Has anyone had much luck musky fishing Pipestone lake? Thinking about a musky trip there, staying at Cedar Island Lodge. Looking for size and action. Sounds like it’s a deep clear lake which I never have much luck with. But I hear it has potential for world record size fish. Just curious if anyone’s been there and fished it.
Yes, there is still a mechanical portage between Clearwater going into Pipestone as well as a mechanical portage from Clearwater going into Lake Despair / Jackfish. I haven't been there for three years due to Covid but the cost to use either portage used to be $25 Canadian. I'm sure the cost has gone up since then.
I've been fishing Pipestone since 1960. Yeah, I was a kid with my Dad and we have a place on Clearwater. Personally, I think your best chance at a Musky would be on Clearwater. If you work Clearwater for five days and have some experience you will catch a Musky. Pipestone can be a bit daunting because there is so much water - about 25 miles worth from end to end including going into Schistose lake off the far end of Pipestone, versus Clearwater's eight miles.
I've had my best success on the Clearwater / Pipestone chain using neutral and natural color baits. Brightly colored lures haven't produced as well for me. If you do go to Pipestone, try to limit your fishing to a few specific areas. I'd start with the Northwest Bay of Pipestone. It is shallower and there are more island clusters here to focus on. Alternatively, the first three miles after you cross into Pipestone from Clearwater before the lake opens up should produce some fish.
Musky season opens the third Saturday in June, so the weather by then should be pretty nice. If you go, send us photos of your fish!