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DRob1992
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09/08/2021 09:02AM  
Not sure if this has been a subject of discussion in the past...

My favorite fishing memory from camp happened to be on my only trip to the Quetico. My dad and I were staying on an island site - I forget which lake. Anyway, the day was approaching dusk and I was throwing a shallow-diving purple Rapala from our 'front-porch'. My dad was casting a chartreuse spinner from our 'back-porch'.

After several casts, I hooked into something. The fish was fighting differently and I was really hoping that I had hooked into my first-ever laker. After a good battle, I was able to land the fish - a healthy lake trout! The only issue was that, at the last moment, the fish became entangled in the line and managed to cause chaos. The Rapala, along with the fish, became deeply embedded in my shoe. Obviously, we were using exclusively barbless hooks and lures on this trip; so I thought it wouldn't be too much of a hassle to unsnag myself. I was wrong. It was a pretty big challenge.

While all of this was happening, my dad had hooked into a sizeable pike and was calling for my assistance to land his fish. I never even heard his quiet calls for help. He finally landed the pike, walked back to camp, and immediately says, "What the hell?!" I simply pointed to my foot and shrugged. We both laughed and ended the evening with a delicious fish n taters dinner.
 
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09/08/2021 09:06PM  
Took some first timers a few years back. They stayed back at camp one evening to relax and fish. Upon us returning to camp, they had big smiles and said they'd caught and released a 30" walleye. Of course I was happy but a little "you're joking right?" and they're like no here...showed me their phones and yep. Giant old walleye right from camp w/ a slip bobber.
 
DRob1992
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09/09/2021 08:24AM  
cyclones30: "Took some first timers a few years back. They stayed back at camp one evening to relax and fish. Upon us returning to camp, they had big smiles and said they'd caught and released a 30" walleye. Of course I was happy but a little "you're joking right?" and they're like no here...showed me their phones and yep. Giant old walleye right from camp w/ a slip bobber. "

This is similar to a walleye story I've got from about 10 years ago. We had a group of six guys and we had friendly, daily fishing bets. I had gone out with another guy and had caught my personal best walleye (24"). As we were paddling and approaching camp, I felt confident that I'd be getting $1 from each guy for the biggest walleye of the day. Turns out, as we were out fishing, another guy from our group had landed a 27 1/2" walleye from our camp. I spent the rest of the evening trying to best his catch, to no avail. Very mixed emotions resulted - proud of my friend for his catch; sad about having to pay $1 rather than winning $5.
 
salukiguy
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09/11/2021 05:13PM  
Caught my personal best walleye from camp casting a #4 Mepps spinner into a heavy wind in the middle of the afternoon. This was on Bald Eagle Lake. Caught my personal best Northern Pike from camp on Gull Lake using a Rapala.
 
DRob1992
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09/11/2021 06:28PM  
salukiguy: "Caught my personal best walleye from camp casting a #4 Mepps spinner into a heavy wind in the middle of the afternoon. This was on Bald Eagle Lake. Caught my personal best Northern Pike from camp on Gull Lake using a Rapala."

Thanks for sharing. I've had many experiences of catching fish when and where I had no business catching them (according to the fishing "norms" that we often hear about). Sorta like your PB Walleye in the middle of the afternoon ... I caught my 2nd best Walleye on a sunny, 90 degree day and it was on a mistake cast. I was throwing a spinner bait and the lure actually landed on shore. I reeled a tiny bit to get the lure into water and, the moment it hit the water, FISH ON! Surprised me so much that I jerked way harder than I should have. Luckily, I landed the fish ... a 23" Walleye. That was easily the most mysterious fish I've ever caught.
 
Hammertime
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09/13/2021 09:59PM  
I can’t think of any that stand out. We’ve never got a trophy from camp, just a bunch of eaters.

I mostly just think of fun. Bobbers going down while playing cribbage, people scrambling to get the net, people casting right where somebody just got a bite, taking trash to your buddies, catching fish from camp is awesome.
 
