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mfechter
  
06/26/2015 05:00PM  
I have seen many trip reports in the Gun, Gull, Moosecamp & Beartrap lake area and almost never a mention of Thunder lake? Does anyone have any information on fishing Thunder? I fished it in 2013 and caught 6-8 Northern and spent countless hours fishing for Walleye in all the usual methods....and nothing.

I've had good fishing on the other lakes mentioned and am beginning to take my Thunder Lake failures personal...well not really.

Thanks!
 
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mr.barley
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06/26/2015 05:32PM  
I have not fished Thunder, but I looked it up in the Furtman guide and walleyes are a listed species.
 
06/27/2015 10:49AM  
I fished Thunder , but it has been over 15 years. At that time I had good luck fishing the shorelines slow trolling a jig and Leech in 10 feet of water. This was in early to mid July. I only had a day to fish it, so I did not search out any mid lake structure although I am sure there must be some. If you have time hit Beartrap. We had great success there. I remember the Walleyes being deep gold, some of the prettiest I had seen. The campsite between Thunder and Beartrap is pretty cool, easy access to either lake.
 
steiny
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07/01/2015 06:28PM  
I fished Thunder a few years ago with no luck! Wasn't for the lack of trying, but may have been the guys I was with.
 
TheBrownLeader
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07/27/2015 08:07AM  
I fished Thunder 26 years ago. Liked the campsite between Thunder and Beartrap near the portage. We only caught Pike in Thunder, but had good luck jigging the reef in Beartrap for walleyes.
 
Ryeman
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07/29/2015 09:29AM  
I lead a Boy Scout troop in '13 and we base camped on Thunder. The fishing was poor, few small Northerns. We had only artificial baits and threw everything cranks, jigs, plugs, etc. nothing of size.

Boys still had fun, but many of us were skunked. It was a mid August trip. It was the first time I was skunked on a lake.

May your Boots Dry Quickly
Ryeman
 
walleyejunky
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09/20/2023 03:47PM  
Just in case anyone runs across this thread in present day. My son and I spent 3 nights on Thunder at the campsite closest to the portage to Beartrap. I was excited to fish Beartrap for walleyes having heard so much about it. Over the 3 days we did significantly better on Thunder. Timeframe was 2nd week of June 2022. We did catch them on leeches and slip bobbers from camp but in the evening we just cruised the shorelines with rapalas picking them off. When we would bump into some we would circle back then anchor casting to them. It was pretty easy to catch 15-20 a night in a few hours of fishing. Lots of eaters with the largest pushing around 24". It was a pleasant surprise as the fishing on Beartrap was slow. We also caught some smaller northern pike. Just wanted to clear up that there is potentially good walleye fishing in Thunder.
 
Lawnchair107
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09/22/2023 07:14AM  
walleyejunky: "Just in case anyone runs across this thread in present day. My son and I spent 3 nights on Thunder at the campsite closest to the portage to Beartrap. I was excited to fish Beartrap for walleyes having heard so much about it. Over the 3 days we did significantly better on Thunder. Timeframe was 2nd week of June 2022. We did catch them on leeches and slip bobbers from camp but in the evening we just cruised the shorelines with rapalas picking them off. When we would bump into some we would circle back then anchor casting to them. It was pretty easy to catch 15-20 a night in a few hours of fishing. Lots of eaters with the largest pushing around 24". It was a pleasant surprise as the fishing on Beartrap was slow. We also caught some smaller northern pike. Just wanted to clear up that there is potentially good walleye fishing in Thunder."


Our experience this Spring as well.
 
papalambeau
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11/21/2023 11:47AM  
walleyejunky: "Just in case anyone runs across this thread in present day. My son and I spent 3 nights on Thunder at the campsite closest to the portage to Beartrap. I was excited to fish Beartrap for walleyes having heard so much about it. Over the 3 days we did significantly better on Thunder. Timeframe was 2nd week of June 2022. We did catch them on leeches and slip bobbers from camp but in the evening we just cruised the shorelines with rapalas picking them off. When we would bump into some we would circle back then anchor casting to them. It was pretty easy to catch 15-20 a night in a few hours of fishing. Lots of eaters with the largest pushing around 24". It was a pleasant surprise as the fishing on Beartrap was slow. We also caught some smaller northern pike. Just wanted to clear up that there is potentially good walleye fishing in Thunder."


Our crew had the same experience the past couple of years. Much better walleye fishing on Thunder then on Beartrap.
 
knagy
  
01/31/2024 10:43AM  
I am so glad to hear this! This is where our group will be headed this summer. Hoping to eat our fill of walleye. Last year we were towards the west end of BWCA and ate pike the whole time. Wanting to get on the walleyes!
 
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