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Wade Joseph

Anyone have any first hand knowledge? How does it compare to Island or Fish? Is there any places one could camp for the weekend?

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caseymcq

There are a lot of small walleyes in the lake.

There is a USFS Campground on the lake that is an excellent place to camp for the weekend.

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Wade Joseph

By small do you mean throw backs or eater size?

Are they 10-12 inchers or 13-15?

thanks for the info.

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Northlander

Wade I would consider most of them throw backs. I would just camp on Island Lake. Some nice spots and some good fishing.

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caseymcq

Mostly throw backs but I don't think you would have a problem getting plenty of eaters.

It might be worth your time to camp there though for the sake of trying a new lake and getting out of the Duluth area.

I have been told that if you can find crappies in the lake they are nice. That may be another reason to go.

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Wade Joseph

I too have heard about nice crappies if you can find them. I am always looking for a place to camp and get away that isn't buzzing with skiiers and jetski's. Island lake is nice, but a bit too "busy" for my liking. Since I can only afford the time andmoney to make my trips to Crane lake area once a year, this might be a nice place to go.

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caseymcq

Wade how far are you looking at going? I could give you a couple other options without the skiing/jet skiing presence depending what your distance/time travled limits are.

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Wade Joseph

Places I could get to withn maybe 2 hr drive. Wanna be able to leave fri after work, get home Sun eve.

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Check out these websites, there are maps that could give you an idea of what's available for U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/recreation/camping/

Fee Campgrounds:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/recreation/camping/fee_camp.php

No Fee Campsites:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/recreation/camping/rustic_camp.php

I was figuring on about 2 hours from Duluth. Here are a few.

Birch Lake south of Ely is a good walleye, pike and smallmouth lake. Here again, if you can find the crappies they are big. I fish the lake a fair amount and I have not seen a jet ski on it yet. That isn't to say they are never on it but I think it is very rare. It is a good sized lake (5600 acres) so there is a fair amount of water to fish and a few bays to tuck back into.

I would just about guarantee that any of the lakes on the no fee campsite list won't have jet ski's on them. Sand Lake off of County Road 2 has decent walleye fishing as does Wilson north of Isabella.

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Wade Joseph

Found it in my book. Looks nice! I may give it a try around memorial day!

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