Any suggestions for a route, EP, exit point, etc. that is less used and may require a hard day(s) work but with access to some good fishing lakes, swim holes, relaxing areas? Thanks in advance for all the good suggestions. I used this site to get an idea on the sawbill-cherokee route and some fishing spots. The result was thet best trip I have been on and the fishing was spectacular (excluding the walleyes). The best part was we only saw two other groups of canoes in 5 days excluding or entry and exit on sawbill.
Card0056: I would check to see what permits are still avaliable for those dates. I just booked another trip for the same entry date & I had little to choose from. Go to recreation.gov & click on permits. Put in your entry date & all avaliable permits will come up. Then you can decide what routes may work for your group. There are still a few left for the gunflint area but some of them may not work for what you are looking for. Do you want to to do alot of portaging? Do you prefer to basecamp, or travel everyday & do a loop? Let us know & there will be plenty of people here to help.
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Thanks for the note trix, I actually just booked going in on Saganaga. Going to American Point and probably looping around to Seagull. Hope to hit Ogish and base camp and fish as much as we can in that area. Any advice for mid August fishing. I am assuming the earlier in the AM we can get out the better our chances are.
At one time Ogish had a "One night only" regulation, plus it is a popular lake that will be very busy in August. If I were base camping, I would look to Ester or the little lakes north of there. Have heard wolves both times I was there and good smallmouth and northern fishing. Supposedly good lake trout in a couple lakes, but Lakers always snub their nose to my line! Here's a stringer of smallies from Ester and a pic of the area. TW
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Take Ozark's advice an stop on Ester.Also,Hanson is just as good for smallmouth. Hey Ozark, been there done that! Nice pictires at one of my favorite campsites and fishing spots in the BWCA! Stayed there three different times on three different trips and like you I nailed smallmouth all day long. Tom
Thats a good string of fish. Thanks both ozark and tmcd for the tips about staying in the lakes to the north, I was considering doing that but it's tough to get an idea looking at a map. The scenery looks great. I'll pick a few smaller lakes that you mentioned and base camp there. Lakers and Walleye snub me as as well, it seems I am destined for Bass and Northern. Maybe I need to learn more patience or maybe I am too patient. Thanks. TC
I do love It Ozark, camped there on my first trip to bw with my girlfriend. I married that girl and spent part of my honeymoon at that Ester sight also. So its sort of special and I love to see pictures of it and others enjoying it as much as we did. Tom
Morgan Lake. It's secluded, only one permit a day, and from what I hear the fishing is pretty good on the way to Vista. I'm taking this route for the first time in Sept. Maybe I can give you a confirmation on the fishing at that point.
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