Basswood Lake, Lake County

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6/22/15 @ 10:27 AM
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Illiwis
Illiwis
USER since 4/6/14

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
It had been ten years since I had fished this area. Went up with a new group on a Saturday to Saturday trip, returned last night. I am impressed with this lake.

Weather was good, maybe too good. Air temps into the 70's each day. High sun and most of the time not much wind. Water temps were 66-70 degrees. We fished about 9 hours daily.

I am not much of a walleye fisherman but ended up getting a few. Most in our group either fished points in 10-16' or caught their walleye trolling. The bait fisherman used leeches fished 1-2' off the bottom. Trolling floating minnow baits like Rapala's at about 2MPH in 8-15' deep open areas was effective.

Smallmouth were everywhere, largemouth in just a few areas. For the smallmouth the mix seemed to be any steep(ish) shoreline that had downed or drowned timber. Wacky worms, pitched plastics and medium diving crankbaits were the most effective. Smallmouth were spitting up crawfish. Some male smallmouths were still guarding visible beds, but not many.

Best largemouth bass were caught on topwater in the slop. Usually waaaay back in the weeds reeds and pads. Most caught using buzz frogs like Stanley Ribbit, floating soft plastic frogs like Spro and Scum. Open areas could be fished with Spooks, Pop-R's and similar.

No big pike were caught.

Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
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6/28/13 @ 7:55 AM
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Steve Nelson
Spirit of the Wilderness
USER since 3/31/12

CONDITIONS
Cloudy
Basswood is a great lake with walleye, bass, northern and pan fish. Fishing this week has been productive. Trolling with a shad rap in 12-20 feet of water produced big northerns. One group pulled in 38 inch pike as well as walleyes, bass and perch. Walleyes are biting on gold jigs with a leech or Gulp in 12-18 feet. Northern pike are notorious for stealing walleyes off stringers tied to the side of a canoe. Ah but what a story this will be when they get home.

Edited on 7/7/13 12:40 PM
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6/15/13 @ 9:40 AM
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Steve Nelson
Spirit of the Wilderness
USER since 3/31/12

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Walleyes starting to bite on leeches and night crawlers. Water temps are reported at 60-65 degrees depending on the lake. Small mouth bass still remain a bit elusive with some top water action while many lakes bass are still on their nest.

Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters and Bait Shop, located on Sheridan Street, Ely, Mn has a fresh live bait including minnows, leeches, crawlers and wax worms. Open 6am - 9pm daily. Don't forget about Bait Happy Hour; 5-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday. Buy 2 dozen minnows, leeches or crawlers get 1 dozen Free.

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9/12/12 @ 2:43 AM
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Smallmouthguide
Smallmouthguide
USER since 9/15/01

CONDITIONS
Sunny
Basswood Lake in the BWCA 2012

Spent 3 wks fishing Basswood Lake in the BWCA this summer. If you would like to see some photos of some of the best fishing one could ask for, check out Lee's boundary Waters Adventures at:

Photos Page And Report Pages Below

Photos http://www.leeslakegenevaguideservice.com/boundry_%2712.htm

Report http://www.leeslakegenevaguideservice.com/2012-report.htm

Edited on 9/12/12 3:06 AM
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
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5/15/11 @ 8:30 PM
StoutSlaya
StoutSlaya
USER since 5/25/06
Heading to Basswood this week for the annual fishing trip. Four boats going in with 8 guys total. Looks like we're going to have some great weather and hopefully even better fishing. Will post the results when I get back. Any early season tips would be much appreciated.

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5/13/11 @ 6:37 AM
moondoggie
moondoggie
USER since 4/22/03
Opener is tomorrow! Hopefully you all will post the picture's of your slob's

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9/13/09 @ 6:57 PM
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StoutSlaya
StoutSlaya
USER since 5/25/06

CONDITIONS
Sunny
Basswood truely is a fisherman's dream. It offers endless opportunities for all species and was a treat to fish. Fished Thursday through Sat and was impressed with every bit of it. Biggest northern was 31in and walleye was 20. Didn't fish the walleyes as much as I would have liked because we ended up in a school of some of the biggest bluegills I have ever caught. All are pictured in my post. We ended up doing alot of fishing in back bay for bluegills and walleyes. Find the weeds and you will find northerns and bluegills. Find the edges of them and you will find the walleyes. Seemed like every fish we caught was near weeds in about 5-10 FOW. Even the walleyes were caught up shallow. Didn't catch much in rocks except for a few smallmouth. Cannot wait to get back to this lake to do some more fishing as it truely is awesome.

Edited on 9/13/09 9:08 PM
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
Basswood Lake, Lake County Photo
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9/11/09 @ 9:44 PM
wiskers92
wiskers92
USER since 1/25/09
Going to Basswood this week and am wondering and or looking for some tips in regards to finding the walleyes at this time of year. We fished our usual summer haunts last year and got stoned on the eyes last fall. Rock muck? deep shallow? river range? reefs? bays? types of baits? Jigging trolling drift? Thanks for any hints that can be given. Its a good life..... wiskers92@hotmail.com

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8/30/09 @ 7:43 PM
StoutSlaya
StoutSlaya
USER since 5/25/06
Dan thanks for the tips. Really looking forward to tying into some of the fish in this lake. Sounds like you caught a few monsters when you were there. I haven't caught a smallmouth that big in a long time, would be fun to tangle with some of those. I'll post back up here with results and hopefully a few pictures.

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8/28/09 @ 11:06 AM
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danthefisher25
danthefisher25
USER since 6/21/07
@ stoutslaya,

the waters will be cooler so you will find the smallies and northern in the shallows, more smallies will be around the sandy rocky bottom while u can get the northerns more around the weeds. topwater baits for smallies that are good are classic topwater rapalas, fire tiger rapalas, and black/silver or red/yellow deep diving cranks. for the northerns try mepps spinners 5 blades, good colors are black, black/red, and black/yellow. you can also try a jig w/ gulp worm or a texas rig with a 5" gary yamamoto worm and both of those will work for smallies and northern. slowly jerk the jig w/ worm across he bottom, pausing every few feet, and for the yamamoto work let it sink, then have a steady SLOW retrieve into the boat, and u decide if you want to give it pauses to let it sink again. GOOD LUCK!

p.s. stay shallow and fish the edges of dropoffs and weedlines.

anyways for a fishing report i was up at basswood about 2 weeks ago and i managed 6 smallies, the largest at 21" 5 lbs 4 oz and also 2 northern, 29" and 34" all fish were released.

Edited on 8/28/09 11:07 AM
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