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We are heading up next thursday. Any reports or suggestions on where to try for wallleyes and smallies.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

It will be the first time my wife and I are going up into the BWCA together.

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There is a big shoal that comes off the southside of the lake near the portage of (small lake and can't think of the name but only one to the south). It is about a 5-8 ft on top of the shoal and then it starts dropping off probably about 50-75yrds from shore. We did real well for walleyes on the break with yours truely boating a 26"!

We fished around some of the islands early in the year fishing top water for smallies.

That's about all I know about Ensign.

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We were up on Ensign from 7/15 - 7/18. The weather was unbearbly hot (95+ each day), but fortunately so was the fishing. This was our 1st trip up the the BWCA, so I was not sure how we would do, not knowing the lake at all. We were able to get plenty of walleye for shore lunch, nothing huge, all in the 15-18" range, some nice pike and almost constant smallmouth action, with some pretty decent ones every once and a while. Everything was either caught on leech/jig combos or trolling raps.

Two spots produced the best for us were:

The rock bar that actually comes out of the water right as you enter the lake (and a little to your left as you enter). Fish the windy sides of the bar, anchor in about 18'-20' of water and cast up very shallow. We got walleyes and big SM there, in both shallow water and hanging out on the edges.

The area to the north east of the big island that you see just as you enter the lake. There are a couple of small islands and a point with a pretty decent drop off. This area again produced nice walleyes and bass, also got lots of pike trolling between the point and the small island.

Hope this helps. Have fun! Let us know how you did.

Here is a photo of an Ensign Lake SM bass (hopefully I figured out how to attach a photo)


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thanks for the help guys.

Anyone else have any other suggestions to try?

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