What is the best way to get to red rock bay or that area? I wanna try around that area, trip would be mostly for fishing purposes! Maybe even try Alpine, Sea Gull, Little Sag, anything around there. what are peoples thoughts? where would you go?
So you can paddle in at EP 54A? Alpine seems like it has pretty good fishing? Wouldn't mind catching some of those in the bwca yet! If you were going to that area what where would you go??? Stricly for fishing!
quote fisherboy: "So you can paddle in at EP 54A? Alpine seems like it has pretty good fishing? Wouldn't mind catching some of those in the bwca yet! If you were going to that area what where would you go??? Stricly for fishing! "
if you plan to camp in alpine or red rock get the permit for 54 or 55, don't get the permit with the A attached. that permit requires you to camp on either seagull (54A) or sag (55A) each night of your trip. you can day trip into other lakes, though.
I took this trip last year and it was quite possibly the best of the 15 trips I have made up to the BWCA. We left Seagull via tow up to American Point and canoed along the border before dropping down into Ester. There is a cluster of 5 campsites and the one on the east side of the island is very nice. I'm all about great campsites and I really liked this one. We stayed 2 nights with a day trip up to Cherry and across the lake on the other side (Frog I think). There are 3-4 little lakes that we checked out in the morning and then went over to Cherry- which I love for the cliffs, scenery and the biggest walleye I have ever seen in the channel in the middle of the lake (near the best campsite in the BWCA). This was a fun day. We then went down to Ogish and camped on a little island with an awesome site on the north side of the island that we almost missed. This was about halfway up the lake- small red dot in the middle of the lake on the map. This site has a nice little hill that faces the sunset that we went up to to play cards and watch the sun go down. We then did a day trip to Kek (after hearing about Bears there last year on the West end, we decided not to camp there. A nice older couple told us when we were on Ester that a Momma bear and 2 cubs came into their site at night and then again in the morning and were trying to climb the tree where they put their food. I would be careful of camping up on the west end of Kek and check out if the bears are still there this year. Getting down to Kek took 2 hours from our island site on Ogish. When we got to Kek, there is an awesome campsite up on the North East end back in a bay that was spectacular and had a path that went up to a cliff jump that was super fun! You could see the trees going down 30 ft and the bay was crystal clear- and right across from the bluffs! Stayed there and jumped and fished and had a great day. We trolled deep for trout and caught some walleye near the bluffs. We left Ogish after 3 nights and stayed at Red Rock after canoeing through the burn down areas on Jasper and Alpine- very cool to see, but don't plan on camping in this area- it looks like the moon! We camped at the north end of Red Rock at a great site with a panoramic view of the lake and got picked up in the morning at the portage out of Red Rock and back to Seagull Lake Outfitters. Amazing loop. This can be done in reverse by getting the tow to Red Rock portage and then 4 hours onto Ogish. We caught some good walleye and trout on this route...
quote fisherboy: "What is the best way to get to red rock bay or that area? I wanna try around that area, trip would be mostly for fishing purposes! Maybe even try Alpine, Sea Gull, Little Sag, anything around there. what are peoples thoughts? where would you go?" I spend a few hours in that area each summer so I can give you my creel census for some of those lakes. Red Rock Bay- produces some large walleyes and pike, especially early in the summer Red Rock Lake- a productive lake that gives up a decent number of trophy fish for its size. The lake has a lot of smelt in it which could explain this. Alpine- a good producer of nice sized walleyes. I have heard of some very large walleyes and pike that were supposedly caught in Alpine. I have never landed anything real big in there. Jasper- The best smallmouth lake in the area. I used to catch some nice chunky walleyes in Jasper as well but haven't fished that lake in several years. When I was guiding a group of 4 ladies on a trip one of them lost a very heavy walleye at the canoe in Jasper.
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I've been through Seagull, Alpine, Jasper... all the way to South Arm Knife lake on a trip in June and that was by far my favorite BWCA trip. Fished some on Alpine but it wasn't too fruitful but didn't fish it extensively. I'd love to fish more of the lakes like Jasper and Ogish again because we pretty much just paddled through. This is an awesome area! Just pick something and go with it and then post a trip report.
No fish in Alpine, wouldn't bother staying there either, all burnt up, best to paddle on thru or if possible avoid it altogether , especially May 24-29th, that’s when the really big skeeters hatch, just stay far far away…. I’d take Sag to Redrock if I were you…..
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quote Kots: " When we got to Kek, there is an awesome campsite up on the North East end back in a bay that was spectacular and had a path that went up to a cliff jump that was super fun! You could see the trees going down 30 ft and the bay was crystal clear- and right across from the bluffs! Stayed there and jumped and fished and had a great day. We trolled deep for trout and caught some walleye near the bluffs. "
Walleye??? sounds fishy
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We got a tow to the portage at Red Rock in September 2010 and then base camped and fished on the lake for 5 days. It was a good thing we did the tow as the waves and wind were incredible. I still don't know how the captain got us in there, even with a tow boat. We had great fishing, smallmouth, northern and walleye. There are several shorelines that were productive as well as the submerged island in the big open part of the lake. As usual, lost several nice fish we didn't get a look at. Great trip!