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Entry Point 52 - Brant Lake

Brant Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 45 miles. Access is a canoe landing at Round Lake with an 85- and a 35-rod portage to Brant Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 4
Elevation: 1500 feet
Latitude: 48.0692
Longitude: -90.8455
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BWfishingfanatic12
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11/15/2021 02:01PM
 
New Trip Report posted by BWfishingfanatic12

Trip Name: Awesome June Fishing on Knife Lake.

Entry Point: 54

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bobbernumber3
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11/15/2021 02:44PM
 
Nice report! You had great fishing, good weather and a fun time. What more could you ask?
guest23
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11/15/2021 05:19PM
 
Cool fishing report! Wish I could have been there... Sounds like some great fishing. Those are some big bass in the pictures you took!
AceAceAce
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11/15/2021 08:01PM
 
Very nice report! I love the SAK, my first trip was to there and it won't be my last either. We didn't have anywhere near the fishing luck you did, but didn't try as hard either. I have a feeling we walked that same bushwhack of a portage into the small lake trout lake you mention. I'm not sure I'd do that one again.
Oneofmanyblessings
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11/15/2021 08:38PM
 
wow, best report i have seen from sak in a long time
missmolly
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11/15/2021 08:52PM
 
Thanks for all those big bass photos! You guys did have awesome fishing.

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
PeaceFrog
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11/16/2021 08:34AM
 
Great report. Hoping the fishing next June works in my favor like it did yours.
Mocha
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11/16/2021 12:09PM
 
it's funny how fishing success on trips is so subjective.


if I had even one of your days of fishing over the course of my 10 day trip I'd be ecstatic! I'd also be missing lots of lures and probably broke my rod tip and all sorts of fishing miseries.


great report, very humorous, enlightening, exhausting and full of great photos. that's a great shot from the cliff behind your site. in my younger years I might have attempted a bushwack up a steep hill....


BWfishingfanatic12
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11/16/2021 07:43PM
 
Thanks everyone! It was definitely in my top 3 favorite trips! I wish we would have gotten better pictures of some of those 20" Smallies but what can you do in a canoe... I think if I would have caught a couple upper 20s Walleye it would for sure be my favorite trip. Hoping to go back in a few years. Both times we have went to SAK it has been mid-June. I'd be curious to try going up the first week, I'd just be worried because it is a big lake and take longer to warm up.
BWfishingfanatic12
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11/16/2021 07:48PM
 
Mocha: "it's funny how fishing success on trips is so subjective.


if I had even one of your days of fishing over the course of my 10 day trip I'd be ecstatic! I'd also be missing lots of lures and probably broke my rod tip and all sorts of fishing miseries.


great report, very humorous, enlightening, exhausting and full of great photos. that's a great shot from the cliff behind your site. in my younger years I might have attempted a bushwack up a steep hill....


"



I apologize, I have turned into a bit of a fishing snob. We were very excited about how well we did on this trip though! Yeah the view from the cliff was awesome, I'm glad we did it. We were surprised to find some Moose poop near the top. I always thought they hung out in marshes and low spots so that was interesting to me.


I am glad you enjoyed the report. I realized I made a ton of grammatical errors reading back through but oh well...
Driftless
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11/17/2021 09:25AM
 
Awesome report! Thanks for sharing!
BWfishingfanatic12
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11/19/2021 06:19PM
 
PeaceFrog: "Great report. Hoping the fishing next June works in my favor like it did yours."


PF let me know if you want any specific spots or advice. I am not sure when in June you are going but I can probably point you in the right direction. Feel free to shoot me an email and I wouldn't mind sharing more details.
papalambeau
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11/23/2021 02:45PM
 
Great report Bryan. Really enjoyed your pics and the detailed write up. Brought back the memories of how we shared info from past trips and fishing intel.


Ben and Mat say hi too!


Blessings
Snorty
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12/19/2021 01:14PM
 
Absolutely loved your trip report. Very exciting for y’all to bust’em like you did. I made it to SAK on my solo last September and love the area. I need to go back and spend more time there. Thanks for sharing.
Snorty
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12/19/2021 05:05PM
 
I was just reflecting on your trip and I hope you mind but I’ve got to ask how many leeches went through during your trip. Thx
BWfishingfanatic12
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12/19/2021 05:34PM
 
I believe we brought in 2 pounds of leeches. My brother knows a supplier so he handled that. Not really sure why they measure them by pounds as I find it varies widely even though it should be accurate if they are doing it by weight. We have always just got medium/ panfish leeches. I know some people swear you have to get jumbo. We have not found that it matters too much, location is far more vital.
Snorty
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12/20/2021 05:42AM
 
Hey, appreciate the quick response. Ok so you gave me some good info there concerning size. Do you transport in a water jug, or a leech box? I must say that you guys can come fishing with me anytime you’d like, oh and rub a little of that mojo on me. Seriously, love it when folks do well on the water. It’s good for everyone.
BWfishingfanatic12
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12/20/2021 07:27PM
 
