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namaycush redemption
by fairmatt

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/26/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
In July of 2021 our trip within the BWCA was cut short due to the fires and drought. Upon return from that trip Austin and I never mentioned another but we both knew that we would dwell on a redemption trip later in the Fall. The BWCA reopened an we planned a September trip to Lac La Croix to target and chase the Lake Trout. We've targeted them once before in this expansive lake with zero luck. What follows chronicles our trip to find and catch Salvelinus namaycush.
Day 1 of 7
Sunday, September 26, 2021 Austin and I load up and head north in a relaxed frame of mind. This is our first trip together in which its just my brother and I. No kids, no other trip-mates, no one else to plan for cook for and so on. I am really looking forward to the reduced load of responsibility and relaxing in a deeper way this trip. We get up to Ely and pick up our permit, some beer for the night and go eat at the Boathouse. The accommodations for the night was a bunkhouse at Fenske Lake Cabins. We stayed here before our July trip and really like the place. It was quiet and relaxing. We enjoyed a nice evening just siting by the beach taking in the Northwoods fall colors.