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macgruber

So I’m bringing the family up to Flour Lake campground over the 4th of July.  I grew up camping and fishing the Canadian side of Sag every chance we got, but haven’t fished any of the lakes on the trail.  I really wanted to stay at Two Island, as it sounds like the bass fishing there is great, but none of the sites are reservable ahead of time and I didn’t want to drive up and have to go on a campground hunt.  We still might buzz over there for a day, but I was looking for recommendations on some lakes closer to the trail.  

I have two little kids who are just getting into fishing, so I was hoping for action, size is just a bonus. I’m guessing walleye fishing will be off the table with the patience factor limiting how much time I can search for fish with two kids along.  I was leaning towards smallmouth as the kids can both cast and that always held my attention more as a kid.  We’ll likely only keep enough for one fish dinner over the weekend.  Thanks in advance for any help!

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JBMasterAngler

Flour Lake is a nice place to camp. Fishing there is a complete waste of time however. West Bearskin Lake is just down the road a little farther. Full of bass, and an occasional lake trout. Hungry Jack Lake is a really good bass lake, both numbers and size. It’s also one of the only lakes up there with a good sunfish population. Two Island Lake is worth a visit, as it’s by far the best bass lake up there! 

 

Hungry Jack Lodge offers campsites. Unless you’re looking for a more primitive experience, I’d try to get a site there.

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macgruber

Thanks!  Yeah, I was thinking Hungry Jack would be worth a look.  My dad is going to meet us up there and I’m sure he’d like a chance at a walleye.  And the bluegill and bass combo with kids sounds fun.  

 

What about Greenwood or Clearwater?  I’ve seen mentioned a couple places they might have decent bass populations?  Would either be worth a look?  Or just stick to those mentioned?

 

Any tips on what to use and depths in early July- most likely slip bobbering and casting with the kids.... certainly not opposed to trolling if there’s fish.  

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macgruber

If it was just me I’d do the campground at the lodge, but was trying to get a wilderness feel with camping and the sites at Flour looked fairly nice..... I know we’re forfeiting fishing there....

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JBMasterAngler

Hungry Jack has a dock to fish off of, a swimming beach, and showers/running water. So that might be a bonus for the kids. Greenwood is a good numbers lake. 200 bass a day is not uncommon. Kids won’t care, but they’re all little ones. Catching lakers while bass fishing is pretty common there also. 

 

With how goofy the weather has been so far, bass could still be in spring locations come 4th of July. Which, if that’s the case, fishing will be as easy as can be. Just target the shorelines. 

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monstermoose78

For eye two island a good bet  or east twin lake. We normally fish devilfish or Tom lake up the arrowhead trail for eyes.

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