BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
May 22 2019
Number of Permits per Day: 17
Elevation: 1184 feet
Saganaga Lake - 55
Sag to Mack to Falls chain May 08
May 16, 2008
Saganaga Lake Only
Number of Days:
Saturday may 17: saganaga
Attempted to make it to cache bay ranger station. Heavy wind, sleet, couldn’t make it safely. Base camped, tried to fish from shore but no luck.
Sunday may 18: Saganaga to saganagons
Snowing in the Am. Made it to the ranger station, despite the high wind. Proceeded from the ranger station into the north wind, blowing at around 30mph. Only made it to north saganagons. 1 small pike from camp. Rather cold day.
Monday may 19. Saganagons to cullen.
Nice day, caught a 30 inch pike from shore before we left in the morning. Went northeast to bitchu on our way to mack. Only to find motor boats in the north part of saganagons using trolling motors. That ruined my day…About a half a dozen of them too. Went through some really pretty lakes. Ended our day with a mile long portage into cullen. Wasn’t bad except for the ticks, and I lost my 300$ glasses on the trail. Found them luckily a half mile back. We also had to triple portage this one. Made it to cullen in the dark, no time for fishing.
Tuesday may 20 Cullen to mack
Dead mans portage sure is fun….High water only increased the fun. It is impossible to go through the bog at the end without water up past your knees. The water temp was high 40’s, and no waterproof shoes. This portage is also extremely steep, and about 2/3 mile long. Whenever things weren’t going as planned on the trip we would tell each other “Atleast were not in the bog!”. Made it into mack, fished from shore that evening, didn’t catch anything.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Mack
Base camped mack for 3 days. Mack is a great fishing lake! The average size smallmouth was in the high teens inches. Walleye average about 4lbs. Biggest walleye was 28inches, biggest smallmouth was 21inches. Mack is an odd lake, it is extremely shallow and has a muddy bottom. Pike are also everywhere, didn’t catch any large ones though. Had nice weather while basecamping. Caught several smallies from shore, and found an awesome walleye spot with a campsite right next to it, where you can catch them from shore. It was nice to relax, also took solar showers. Pike on this like was quite fun. I would jump in the canoe and troll husky jerks through the center of the lake(remember its shallow) and I would pick one up every 5 minutes or so. Caught countless numbers of them.
Saturday Mack to kawnipi
The waiwag was fun, except for the log jam, with no portage. We had to create our own. Many people may not know this but there is excellent walleye fishing in the wawaig. I think most people just pass it buy. I was going to do the same until I saw some swimming beneath the boat. Mind you its awefully murky water. We found an interesting spot and caught about 30 of them, biggest was 25 inches, but they average 2-3lbs in the wawaig.
Sunday Kawnipi to falls chain
Falls chain was very pretty, but a lot of portages. Caught a nice pike underneath a waterfall. Storm came through at night.
Monday Falls chain
Foul weather, decided to sit this day out, rained most of the day, no fish.
Tuesday Falls chain to saganaga
Wind cooperated with us. Caught a 7lb laker at silver falls, in about 10 feet of water. Camped out in Cache bay. Caught a smaller laker in about 3 feet of water in cache bay. Pretty day!
Wednesday Sag to outfitters