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thegildedgopher
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01/03/2018 10:31AM
I'm new to the forum here and just wanted to say hello. I came across the site while researching a potential trip for this coming summer. I'm more of an angler than a paddler at heart, so I figured the fishing forum would be the best place to introduce myself.

I'm based in St. Paul and I spend a big chunk of my summer fishing pool 2 of the Mississippi with my 10-year-old son. We fish from an old 14ft aluminum boat, no canoe unfortunately.

Looking forward to talking feesh with you all :)
 
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Savage Voyageur
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01/03/2018 12:21PM
Welcome aboard gildedgopher. This is the place you want to be for great intel on your upcoming trip.
thegildedgopher
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01/03/2018 04:22PM
Savage Voyageur: "Welcome aboard gildedgopher. This is the place you want to be for great intel on your upcoming trip. "

Thanks for the warm welcome. Reading the forum is helping me get through the winter doldrums!
schweady
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01/03/2018 07:29PM
Welcome aboard, gopher!

So, your first BWCAW trip? LOTS of info here in all of the forums. Nose around and ask a question in the threads on specific topics of interest. Nobody is going to turn you away.

Just don't blame us for the many hours you'll spend here (or the $$ spent on all of the great gear ideas you find)...
Laketrout58
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01/03/2018 07:54PM
Welcome gilded gopher! I see you fish with your son. That is a great thing! People will help you out here with lots of info and advice. The bwca has been a wonderful destination for my son and I and other family members and friends. I have many fond memories of past trips. Years ago I started a journal and write down the highlights and lowlights of each trip. We fish mostly,and explore a bit also. We basecamp always. I live downstream from you in Red Wing. Good luck to you two! The bdub is awesome! Marc
carmike
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01/03/2018 08:28PM
Welcome to the site! This is a fantastic site with many, many generous people.

Where are you headed this summer?
01/03/2018 10:14PM
Welcome to the site Gilded Gopher! There is so much to info shared by members here it will cut your learning curve way down. If you ever can't find what your looking for or want to dive deeper into a subject just use the search function. Just about every conceivable subject has been discussed at some point in time.
Bumstead
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01/04/2018 08:37AM
Welcome to the site.......a.k.a. most likely your new addiction. Helpful people and great info about Boundary Waters / Quetico tripping and fishing. Plan a trip for this year!
bwcaforktail
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01/04/2018 10:20AM
Greetings gilded gopher!! You inspired me to sign. Long time reader, first time poster. I travel the BWCA in search of trout. Look forward to joining the fun.
thegildedgopher
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01/04/2018 10:50AM
Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome!

My plans for the summer hopefully involve my first BWCA trip, but larger scale I'm hoping to make two trips from the following list:

-BWCA (depending on availability of overnight motor permits). We want to get to Basswood and set up basecamp for 2-3 days of walleye fishing and hopefully some lake trout. Whether we put in on Fall Lake or Moose Lake, it looks like the portages are minimal and short. Looks doable for our 14ft boat w/ portage cart. I'm getting ready to submit my lottery entry, so my question: is there a better month to fish walleye or lake trout on either the East side of Basswood (Moose Lake entry) vs the West side (Fall Lake entry)?

-Voyageurs National Park, basecamp on an island on Kabetogama Lake

-Willow Flowage south of Minocqua, WI

-Cass Lake for late-night, clear water walleye trolling. Camping on Star Island, which has its own lake, Lake Windigo. So a lake on an island on a lake :) Quick detour to Itasca State Park to visit the headwaters of the Mississippi, which we fish nearly year-round near our home.

Again, I do not have access to canoes at this time. Am trying to convince my lovely spouse that there's room for a few more vessels in the marina (our tiny backyard in St. Paul). For now I have two fishing boats -- one heavy old fiberglass boat with a 50hp outboard on a trailer (river rat special), and one 14" Alumacraft rowboat that gets car-topped. I can rig this boat several ways and I can get it in the water easily. 6hp outboard, trolling motor, or oars. Short portages are doable as long as the path is wide enough to accommodate the cart. I prefer the small boat for camping trips because I don't have to worry about covering the boat when it rains.
missmolly
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01/04/2018 12:46PM
Welcome. Two things you should know about the site:

I catch the biggest fish.

QueticoMike is still hoping to catch his first smallmouth bass. We're all rooting for him.
thegildedgopher
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01/04/2018 01:20PM
missmolly: "Welcome. Two things you should know about the site:


I catch the biggest fish.


QueticoMike is still hoping to catch his first smallmouth bass. We're all rooting for him."


