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Has anyone ever fished Nina Moose? I’ve heard it has good fishing, the trip would be mostly walleye and smallmouth.

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I recognized the name of the lake and wasn’t surprised to see the location.  I haven’t personally fished it but can imagine it is a good lake.

Then again, judging by Navionics it’ll probably be an absolute dynamite lake for a while during open water or an absolute dud.  Not an easy one to make assumptions about either with the depths shown.


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Now here is one that doesn’t get a lot of talking about . It was back many many years ago as a “young” youngster I went into Nina Moose once with my sisters then in-laws family who I believe were quite regulars at making the journey into it and it’s neighbor to the north Agnes Lake , and although I was not involved much with the padding of the canoes on the river in , to me as a kid it seemed like eternity to reach the lake . I think back in these old days with its remoteness this lake was gone into by pretty much hard cores , and at that time the fishing was very good for walleye ,but that was about 50 plus years ago , so I can’t speak to how that is today , but would only imagine that it’s still a good lake to venture Into . I believe that most of the people that do head in there these days are into the canoeing thing and fishing may be more secondary to them , but maybe not .I do remember the lake being shallow and I see the chart above backs that up . Hard to go wrong with the beauty up there , that I do know .My sisters in-law family are long gone these days , but I do have a good friend who I know that when he was also young and throughout his teens  that he and his father made many trips into there and he may be able to shed some more details about it all and if so I will report back on this subject .

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Thanks for the input, I’ll definitely let you guys know if we choose to go in there.

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When I was young starting in 1970,  I went to Ramshead lake with my Dad. We would walk in by following Meander creek and fish for walleye by a small creek that was flowing out of Lamb lake. We would end up walking back out in the same day. It was a lot easier in those days because of an old logging road, there was still part of a bridge that you could walk across to get on the other side of meander creek and there had been a recent fire so we could easily cut across land to get to Ramshead. We would fish where this really small creek flowed in out of Lamb lake. Some years sucker minnows used to run down that creek into Ramshead making it fishing really easy to catch lots of fish. There was a real small island just off of the shore on Ramshead right where the creek flowed in. Ramshead froze out and I caught my last walleye around 1973 give or take a year or 2. After that northern pike took over the lake and it was very common to catch lots of them in the 5 to15 lb range. By then my Dad quit going and I would go up with my friends. We would take canoes down Meander creek and camp on a larger island to fish the opener for the next 20 some years. We would fish from shore using large sucker minnows and huge bobbers. The largest northern pike I caught was around 36 inches. The largest one that I saw taken weighed 23 1/2 lbs after being kept alive for 3 days on a stringer, portaged out, driven down to the twin cities and weighed in for the St. Paul Pioneer fishing contest. After that access was closed we would get there by way of Nina Moose river. We would also usually catch a few walleyes on the Nina Moose river just past the spot where we would take it into Ramshead and it continues on into Lake Agnes. If you go you should definitely check out Lake Agnes for walleyes and go up to Oyster for some lake trout fishing. I also like Bigfatalbert have not been back in that area for quite some time so I can’t speak to how that is today but you will never know what you will find unless you MNAngler01 go. Good luck with your trip! 

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My wife did her first solo BWCA trip into Nina Moose Lake about 12-13 years ago. She was planning on fishing it but got spooked after seeing a bear. I never got a fishing report since she moved on to another lake.


Good luck!

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In 1977 I passed through Nina Moose but did fish Agnes. All we needed was a twister tail and a jig and did well. We started there and paddled the border waters all the way to Basswood. Then we swing way up through Canada, made our way to Lac LaCroix and back out through Agnes and Nina Moose. 9 days and 156 miles. One wind day so no travel. Best trip of my life.

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Update: We didn’t go to Nina Moose, instead we paddled into the north end of Lake Insula. Did well on walleyes. This was in August so we were mostly targeting deeper fish with shad raps.

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