Dead cisco on a slip bobber at about 6' near a wind swept point or drop off. I just got back from a five day trip where we landed at least 10 northern over 32" right from our camp fishing this way. Biggest was 36". Not trophies, but a lot of fun while your cooking breakfast or dinner.
I can't change the world, but I can change the world in me if I rejoice
Just came back Monday from the Vermilion River area (close to b dub) and did very well with a quick strike rig, chartruse spinners above the trebles, and a big slip. I was using baby pike minnows. I was easily catching as many as the guys that were trolling and casting. We found the northerns a little deeper than usual.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost
Northern's 'hit' almost anything if it's casted near them. 3 years ago in late May, my daughter had a nice one on in North Bay of Basswood (Quetico). She was using a Rappela -green/yellow- natural looking about 4" long. We were drifting and casting by a 'water portage' with the island we set camp on 30 ft away. I got a pix of it next to the canoe because I knew we would probably lose it. I forgot the net, I forgot to put a long leader on her 8 lbs line, so when I grabbed what I thought was the leader - I grabbed the line and then SNAP- the biggest fish she had ever seen (only 8 to 10 lbs) was gone. She didn't talk to me for 4 hrs after that. She only agreed to portage/move so many times just for the 'big one'. I blew it.
The longest northern I ever landed 43", I was pulling a 9 inch rapala, the largest northern I ever had on my line, I was using a 1/16th ounce jig and a 14 inch smallmouth with four pound line. No sir I was not fishing for northerns or smallmouth, I lost the northern after he grabbed my smally three times. I released the smally, I figured he had a rough enough day.