We have a Bait King, its similar to a leech locker but much better. They can be hard to find but are very durable and secure with the screw on top. We transport them in on the first day chilled in ziplocs or the containers they come in placed inside the bait king. Then once we get to the lake they get taken out and freshened up with water and swim free in the container. We have no problems losing them, just keep them sunk down deep from camp. We just take out a few dozen at a time for fishing outings. We have leech tamers for this that work well.
Snorty
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12/22/2021 08:29AM
 
Thank you,
JohnR
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12/23/2021 10:21PM
 
Great write up. Fantastic fishing that you guys had.
Good call on hitting the water at 4 AM.. we were on seagull that same day but closer to lunch time, and trust me when I say it was windy and wavy!
If you don’t mind me asking - what were you using for bait/lure for the lake trout?
BWfishingfanatic12
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12/25/2021 06:29PM
 
I don't mind you asking at all. I am a terrible lake trout fisherman and have caught less than a dozen in my life time but could see myself getting more into it and targeting them on trips here and there in the future. We did not catch many on our trip and I would say we put in a decent effort. We used white bucktail jigs, deep diving rapalas, and spoons to try to target the lake trout we caught.
30Smoke
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12/26/2021 12:57AM
 
Thanks for sharing that awesome trip. Knife is an awesome lake, and it was fun having you take us on that journey, especially with forecast weather below zero. Hopefully you can have more amazing trips and bring us with.

"it is tough to beat a person who doesn't quit" - famous philosopher George Ruth
woodsandwater
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01/03/2022 07:43AM
 
Outstanding report and pics! I learned from this. Thank you!
Proverbs 3:5-6!
BWfishingfanatic12
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01/07/2022 02:14PM
 
Glad people enjoyed the report! We have been blessed to have some great trips. I enjoy reliving the trips through writing up reports and making videos. Gotta do things to get you through the long winter.
Forests4ever
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01/22/2022 01:44PM
 
Wow that was a great report! Love to hear about all the big fish catches!
WonderMonkey
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01/22/2022 05:33PM
 
Great report! Below is a link to the NOAA radio that I purchased and took to Quetico. It is small, light, and worked great.


Midland NOAA Radio
BWfishingfanatic12
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02/10/2022 02:39PM
 
WonderMonkey: "Great report! Below is a link to the NOAA radio that I purchased and took to Quetico. It is small, light, and worked great.



Midland NOAA Radio "



Thanks WM for the input. I know some people don't feel like you need them but I think I would find it beneficial. Especially, for some of those pop up thunderstorms or winds sometimes up there. I would like it for day trip planning, fishing planning, and piece of mind.
jlw034
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03/29/2022 03:30PM
 
Great post!


You were there a couple weeks after me, and it sounds like we had similar experiences.


I'd be interested to see if we were fishing the same spots. SAK is a big lake!
BWfishingfanatic12
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03/29/2022 08:30PM
 
jlw034: "Great post!



You were there a couple weeks after me, and it sounds like we had similar experiences.



I'd be interested to see if we were fishing the same spots. SAK is a big lake!"



I'd be up for sharing intel if you would like. I would enjoy hearing your perspective and experiences with fishing the last week of May/ early June. I am willing to share spots and more specific details via email if you want to reach out.


krausebe02@gmail.com
BWfishingfanatic12
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03/29/2022 08:30PM
 

MarshallPrime
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05/13/2022 12:29PM
 
BWfishingfanatic12 , I would like to email you with a couple questions but I do not see an email listed. Would you be will to answer a couple questions?
my email is matthahn1@hotmail.com
BWfishingfanatic12
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05/14/2022 09:38PM
 
MarshallPrime: "BWfishingfanatic12 , I would like to email you with a couple questions but I do not see an email listed. Would you be will to answer a couple questions?
my email is matthahn1@hotmail.com"



I sent you an email. Happy to help!
ScottMacFish
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01/31/2023 12:00PM
 
Not sure if this will get to or be seen by BWfishingfanatic12, can't find an email address, you mentioned helping out with possible spots to try. I am going in with my 12 year old son, his 5th trip, and 2 of his friends and their dads who have never been in the BWCA. The three boys are avid fishermen. I am hoping to make it a productive trip for them. So, any suggestions for a campsite and fishing spots to try would be greatly appreciated. My email is scott@mnhomes.com

Scott MacDougall
ScottMacFish
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01/31/2023 12:11PM
 
Hey may be doubling up on this message so if I have my apologies. Read your trip report. Truly a great trip. I am taking my 12 yr. old son in for his 5th trip into the BWCA. We have chased speckled trout on all our trips. I am bringing two of his friends and their dads, it will be thier first trip into the BWCA. The boys are avid bass and walleye fishermen. So, I am hping to make this as productive a trip for them as i can with a littlr lake trout fishing mixed in. If you are willing, any suggestions for fishing spots and campsite realtive to the spots would be greatly appreciated. We go in the 3rd week of May.

Scott MacDougall
BWfishingfanatic12
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02/04/2023 08:22PM
 
Hey Scott, I am not sure why my email does not pop up on here. I sent you an email so feel free to ask whatever questions you have on there and I will do my best to answer them.
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