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canoeingHarry
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05/04/2016 04:15PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Hi, I'm planning a trip June 1st through Mudro and was looking for suggestions on campsites and walleye fishing if anybody is willing to share. There will only be 2 of us so a smaller more quaint spot with close fishing would be wonderful. Looking at Fourtown, Boot or Fairy lakes for this campsite, I'd go as far as Gun lake if it's a recommendation. As far as the fishing goes, willing to travel from the campsite and lake for great fishing during the day. Tackle I was thinking of bringing was jigs, plastics, few Rapalas, bobbers, leeches. I was curious on color and size for both jigs and the Rapalas you'd recommend? Are minnows a must in spring? Anything helps and looking forward to hearing back.
 
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newguy
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05/04/2016 04:38PM  
Mudro-Fourtown-Boot-Fairy-Gun are all worth visiting. If you do Gun, you could take the portage into Gull for some fishing as well. How long is your trip? I did a two-person trip out of Mudro (restricted) and stayed on those lakes last year in mid June, and we had a great time. All sites are on the lake, and all lakes have fish, so you'll always be close to the fishing! Gun in particular has a peninsula site (see lindylair's posts on the topic) that he caught some nice walleye off of, but you could probably fish from (or near) camp on almost any site on these lakes.

For tackle advice, what species are you focusing on?
canoeingHarry
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05/04/2016 05:15PM  
Thanks for the response! We will be out 3 or 4 nights. I saw the peninsula review, looks like a great spot but I was worried how far that would be from the entry point and if it's reachable in one day? I will be targeting walleyes for our fishing.
newguy
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05/04/2016 06:55PM  
You could push to Gun on the first day, like we did. We were first-timers and started at around 6am or 7am, we were on the famous Lindylair Peninsula by early afternoon. We paddled hard (it was windy), but we waited at portages for others and enjoyed the sights on the way. It's a great campsite, but we got skunked on the fishing (others didn't, our fault?) and didn't get to stay on Fairy or Fourtown. We did spend a day on Boot and did well there. It's up to you on how far you want to go and what you want to see!
lindylair
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05/04/2016 08:30PM  
That site on Gun is great, we did okay there fishing. But I think Boot is the sleeper walleye lake in the area, i would consider focusing on it if fishing is a high priority. Fairy is the coolest lake I have not camped on, want to go back. Also decent fishing. There is a peninsula site on Gull Lake that looks like the perfect spot for shorefishing and Gull has a good walleye reputation. Again we only had lunch there and did not stay or fish it.

Take a relatively easy day to Boot and daytrip to Fairy, Gun or Gull if you're of a mind to. It is a great area and fishing in general is pretty good. Try for campsite 1095 which is nice. There is a path to the north side of the site where fishing is excellent right from shore. Got my biggest walleye ever there.
cyclones30
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05/04/2016 10:18PM  
You're on the right track, any of those lakes would be nice. We've stayed on Gun twice now on 2 different trips. If I was there again I'd probably stay on the lakes on either side of it.

Fourtown can get quite busy, I'd push past there if at all possible. (should be easily) You're on the right track for tackle as well. Search for other recent topics covering the same area and questions.
canoeingHarry
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05/05/2016 04:06PM  
Thank you for all the suggestions! Does anyone use Lindy Rigs or do those not work because of the bottom on the lakes? I'm not sure on a site for camping yet, there is so many great options and I'd hate to have my heart set on one and there be a group there.
lindylair
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05/05/2016 09:52PM  
Harry, one of the things that impressed me about this area is the number of nice campsites. I wouldn't worry about it, there are lots of great options.

Lindy Rigs do indeed work up there but you are right, they are prone to snags on the very rocky lake bottoms of most BWCA lakes. You can accomplish the some thing by jigging just off the bottom and will likely have less snags if yo are paying attention. Vertical jigging over the side of the canoe on a slow drift is one of my favorite and most productive ways to fish up there.
cyclones30
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05/05/2016 09:58PM  
Good strategy on the not getting heart set on a site. Have some in mind and see what's open and looks good when you get there.

As for lindy rigs, you can find areas of smoother bottom. I haven't personally used them much up there just because I do many other strategies. They'd work and I use lindy rigs elsewhere, but normally either jig or use cranks in the BW. Personal preference
JDM2
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05/17/2021 12:38PM  
Regarding your question about the Nemo Bugout .

I suggest that you suspend the ridge from a trunk line with Prusik attachment lines. The attachment loops on the end of the bugouts' ridge are know to fail when over stressed so by adding 2 or three additional suspension loops to the ridge and suspending the ridge from a trunk line the ridge is better supported with less sag and less stress to the suspension loops.

It is my opinion that hanging a tight trunk line prior to suspending the bugout allows for quicker and easier setup, especially in windy conditions.

I have used and also recommend poles.

 
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