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Leaving for a week vacation up on Farm lake, I've been told it's connected to White Iron and a couple of other lakes. Couple of questions, whats the best fishing of all the lakes, and are the attached lakes easy to navigate to an from..?

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Which one is the best depends on the day. White Iron is more wind swept and has more structure. Farm is more bowl shaped. Navigation is easy on all 3 (including Garden Lake).

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I'm assuming leeches would be the bait of choice this time of the year..?

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I wouldn't want to be without leeches if you're after walleyes but don't forget the crawlers. Don't fish a whole crawler though. A 1/2 to 1/3 is enough.

There are some rocks and stumps to watch out for in Garden. For the most part anything serious is marked but you should keep your eyes open while navigating through the island area as you get into the main body of Garden.

Like 3 Ball said, it depends on the day as to which one will do better but in general Garden is your SM bass and panfish lake. Farm can be good for anything and White Iron would be where I'd concentrate for walleyes and pike. The Kiwishiwi River connects the three of them and can have some good fishing itself. There's enough structure and depth to call it the 4th system.

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Farm, South Farm and Garden are all fun lakes to fish. Best bet is to tow a canoe to the entrance to the Kawishiwi, beach your boat and canoe into the BWCAW. Fish Lost Rod island (a rock pile with a lone tree growing on top) for walleye. Keep paddling and check the lily pads on the north side of the large island for large bluegills. Further into the river you will find a short rapids you'll have to pull through (not really a portage) and you'll end up in a great small mouth hole. If you're feeling energetic, portage into Pickerel Lake for some good northern fishing.

The whole White Iron, Farm system is fun and rewarding to fish. Watch the weather. The wind comes up quick and can spoil a trip for the unprepared.

Let us know how you like the area.


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heading to white beach resort on white iron this saturday; pull lindys or pitch jigs? how are the mayflies doing?

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I fished White iron for the 1st time ever this past Tuesday. There were definitely some mayflies hatching but not a ton of them.

My wife and a caught a few walleyes working the windy shorelines in 12-15' of water. Bottom bouncers, bright spinner, and a leech for her and I caught some on a silver/orange Salmo Hornet.

The fish were small though, so we didn't keep any. Fished from 2-8.

We also fished Fall Lake on Wed and the bouncer combo worked the best for the couple of small walleyes we caught.

Got rained out on Thursday so we drove around exploring and went to the Dorothy Motler museum and the Bear Center. Both were definitely worth seeing!

Definitley will be back up that way again, hopefully w/ some better luck fishing.


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hey Brian, we just got back from white iron yesterday; wish we could have stayed. fishing was tough for us too. fished anywhere from 4-22'; guy from skube's bait said the bite was going good, but after fishing it must have shut off. the rain/wind really knocked around alot bugs in the water, thats for sure! we mostly stuck out on White iron, trolled raps, jigged crawlers/leeches. caught a few walleyes, 12-16" but not all in one day, nothing consistent, did run into one nice crappie too. father in law likes trolling, so i was limited to trolling/drifting. I would have gave up on the walters right away and went for some smallies. couple of local guys say farm can be better for crapps, we are going to stay a week next year.

white iron beach resort was awesome, kerry and sandy are nice people and recommend it to anyone!

we did go do some tourist stuff too with the rest of the family, bear center was pretty cool, soudan mine was awesome, int'l wolf center was ok. root beer lady will be for next year

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