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Gunflint vs. Sea Gull vs. West Bearskin


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Those are my 3 choices to fish for lake trout on the 21st. I've iced gunflint before and landed a 9 pounder, but I'm wondering how the other 2 lakes are? Looks like at sea gull I might have a good chance of hitting some whitefish? Bearskin, maybe a smelt or 2. So if anyone has some info on the lakes to make my choice easier, it'd be much appreciated.

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Ill let Gunflint pipe in on East Bearskin a bit better but I dont think its a great Laker lake.

Bass, walleye, perch and the Miracle Crappie is all I ever saw come out.

Oh I take that back. Gunflint has caught a few lakers and the Great White Walleye too. Ya a white walleye.

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Bearskin bite has been slow all winter.. I'd hit Gunflint better bite.. White Tubes been working for me..

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It is very true that walleye/pike season is still open on gunflint, but I thought they were pretty nonexistent in the winter? Is there any problems driving around on the lake? Some of my spots are a bit aways from the access.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

I don't think you could go wrong with any of them. Call one of the resorts for driving conditions.

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Will probably be a game time decision...luckily the lakes are fairly close together so I'll probably drive by and check them all out and see if I get that "fishy" feeling.

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JB, I have fished all of the lakes mentioned and would suggest gunflint or sea gull. To get to the lakers on sea gull is a walk but if you get into them it should be a fun time. Bearskin has been real slow this year and probably wont hit it anymore this winter season. Travel before the snow storm was great and we moved anywhere we wanted with a truck. The warm temps this coming week will help things out for you. I will be up there the same weekend as you and plan on hitting gunflint and one or two lakes in the bdub.

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So are the only laker spots on sea gull within the BWCA portion? That'll most likely cancel that lake out. So it's sounding like gunflint...anything happening on loon?

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JB - headed up to Gunflint on the 20th. We fished Gf & loon last year in march and did pretty good for being the first time there. Alot of little trouts on loon but did get broke of once in 50 ft of water, didn't get to see it but it chased the spoon up to 10 ft and wham. We will be on both lakes this weekend, in an argo-6 wheel unit with tracks- if you see us flag us down -its always great to put a face with the name. Can anybody give me some leads on streamer lakes that we can access with the argo? Thanks.

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I wish I was able to make it a 3 day weekend so I could fish 2 different lakes...oh well. I'll be on mink on friday, not my 1st choice for streamers (or 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc), but the only one I'll be able to access. About 90% sure gunflint will be the lake for saturday.

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You can get out on Trout Lake.. They were catching lots of lakers off the first drop off from the resort..

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I'll probably check both lakes out, then make my decision. Another oppurtunity to rely on that "fishy feeling". I heard about the $5 parking fee, but if I can drive onto the lake do I still have to pay $5?

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Only way you can drive out is from the public access, with a car you will never make it.. The resort has no road, your paying 5 bucks to park there..

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I remember the public access as having a few big rocks in the way...I wanted to launch my small boat there last summer, but wasn't able to...I guess they're easier to drive around in winter?

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My buddy moved them ith his truck, when he plowed the road out.. But the drop is a few inches, now a car wont make it, unless you wanna tear your tranny and exhaust up?? haha, doubt that..

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