Sunday, August 21, 2011


Check out our new WILLIAMS AND HALL YOU TUBE CHANNEL. We have created a new You Tube Channel at Williams and Hall Outfitters. We have taken a few videos of groups that have visited us in the past few weeks. Please send us some videos of your trip that we can add to our channel.

Saturday, May 14, 2011



In Minnesota, this weekend is almost like a holiday. Anglers are giddy with excitement. Even the grocery stores are full of fishermen and women gearing up with supplies and provisions for camping in the Boundary Waters. Minnesota anglers consider the fishing opener - when walleyes (Minnesota's State Fish), northern pike and bass become legal game on the state's inland waters-one of the defining moments of the year. Minnesota's general fishing opener is the Saturday two weeks before Memorial Day weekend. This date was chosen because it allows most walleyes to spawn before being caught by anglers, it ensures that the opener is on a weekend, when most anglers can fish and this date ensures two full weekends for anglers and businesses before the Memorial Day weekend.


Minnesota walleyes spawn in spring (at about 48-52 degree water temp.) and when they have the option will choose to migrate from the lake up into feeder streams to spawn. If this option is not available they seek out shallow bars or shoals with clean bottom surfaces near deep water. This toothy fish will eat virtually anything it can catch and get in its mouth. They prefer small fish but will eat crustaceans, worms, and insects. They tend to be somewhat wary and prefer the safety of deeper darker (low light) water. Try fishing for walleye from a few hours before sundown to a couple hours after dark, particularly during the heat of summer.

Walleye fishing in the Boundary Waters can be a little more challenging in one sense as fishing a nice walleye chop (that's outfitter talk for wind) from a canoe isn't always as easy as from a boat, but the wilderness quality fishing available in the Boundary Waters more than makes up for the extra effort and occasional challenge. The state record walleye came from the Boundary Waters in 1979 . . . a 17 lb 9 oz giant! For you smallmouth and largemouth bass nuts . . . remember that the bass season opens early (same as walleyes) in Northeast Minnesota, unlike the rest of the state.

Do you enjoy fishing for and eating walleye? Have a great story or picture to share with the rest of us? Let us share in your experiences.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011



Williams and Hall would like to help you get your family outside and enjoying nature this summer. Let’s get them off the couch, away from the TV and away from computer games. Help them experience the fun of camping, canoeing and fishing and learning how to make their own fun exploring nature.

All of the gear that your family will need for an excellent adventure into the Boundary Waters. We provide lodging before your trip with a dinner and breakfast in our dining room, transportation to your entry point, routing and fishing information and tips.
For every child that brings an adult, the adult will get 20% off their complete outfitting rates.
Each youth ages 10-18 will get 25% off the complete outfitting rates.
Each youth 9 and under will go free.
This is a tremendous value you won’t want to pass up.

Call or email to set up your trip
Williams and Hall Outfitters
218-365-2825 800-322-5837

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


At Williams and Hall we hope that you are all having a great holiday season and are enjoying time with your family and friends. We were able to have a lot of family join us here, and of course that involved some winter activities. Skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing were some of the favorites. Matt took this picture one morning on a hike around Moose Lake on his snow shoes.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Many of you have asked what it is like here in the winter. This past week the lake has frozen. We'll give it a little while before any of us get brave enough to venture out on it. We do have a good amount of snow on the ground and the trees making it a true winter wonderland here. We have set up a pretty extensive bird feeding station just outside the office and we enjoy the many birds that come to visit us each day. Dave was able to get this video of a pine marten visiting the suet feeder.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


International Travels

We have recently returned from our International Travels to Crete and Austria.

We had a very nice group of people that were able to share in this adventure. Williams and Hall customers that joined us were Ron & Ali Bortz and Dan & Stephanie Harrison. We had fantastic weather conditions for a Kayak trip around the Island of Crete. We had 80 degree temperatures every day and only a few hours of rough seas. Just enough for "character building".
The sunsets and the views were spectacular.

After a week on Crete we spent a couple of days viewing the many ruins in Athens.

Then on to Austria and the many views of the Alps. We were joined on this leg of the trip by Reuben & Melanie Collins. We stayed in Zell, a fun little village surrounded by mountains and many different activities. We hiked, biked, rode gondolas, and toured by automobile. There was not enough time to do it all. We were able to enjoy a day in Salzburg where we ate dinner and attended a Mozart concert inside the Castle. These Fall trips were amazing, we hope that you will start planning to join us next fall as we head out.

It is now time to shift gears. We are anxious to help you start planning for your canoe trips into the BWCA next summer. The U.S. Forest will start taking applications for permits beginning on Dec. 1st. From past experience we know that those that apply early have a much greater chance of getting the permits that they would like. Now is also the time to start booking your space in our lodge as some summer dates will start filling up. Hope to hear from you soon.

Monday, July 5, 2010


We received this photo from Paul Dumont form Cincinnati, Oh. It is his 42" Pike caught on 5/25. What a great catch!