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bgreen82

planning a trip up to the "wilderness" for hopefully late june. sawbill is the main lake we're looking at. we want to try to get into northerns, smallies and 'eyes. last year we went to brule in early august and got mostly smallies with a few small pike. prolly had something to do with time of year too but was wondering if anyone had any info on sawbill and connecting waters.

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kevheads

Alton lake next to Sawbill is known for its quality not quantity of fish.I've stayed on it 2 different times,caught some big smallies but they were few and far between,caught a few walleyes but nothing big,seen one guy take an 8-9 lber out.Don't waste your time on Kelso lake,its full of little

northerns.I didn't fish Sawbill.

A nice campsite on Alton is the farthest most northeastern site.Great site but never could catch anything from that site.

Check out http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html

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bgreen82

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matthothand

We always did better on sawbill and alton at night for the eyes. Supoosedly a good fishery for big eyes but the biggest I could manage was 26 inches and we were on fish. Our best trip was in late june and we concentrated on rock humps located offshore on both lakes. Humps that topped off at 12 - 18 feet surrounded by 25 fow or so worked best for us day in and day out. I would recommend a gps and flasher/sonar unit and a really good map so you can stay on these spots or where ever you find fish. Smallies shouldn't be a problem. We did better on smallies and pike on the smaller Beth lake which is west of alton after a 144 rod portage on the SW side of the lake. Good luck hope I helped!

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bgreen82

big help. thanks a bunch for the info. looks like we might need to make it an early august trip again. we'll see.

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bgreen82

bumping this thread up. we are going to be going in august. are there any late mid to late summer patterns for walleyes up in that region or this lake in particular. i'd really like to hit some walleyes this year up there for some good eats. im not a fan of smallies and pike got them y-bones which i dont like dealing with, plus i love a flaky eye fillet.

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DaveSorensen

It's been several years since I've fished them, but we used to do very well on smoke for bass and walleyes and burnt primarily for walleyes. Had good fishing for walleyes on the Northeast arm of burnt lake (nice campsite on burnt as well). Both are easy portages, not as easy as Alton, but easy enough for me to go back more than once. We fished both these lakes many times from July to end of August and always had good results.

Good luck

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Mudcutter

burnt is good lake for eyes and even a few smallies. Let most of them go, since it gets hit pretty hard. Jack is not bad either, especially early, but practice catch and release.

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bgreen82

thanks guys. will be releasing majority of fish.

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    • Wanderer
      Yep.
    • IceHawk
      Nice gill Rick 
    • IceHawk
      HunterFisher Don't rule out trying that lake again. If theres a lot of wood in the water those schools could, be pinned down on other trees than you were fishing. Trust me I have a lake near Glenwood i fish that has a bunch of tress scattered throughout the lake. It took me numerous times fishing it to figure out patterns on that lake. But once i found them well worth it!  I have found lakes with a lot of submerged trees or wood usally hold some real good panfish, . They have plenty of places to hide from predators and anglers through out the seasons. 
    • IceHawk
      See you tomorrow Jeff we'll dial them in 
    • Borch
      Keep checking in here for any updates.  There's a very good chance that the location may change a bit as there have not been a lot of catfish at the methhole area.  Prefishing in the next day or so will help us pin down a location.  I will post any changes here.
    • Borch
      A lake like that with no real hole or structure lends itself to roaming fish.  If there is a defined weededge that will be your structure.  Electronics are not going to show you much until the fish is on your bait.  Drill a lot of holes and move around until you catch fish. 
    • HunterFisher11
      Hay thanks for your input.... Just got home and got skunked!!!!! But that is ok at least now I know to take it off my list of lakes to fish in the winter, but will be back on it come spring and early summer...
    • JerkinLips
      Caught 17 walleyes on Friday, but all were dinks except for two 15".  Caught 6 more Saturday, all small again except for one 16".  Also caught a 12 inch perch, 3 eelpout, and 2 tulibee. Considering the snowstorm prediction for Sunday, I pulled my house off the lake and parked it back in the garage for the season.  LOW next week, then onto lakers the following weekend.
    • JerkinLips
      I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday. I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday.
    • AlwaysFishing23
      That last gill is a STUD Rick nice work!
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