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MattyM
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04/05/2022 01:17PM  
Hey all! Looking for advice. I have an entry permit for May 19th through Sawbill. It’s my first time through this entry. Which direction would provide the best fishing? East through smoke/burnt/flame? West through the Lady chain? Cherokee to the North doesn’t seem to hold bass and walleye, per the DNR lake finder site. We will be out 4 days. Mainly catch and release for bass and Northerns. Will have some live bait along to toss a bobber out as well. Anyone have specific lakes or spots they love in those areas? Thanks for any info provided!

Matt
 
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04/05/2022 06:19PM  
East through smoke/burnt?

yes. burnt.
 
cyclones30
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04/05/2022 06:50PM  
You'll find those fish in either direction you mentioned
 
shock
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04/10/2022 01:48AM  
head west young man not only you will find fish but beaver and pelts and that sort of stuff.
 
fishnfreak
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04/22/2022 11:30AM  
If May 19 is your entry then I would go up to Wine or Frost.
 
MattyM
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04/22/2022 01:08PM  
fishnfreak: "If May 19 is your entry then I would go up to Wine or Frost. "

Can you elaborate on that? Have you had good success in those areas in the spring?
 
fishnfreak
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04/24/2022 06:28AM  
Yes I have. I've taken a lot of trips out of Sawbill. Your entry dates should be prime laker fishing and Wine and Frost are both good ones.
 
cyclones30
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04/24/2022 10:58AM  
Lakers there and still up shallow and active with late ice out
 
FeralWanderer
 
05/08/2022 09:28AM  
Few years ago we outfitted through Sawbill. Sawbill dropped us at Brule n came down the Temperance chain through Burnt Smoke n Flame. It was second week in May. Beautiful, fairly easy n the Bass were just turning on. Caught walleyes as well jigging bottom. Most of the bass were deeper crank baits n silver spoons. Walleye were on white leadheads n perch plastic bodies or white minnow bodies. The rock walls produced the most bass in the gorge. Sawbill outfitters will mark your maps for you with the best spots. Amazing Outfitter..
 
05/10/2022 12:38PM  
My first trip was the Lady Chain. It is a beautiful area and I would highly recommend it. 4 days is a good length for that. Wine is fine, but that is a long portage and pretty remote. No walleye either from my understanding.

Burnt is busier and there isn't really anywhere else you could go from there. I like the Lady Chain because there are more options and bigger lakes. On my first trip, we didn't see anyone after the Alton-Beth portage until we were leaving. If you want to catch northern, bass, and walleye then this is the route.
 
boatmaninc
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06/11/2022 07:09AM  
Spent week on the northern part of Sawbill. Was told that walleyes were hot and caught on anything. I should have known from there what our luck would be. No walleyes were caught by us on Sawbill June 6-8. Leeches and cranks offered. Slips and trolling. Headed over to Kelso to get some northerns. Bingo. Caught enough for a couple meals.

Others fishing the same part had the same luck.

 
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