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keth0601  
05/04/2012 08:40AM
Has anyone ever fished Vale lake off of Pine Lake ep 68 Gunflint area? I am hoping to make an attempt at catching some brook trout there in July this year. Anyone have any tips for brookies in this area/ on this lake?
 
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TuscaroraBorealis  
05/04/2012 11:31AM
We didn't make it to Vale. Only paddled up to the portage. But, we did fish it's sister lake Gadwall. (just a little east of Vale off of Pine)

We caught a few fish using little Mepps spinners & small sinking rapalas. If the portage to Vale is anything like the one up to Gadwall? (guessing it is) Make sure & eat your wheaties. ;-)

If your so inclined? Here is the trip report from that "adventure."
Prisoners on Pine
Basspro69  
05/04/2012 03:50PM
quote keth0601: "Has anyone ever fished Vale lake off of Pine Lake ep 68 Gunflint area? I am hoping to make an attempt at catching some brook trout there in July this year. Anyone have any tips for brookies in this area/ on this lake?" There are no fish in Vale, during the second world war the Germans were doing top secret heavy water experiments for their nuclear program, killed evey fish in that lake and they never came back.
Woodtick  
05/04/2012 05:29PM
I've never fished it; but I have walked up to the lake. Like TB has said, the portage is steep. And the lake is beautiful.
keth0601  
05/04/2012 05:46PM
quote Basspro69: "quote keth0601: "Has anyone ever fished Vale lake off of Pine Lake ep 68 Gunflint area? I am hoping to make an attempt at catching some brook trout there in July this year. Anyone have any tips for brookies in this area/ on this lake?" There are no fish in Vale, during the second world war the Germans were doing top secret heavy water experiments for their nuclear program, killed evey fish in that lake and they never came back."

Well that stinks. Guess I better avoid it at all costs... Better not make a whole day out of it either. Nor would I want to bring anyone else right? Best if everyone just forgets about it altogether. Wouldn't want anyone wasting their time right? ;)
MNIceMan  
05/14/2012 09:03PM
I have fished Vale for many years and the fish like worms or marshmallows. The largest brookie was just under 5 pounds but most run between one to two pounds. There are also suckers in the lake.
marsonite  
05/16/2012 05:35PM
quote MNIceMan: "I have fished Vale for many years and the fish like worms or marshmallows. The largest brookie was just under 5 pounds but most run between one to two pounds. There are also suckers in the lake."

When? I was there about 4 years ago. I got skunked (though admittedly it was in the middle of the day and I didn't have bait). I have never seen so many minnows in a lake before, either. Just clouds upon clouds.

On my way out, I talked to a guy who seemed to know what he was talking about. Said the lake is dead.

I fished it about 25 years ago and slayed the brookies.
Basspro69  
05/16/2012 10:28PM
quote keth0601: "Has anyone ever fished Vale lake off of Pine Lake ep 68 Gunflint area? I am hoping to make an attempt at catching some brook trout there in July this year. Anyone have any tips for brookies in this area/ on this lake?" Not many but good size. Eat your wheaties its a haul to get into that lake. :-)
MNIceMan  
05/17/2012 08:00PM
Each year I visit Vale and catch nice fish. They like the south east end of the lake.
 
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