Duly noted! I'm sure that's an inside joke, but QM is welcome to join me on the Mississippi river for some rip-rap smallmouth. No giants but they're here, and open to year-round catch & release on the stretch I fish.
missmolly
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01/04/2018 01:29PM
Yeah, Mike is the bassmaster.

But my catching the biggest fish is no joke. Here's a crappie I caught last week on Basswood:

thegildedgopher
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01/04/2018 01:42PM
missmolly: "But my catching the biggest fish is no joke. Here's a crappie I caught last week on Basswood"

I hope you took tremendous care when unhooking that Crappie, they don't call them "papermouth" for nothing.
bassnet
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01/04/2018 03:12PM
Dear gildedgopher: TRUE, queticomike has great info, including an article he wrote that was published(i don’t have the link). While missmolly is an excellent fisher, i suggest having your waders handy....because if she is talking, it may get deep. Any questions? See above posts. Haha!! Welcome to the site, lots of good info , and friendly leg-pullin’! First thing, get that article from QM.
missmolly
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01/04/2018 03:55PM
thegildedgopher: "missmolly: "But my catching the biggest fish is no joke. Here's a crappie I caught last week on Basswood"


I hope you took tremendous care when unhooking that Crappie, they don't call them "papermouth" for nothing."


You'll fit just fine here.

Hey, bassnet, I'd resent your remark if I didn't resemble it!
shock
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01/04/2018 04:21PM
welcome gildedgopher , nice screen name ;)
unshavenman
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01/04/2018 04:52PM
Bumstead: "Welcome to the site.......a.k.a. most likely your new addiction. Helpful people and great info about Boundary Waters / Quetico tripping and fishing. Plan a trip for this year!"
This site is not addictive! This is only my fourth time visiting today.
unshavenman
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01/04/2018 04:52PM
Bumstead: "Welcome to the site.......a.k.a. most likely your new addiction. Helpful people and great info about Boundary Waters / Quetico tripping and fishing. Plan a trip for this year!"
Welcome Gopher!
Know that this site is not addictive! This is only my fourth time visiting today.
Basspro69
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01/04/2018 09:56PM
Welcome Gopher !
QueticoMike
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01/08/2018 08:35AM
missmolly: "Welcome. Two things you should know about the site:


I catch the biggest fish.


QueticoMike is still hoping to catch his first smallmouth bass. We're all rooting for him."


Haha :) I haven't caught one this year yet. It took me until Jan. 2nd last year but it was in the 50s that week.
QueticoMike
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01/08/2018 08:37AM
bassnet: "Dear gildedgopher: TRUE, queticomike has great info, including an article he wrote that was published(i don’t have the link). While missmolly is an excellent fisher, i suggest having your waders handy....because if she is talking, it may get deep. Any questions? See above posts. Haha!! Welcome to the site, lots of good info , and friendly leg-pullin’! First thing, get that article from QM."

Hello and welcome to the site! Not sure if you sent me a request for any of my articles or not. I have 4 or 5 you might be interested in. One is geared toward the Grand Slam species, pike, bass, walleye, lake trout. The rest are for smallmouth bass fishing. Send any requests for articles to - queticomike@yahoo.com. Good luck this year!
missmolly
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01/08/2018 10:10AM
QueticoMike: "missmolly: "Welcome. Two things you should know about the site:



I catch the biggest fish.



QueticoMike is still hoping to catch his first smallmouth bass. We're all rooting for him."



Haha :) I haven't caught one this year yet. It took me until Jan. 2nd last year but it was in the 50s that week."


My assertion is proven. See, GG, believe me!
thegildedgopher
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01/09/2018 09:23AM
QueticoMike: "bassnet: "Dear gildedgopher: TRUE, queticomike has great info, including an article he wrote that was published(i don’t have the link). While missmolly is an excellent fisher, i suggest having your waders handy....because if she is talking, it may get deep. Any questions? See above posts. Haha!! Welcome to the site, lots of good info , and friendly leg-pullin’! First thing, get that article from QM."


Hello and welcome to the site! Not sure if you sent me a request for any of my articles or not. I have 4 or 5 you might be interested in. One is geared toward the Grand Slam species, pike, bass, walleye, lake trout. The rest are for smallmouth bass fishing. Send any requests for articles to - queticomike@yahoo.com. Good luck this year!"


Thanks Mike! Yes, we exchanged messages and you sent me the Grand Slam article which I read with interest. I'll follow up for more, to be sure. Much appreciated!

Thanks again to everyone above for the warm welcome.
 
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