Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Rather B Fishing

fall to basswood

3 posts in this topic

I've never been from Fall to Basswood lake. Can anyone tell me what the long portage to Hoist Bay is now?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The portage from Fall Lake to Hoist Bay on Basswood is called the Four Mile Portage, but it is no longer legal to use. I don't know if it is passable anymore due to the beaver. You will have to portage from Fall Lake to Newton (about 90 rods)then Newton into Pipestone Bay on Basswood. Go down BW Lake until just before Lewis Narrows, hang a right, then portage into Back Bay and continue into Hoist Bay. Other option, Moose, Newfound, Sucker Lakes, over Prarie Portage, then motor down to Hoist Bay. Hope this helps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RatherB, the portage from Fall to Basswood (Four Mile Portage) is still there & is certainly legal to use. However, the Forest Service no longer maintains the portage. Most of it is wide & smooth & easy, but there is a beaver that has decided to incorporate about 100 yards of the portage into his pond. The water doesn't get more than knee deep, & the old portage-bed is solid, no sinking in the muck. The beavers have also decided to build a second, small dam right across the path which you'll get muddy getting across.

You can use portage wheels on Four Mile. We stopped at Ella Hall lake, so I have no idea what kind of shape the portage is in the last couple of miles up to Hoist Bay.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • eyeguy 54
      whisker beast!  
    • ANYFISH2
      Saturday found the panfish deep in the morning, not a fish on the shoreline to be found. By late afternoon the shorlines were packed with panfish.  Crappies just now are actually on beds.   Bluegills are have not yet started to fan nests.  The big seriously fat females are thick shallow, only a few bulls hanging around at this point.   This is for the area near Walker/Hackensack. 
    • Wanderer
      Leeches under a slip bobber drifted over a small shelf off a bigger flat.  Bobber set at 8.5 feet.
    • Rick G
    • JeremyCampbell
      Saw a group  like you described a couple weeks back below the Sartell dam while fishing.They didnt have head gear though.They were playing by the dam gates riding the flow from the open side.Then they hung out by the closed side and I learned that its only about knee high on a certain area  that in my mind thought it was much deeper.Looked like fun for sure
    • lawman
      I have a Minn Kota Ulterra and am not having any problems. In last two days I have seen two fisherman struggling out on the water trying to stow their units that failed to auto stow. There is an emergency procedure described in digital manual but it is not very helpful. I have looked for a video of this procedure on You Tube but couldn't find one. Has anyone had any luck finding such a video??
    • Tom Sawyer
      Dandies! What did those big girls want to eat @Wanderer?
    • Wanderer
      Back to fun pictures and the reason I love coming to the Tower/Ely area!   There's just an amazing difference in the environment up here.  It's something I miss pretty much every day I'm not here.  And when you have as beautiful of a Saturday as we had yesterday, I just gotta say "Ahhh, this makes everything else worthwhile."   And when I go back through my best fishing memories, SO many have been made here, and yesterday I added another.  These girls in consecutive casts:  
    • eyeguy 54
      yesturday we were about 1/2 mile below the sartell dam and 4 jet skiis headed north to the dam area. the kind that yo stand on. looked like they all had go pros on helmets and looked like they were on a mission to have some fun. would have been nice to see what they did up there.
    • eyeguy 54
      great fishing so far