Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

Lynn & John fly into Quetico
by VoyageurNorth

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/09/2003
Entry Point: Quetico
Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Day 3 of 8
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Day Three – Glacier Lake – Lake trout & base camping

We had chosen Glacier to spend a few days in. People told us that Glacier was beautiful and seldom used. It was also said to contain some good trout, bass and walleye fishing. We were not disappointed! It is surrounded by high hills with majestic cliff faces. Many of the faces were made up of numerous boulders and rocks that reminded us of an avalanche, flowing down to the water.

John got up at 7:00 am, it was already 70 degrees! John let me sleep in till 9:30. Had a brunch at 10:30 and John went to get the rods ready for lake trout fishing. We paddled into the wind just past the island. We turned around and let the wind push us down the lake, adding a light paddle to keep the Mann’s 30+ lures down deep. To our surprise we both got a hit almost at the same time. John began to reel his in and so did I. Mine didn’t really fight, just was heavy pulling in. Finally we both saw a fin! John’s fish got off but mine was still there. When I got mine up to the boat I saw why it didn’t feel like a ‘regular’ fight. It had been snagged in the side! It was a 4 – 4 ½ pound bass and quite dark looking. John took a couple pictures and we released it. It was amazing that it was down around 20-30 feet.

We paddled back up into the wind and trolled down again. I hooked another smallie, this time the fight was good. A couple more pictures and back to the lake it went. The wind was increasing so we decided to try for some bass in the cove near our site. John changed lures and we tried about 5-7 feet down. No success, it seemed like they were all in the middle of the lake and down deep. Then even more wind kicked up so we just went back to camp. Right after dinner it began to drizzle. We sat under the large tarp we had set up. Unfortunately the wind was so hard and the rain was going sideways, we still got a little wet. John too