DRob1992
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09/14/2021 05:29PM  
Hammertime: "I can’t think of any that stand out. We’ve never got a trophy from camp, just a bunch of eaters.


I mostly just think of fun. Bobbers going down while playing cribbage, people scrambling to get the net, people casting right where somebody just got a bite, taking trash to your buddies, catching fish from camp is awesome."


Gotta be my favorite method of fishing. And somehow, despite putting in minimal effort, it seems to be my most productive method, too. Speaking of talking trash to friends ... One of my best friends went on a trip with us one year. We were fishing near each other when he claimed to have hooked into a "lunker". This lunker broke him off and I immediately tell him he snagged a log. Kid you not, less than two minutes later we are walking back to our tent when we spot a nice-sized Pike with an orange floating Rapala sticking out of its mouth. Guess it wasn't a log that he snagged after all.
 
09/14/2021 11:22PM  
Okay your first story is awesome…thanks for sharing!

Back when live bait was legal in the Q, the wind was terrible, so my Dad threw out a leech and bobber from camp. This was walleye opener and very cold…as I am telling him that there is no way a walleye will be in this area the bobber goes down and he pulls in a 24 inch walleye. We never caught another one form that spot…but I wa s proven wrong…not the first time :)

On disappointment lake I was bored, mid day and jigged a pink and white twister tail and hooked a 24 inch walleye from camp around Labor Day.

On Basswood hooked a 28 incher from camp mid day early August with the same jig. Shouldn’t have been there either. But if ya don’t fish you have a 0% chance.

T
 
DRob1992
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09/15/2021 06:56AM  
timatkn: "Okay your first story is awesome…thanks for sharing!


Back when live bait was legal in the Q, the wind was terrible, so my Dad threw out a leech and bobber from camp. This was walleye opener and very cold…as I am telling him that there is no way a walleye will be in this area the bobber goes down and he pulls in a 24 inch walleye. We never caught another one form that spot…but I wa s proven wrong…not the first time :)


On disappointment lake I was bored, mid day and jigged a pink and white twister tail and hooked a 24 inch walleye from camp around Labor Day.


On Basswood hooked a 28 incher from camp mid day early August with the same jig. Shouldn’t have been there either. But if ya don’t fish you have a 0% chance.


T"


That last part - if ya don't fish you have a 0% chance - is so true and relates to nature in general. I often share nature stories with friends (who, unfortunately, haven't spent much time outdoors in their lives) and they are amazed at the things I've seen. In reality, anyone has the ability to see crazy nature events unfold. All it takes is getting outdoors and keeping your eyes open and your senses alert.
 
lundojam
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09/15/2021 07:13AM  
Years ago here on the forum somebody asked "what is your favorite way to catch walleyes?" or something of that nature and I answered "half-drunk from shore." Carefully but hurriedly setting down your red-boxed-wine-in-a-coffeecup and running to your bobber rod is a ton of fun. I quit drinking by the way.

I also have a fond memory of cooking fish while one guy was cleaning and two others were still catching. That's fresh fish right there.
 
Savage Voyageur
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09/15/2021 07:30AM  
Too many memories to tell only one. Something about watching a lighted slip bobber go down while sitting next to a fire or by the lake. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
 
missmolly
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09/15/2021 08:18AM  
I've got three, all from the same island in northwestern Ontario where I've spent months in aggregate:

1. Each morning, I'd bustle out of the tent to to cast to a spur between our island and the next. My fishing partner was slow, so I'd provide some incentive to rise and shine. I was only a few feet from the tent, so he could hear the smallmouth leaping and I'd count out the fish: "Got one!" "Got another one!" "That's three!" Most mornings, I'd catch between five and seven before he emerged and we took to the canoe.

2. One day, when the Sun was high and penetrating deep into the water, I was sitting on a rock and saw two smallmouth pass. Five minutes later, they passed again as they were circling the island. Then again and again. Seeing them was even more fun than catching them.

