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Bjmd28
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07/03/2022 01:38PM  
Its been a roller coaster ride trying to decide whether or not to go to WCPP. our group has several members who have been doing BWCA for 15-16 years. This year one of the oldest members decided he doesn't think he can handle it next year, he did fine this year. However one of the days they were playing Louis and clark and refused to use the GPS and had to do some bushwhacking and tripped for 5 hours longer than the rest of us. I started looking into WCPP because of fly in options that would let us at least trick him into thinking it was an easy trip.
We, or I enjoy the fishing and bushcraft more than anything else. When i first started looking at WCPP I was really excited, then i discovered....the burn. I looked at how extensive it was and using my BWCA mentality just about ruled it out. Then i read more, I found post comparing WCPP and BWCA. I realized this is a different ecosystem all together. Where BWCA has a lot of old growth forest and swamps that's not the case in WCPP, and that even a relatively unburned area is not going to be much like what we're used to.
My new plan is to just do it, and try to avoid staying in the areas that burnt last year. Is this how i should think about this place?
It is early in the process but wondering if anyone has fly in fly out suggestions? In a perfect world we would start or finish at Irregular to try out the muskie. Im a little nervous about the fishing. I am a southerner and bass fisherman, until this last trip I though walleye were a rumor and still question if lake trout are real.
any help would be appreciated. We generally base camp, but I think we should move around a little, maybe 2-3 nights per site 6-8 nights total.
 
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Marten
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07/03/2022 06:19PM  
I am attaching a link to a fire report map from last Sept. that will show you a lot about the burns in WCPP. The burns varied in intensity and there are some green areas in the outlined burn areas. The Irregular area was just coming around from a decades old fire and seems to have burned pretty hot and completely.

I would suggest you talk to Albert at Goldseekers Outfitting about a fly-in to Walking Stick Lake in the NW. I had heard reports that the fires burned lightly in that area and Albert should be able to give you info on that. It is a fantastic fishing and scenic lake with other lakes closeby. Albert should have the GPS data for the area, if not I can send it to you. Here is a view of the area before any fires.
HREF="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-555tA8y10" TARGET="_blank">Walking Stick video Walking Stick Lake



Fire map
Sept.9 map of fire history
Bjmd28
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07/04/2022 06:15AM  
Goldseeker is the outfitter I have been talking to. Thanks for the info. I’m more worried about the condition of the portages than how things look. Those burned areas may have better than normal fishing if people are avoiding them. I’m sure we can find something to appreciate anywhere up there.
Other than a light burn any other reasons you
Suggest the walking stick area?
 
07/04/2022 08:52AM  
If you are flying both ways, you have lots of opportunities. Between Albert and the Parks office, you've got the right resources...

I hear you on Irregular, but that puts you a fair distance from anything that has not burned in the last decade.

Fishing everywhere in the park is basically at native, un-fished levels, even in normal times. Pressure is so minimal...
 
Marten
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07/04/2022 09:08AM  

Other than a light burn any other reasons you
Suggest the walking stick area? "

Big Pike, plentiful Walleye, 5 star campsite, no one goes there, very scenic with high rock walls, GPS tracks showing portages over mostly sparsely trees terrain to Echo Lake to the SE and what I call South Mooseakon to the NW. These lakes are such good fishing that lodges used to fly guests in to the boats they have stashed on them. I don't think it ever happens anymore. More Caribou because of not being burned down to bare rock. Easy hiking and exploring because there is no underbrush. Miles of walking on the exposed Canadian Shield but still enough timber for shade.
 
Bjmd28
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07/04/2022 09:38AM  
Thanks, now I’m interested. I mean to the southerner who has never seen a Muskie, a 35 inch pike will be just as good.
 
Marten
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07/04/2022 03:05PM  
Bjmd28: "Thanks, now I’m interested. I mean to the southerner who has never seen a Muskie, a 35 inch pike will be just as good. "

35" , you mean what the big one's eat.
 
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