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cburton103
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01/10/2018 08:31PM
Howdy Quetico crew!

Working on planning my Quetico trip for the middle of June this year. We'll only have 5 days on the water this year - hoping for our first trip over a week in 2019.

Last year we got a tow to Bottle Portage, went up the Roland Chain to Argo, then through Cone, Elk and Hurn to Ted. We continued on through McIntyre to Robinson, and out through Kett.

We really enjoyed the trip, and we had some of the best Lake Trout fishing we've experienced so far. It was great to get to do a thru trip across a part of the park like that.

We'd like to do something similar but just a little farther north this year. My current thoughts involve getting a tow to Brewer Rapids, go through McAree, Wicksteed, Darkwater and into Brent. Then paddle all the way through Brent and to McIntyre and Sarah, and take the Tuck River to Kahshapiwi. Then out through Side, Isabella and onto North Bay/Burke to Prairie Portage where we'll have a tow out.

Any recommendations on the route? Particularly good lakes/areas to fish (happy to chase all species)? Areas to avoid?
 
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old_salt
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01/10/2018 09:12PM
That’s an ambitious trip.
cburton103
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01/10/2018 10:11PM
That's basically a compliment, Old Salt !
cburton103
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01/10/2018 10:15PM
The trip we did last year was very similar in terms of miles paddled and rods portaged each day. Still got in a decent amount of fishing.

We may be crazy, but we think we can even sneak in a layover day on Brent or Kahshapiwi. It will just be two of us in one tandem canoe most likely. We single portage, so that speeds things up considerably. Being just 30 doesn't hurt, either!
jphares44
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01/11/2018 11:23AM
I've done a similar trip, up to Brent anyway. You'll find great fishing in McAree, especially near the falls. We found Wicksteed to be full of hungry smallmouth, and if you go through Ballard to get to Darky, Ballard is great for walleye and LM bass.

Darky has always been a pass-through lake for us, and we haven't fished it much. Brent, however, is great fishing. I've only fished the west end, but there's good LT fishing in the big, open-water area on the west side, and we've found good smallmouth in the bays north of that open-water area.

Have fun, that's a pretty epic haul you're planning!
cburton103
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01/11/2018 07:57PM
Well, it seems that a consensus is forming that this is an ambitious trip. 2-3 days into the trip we can always cut out the Kahshapiwi portion of things and just exit through Sarah, which will save a half dozen portages and probably about 5-6 miles as well. I'm not opposed to that. I've spent one night on Kahshapiwi before, and it's just one of those few lakes that has really stuck out to me as being especially beautiful and remote.

Assuming we save the effort of passing through Kahshapiwi, where would you guys recommend spending more time? I've spent a day fishing Conmee and a day in eastern Brent. We've only passed through Sarah and McIntyre before.

Thanks for the input so far!
 
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