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Anyone having any luck with the inland lakes? bringing some newbies out and would like to get them on some fish.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

I was hit a couple streamer lakes on the Trail last weekend during my moose scouting trip.

Fishing was tough but found Splake in 16-20' of water. This particular lake was 27' deep and you could see a layer of dead water at 24' down.

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the gunflint area is always great just for the scenary alone. also the finland area around isabela there are a ton of good lakes including off shore fishing. i'm not sure what your looking for as far as fish, but i would be happy to help you with that. i do not have current conditions unfortunatly. good luck.

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here are the lakes that i know best for walleys in the isabella area. delay lake off forest rd 172. small lake around 100 acres walley and smallies. no shore fishing with an access off the side of the road with a small boat or canoe. this one is a sleeper. harriet lake-rustic campsite with good walley and crappies and had public access. wilson lake-rustic campground and puplic access,good walley lake fishing is good am and towards pm [clear water]. windy lake- gravel access with excelent walley. all day action possible with bog stained water. whitefish-canoe access excelent walley lake. silver island- has campground with excelent walley fishing[watch for rocks]. i just picked these because i have fished them and had good luck. just like anything depends on the weather also. on gunflint i would go to devils track lake and spend my time there. good landing and a great resort to boot in devils track lodge. hope that helps you. dont know if you have a boat or not. good luck.

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I have a boat, we will go swing by devils, I will let you know how it goes. We are also going to try Caribou and Greenwood. Any thoughts on those?

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No walleyes in greenwood, but it's a nice scenic lake with lot's of lake trout and oodles upon oodles of small bass. I would skip caribou and go to two island instead. Lot's of rock structure with alot of eater size walleyes. Keep an eye on your depthfinder though, lot's of spots to ruin your lower unit on.

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reinhard1,

I am planning a camping trip for the wife and I to whitefish lake, I planned on bringing the 14ft boat and canoe... can a guy get a 14ft boat on the lake? any info would be great.. thanks!

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depends how much the two of you can carry. the carry is realy for canoes cause there is a little incline to the lake. i have only taken a canoe because i'm by myself or with my wife. you would have to carry the 14 ft boat. there is no back in landing with a vehicle. the lake has a good population of walleys. an idea i would propose is to camp at whitefish and use the canoe there. and fish windy for a day trip with your 14ft. windy does have a gravel back in access. it also is a good walley lake. some boulders to watch for. whitefish is very clear and windy is bog stained. so i would fish whitefish early in the day and toward evening and windy during the day. dont be afraid to fish shallow say 10ft toward am & pm in whitefish and same depth during the day in windy. good luck.

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Fished up there this weekend. Little WIlson and Wye Lake, We ended up catching 5. Thats right 5 in 2 days. It sucked. I tried eveything in my tackle box, and troll ed every part of those lakes. Also talke to cmampers on Wilson Lake, Even with all the fancy Electronics, the most I heard out of 1 boat was 3. Fishing was terrible, weather and scenery was nice. Tons of people up there, every campsite on every lake I was at was full.

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Geez, we did pretty good right in your neighborhood. Fishing windy weedlines as shallow as 4', we found walleyes. Tough to stay on them in shallow water with the wind, but they were in schools that would move around - windy side of humps had fish too. Crawlers, white corkie, 2'-3' rigs.

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the walley population has always been lower on little wilson. i have no doubt you know what your doing and most of the people up there. like the last poster said shallow is often underused regardless of what time of the year. on wilson we would put our leeches or minnows{this time of the year they should be great along with crawlers] with slip bobbers litteraly a few feet from shore just before sundown on the deeper breaking shorelines. another good spot on low light periods is the shallow area in the center of the lake or next to the humps. sometimes they just dont bite anywhere for a day or so. windy is my go to lake during the day and shallow all year long. a breeze is nice for a chop. i like that bog stained water. there are a few big ones there but lots of eaters. for nice sized smallies and walleys delay lake is good. you need a canoe there or 12ft boat. sometimes when the clear lakes frustrate you go to the bog stained. good luck.

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heading up to Greenwood this weekend. Like the previous poster said, tons of small bass. Been fishing that lake for a few years now and 50+days have happened but almost all under 12 inches. Usually will pick up 1 laker a day, which isn't that great but fun when it happens. picked up some jet divers last week, excited to try pulling some spoons this weekend! GL and let us know how the trip goes, i will do the same.

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I assume there are drivable roads to whitefish? I was looking at one of those outdoor books and is shows the roads in that area as non-motorized?????

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    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I had a good start to the season on opener. Fishing was slow but consistent. I had four eaters in the box by lunch dragging perch raps. Crappies were biting. I haven't been up since so don't know how things have changed since then, but I'm sure the walleye continue to migrate out into the main basins.
    • redlabguy
      Let’s start this by congratulating Brianf and son for winning their second City Autoglass Walleye Classic last weekend. These guys know how to fish.  We just got to the lake for the season. Chores are almost done and I’m ready to fish.  red(new dog is more yellow)labguy
    • Jetsky
      I tried starting a 2024 Lake Vermilion Fishing Report topic but it doesn't show up on this board.   Maybe somebody else knows how to do it?
    • Mike89
      then use the BB gun after catching them!!!    and then enjoy rabbit dinner for revenge!!!   
    • leech~~
      Yep crazy. 🤪 I played goalie in HS and my two grandsons play hockey now.  
    • gimruis
      Hockey gear in general is very expensive.  I was in a Pure Hockey last month to get my skates sharpened and while they were doing it I looked around at gear.  A new pair of CCM/Bauer customized skates can easily top 1000 bucks.  Then you need everything else.  It would be several thousand before you had everything.  And then your kid grows like a weed so you need to buy bigger gear.   Then there's goalie gear.  That's enough to buy a small boat.   Nothing cheap about that sport by any means.
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