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Fishing the River

Magnify the excitement of landing a monstrous Mississippi smallmouth bass, walleye, muskie, pike, or catfish by hauling it in from a kayak!

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and our premier fleet of fishing kayaks are specially equipped for the outstanding fishing on the stretch of the Mississippi River from St. Cloud to Dayton. With a shallow, rocky bottom and easy flowing current, this stretch is ideal for fishing, but has poor conditions for motor boats. What does that leave? Fishing from a canoe or kayak! With a gently flowing current void of any rapids, dams or falls, the paddling is relaxing and the fishing is spectacular. According to Field and Stream Online, this stretch of river was ranked top 10 in the United States for smallmouth river fishing! Many consider it world class due to the limited motor traffic, river accessibility, and special fishing regulations.

Before booking a trip, please review our Cancellation Policy.


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Basic Fishing Package:
This includes parking, one specially equipped fishing kayak, life jacket, paddle, and shuttle drop-off or pick-up along the Mississippi River.
- 5 Mile River Trip (about 2-4 hrs on the water)  
  • Fishing Kayak or SUP: $49/person
- 8 Mile River Trip (about 4-6 hrs on the water)  
  • Fishing Kayak or SUP: $51/person
- 13 Mile River Trip (about 7-9 hrs on the water)  
  • Fishing Kayak or SUP: $55/person

World Class Kayak Fishing Package: ** Not available to book online, please call to schedule **
Just show up and we take care of everything (except a guide)! Includes basic trip package above... plus... lunch, rod & reel, fishing tackle & equipment, and a special orientation map session to get you on the "hot spots" and enjoy this World-Class Smallmouth Bass fishery

 - Either 5 Mile or 8 Mile (about 4-6 hrs on the water): $139/person   

GUIDED World Class Kayak Fishing Package:
** Not available to book online, please call to schedule **
Includes everything the World Class Kayak Fishing Package, plus one of our experienced and professional Mississippi River kayak fishing guides.  You will learn first hand what makes this stretch of river world famous.  Maximum group size for one guide is 4.

- 5 , 8 or 10 mile stretch (up to 7 hrs on the water):
    • 1 angler = $309
    • 2 anglers = $458 ($229/person)
    • 3 anglers = $612 ($204/person)
    • 4 anglers = $716 ($179/person)

Click here to see our "Kayak Fishing Guides" page

Click here to see trip maps

Click here to see our rental equipment

**Before coming for trips, please call ahead or book online to make sure we have equipment and shuttle space available. If you are able to reserve ahead of time with a deposit, we can hold equipment and shuttle space for you.

Shuttle Only

Have your own canoe, kayak, or SUP board? We offer shuttles for you and your equipment! Let CW Outfitting take the hassle out of coordinating an extra vehicle and using more gas by simply catching our shuttle! Price includes shuttles within 15 river miles of CW Outfitting.

  • 3 or more paid customers in van: $25/person
  • 1 or 2 paid customers in van: $30/person
  • Additional Mississippi River miles16-35 from CW Outfitting are charged at $3.75/river mile/van load.  For Mississippi River miles over 35 from CW Outfitting, call for better pricing.
    • For planning purposes, CW Outfitting is approximately at Mississippi River Mile marker 913.  Check the river map for the mile marker where you want to go to figure out how many river miles the shuttle will be.
  • Shuttle from CW Outfitting to Mississippi River Headwaters is $465/van load.  Reduced that to $375 with the purchase of a canoe, kayak, or SUP board.

Custom shuttles to other rivers are available upon request. Contact us for prices & availability.  Keep in mind there may be 2 shuttles involved if not starting or ending at CW Outfitting.

**Before coming for any shuttles, please call ahead to make sure we have van, driver, and space availability. If you are able to reserve ahead of time with a deposit, we can hold shuttle space for you.

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Monday: 10 am-6pm
Tuesday: By Appointment
Wednesday: By Appointment
Thursday: 10 am-6 pm
Friday: 10 am-8 pm
Saturday:  8 am-6 pm
Sunday:  8 am-6 pm