Sylvania Wilderness Area, Gogebic County

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3/2/17 @ 12:41 PM
FishingFan2012
FishingFan2012
USER since 11/9/15

Usually it's got ice until late may. Have gone on occasion for a week about mid June, still cold and the fish aren't moving a lot, but depends on the day. Sun helps on cold days. Basically it's about the current weather. If it's warm/sunny with a slight breeze the smallies will bite, good small mouth fishing on Whitefish lake, entering the main lake form the canoe spot go immediately left and there's a rocky shore with a few springs that have a lot of small mouth there. Going right out of the canoe bay, there's good walleye fishing and pike between the sunken island and the main island. That right shore is good trolling too. Saw a huge bass on a bed the size of a truck tire one year, wouldn't bite. Might get a few larger fish jigging in the deep middle, but it gets up to 50' and you'd need a long canoe anchor.  Wilderness area so barbless and pike is one 30"+ and walleye are one 22" plus to keep. Bass are immediate release. I believe it might also be only one fish in combination of species, as in once you get a 30" pile or 22" walleye you can't keep more.

Edited on 3/2/17 12:45 PM
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3/2/17 @ 11:40 AM
gillseeker20
gillseeker20
USER since 2/6/16
I was wondering if anybody could provide some info on the fishing in the sylvania wilderness around mid May.  My buddy and I were wanting to plan a trip as soon as school lets out, but we were wondering if mid May would be too soon? We would primarily be targeting panfish and smallies.  Thanks a lot! 

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2/17/17 @ 2:20 PM
esoxal
esoxal
USER since 6/29/01

Baby bass is my best all around color for soft plastics in the clear water lakes there.

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2/16/17 @ 6:09 PM
eyes'all year
eyes'all year
USER since 1/16/09

Ice there any winter lake trout fishing here or does it end at the end of sept? Can you have snowmobile or gas auger on any sylvania lakes?

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11/9/15 @ 12:42 PM
FishingFan2012
FishingFan2012
USER since 11/9/15
Hello, Just added an account, the family goes up to Sylvania the first week or two of June every year. I saw that a couple people posted that they can get scent-free soft baits from Jak's custom baits. I was wondering what the best colors to use for smallmouth and walleye are and the process by which to get scent-free baits. I remember the one year we were on ********* lake and this HUGE smallie was swimming around a drop off and I threw a combination of hard baits at it and they didn't work so I feel softbaits would be better. Thanks for any info.

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10/24/15 @ 10:03 AM
awags
awags
USER since 3/19/14
Hmm, might have to do a fact finding trip since I have access to both Verizon and AT&T devices. I'll keep Whitefish Lake in mind for any trip I take. Thanks!

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10/23/15 @ 5:42 PM
PJL2112
PJL2112
USER since 4/8/10
It will depend on your carrier and the place in the park in which you are located. I have Verizon and on was able to get spotty signal on Clark lake at the Birch site this year. I was occasionally able to send some texts and photos from my phone, but no Internet.

A couple years ago on when I was last on Whitefish, I was able to get signal, including Internet. I could check the weather radar from my phone, which came in handy with storms coming in and out that trip.

In general, the signal in the northwoods seems to improve every year, but I would not depend on anything reliable in Sylvania, and there are definitely complete dead zones in the park.

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10/23/15 @ 4:58 PM
awags
awags
USER since 3/19/14
Thanks, Dan, that's what I feared.

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10/21/15 @ 4:59 PM
Danthepikeman
Danthepikeman
USER since 7/2/10
To AWags... I have not taken a cell phone into the Sylvania, but I have recently fished a few miles east of the wilderness and the cell signal was very low or zero. I was able to send text messages.

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10/20/15 @ 7:03 PM
awags
awags
USER since 3/19/14
I have a quick question that I feel terrible for even asking but I'm going to anyway. Can anyone tell me what cell phone reception is like on the lakes?

I'm facing a change in job duties which will make it much harder to disappear for a week at a time fishing and I just found out about this awesome looking area! Facing the idea of work on a fishing trip seems terrible, but it's better than not going at all. Any info on networks that work well would be appreciated. ATT and Verizon both look to have 4G coverage in the area, but I'd like to know if it's reachable from the campsites themselves.

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