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05/30/2023 09:33AM  
Any fishing reports between Lake One and Insula? I head in Lake one in a few days and have never been to this side of the BWCA. Just curious if anyone has been there yet this year with any pointers?
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05/30/2023 01:57PM  
I saw in another thread Lundojam mentioned doing well for walleye on Lake One.

I've been through that area three times over the years. There are a few rapids that should be productive to fish below. Trolling and casting around points and island saddles on Insula should be productive for walleye. We were on Insula last year and did really well for walleye one morning fishing the backside of a shallow saddle between two islands that the wind was really moving through, and the windy side of a small rock island. Gold shad raps and slip bobbers were both productive.
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05/31/2023 01:00PM  
No specific reports but fishing is generally best this early in the season near moving/warm water. South facing shorelines that get more sunshine early season, shallow bays, pinch points between islands, windy shorelines, etc. If you're looking for walleye, fish deep (12-18') during the day and shallow during early morning/late evening (2-8'). The smallmouth bite should heat up pretty significantly in the next week with shoreline temps finally getting above 60 degrees. Look for them on first shoreline breaks (4-12') of water and potentially even shallower as they start to make/defend their spawning beds. Pike...don't worry about pike...they will find you!

If it were me, I would bring minnows and leeches as the cold weather still has the fish a little picky/lethargic/slow. Not many portages along that route and they are all relatively easy, so I would justify the use of live bait to increase the odds of catching fish. This time of year is the perfect time for fishing from shore late evening in shallow water - wait for those walleyes to come to you and watch that bobber disappear!
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