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rjenko
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:31 PM 03/17/07 (CST)
All,

New member here. Love the website and the info I am reading about. Here's my situation. I am taking my father, father-in-law and my 2 kids (twins at age 8) on a trip to the BWCA. We are launching out of Sea Gull Lake - end of the Gunflint Trail. 1st night stop is hopefully at Rog Lake which has been planted with Brook trout. Myself and my father are life-long brook trout lovers but in streams. Neither of us have ever fished for brook trout in lakes. Any suggestions on how to catch them and if anyone has been to Rog Lake, any specifics you can give me about this lake would be greatly appreciated.

We are then moving on to a larger lake with a name that starts with OGI but I don't know the specific name at this time. It is west of Sea Gull and near other lakes by the names of Jenny, Mueller, Holt, etc. My hope is to get my kids into some fun fishing for northerns and walleyes. If anyone has been in this area and can give me some pointers on how to keep two 8-year old kids busy with fish, it would be greatly appreciated. As I stated above, I am a stream fisherman so I'm not real familiar with how you fish lakes other than throwing some spoons and plugs up against the shorelines.

My hope is that we spend a fun week catching some fish so that my kids will want to return to the BWCA again rather than them just thinking it was a long canoe trip.

Thanks for any help you can give me.



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:36 PM 03/17/07 (CST)
Hey rjenko,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:55 PM 03/18/07 (CST)
Welcome to the forum, rjenko!




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 04:17 PM 03/18/07 (CST)
Well, I am by no means an expert on lake trout up in the BWCA, but I have done my share of fishing with a pal of mine who guides up there. I will tell you a story on one of the trips I had up there. I told this once before and will cut and paste it here. This is a post that asked if you could only fish with 2 lures, what would they be?

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"...Then second would have to be a gold and red Mepps. I have had a lot of success with trout on these. I am talking brook trout to lakers. There are a lot of lakes and streams way up north that have a lot of trout in them, and at one time I was a very avid trout fisher dude. In the small lakes and streams with brookies, I would use a small Mepps with great success. In the bigger lakes with lake trout, a larger one (but the trick here is not too large). I remember a good friend of mine who guides during the summer up there wanted to hit this lake up in the BW that had trout in it. Now I don't know if any of you have gone for lakers up there, but it was interesting and an eye opener for me.

First off, my friend is very experienced with trout. He also is very experienced with the BW. He pointed out some things that I really never noticed before. Most of the really good trout lakes up north are at higher elevations then the walleye waters. You will notice that the 'eye water is stained brown in most all of the BW, but the trout waters are crystal clear. Also, the good trout lakes can be pretty hard to get to. Especially with the canoe and all your gear.

Anyway, he suggested hitting this lake, but to get there, we had to go through a portage called "Dead Man's Portage." It was a tough one. I don't remember how many rods, but it was going up hill for a long time. At the top of the hill, you had to go through a swamp that wasn't deep enough to get the canoe through. So basically, you had to fill the canoe with your gear and drag it through on foot up to your waist in muck. I remember the bugs were really (and I mean really) bad.

Once through the swamp, guess what? Another hefty climb with the gear. He laughed the whole time because I was really struggling. But I have to tell you something here folks, in the long run, it was definitely worth it. When we broke out of the woods and I saw this lake, it was incredible. There was only one campsite on it, and of course it was empty. I mean, who would be fool enough to go through all that just to get onto a lake?

You had to paddle across the lake to get to the campsite on the other side. The first thing I noticed when I got in the canoe was how crystal clear the lake was. In fact, you could see the shadow of the canoe down a long way. Not sure how deep, but it must have been at least fifty feet that I could still see the bottom. The sun was out and it was a glorious day.

We got camp set up and then got down to business. My friend told me to tie on a Mepps, and "Let's Go Fishing!"

So I started for the canoe, but he said, "Oh no, we don't need the canoe, just cast from here." I kind of shrugged and followed his example. It dropped off very deep right at the shoreline. He said it was probably 70 feet or so. We tried a couple of casts and got nothing. So he suggested that we cast and let it sit for a while. Not sure how deep they were. So we tried variuos depths by casting and waiting and retrieving. Still nothing. So, he and I decided to cast out and let it sit until it hit bottom. Now Mepps aren't very heavy and it would take a while for them to sink, but BOOM, we had a double the first try.

It was great, we caught a fish almost every cast. You would cast out, wait 3 to 4 minutes until the lure hit the bottom, and as soon as you started reeling in... BOOM. Another fish.

Another thing I noticed that was strange was that every fish was exactly the same size (about 3 lbs) and they all looked like identical twins. My buddy told me this is because lake trout only get as big as their enviroment lets them, and they won't grow any more. He also told me that this was a "natural" trout lake. In other words, these fish were not stocked here, they have been here forever."

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Well, he kind of sold me on the Mepps thing. We use primarily the gold and red. I have caught a lot of trout off of these.

Another thing, if you come back once in a while, VoyaguerNorth may post some stuff on trout in the BW. She is a professional guide that does pretty well and she logs on here once in a while and posts reports. Her website is...

Voyageur North Outfitters

Here is a pic she sent in a while back...

Hope this helps!






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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:11 PM 03/18/07 (CST)
i dont know from nothing....but i do know i have caught brookies with some kind of worm or a grub or something/.....im a firm believer that if there is fish that you know are there ....something will catch them..good luck and damn....i wish i could just fish....


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 07:44 AM 03/19/07 (CST)
Inflating worms and floating them down rivers has always worked for me. Not sure in the lakes, though.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:37 AM 03/19/07 (CST)
I've always picked a few pounds of rainbow minnows.
Then with a 1/4oz jig and white split tail mister twisters trolled on a slow paddle. I try to work between islands and any rock sticking out of the water.
Walleyes up the ying-yang.
You need a rod holder fastened to the gunnel & do the J stroke.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:48 PM 03/19/07 (CST)
I've done the floating worm thing in the rivers and it works well. I think fishing for lakers is a bit different, though wink smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 05:03 PM 03/19/07 (CST)
Wow. You all are quick. Here's a few other thoughts in case someone else wants to respond. I'll be up there the 2nd week of June. If anyone knows what types of flies to use for trout in the BWCA around that time, let me know. I would love to take my flyrod along if someone feels it would be worth it. I don't know what type of hatches would be that far north and that time of the year. Hoping someone isn't going to state the Misquito hatch is happening then.

Loved the store of using Mepps spinner. I'm more of a Panther Martin person myself but will definitely pick up some Mepps spinnners as described and will be sure to respond when I return how things went.

Thanks for all the info everyone.

FYI - Kamloops are hitting along the Northshore and there is still some nice ice left but doubtful for very long.



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 12:02 PM 03/20/07 (CST)
Thanks on the Kamloops, rjenko...




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