Fishing boat with fishermen on Lake Vermilion

Come North to Fish

Lake Vermilion Fishing

We are happy to host your Lake Vermilion fishing trip at Pehrson Lodge. Whether you’re planning a family fishing vacation, a guys or gals fishing trip or a serious angler’s experience, Pehrson Lodge has what you need. As fishermen, we know what you expect – we’re here to make this the easiest fishing trip of your life. We have the boats, the bait and the service – all you need is to find the fish (and we have guides to help with that, too). 


Man on fishing boat holding Lake Vermilion walleye
Girl holding bluegill on boat

Lake Vermilion: A Fisherman's Paradise

Long renowned for walleye, bass, panfish, northern and muskie, Lake Vermilion is one of Minnesota’s premier fishing lakes. Over 40,00 acres, 1,200 miles of shoreline and 365 islands make Lake Vermilion a top fishing destination. Vermilion’s countless bays and inlets and 365 islands provide solitude and protection from wind and weather in virtually any condition. In addition, the enormous amount of fish holding structure disperses fish and fishermen throughout the waters of Lake Vermilion.

Check out our Lake Vermilion Fishing Tips page for information on the types of fish in the lake, and tips on where and how to get'em.

Need a boat for your trip? View our extensive rental fleet here.

Let's Get You Fishing.

Bait and Tackle Shop

Our full log Bait and Tackle Shop offers tackle, live bait, rods, reels, life jackets, maps and anything else you may need for a successful day on the water. 


All of our docks have access to electrical outlets – whether you rent a boat from us or bring your own. If you bring your own boat, you will appreciate our convenient paved boat ramp. Additionally, we sell gas on-site. 

Dock Services

Our attentive Dock Staff are always available to help you when you need it – whether to sell bait, gas your boat, point you to a great fishing  spot, or clean your fish after a day on the water.

The Harbor at Pehrson lodge


Fishing guide and client holding walleye

Lake Vermilion Guide Services

Our on-site fishing guides, Will and Jarek, are always ready to get our guests on the fish. We can also connect you with any of Lake Vermilion’s other knowledgeable guides. At the beginning of every week from early June to late August, we offer a fishing seminar with a local guide to get you set for a successful week of fishing. Guides cover all the basics to give you a great introduction to the lake. Each week the water temperature and weather conditions change, resulting in a constant need to alter fishing tactics. Guides touch on all the favorite fish species and what techniques are currently most effective, and finish with time for questions and answers.

Minnesota Fishing licenses

Pehrson Lodge is an authorized dealer of Minnesota Fishing Licenses. Feel free to stop by the Main Lodge during your stay to get a license. Otherwise, you can purchase a license online ahead of time so you’re ready to hit the fish as soon as you check in. Please be prepared to provide your social security number when purchasing a MN license for the first time, as the state of Minnesota requires it. 

Visit the MN DNR's website for Lake Vermilion fishing regulations and details. 

"Great accommodations and very friendly and helpful staff. Walleye fishing was fantastic on beautiful lake Vermillion."



"Wow what a great two days of fishing with Rodsbent guide service. Jarek was so knowledgeable, a great instructor, funny and was going to make sure we caught great fish. Equipment was first class. Oh and did I mention patient with me, the beginner fisherman, so I could out fish my husband. This Louisiana couple was thrilled with Rodsbent!!

Pehrson’s Lodge is a great place to stay."