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Myself and a couple relatives are heading into Trout Lake May 25th. We will be taking a 16ft fishing boat w/25hp. We all have camped in the BWCAW no motor areas before and this is our first trip to Trout.

A few questions:

Does anyone know the times/days that the mechanised portage folks work?

Any suggestions for camp spots, I know there are a lot of sites, any stand out and shouldn't be missed?

Any fishing suggestions? We are going for Pike, Eyes, and smallies and plan on bring leeches and crawlers. Any help in spots to try?

Do the camp sites have docks and tables (like Voyageurs) or are they BWCAW style (fire grates and pit toilets only)?

Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!

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All campsites are rustic. No tables etc.

Leeches and crawlers should work as bait.

Portage hours are: 7am - 11am and 3pm - 7pm Round trip fee was $25 last year.


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I have fished the lake and the lake is very tough to fish if you have a blue bird day with no wind. The lake is very clear and to my knowledge, needs alittle wind or some overcast to produce any kind of good catch. The south end of pine island is normally pretty good, nice reef out there. On the very north end of the lake is pretty good for gators, good for some top water action. As far as the campsites go, if you want a sand beach, there is a site on the north end that is set on a beach, pine island also has some nice ones on all sides (I like the site on the northeast corner of the island). Hope this helps you...

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Thanks Bearriver! Just the kind of tips I was looking for!

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