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thegildedgopher
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06/20/2024 10:04PM  
Fished Canadian side of Sag which has become an annual tradition. This year was one of the hardest bites we’ve come across to be honest. It was our shortest trip ever due to family and work schedules which made it tough to really figure things out this year. We still had a grand slam one day but it was the most meager slam ever, nothing to brag about.

Lake Trout: Monday night we found them on the same reef/humps as last year. Fished just a quick hour and got a 24 and a 27. Had us optimistic, but weather over the next 2 days wouldn’t let us get out to Big Sag. When we finally made it out Wednesday night they had moved from sitting atop a 40 ft reef to suspending at 60 over 100 fow off the edge of the reef. We threw everything at them and worked the area top to bottom but they wouldn’t bite.

Walleye: Tuesday was a classic walleye day with a great south wind creating decent chop, fully cloudy with 2 big soakers. We boated a 3 man limit but had to work like crazy for them. I bet we hit 12 different spots picking up a fish here or 2 there. Last year I think we limited out in a single spot one day. Totally different game this year. We did have solid size this year. Largest was 24”. Lots of fish right in that 17-20 inch range. Our most productive tactic was pulling crawler harnesses.

It’s well advertised that sag is a tough nut to crack. After 4 years I have a bunch of spots marked and notes to draw on but the lake is still humbling. Here’s my biggest takeaway for June walleye fishing on sag: fish the wind. when they are still hanging in the bays and not yet out on deeper main lake structure, If you have a south wind, hammer the fishy looking spots on the northern shores of those bays and points. Establish the depth they’re at and then hammer that depth. Every fish we caught was in 8-14 feet of water this week. If we didn’t catch within 20 minutes it was time to keep moving because there are a LOT of spots that meet the above description.

 
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lundojam
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06/22/2024 10:08PM  
Thanks for the report GG.
I drew a first-ever OM for Sag coming up here in mid-July; I might have to hit you up for a few campsites and maybe a starting point for LT and walleyes. My plan as it stands is to do obvious stuff--main lake structure, wind-blown points, current for walleyes and take it as it comes.
 
thegildedgopher
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06/23/2024 08:43AM  
Definitely, shoot me an email. First piece of advice is to get your Ontario license. No RABC required to paddle back and forth across the border as long as you don’t touch ground or anchor on the Canadian side.
 
06/23/2024 11:13AM  
thegildedgopher: "...No RABC required to paddle back and forth across the border as long as you don’t touch ground or anchor on the Canadian side."


I'd need to see that verified. It's probably been hashed-out here before.
 
thegildedgopher
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06/23/2024 12:15PM  
bobbernumber3: "
thegildedgopher: "...No RABC required to paddle back and forth across the border as long as you don’t touch ground or anchor on the Canadian side."



I'd need to see that verified. It's probably been hashed-out here before."


This article describes it pretty well.

The exact language from CBCSA: “Foreign nationals who enter Canadian waters for leisure and touring, including pleasure fishing or sightseeing (known as loop movements), and those who transit Canadian waters from one place outside Canada to another place outside Canada, are not required to report to the CBSA as long as the boat does not land on Canadian soil, anchor, moor or come alongside another boat, and no persons or goods are discharged in Canadian waters.”

We do get the RABC because we stay on Canadian soil. Also if you’d like to fish with live bait, get an RABC and you can stop at the Chippewa Inn on Red Pine Island. Last week they had crawlers, leeches, and frozen ciscoes available. Only buy what you’ll use on the Canadian side because I don’t believe you can take it back across the border but I could be wrong on that detail.



 
PK2
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06/29/2024 05:25PM  
Just as an addition to the other comments, if you are camping on the Canadian side you need to make sure you know where crown land is and where Quetico Park is. You need a permit to be able to camp on either of those spaces.
People think they can just camp wherever they want as long as they are not in the park, but you need permits for Crown Land as well. All other land (that isn't Park or Crown Land) is privately owned...so you'd probably want permission for that as well!

Additionally, as soon as you cross into Quetico you will need a day permit and need to make sure you have no live bait with you!

Enjoy the fishing!
 
06/29/2024 08:55PM  
Isn’t all of sag either US or Canadian?

Quetico starts at the opening to cache bay and follows the shoreline inside cache bay up into saganagons. I’m gonna have to look at a map now. It I think all the Canadian Shoreline is just canada, whether crown land or privately owned. So crown land camping permits for that, but if in cache bay and up into saganagons…then It’s quetico and quetico nightly permits are needed.

On a side note…Chippewa Inn is I business again? That awesome. Are Dicky and Sherry running it again?
 
thegildedgopher
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06/30/2024 09:37AM  
I don’t make any stops on Canadian soil other than our resort. I haven’t noticed any obvious “camp sites” on the non-quetico portions of sag, but I haven’t really been looking either. I usually assume sag shorelines on the Canadian side are private owned to be safe.

Mocha— I don’t know if the Chippewa Inn is fully back in business but yes it’s open. Donny Sorlie is the new owner. He is doing guided fishing trips and selling bait for sure, I’m not sure if he’s taking overnight guests yet. I have his phone number — if you’d like to email me I’d be happy to share!
 
GWsag50yrs
  
07/17/2024 10:03AM  
Camping & Fishing Sag. msg. me for spots.
 
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