Boundary Waters Trip (BWCA)

6/5/18 @ 8:39 AM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

(Sorry this is Minnesota, no ones posts in the Minnesota forum)

Planning a 3-4 day trip this August with a group of guys. Heading up from the Minneapolis/Eau Claire area. I know many of you have made the trip before, so I'm looking for recommendations on outfitters, lakes, things to see, etc. Did you camp in a new spot each night? Is 3 days long enough? What species did you target?

We have all the equipment except for the canoe so we're looking for an outfitter primarily to provide this.

I'm thinking more of an intermediate trip, we did Sylvania two years ago with the portages averaging 1-2 miles and this was pretty easy. We set up camp and would venture out from there each day.

Feel free to share any stories and experiences!

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9/10/18 @ 2:19 PM
kvandehei33
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Thanks for the tips PLH! Much appreciated.

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9/10/18 @ 2:11 PM
Publiclandhunter
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3-4 days I would keep it simple and short to focus on fishing.  Small water and current as well.  The park will be dead so you don't have to go in far for privacy.  I like the big deep clear lakes with ciscoes but I usually end up wasting most of time on shore because of wind that time of year, not as big of a deal on a 7 day trip. 

already mentioned Crocodile- you won't find a better numbers lake for perch and walleye.  1 portage- 3 hours at most.  Non-stop action with occasional walleye over 25".

Baker Lake Temperance River-  Small sheltered, rapids with deep pools congregate all the fish.  Campsite on north arm of Kelly has great shore fishing.  Jack, Weird, all have good fishing.

Kawishiwi River-  Any of the prime campsites around rapids that are always full during peak season.

We tend to put a preference on sites with good shore fishing because of the day length and suspect weather conditions.  We also bring a good supply of live bait and whiskey.  Lighted bobber fathead good times.



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9/10/18 @ 1:10 PM
kvandehei33
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USER since 12/19/11

Perfect temps for early ice gear.

Any recommendations for EPs or destinations that time of year? Original plan was EP 16 up to boulder bay area but thinking about changing it up since we aren't restricted by our permit anymore.

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9/10/18 @ 11:30 AM
Publiclandhunter
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Water levels should be the least of your worries.  The lakes will be turned over, the water will be cold, it will be dark before 6, and there is always a good chance of heavy snow.  The park will be empty though and you can go wherever you want and issue your own permit at any launch which saves time.

Good time of the year to drown or get hypothermia.  I'll be in the park for the October 24th full moon though, wearing my ice suit and life jacket while trolling for walleyes.  Fishing is usually feast or famine for me that time of year.  Short days suck, warm sleeping bag helps.

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9/10/18 @ 10:58 AM
madforlabs
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Fish are typically very deep and can be hard to find. It's tough fishing that time of year.

Bring your long undies. You're gonna need them!!

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9/10/18 @ 10:44 AM
kvandehei33
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Anyone have any tips for late October fishing up there? Had to reschedule this weekends trip for the end of October, kind of changes our whole game plan. Will we have to worry about water levels that late in the year on the rivers?

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7/21/18 @ 11:52 AM
baconsbaits
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I've been to the ely area, and the gunflint area.  For fishing I'd recommend Ely.  Lake one and beyond.  Gunfint has fish, but the waters there tend to be much much deeper.  Didn't see alot over 40ft from the kawishawee river to Hudson lake, but when we went to gunflint we we're often in 150+ FOW even fairly close to shore.  Great for lake trout I guess, but I never caught any.  I did find something very interesting my last trip in the ely area in the lake 1,2,3,4 area.  If your headed that way , pm me and I'll tell you about it.  We had used kawishawi river outfitters, but that was years ago.  They may or may not have the same name now.  Unless your real hardcore, I wouldn't bother with the boarder crossing Canadian issues, there is plenty of good fishing/camping on the us side to mess with all the hassle imo.  We had luck casting and trolling rapalas, spoons, mepps, and jigs are all must haves.   Rapala 13 floaters in gold is almost mandatory if you ask me, best walleye fishing we ever had came using standard gumball style jigs with nightcralwers we found at a campsite on the way in.  No idea if they were native or if another group dumped them.  But they caught fish when nothing else did.  Collapsible minnow traps and some Cheerios are a good idea too to catch some minnows for use on jigs as well.  But this was always in June.  Leeches will probably also be good then too.  But hard to keep.  Pack light as possible.  You will be portaging almost without a doubt.  We always packed food expecting at least 3-4 meals of fish, so you either catch them, or go hungry.  

Bacon


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7/20/18 @ 11:54 AM
Carpio
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Public.     Too bad! No more solitude there. I went out of Ely in 1974. We outfitted with Cliff Wold. Very rustic accommodations but clean. We paddled 1 week north,then 1 week back and saw a total of about 10 people.we only used hair jigs,daredevils,and rapalas. Awesome fishing! Great time except for bears.  CARPIO 

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7/20/18 @ 9:57 AM
kvandehei33
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What have you guys used for a minnow/leech bucket? Do you just use a normal bucket and suck it up on the portages?

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6/28/18 @ 12:52 PM
river_chaser
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I used Sawbill. Good people.  Theyre all good otherwise they couldnt stay in business.

Hungry Jack is another good one I used

Edited on 6/28/18 12:55 PM
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