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Sawbill Lake

MN (Cook)

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Pre-Spawn Styles

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  • Bobber
  • Cast/Retrieve Deep
  • Cast/Retrieve Mid Depth
  • Cast/Retrieve Shallow
  • Chatterbaiting
  • Crankbaiting
  • Jerk Baiting
  • Livebait Rigging
  • Neko Rigging
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Texas Rigging
  • Trolling Mid Depth
  • Trolling Shallow
  • Vertical Jigging Deep
  • Vertical Jigging Mid Depth
  • Vertical Jigging Shallow
  • Wacky Rigging

Lake Details

What you need to know about fishing Sawbill Lake

Sawbill Lake is an 833-acre lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in Northern Minnesota. The deepest point of the lake is 45 feet and species present include smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and perch. As is common with most BWCA lake the water is mostly clear with some suspended particulate, but tannin stained to a copper color. Baits with a little flash or bright colors can be useful in attracting fish to bite. Attempt to find gaps between large boulders where fish can hide and wait to ambush their next meal. Try vertical jigging between the rocks, cast to them, or slowly troll over top of them. Sawbill Lake does require a permit since it’s part of the federally protected boundary waters canoe area. We recommend accessing the lake from the Sawbill Canoe Outfitters campground and using the Paddle Planner before embarking on your next fishing and camping trip.

Waterbody Type




Surface Area

3.38 sq. km

Avg. Depth

0 ft.

Species Present

Walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, panfish / bluegill, northern pike

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