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Gunflint Trail Trip

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My daughter and I are leaving later this week for a week or so on the trail. We will be camping at the forest campgrounds in the Grand Marais area. Ive fished DevilTrack, 2 Island,East Bearskin and Sag. before but never this time of year. Do these lakes have a thermocline this year? Leeches top bait? Water temp. and levels. Any info would be appreciated.Any permits avail. for Sag. and hows the walleye bite been there?Thanks to all that reply.

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I would suspect that some of these lakes develop a thermocline this time of year. I've always fished the first week of august but never with a boat that had a depthfinder. (so not recently anyway). We were on the whitefish chain this weekend and there was a definate theromcline that the fish were clinging to so I would suspect it will be similar up there.

To check availability of permits on Sag you can go the reservation website. It is www.bwcaw.org You can check permit availablity for any day or the whole month. I think Sag is 55 or 56. SOmething like that. You can reserve your permits online there too.

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Leechs would be my "top bait" now and I'd be concentrating on the reefs and mid lake humps. Best bait delivery system in that type structure is a jig. Now thats not going to be the only pattern thats going to work but its one you can count on and your going to be able to get onto without a lot of searching.

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Panhead,

Be sure to stop by and say howdy. I recommend bringing up some crawler harnesses also. There's still a few left in my lake but it got hit pretty hard this summer. Most showed no mercy. I've got a few permits for sag that you can get on dependining on how long you'll be up here.

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Gunflint, will stop by and see ya at some point. If I can get the camping site on your lake that Ive used in fall, might stay there the whole week. My daughters 13 so I figured we better do this , this year as it wont be long before going anywhere with pa is a no no. Hope I can get her a least one walleye fish fry. That may just get her hooked on your area. Hope to see moose or a bear, always have in fall but perhaps in summer their not around much ? Thanks for your help.

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What day are you planning on arriving? What spot did you want? You should be able to see a moose. There's been a cow with 2 calfs hanging around the campground all summer. And the bulls should start getting "frisky" in another week or 2. Bear have been scarce this year. I've only seen 4 all summer but 3 of them while I've been fishing in the south arm.

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Gunflint,I sent an email to you directly about our trip plans Thanks.

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I will be staying at Okontoe this Thursday through Sunday. Last year I was in the area, Leaches seamed to work well for me. My wife is also excited about hopefully seeing a moose or bear. Any advise for us as to fishing or sight seeing?-later!

Dustin

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Dustin,In fall Ive seen moose almost every time ive been on the gravel road that takes ya to Flour Lake. Theres a small pond on the right that must have the vegetation that they like. Ill take my daughter down that way, otherwise Ive in fall again seen them when out on the water. Have a good trip.

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