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Help- I've never been to the BWCA

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I've never been to the BWCA and I'd really like to catch some walleyes. I have heard many stories of success, so I know they are up there. On JUne 5 through the 10,I will be about 20 miles from Ely going in on 30, and then canoeing through lake 1, 2, and 3 and then into Insula. I havent had alot of experience with walleyes in general. Can anyone give me advice on where when to catch them, and on what? I heard a rumor that you cant even bring live bait in to the BWCA. Is this true? What do I need to do to catch some walleyes?

Thanks

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hunter4life,

If you are going into Insula through the numbered lakes, you shouldn't have trouble catching fish. Use light jugs (1/16th or 1/8th oz)and/or plain hooks (#'s 4 or 6), tip with part of a crawler or a leech. Use the lightest sinker possible with the plain hook, about 20-30 inches away. Yes, you can take live bait into the BWCA.

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Thanks for the advice, but being that I dont know much about Walleyes, how deep should I fish for them at that time?

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5 to 15FOW. Using only 1/16 to 1/8, it's tough to fish any deeper outta a canoe. Maybe a tad deeper during the day with a 1/4 OZ, but during peak times, you should have to fish no deeper than 12-13 FOW and likely even shallower. Once on a good spot, have a spare rod rigged with a slip bobber and a leech or minnow if you can get them in. Insula is about a 5-6Hr jolt for most paddlers from Lake One.

JEff

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As you found out, yes you can bring live bait. Crawlers and leeches are worth hauling in.

Get on those main lake points, reefs and wind blown shorelines. Evening is going to be your best bet. Anchor up and use slip bobbers and jigs.

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Bounce jig and leech off the bottom, drifting slowly, paddling slightly if necessay. I prefer flourence yellow/green Mr Twisters, with a leech. When you get one, drift a little farther, then paddle back up and drift over same area again. Best of Luck.

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Jigs are usually the easiest method to do, bobbers and slip bobbering next. Last year I found the best way was trolling. Try some different things. With the route you're taking there isn't that much portaging so I would say bringing in leeches in a must and maybe some crawlers too.

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so when you are all talking about jigging, you mean take a jig head and just drifting with it right down on the bottom, or do you sit stationary and just bounce it up and down? Sorry if this question seems fundamental.

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so when you are all talking about jigging, you mean take a jig head and just drifting with it right down on the bottom, or do you sit stationary and just bounce it up and down? Sorry if this question seems fundamental.


You can do it either way.

1. Anchor up and verticle jig a specific piece of structure. Just put your leech on and drop the jig to the bottom and bounce it up and down.

2. Drift with the jig, lifting your rod now and then so that the jig bounces off the bottom as you go.

3. Anchor or drift and cast your jig out aways and let it sink. Reel it back in raising and dropping your rod so that it bounces the jig off the bottom now and again as you reel it back in.

Options 2 and 3 will help you cover more water faster. If you know there are fish in one spot vertical jigging is a good option, or at that point throw out the slip bobbers. Option 3 takes a very small amount of practice to get the right retrieve technique but after a few casts you'll get the hang of it.

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Bounce jig and leech off the bottom, drifting slowly, paddling slightly if necessay. I prefer flourence yellow/green Mr Twisters, with a leech. When you get one, drift a little farther, then paddle back up and drift over same area again. Best of Luck.


Exactly or we use white split tail mister twister tails on a 1/4 oz jig tipped with rainbows.

Be carefull on that last 180 rod portage into her.It's all up hill and the trail is rooty.You better have fresh legs.

We beat it in there from the put in on the Kawishiway below lake 1 and it's a killer to do it all in 7 hours.Pack well my friend and may the winds be on your back.

When you get into Insula go to the north end to fish where it goes into Mary.

I've done that trip and on the south side before you get to Mary there is a great camp site,the best one of the lot.

There are a few islands to fish through that are killer.

Here's a tip.Get a rod holder and J stroke slow as in a stroke every 3 seconds on a calm day or fast enough to stay off of the bottom.

Look for tips of rocks protruding from the water and work around them too.

Once you tag one go back through that area.

My son & I have fed our group of 9 many times with eyes doing this.So much so that's it's our job now.

No more greasy dishes to do at the end of the day our job for the team is to catch dinner.

Big pike and awesome smallie action will be found too.

Look for Iguana rock on your way into Hudson .It'll be on your left right on the water.Way cool!It looks like a big lizard head.

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Thanks CrappieKeith

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Trust me on this.

Bring white split tail twister tails (bigger) 3" I think and get a 4 lbs. of rainbows if you are going in for a week.

Make sure you oxygen pack them in a plastic bag and portage them in your minnow bucket. Do not take them out until you get in there.As you paddle put the bucket in the water to keep them cool ,but do not open or they'll die off from the portages.

I was supposed to go there June 23 rd but my boy can't make it.So I'm soooooo bummed.

I'm gonna have to see how you did.

Good luck & God's speed.

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1 more thing,

The water in there tastes great!

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Oh, I was also going to ask about trout. I heard there were lakers up there. Is this true? How would one go about fishing those? I imagine it would be hard to do out of a canoe.

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I've never fished for them in Insula.

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I've never heard of trout in Insula!

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That;s what I thought.

What about Mary?

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I dont mean just in Insula, I mean in that area of the BWCA period. Or better way of asking, is there any lakes in the region I will be in that produce trout? I have only heard that there are some lakes in BWCA that have trout. Thats all I know.

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closest laker lake to Insual is likely Thomas through Kiana.

Thomas also holds nice eyes. Big and deep-clear and a bit tough to fish from a canoe but less people and bigger fish in my mind. your just getting to the real wilderenss when you hit Thomas and Fraser.

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Thomas has lake trout. You'll have to figure out what depth they're at. I'd bring some 1/2 - 3/4 oz jigs along in addition to your 1/4 oz jigs. I'd also have a sounder to find some breaks and benches out in 50 FOW. If you bring leeches you'll have your bait covered for eyes, now you need bait for lake trout. Minnows at that time won't last unless your very diligent about keeping them in cool water. Half a day with warm water blowing into your shoreline and the minnows will be dead. I'd get preserved shiners for tipping your jigs for trout. If your sitting around camp a ciscoe laying on the bottom will get you trout too. You'll have to drag your lines out to get into a those depths.

Get yourself a 2 liter insulated water jug. When you get to Ely buy your frozen ciscoes, take them out of the out of the nice foam tray and tightly package them into a ziplock.

In the water jug they go, then fill the rest of the jug with dry ice. Leave that in your pack out of the sun. Don't peak inside till your ready use them.

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That's some great info Surface tension.

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Thanks CK, you all have provided some very good info.

hunter4life, will be well prepared.

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No kidding, Thanks guys!

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I did want to mention that the only folk you'll see are scooting to other areas. The day trippers will not come that far.

I do enjoy Insula as it's not that much of a push to get away & there's some dang fine walleye fishing there.

It would depend on how much time you'll have.

You'll have to burn 2 days,1 in & 1 going out.The rest can be spent fishing.

The bugs are picking up so you'll want to get a campsite with the wind blowing in on you.

Make darn sure you have at least a head net.Those black flies are nasty & bug dope has nil effect.

Have a great trip! Kevlar canoes rock!

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Oh 1 last tip.

Spend a night at the Holiday Inn in Ely once you come out. Hit the hot tub,enjoy a dinner from the menue and have a nice bevy recalling your trip.

Have fun!

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