his journey as a fishing guide which he has been doing professionally for over 20 years. Lynn has guided on many of the wonderful lakes that northern Minnesota is known for such as, Bay Lake, Mille Lacs, Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, Pelican Lake, the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area mine pit lakes, and many of the smaller lakes in between.

What’s Included?

Each guided fishing trip includes boat, fuel, bait, tackle, PFDs, fish cleaning, education, safety, and fun! Ruttger’s will provide hot and cold beverages for an additional fee.

What to Bring?

You need only bring your valid Minnesota Fishing License (available at the front desk), sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear, clothing suitable for the weather, and your camera!

Text or Call Lynn


Half-Day Fishing

For 1, 2, or 3 people…$325

Pick up at 7:30 am for morning fishing or 1 p.m. for afternoon fishing


Guided Full-Day Fishing

For 1, 2, or 3 people

8 hours of fishing with a break for lunch $520

3/4-Day Fishing

For 1, 2, or 3 people

6 hours of fishing trip $425 

Additional people (more than 3 people) Per Person $40 In order to guarantee your reservation, deposits will be required on advance bookings. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is one of the most family friendly and relaxing fishing resorts in Minnesota. If you are looking to fish, call us today!

Conference Groups

Please contact your planner to arrange a guided fishing trip for your group.

Call or Text Lynn