3. My brother and I had just returned from a morning of fishing when I saw a smallmouth rise just off our island. I cast to it and hooked it and because he was on the shore and had his camera, my brother shot a series of photos of the fish jumping and being landed. 19 inches!

 
Bobaaa
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09/15/2021 09:33AM  
I was up with the sunrise one calm June morning... just made my coffee and walked down the shoreline to make a few casts with a surface lure. After a few casts a 40 inch Northern hit and the fight was on. I tried yelling for my son to wake up and grab the camera but I was unsuccessful.

I landed the Northern and got him measured and safely released with no witnesses, and no official record other than a fond memory of another great morning in the BWCA.
 
missmolly
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09/15/2021 10:13AM  
lundojam: "Years ago here on the forum somebody asked "what is your favorite way to catch walleyes?" or something of that nature and I answered "half-drunk from shore." Carefully but hurriedly setting down your red-boxed-wine-in-a-coffeecup and running to your bobber rod is a ton of fun. I quit drinking by the way.


I also have a fond memory of cooking fish while one guy was cleaning and two others were still catching. That's fresh fish right there."


I'm with you. I like to catch my meal right beside my stove, so it's from the hook to the frying pan in mere minutes.

#nodamnstringer!
 
DRob1992
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09/15/2021 02:30PM  
missmolly: "lundojam: "Years ago here on the forum somebody asked "what is your favorite way to catch walleyes?" or something of that nature and I answered "half-drunk from shore." Carefully but hurriedly setting down your red-boxed-wine-in-a-coffeecup and running to your bobber rod is a ton of fun. I quit drinking by the way.



I also have a fond memory of cooking fish while one guy was cleaning and two others were still catching. That's fresh fish right there."



I'm with you. I like to catch my meal right beside my stove, so it's from the hook to the frying pan in mere minutes.


#nodamnstringer!"


Nothing fresher and tastier than that! Makes me hungry!!
 
09/17/2021 06:47AM  
Savage Voyageur: "Too many memories to tell only one. Something about watching a lighted slip bobber go down while sitting next to a fire or by the lake. It just doesn’t get much better than that. " yes many memories indeed ! 1 that comes to mind . i was up early everyone else was sleeping , i hooked into a nice 9lb laker and it kept taking drag, many turns making my reel sing , everyone was within ear shot and was wondering what the heck is going on , 1 person finally crawled out of the tent.
i just love camp fishing, slip bobber--deadbait on bottom--is always a blast but nothing like getting slammed on your retrieve ;)
and being 61 now , i'm fine with fishing from shore in the BWCA.
 
preacherdave
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09/17/2021 10:58AM  
Not even close for me. Few years back we were in Quetico. My buddy had slipped and fallen hard on a rock. Spent two days in a hammock recovering. I was hanging out on a rock at camp and spied a northern swimming by. Grabbed my rod that had a Ribbett tied on and cast it out. Made for a fun few minutes.
 
papalambeau
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09/17/2021 12:49PM  
The best fishing from camp memories have to be watching the grandkids catching big smallmouth with slip bobbers and leeches. Great to watch live and then watch the videos as time marches on. One of the best had to be this past June when my 8 year old grandson landed a 19" smallie from camp while a storm was coming in and an eagle was flying overhead. Looked like a fire drill but it's all on video.
 
DRob1992
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09/17/2021 12:52PM  
preacherdave: "Not even close for me. Few years back we were in Quetico. My buddy had slipped and fallen hard on a rock. Spent two days in a hammock recovering. I was hanging out on a rock at camp and spied a northern swimming by. Grabbed my rod that had a Ribbett tied on and cast it out. Made for a fun few minutes. "

What a dream sight hunting and catching that hog Pike must have been! Very cool
 
BWfishingfanatic12
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09/18/2021 12:03PM  
Like many others I also love fishing from camp. Have lots of good memories from this so I will share my best two.

