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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:39 AM 07/27/05 (CST)
Wanting to try a new twist on an old favorite this fall and need a little insight/input/ideas. Have fished BWCA quite a bit and as a lot of you know that is a great experience in many ways. What I am wanting to do specifically is do a later fall trip after water temps have dropped and lake trout have come up shallower for spawn. Does anyone have some ideas on where to start researching for best shot at larger lakers in BWCA? I have caught lots of the 2-5 pound variety early in the year but want to give it a try in late fall. How about lakes, maps, personal experience, or general knowledge of laker lakes in BWCA. Also, late fall migration patterns with smallmouth in conjunction with the lakers would be a plus but the motive is to have good shots at larger lakers (forage base on a system is probably the key there but the lakes I have fished in the past just turned out middle and smaller ones---no big girls). For example, are there lakes with good cisco/tulibee forage bases that would have a substantial fall cisco spawn when water temps get down around 50 degrees? Are there even 15 plus pound lakers available with any degree of predictability or regularity in BWCA? All insight is appreciated.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:02 AM 07/27/05 (CST)
Fisher,

Not sure if this will help you or not, but I don't think you are going to find the "big girls" in the BWCA. I may be totally wrong on this and someone please chime in if I am.

The size of the lake dictates the size of the fish when it comes to lake trout. The natural lake trout lakes up there are only so big. I have fished lakes that produce fish that are all the exact same size, none smaller, none larger. On one lake, that size will be 3.5 lbs. On another, 4.8 lbs, on another, 5.2 lbs. I have yet to find a trout lake in the BW that produces anything bigger then around 5 lbs. Kind of like goldfish in an aquarium -- you put 'em in a lake and they turn into big carp, leave 'em in the fishbowl and they don't grow, put them in an aquarium and they grow a little bigger.

The size of most of the trout lakes are relativeley small. The fish will only grow as large as their environment lets them. Now you take that same lake trout and throw it into Lake Superior, there is where you will find the big lunkers or, as you call them, the "big girls.".

This is more from talking to other lake trout fishermen and my personal experience. I may be wrong on all this. Hopefully if I am, somebody can kick in another opinion or three...



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:23 AM 07/27/05 (CST)
Webdude,

Well it sounds like your experience there mirrors mine--lot's of fish in the 2-5 pound range--which are a scream on lighter tackle--but nothing bigger. I have always believed that I was just fishing areas with less than adequate prey species to produce bigger lakers but you bring a up a really good point in reguards to the size of the watershed they are in. I had not really looked at it from that angle. Have you, or others, found some lakes/areas to be better producers in fall? My experiences for lakers at BWCA have all been aimed early in the year before water temps had gone up much (normally from ice out up to around 45 degrees). And do you know what main forage bases have been in the waters you caught lakers in before? Seems to be a lot of pieces to the BWCA laker puzzle to unravel. I think that rocks!

Good Fishing,

The Fisher

Oh yeah--one other thing occours to me---when does trout season close? That late time frame may be after season and that would be why I haven't pursued it in the past.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:07 PM 07/27/05 (CST)
Not sure about the coming season. Here is what happened last year...

01/01/05 Winter Lake Trout (within BWCAW) opens
01/15/05 Winter Lake Trout (Outside BWCAW) opens
04/01/05 Southeast trout streams open to Catch and Release
04/16/05 Trout fishing opener in streams
05/14/05 Lake Trout (summer statewide)
12/01/05 Lake Trout winter opener (Lake Superior only)
12/31/05 Winter Lake Trout (within BWCAW) opens

I don't see anything about the close of the seasons. Maybe someone else can help.



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