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Biscuit
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04/10/2021 05:59PM  
Title says it all. Looking for trip suggestions for a solo trip towards October 1st time frame, around three days. Would like to come up, not do a ton of portages, probably base camp and spend some time fishing and relaxing. With this what do you all think is a good option?
 
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TuscaroraBorealis
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04/10/2021 07:30PM  

Look at Little Gabbro or Isabella lakes.
cyclones30
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04/11/2021 07:49AM  
Should have most permits open for that time frame you'd think.

Are you opposed to getting a tow? Basswood would be a nice area, but I'm not sure I'd want to paddle all of it solo in cold water.
Banksiana
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04/11/2021 08:30AM  
cyclones30: "Should have most permits open for that time frame you'd think. "
No permit reservations beginning October 1, all permits self-issue.
cyclones30
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04/12/2021 12:06PM  
Banksiana: "cyclones30: "Should have most permits open for that time frame you'd think. "
No permit reservations beginning October 1, all permits self-issue."


Haha, good point! I'm in permit mode obviously....
Jakthund
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04/12/2021 04:26PM  
Might be a good time to visit the numbered lakes. Two easy portages and you can get quite a ways in. They are good fishing lakes and usually crowded during the summer, but shouldn't be bad in October. Easy to adjust how far you go if the weather isn't looking good.
lindylair
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04/12/2021 08:09PM  
Homer Lake entry, paddle to Vern and pick one of the two campsites. Easy entry, couple short easy portages. Good fishing on Vern and right from camp at both campsites. Take a daytrip up the Vern River for more good fishing and scenery. Fish above and below the small narrows/rapids. Other daytrips available if you are in the mood. We have found very good smallie and walleye fishing on Vern Lake and up the Vern River and have caught a lot of nice fish from both of the campsites. Last summer I caught 7 - 19 inch walleyes from camp over a few days just casually fishing from the site on the southern shore. A few years ago I got some decent eyes and several really nice smallies from the site on the northern shore. And we don't fish that hard. Kind of off the beaten path, not a popular area. Good chance of some nice solitude.
04/18/2021 10:50AM  
Caribou/Horseshoe area. Few portages, decent walleye. Another option is the other Caribou-by Moon and Deer lakes. Again, easy to get to and solid fishing.
lindylair
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04/19/2021 06:53PM  
I still think Homer could be the ticket but Frenchy has some good suggestions too. If you go to Horseshoe, one portage further will put you on Vista with a 5 star campsite on the southern end, beautiful lake and very good fishing. Been a long time, want to get back there someday.
VoyageurNorth
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04/26/2021 03:36AM  
Try South Kawishiwi entry #32.

From #32 to just south of Clear Lake has short portages, nice campsites where you can basecamp and pike, walleye, sm bass, largemouth bass and pan fish.

Only 20-25 minutes from Ely.
dringge
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04/26/2021 04:08AM  
Wow! Some great suggestions here. Ive been working on a doing a very similar trip. These suggestions are making my choice easier.
 
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