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SneakyPete
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05/23/2019 10:22AM
Sorry about the misspelling of Merriam in my previous post. Any discussion regarding fishing and campsites would be greatly appreciated.
 
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marsonite
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05/24/2019 06:52AM
I don't have much info for you....I have paddled through there on the way to Kett. It is quite scenic and I think it gets very little traffic. You will hear boats in the distance on Basswood on the US side. I didn't get out and inspect any campsites, but I saw several potentially very nice looking sites as I paddled by.
AmarilloJim
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05/24/2019 07:35AM
Is the cut off portage still there and usable?
marsonite
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05/24/2019 12:21PM
AmarilloJim: "Is the cut off portage still there and usable?"

As of about 2015 yes.
old_salt
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05/25/2019 07:16AM
Camped one night there a couple of years ago. It’s mostly bass and laker water. The site we used was very nice. Limited selection of sites.
05/25/2019 09:15AM
Only passed through, the eastern side of Little Merriam looked to have a couple of decent sites. I stopped and fished some of the reefs on the eastern side. Pulled in 17-19” smallies one right after another, sometimes 2-3 were trying to attack my lure while I reeled in the one I hooked. That was mid-day on a hot sunny August day—-probably be hard to reproduce that but there are definitely Smallmouth there.

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bassman
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06/10/2019 09:46AM
Not a lot of campsites there, but a good one is on the eastern shore of Big Merriam (the western part of the bay). It's right across from the three islands in the middle of the bay. Look for a pair of tall trees that look like goalposts. They are easy to spot once you know what you're looking for.

As you found Little Merriam has some great bass fishing. Pretty good place for a windy day also, since it's a bit protected. There's also a nice reef in the middle of the far eastern part of Little Merriam where bass, pike, and walleye hang out.

If it's not that windy Bayley Bay has some good fishing too including both largemouth and smallmouth. I don't think I've ever caught a largemouth on Basswood beyond Bayley Bay until the back of North Bay or Ranger Bay.
Frankie_Paull
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06/13/2019 10:19PM
The nice thing about those parts of quetico is on the Minnesota lakefinder the topo maps show the lake depths. There are reefs all over the place the unfortunate part is you can’t use live bait. But if smuggling a couple nightcrawlers over the border is the worst thing you do in life then so be it.
06/15/2019 07:29AM
Frankie_Paull,

Can you supply a LINK to the Minnesota Lake Finder website that shows the depth contours of Basswood. I found the Minnesota Lake Finder home page and found Basswood but I can not find depth contour.

Thanks
06/16/2019 10:24AM
I spent a bit more time on the Minnesota Lake Finder Link and found the Basswood depth maps that extend into Quetico.
Frankie_Paull
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06/18/2019 12:25AM
Wally13: "I spent a bit more time on the Minnesota Lake Finder Link and found the Basswood depth maps that extend into Quetico. " My email is Fpaull84@gmail.com email me and we can talk more in-depth.
old_salt
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06/18/2019 07:51AM
Frankie_Paull: "Wally13: "I spent a bit more time on the Minnesota Lake Finder Link and found the Basswood depth maps that extend into Quetico. " My email is Fpaull84@gmail.com email me and we can talk more in-depth. "

This is getting pretty deep.
Frankie_Paull
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06/23/2019 07:54PM
old_salt: "Frankie_Paull: "Wally13: "I spent a bit more time on the Minnesota Lake Finder Link and found the Basswood depth maps that extend into Quetico. " My email is Fpaull84@gmail.com email me and we can talk more in-depth. "


This is getting pretty deep."

Let’s just hope I don’t got over the deep end.
Frankie_Paull
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06/23/2019 07:54PM
old_salt: "Frankie_Paull: "Wally13: "I spent a bit more time on the Minnesota Lake Finder Link and found the Basswood depth maps that extend into Quetico. " My email is Fpaull84@gmail.com email me and we can talk more in-depth. "


This is getting pretty deep."

Let’s just hope I don’t got over the deep end.
 
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