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Knife Lake 2014 - 3rd Time Around
by DeanL

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/09/2014
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 6
Day 2 of 6
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The alarm clocks started going off at 4:30. We got all of our gear loaded into the pickup and headed out for breakfast. We enjoyed a hot breakfast and coffee at Britton's as we do every year, the food is always great! Then it was off to TGO bait shop where we pickup up some lures, bait and great advice. After the bait shop it was off to Vossburgh's to catch our 7:00 tow with Willy up to Birch portage. We were on the water at 7 and the tow ride up Moose was a great start to the morning as the lake was calm and the skies were mostly sunny. We made good time paddling and portaging through Birch and Carp as our new group found a rhythm that worked for us. Once we reached Knife we took a few minutes and checked out the Ribbon Rock which we missed last year. We pulled off on a small island just east of Robbins Island to grab a small snack and tie our rods up so we could troll while we paddled to the South Arm. After scanning the South Arm it was evident finding an open campsite was going to be an issue but we finally found an open one in a small bay on the north side of the South Arm at about 3 pm. On the maps its listed as #1436 and was actually a pretty decent site but had next to nothing as far as landing a canoe goes.

Once camp was set up we got the reflector oven out, started a fire and made pizza for supper. We got everything cleaned up and went out on the lake to do some fishing. My canoe stayed in shallow water while the boys caught a bunch of smallies on wacky worms. Dalen found that the large exposed rock near the inlet of the bay was his hot spot. Scott and Pat moved to deeper water and were able to catch a few lake trout.