Seagull Lake Entry 2013
by GGrant

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/02/2013
Entry & Exit Point: Seagull Lake (EP 54)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
Our group planned to base camp on Ogish and reach South Arm of Knife.
Day 1 of 6
Sunday, June 02, 2013

After a 10-1/2 car hour ride from Northern IL, our group arrived at Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters on Saturday Jun-01. We made our preparations, had dinner at Trail Center, and spent the night in the bunkhouse. Sunday morning, we left from Blankenberg Landing at about 8:30 AM under grey skies.

We followed the north shore as we traveled across Seagull, just in case the wind wanted to work against us. Shortly after we started our paddle, I picked up the first laker of the trip trolling a 3/4 oz blue+silver Rattlin'Rapala, north of the islands directly west of the entry point.

Seemed like a good start, but we did not catch any more while trolling. Just as well, we wanted to make Ogish by afternoon anyway. We made our way across Seagull-Alpine-Jasper-Kingfisher-Ogish and were on the island campsite #785 near Mueller falls by about 2:00 (nice site, held two 4-man tents easily). The sun had broken out by this time. We had lunch, set up camp, and went to the falls expecting to find walleye with our leeches, if nothing else. We ended up catching only one small walleye, but did get a bunch of smallies, a couple lakers, and the occasional northern. Smallies were caught on 4-in Silver Husky Jerks and similar sized X-Raps. Water was around 57 degrees and we were marking a bunch more fish than what we caught, mostly hovering around the bottom at 18 feet.