Both were from the same campsite on Knife lake, actually on the same trip.

One afternoon we had just gotten back from day tripping. my brother went to go take a nap and I sat in the shade reading my Bible. For good measure I decided to cast out a slip bobber. Much to my surprise it started going down within seconds of casting it out. Over the next hour I cast it out along shore in about 15 FOW and I don't think it ever sat for more than 5 minutes without going under. In several hours I must have caught 25 smallmouth and around 20 walleyes as well with a few pike thrown in as well.

The other campsite memory was one evening finishing up our campfire we saw a mouse scurry away from our kitchen area. We had the brought idea to try to catch him with a pot propped up on a y stick tied to fishing line. We caught him and threw him out into the water and a big fish came up and smoked it. We ran and grabbed some topwater lures and in the pitch black cast them out and in about a half hour had caught several really nice Smallies with a couple of them being over 20".
 
09/23/2021 06:59AM  
AWESOME ! ^^^^ knife Lake is definitely a place for good camp fishing stories ;)
 
bloody stump
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09/30/2021 07:39AM  
Like others have said, there is nothing better than fishing from shore when the fishing is good.....Jockeying with your buddies to cast to 'the spot', giving your buddy crap for stabbing at the 28"+ walleye with the net and subsequently losing the fish (and not caring all that much because the fishing is that good)...... the list goes on an on

In recent years we seem to be doing more and more shore fishing (from camp or other spots) and my 'best memories from camp' keep getting updated ......Slip bobber with a leech and wait for the "hey where's your bobber" or casting spoons/jigs and let the fun begin...
 
DRob1992
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09/30/2021 09:54AM  
bloody stump: "Like others have said, there is nothing better than fishing from shore when the fishing is good.....Jockeying with your buddies to cast to 'the spot', giving your buddy crap for stabbing at the 28"+ walleye with the net and subsequently losing the fish (and not caring all that much because the fishing is that good)...... the list goes on an on


In recent years we seem to be doing more and more shore fishing (from camp or other spots) and my 'best memories from camp' keep getting updated ......Slip bobber with a leech and wait for the "hey where's your bobber" or casting spoons/jigs and let the fun begin... "


That Walleye and Laker are lunkers!!
 
10/04/2021 08:25AM  
2016, I think, my then 10 year old son caught this 26" walleye from shore on Red Rock Lake, at 2:00 PM on a sunny August day, in about 4 feet of water. What the heck that fish was doing there, at that time of day, I'll never know.

It was to much for just the two of us to eat, so it lives to see another day.

 
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10/04/2021 07:17PM  
Back in 2015 my then 19 year old wanted to do a solo. But my husband and I also wanted to go, and spend time with him. So we all left from the Clearwater entry, husband & I went thru Caribou, and ended up at Pine. My son went solo through Clearwater, then looped around and joined us at Pine. On our last full day we decided to move closer to the entry. Sites were full, and we were worried we'd have to exit. But luckily the last site on Caribou was open. On our last morning there was mist over the water as the sun rose. There is a nice flat rock slab at waters edge. Both my husband and son were fishing from shore. I was sitting behind them, enjoying the sun warming my face, and the two of them quietly fish. I don't even remember if they caught any fish. But it is one of my best memories. I sometimes use it when I want to lower my blood pressure!
 
10/08/2021 05:32PM  
I was on the South Kawishiwi River with my three kids and was setting up camp. The fisherman of my three little ones, my 8 year old son at the time, wanted to fish. I had taken a site with great shore fishing options for this reason so I told him to start casting. He said can I use this popper? I was like poppers suck dude, I would use that... but he insisted. I showed him how to use it on his ultralight panfish rod and he started casting. Before I knew it he was screaming like his hair was on fire and I looked up to see him battling a HOG. He had to play that fish for about 15 minutes until we finally got it in. It was a beautiful 20 inch smallmouth and his grin was priceless.

Absolute favorite fishing memory of all canoe trips.
 
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