BWCA EP47 mid June - Best base camp lake for fishing novices? Boundary Waters Fishing Forum
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05/13/2020 12:39PM  
I took the adult kids and a friend and his adult kid to EP26 Wood Lake last year and we caught a ton of fish. No one liked the long portages in or the one over to Good Lake even though I mentioned that the long portages offering no loop opportunities was probably why the fishing was so good.

Anyway, I had planned on EP47 last year but called an audible to Wood.

Horseshoe lake seems to get a lot of traffic, Caribou is not very far into the bdubs, Vista will be lucky to get a site...

And it is June 15th which could be spawn or post-spawn, and maybe a mayfly hatch..all depending on whether its an early spring or not.

What I am reading leads me to think maybe basecamp on Vista (first choice), then Gaskin, maybe Horseshoe if the right campsite is open.

Any thoughts on basecamp, mayfly hatch, early spring, etc.?
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05/13/2020 06:37PM  
Vista is great but Horseshoe ain't bad either. I'd keep Horseshoe as my #2. Great chance at seeing a moose and also you can day portage to Vista for more fishing. It is a short portage and can easily be done with just a canoe and fishing gear.
05/21/2020 10:06AM  
Never had a problem finding camping on Horseshoe or Vista. There is a site on Vista that I love up on a hill on the West side. Beautiful view. I've never done well fishing on Vista--much more luck on Horseshoe and Caribou.

That said, Gaskin usually is a pretty busy lake when I've been there.

Just my experience--I'm sure it is the opposite for others! :)
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05/21/2020 11:27AM  
I will also be going into EP47 (next week), from the info I have gathered all three lakes can have some good fishing depending on who you ask. I am sure some also has to do with the timing.
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