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lovethegitch

Gunflint trail trout lakes

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lovethegitch

Anybody going up the trail this week end? First time for me in a long time going to try birch is it true u can use minnows on that lake. IT HAS BEEN SO LONG I THOUGHT U USED TO BE ABLE TO USE MINNOWS ON BIRCH good luck to any body going

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toughguy

According to the reg book, Birch is not a "Designated Trout Lake" so minnows are OK. I'll be up in that area in a a month. Staying at Hungry Jack Lodge. I can't wait.

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BWCA Lady

99.9% sure you can use minnows on Birch Lake on the Gunflint Trail. Good Luck Fishing!

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JBMasterAngler

I'm in Grand Marais as I type! I'll be hitting Greenwood in a few hours, then Trout on sunday.

As far as birch lake goes, minnows are allowed, although lake trout and splake are no longer stocked...rainbows and brookies now.

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lovethegitch

thanks everybody fort the info

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tgruenke

I'll be fishing Birch on the 19th. Any tips?

Thanks,

Tony

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lovethegitch

Go to a different lake everybody did better than the people on birch on opener most guys had 1 or 2 fish on birch opening weekend some none

sounds like most trout lakes did better than birch unless you have some secret bait or u are just lucky any way good luck when u go i can give details if u PM me

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Heartman

There's a decent rockpile way down the lake on the east end that has been good for lakers in the past - bit of a walk from the landing but may provide some laker action. Look for holes or get the lake map before you go. Vex helps in the deeper water...

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