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drrick
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02/14/2018 07:54AM
Any suggestions on where one might find some Lake Trout the first week of June in The Boundary Waters. I have never caught one and would sure like to put one in the boat. Any help would be appreciated, thanks Rick
 
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02/14/2018 09:23AM
Thomas lake would be my choice on the U.S. side, Poohbah in Quetico.
deancal20
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02/14/2018 10:29AM
I am going the first week in June as well but putting in at Stanton bay. Any suggestions for Lake trout for that time of year (presentations and locations). Also I have a really dumb question: I bought some McKenzie maps for the area and I noticed a small + marking but nothing in the legend. Anyone know what that means. Thanks
AmarilloJim
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02/14/2018 10:40AM
Lots of good lakes for LT up the gunflint side.
mr.barley
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02/14/2018 11:47AM
AmarilloJim: "Lots of good lakes for LT up the gunflint side." Yessir
old_salt
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02/14/2018 04:41PM
+ = reef = fish. Pickeral Lake has great laker fishing just after leaving Stanton bay.
retired55
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02/14/2018 10:07PM
Hey deancal 20 , are you staying on Pickeral. If you want drop me a line I have a map for you that will help a lot. My favorite spot for lakers.
eOar
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02/15/2018 12:27PM
drrick: "Any suggestions on where one might find some Lake Trout the first week of June in The Boundary Waters. I have never caught one and would sure like to put one in the boat. Any help would be appreciated, thanks Rick"

We went in at EP16 to Oyster Lake on June 11, 2015. We landed about a dozen trout and lost several (barbless trebles), including a huge fish that broke off. We trolled #9 and #11 Rapala Deep Tail Dancers (one guy paddling slowly - 1.5mph or so). We used 10# Sufix braid with a 10# mono leader. I had our rods set up with a bobber stop at 140', and used that as our indicator for how much line to let out. The majority of the fish we marked were 25-35' down. Size 9 Clown and Purpledescent were both good, but I lost the big fish on a size 11 Silver Flash.

dbpmw3
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02/15/2018 06:22PM
retired55: " Hey deancal 20 , are you staying on Pickeral. If you want drop me a line I have a map for you that will help a lot. My favorite spot for lakers."


Hey retired55, we are going out of Stanton Bay on June 3rd. Would love to get some help. Not sure if we are going to hang around the narrows or shoot down near Rawn or the B-chain. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
retired55
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02/16/2018 08:39PM
dbpmw3, Give me a call anytime, I will be around all weekend. My # 218 349 5279.
deancal20
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02/18/2018 01:26PM
Thank you for the great detail information. I don't know what a tail dancer is but I am going to find out!
mr.barley
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02/18/2018 07:38PM
deancal20: "Thank you for the great detail information. I don't know what a tail dancer is but I am going to find out!
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It's a type of Rapala
twistertail
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02/20/2018 11:17AM
Its been 15 years since I've been but we entered Moose lake and base camped on Knife the 1st week of June. We caught a few lakers in Knife trolling deep diving cranks. We also took a day trip to Kekekabic and caught all the lake trout we could have possibly wanted, I hate to even put a number on it but there were 4 of us in 2 canoes fishing for about 4 hours and there was rarely a time that someone did not have a fish on. In Kekekabic they were still shallow, I'd guess 10 feet or less. We just fished the shoreline and in between some islands and caught them on crankbaits, spoons, twistertails really did'nt seem to matter what we threw at them. In Knife we did not catch any in shallow water.
eOar
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02/20/2018 01:16PM
deancal20: "Thank you for the great detail information. I don't know what a tail dancer is but I am going to find out!
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Rapala Deep Tail Dancers in size 9 and 11

Mnpat
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02/22/2018 08:50AM
I would bring a #9 tail dancer and a #9 deep tail dancer. Start off with the regular td9. Don’t fish below the fish. They will come up a long ways to eat.
deancal20
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02/22/2018 10:53AM
Thanks!
eOar
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02/22/2018 10:57AM
Mnpat: "I would bring a #9 tail dancer and a #9 deep tail dancer. Start off with the regular td9. Don’t fish below the fish. They will come up a long ways to eat. "

Very true! We saw fish splash on the surface at the same time we were marking them 25-30 ft down. Trout are very active!
mapsguy1955
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02/22/2018 12:06PM
deancal20: "I am going the first week in June as well but putting in at Stanton bay. Any suggestions for Lake trout for that time of year (presentations and locations). Also I have a really dumb question: I bought some McKenzie maps for the area and I noticed a small + marking but nothing in the legend. Anyone know what that means. Thanks"

Where do you plan on going, out of Stanton?
deancal20
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02/22/2018 12:09PM
In the past we have worked our way to Rawn lake but not sure this year.
mapsguy1955
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02/26/2018 10:41AM
dbpmw3: "retired55: " Hey deancal 20 , are you staying on Pickeral. If you want drop me a line I have a map for you that will help a lot. My favorite spot for lakers."



