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Swampy Angleworm Slog
by KennyBustalker1969

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/14/2022
Entry & Exit Point: Angleworm Lake (EP 20)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2
Day 2 of 4
Monday, August 15, 2022 The morning got off to a foggy beginning. I tied a Mepps #4 Comet spinner spinner on my line just after dawn and started casting from the rock peninsula at the campsite. First cast, wham! Something pops it right away and shakes off after a brief fight. This was duplicated two more times in the next 10 minutes. All the fish were angry pike and managed to shake off before making it to shore. Not my day! We enjoyed some breakfast and packed up and headed out. We decided to head east to Gun Lake instead of north to Thunder Lake. The portage from Gull Lake to Gun Lake is a breeze. The difference in the water was instantly noticeable when we arrived at Gun Lake. The crystal clear water of Gun Lake was a welcome change compared to the bog stained water of Gull Lake. We decided we would look for a campsite on Gun Lake and relax. The first sight we passed was kind of on the side of a hill so we paddled on. We continued to the south side of the lake and saw a campsite on the southeast side of the lake. What a campsite! It juts out from the mainland a bit with what will prove to be wonderful sunset views. The canoe landing is a bit sketchy. You have to pull alongside a rock and step up out of the canoe. We set up camp and head out in search of firewood. We end up with a bit of beaver wood and other dry wood we could find around the lake and head back to camp to saw the wood to size. Fishing on Gun Lake proved tough for us. The campsite is surrounded by fairly shallow water. This would prove to be an issue with fishing. We never had a single strike while fishing from this campsite. In fact, we never had a single strike on Gun Lake! We did a day trip back over to Gull Lake once some rain passed to catch some pike for dinner. The combination of the fresh pike and rehydrated hash browns proved to be just what the doctor ordered! We enjoyed a pleasant evening, with a wonderful sunset, and turned in.