COOK COUNTY, Minn. (May 9, 2014)— Unfazed by lingering ice, the fishing mecca of the Gunflint trail in northeastern Minnesota is gearing up for a two-line opener. “Talk about the best of both worlds,” says Bob Baker, owner and fishing guide at Gunflint Pines Resort. “How often do you get to enjoy the multi-line possibilities of ice fishing from the comfort of a canoe?” The Minnesota DNR confirms that, as long as you possess the proper permits and dangle your hooks through a hole in the ice (not in a patch of open water), you are free to ice fish from a canoe rather than a shack. “The ice is breaking up on Swamper Lake,” says Bob McCloughan, owner of Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail and board chair of the Cook County Visitors Bureau. “Swamper usually clears first. The larger lakes should be fully open in two weeks. In the meantime, you know what we say here:‘Two lines are better than one.’” Cook County lures anglers year-round with unmatched Lake Superior and Boundary Waters access – and a track record of big, gullible fish. State record-setters caught in Cook County include steelhead, Chinook salmon, walleye and lake trout. Encounter Cook County, Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail “Way North of Ordinary” Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County to encounter Minnesota’s tallest mountains, grandest wilderness and greatest lakeshore.