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CatchNRelease
 
03/25/2020 04:15PM
Hi All. In case we can’t cross the Canadian border, we are looking at BWCAW choices coming in from Moose lake. We are “Here for the fishing”. My portaging will be limited by some knee work done over the winter.

I am looking at either Knife Lake or Basswood. Are they both great for smallmouth and walleye or should I focus my optional planning on one lake in particular?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Wallyworld
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03/25/2020 06:23PM

My Vote: Basswood

May you catch the next record Snake.
 
03/25/2020 06:31PM
Basswood
 
03/25/2020 08:50PM
I would go with Basswood as well. Easier to get into and a ton of great spots to fish. Had good luck on Knife as well, but if going for numbers and possibility of a BIG fish I would go with Basswood.
 
blutofish1
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03/26/2020 06:26AM
Basswood
 
Harv
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03/26/2020 07:20AM
Going through Moose Lake; Basswood is the easiest to get too and better fishing!
 
illini79ps
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03/26/2020 06:15PM
Just to add one quick Basswood note: it has a massive population of Cisco (or Tubilee if you will) due to the amount of deep water areas it has). The food per acre is much higher and the walleye at times will use the type of forage, especially larger ones. Smallies have a larger crayfish base as well. Knife is great to canoe in, but Basswood for fishing to be sure.
 
yogi59weedr
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03/26/2020 09:41PM
Go to Knife. To many boats on Basswood. Motor noise in Basswood will drive you bonkers. Basswood east and Basswood west are 2 different fisheries.
 
CatchNRelease
 
03/27/2020 05:21AM
Yup. I know what I am getting into with the boat noise. We have stayed there at the end of some longer trips before heading home. Not the wilderness experience you get in most areas of the park. Thanks for the reminder. It is a consideration.
 
bobbernumber3
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03/27/2020 05:48AM
CatchNRelease: "Hi All. In case we can’t cross the Canadian border, we are looking at BWCAW choices coming in from Moose lake...."

CatchNRelease, get question/conversation starter! My group is thinking along the same lines. Based on replies, we'll have to consider Basswood. Anyone know if there are lake trout in Basswood?

ps. Welcome to the Board!
 
AmarilloJim
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03/27/2020 06:45AM
bobbernumber3: "CatchNRelease: "Hi All. In case we can’t cross the Canadian border, we are looking at BWCAW choices coming in from Moose lake...."


CatchNRelease, get question/conversation starter! My group is thinking along the same lines. Based on replies, we'll have to consider Basswood. Anyone know if there are lake trout in Basswood?


ps. Welcome to the Board!"


Only in North bay from what I have seen and heard.
 
Wallyworld
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03/27/2020 12:33PM

Knife and Basswood both have lake trout. Go to minnesota lakefinder and check surveys. That would give you the best info.
 
QueticoMike
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03/27/2020 12:38PM
AmarilloJim: "bobbernumber3: "CatchNRelease: "Hi All. In case we can’t cross the Canadian border, we are looking at BWCAW choices coming in from Moose lake...."



CatchNRelease, get question/conversation starter! My group is thinking along the same lines. Based on replies, we'll have to consider Basswood. Anyone know if there are lake trout in Basswood?



ps. Welcome to the Board!"



Only in North bay from what I have seen and heard."


Saw a big one come out of Sunday Bay last year.

 
Bushpilot
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03/27/2020 01:31PM
bobbernumber3: "CatchNRelease: "Hi All. In case we can’t cross the Canadian border, we are looking at BWCAW choices coming in from Moose lake...."


CatchNRelease, get question/conversation starter! My group is thinking along the same lines. Based on replies, we'll have to consider Basswood. Anyone know if there are lake trout in Basswood?


ps. Welcome to the Board!"
Basswood is a very good trout lake , most trips that's what we target. I would take Basswood over Knife for walleye and pike also.
 
cyclones30
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03/27/2020 08:57PM
Doesn't knife eventually connect down to Basswood? So whatever was in there could in theory be in Basswood too?
 
yogi59weedr
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03/27/2020 09:32PM
Psst....
Ill6 be in one of those boats....
Abet with a quiet 4 stroke merc.
 
CCBBSpeckled
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04/02/2020 01:08PM
I prefer Knife.
 
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