Hey retired55, we are going out of Stanton Bay on June 3rd. Would love to get some help. Not sure if we are going to hang around the narrows or shoot down near Rawn or the B-chain. Any suggestions would be appreciated."


I'm going down that way 2 weeks before (out of Stanton Bay on the 18th) and will post results when I get back a week before you go in!
deancal20
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04/16/2018 11:58AM
Have you heard how thick the ice is? I am guessing a pretty late thaw but I have not been able to find any reports.
Tyler W
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04/16/2018 02:07PM
If surface water temps are still 55F you will find them shallow. They tend to spread out in the lake once water temps get above 55F. Some will related to structure, some will be chasing bait in open water. A depth finder and a variety of diving crankbaits is a safe bet.

If you can camp next to deep water dead bait will still produce into June.
sns
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04/16/2018 04:03PM
drrick: "Any suggestions on where one might find some Lake Trout the first week of"

I would suggest looking under the ice.


(Sorry, could not resist...)

Good luck and good fishing!
Adam32
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04/18/2018 09:31PM
Heard by Ely they still had 33" of hard ice, that was a few days ago
deancal20
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04/20/2018 09:40AM
Good one! I am hoping the ice is going out by the end of May. In Iowa this is the latest spring I can remember.
deancal20
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04/20/2018 09:42AM
My reply went at the end instead of the comment about fishing under the ice. Regarding the ice thickness, I just talked to someone in the area around Quetico and they said the ice is getting slushy on top and temps in the mid 50s. It's coming! Anyone have any experience to prime time fishing after ice goes out. I have never been there this early and really don't know what to expect.
deancal20
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05/23/2018 12:32PM
How was the fishing? Hope you caught a lot of lakers.
Tyler W
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05/25/2018 08:22AM
It was Ok. The lake trout were very scattered. We caught them in water from 10 to 80 feet deep. Some suspended and some against shallow reefs.

If you are going in June bring a depth finder and snap weights. With a snap weight system I use 1oz of lead per 10 feet of depth per 1 mile per hour.
troll 10 feet deep x 2mph = 2oz
troll 20 feet deep x 1 mph = 2oz
troll 20 feet deep x 2mph = 4oz

2 mph and 20 feet deep is a very likely scenario, and fish suspended at 30 or 40 feet down is also possible. Pro tip: do not tell your canoe mates about the 2 pounds of sinkers in your bag until after you catch fish with them.
deancal20
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05/25/2018 09:42AM
Wow I am surprise that the lakers were that deep already. I know they have been getting a lot of high temps lately which probably explains why. Still I would have thought you would have beat the heat. Did you do any good on walleye and pike?
old_salt
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05/25/2018 10:13AM
In early June, it’s hard to beat exaggerated jigging with big swimbaits or spoons. Big lakers like big baits.
deancal20
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05/25/2018 10:58AM
Thanks. We are going in June 2nd so I will let you know how it goes. Appreciate the tip of snap weights.
Lotw
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05/25/2018 11:29AM
Tyler W: "It was Ok. The lake trout were very scattered. We caught them in water from 10 to 80 feet deep. Some suspended and some against shallow reefs.


If you are going in June bring a depth finder and snap weights. With a snap weight system I use 1oz of lead per 10 feet of depth per 1 mile per hour.
troll 10 feet deep x 2mph = 2oz
troll 20 feet deep x 1 mph = 2oz
troll 20 feet deep x 2mph = 4oz


2 mph and 20 feet deep is a very likely scenario, and fish suspended at 30 or 40 feet down is also possible. Pro tip: do not tell your canoe mates about the 2 pounds of sinkers in your bag until after you catch fish with them.
"


LOl, I once portaged an anchor for a friend of a friend...... when we arrived at camp and he pulled it out of his pack I nearly choked him!
deancal20
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06/12/2018 10:21AM
Well the tail dancers were the ticket. Good fishing on lakers, pike and smallies but short on walleyes. I didn't get the snap weights in time but really didn't need them. Trout would come up 30 - 40 feet to get to us. Cooked the trout with stove top stuffing, butter, and lemon juice then rapped in foil over the fire. Amazing! Thanks for all the tips. Would love to hear how everyone else is doing. We had a couple of days of heavy winds which made things interesting in a canoe. I will say that Camp Quetico with Barry Guiles are excellent people to work with.
 
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