Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Ice conditions on Knife Lake


Recommended Posts

I was wondering if anyone can tell me how the ice conditions are on Knife Lake, Ensign and Vera in the BWCA?

I'd like to make a trip soon but have heard different stories on conditions in the BWCA. Thanks for your help.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Redlantern:

North Branch, eh? I used to live in Cambridge, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. grin.gif

Conditions on Moose and Knife weren't the best a few weeks back. One musher went in on Knife and tried to set up for lakers, but the ice kept cracking under their weight so bad they kept going to Basswood (where I heard they landed 28 fish in two days with three people.)

We had a few days in a row of cold weather since then, but that's all, and it wasn't cold by Ely standards.

I just checked in with a musher who said it probably is OK on Knife to Dorothy Molter's old place, but if you go through the narrows beyond that point, you're on your own. There's just been very little ice made lately. For what it's worth, the lakers in that area have been snappin' big time, fish in the 4 to 10 pound range. It's just been pretty risky getting to the truly big lake trout god country a little further up.

One musher I know is planning a trip in a day or two farther up, and if I hear, I'll relay ice conditions.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey Steve, thanks for such a quick response. I've lived in North Branch for about nine years now. I grew up in New Brighton and kind of got too many dogs to stay in the area. I really would love to live closer to the BWCA but my kids live here in town and I'd go nuts not seeing them on a regular basis.

Right now I think all my dogs could handle would be to Dorothy's Island. Hopefully I'll spend a little more time on the runners and get some decent trips in yet this winter. I really like the Thunder Point area and going into Kek. Thanks again for the info and keep me posted on what you hear.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Jackpine Savage can spin em cant he grin.gif Actually he told me there was barely enough time to have a beverage beteween flags. Sounds like a blast. One of these days we'll have to do the trip with Murphy and just see for ourselves. I think we've payed our dues to laketrout gods by now. Well, one could dream right?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      @chaffmj, never mind.  I decided to take a cruise on up there today.  Had a couple popple tops in the driveway but nothing I couldn’t clear.  Nice to see the area again.
    • BrianF
      Ludlows and Muskego both hit hard.  The Dayton place had a lot of big trees down, not sure of structural damage.  Some say a tornado skipped thru that area.  Looking at the destruction, I could believe it.  I feel bad for those impacted by this storm.   Below are a few snap shots of common sights around the area a day or two after the storm. 
    • Wanderer
      Mike, was there a lot of damage in the Ely area?
    • leech~~
      Drove through Annandale last Tuesday and was really bummed to still only see the old cement slab at Little Jim's. Hope they can get it built-back-better! 🙂
    • bfisherman11
      I heard recently the water level had gone down some. Sound like folks are re really dealing with a mess.    Fishing pictures look like a good year in that regard.   Hope the property loss isn't terrible but seems bad.   Bill 
    • Kettle
      Yesterday was a grind to find bigger fish but we landed a few. Only 3 fish overall but they were all nice fish, all C&R. I do believe the sunfish are out of the shallows besides small ones. Thursday I took the nephews out and didn't see any on beds.  
    • redlabguy
      Glad you keep coming back, Mark. And glad you still know the way to catch a slew of walleyes. I wish i could’ve learned more while you were here. But I appreciate all the information you provide on what worked for you.  Strange year. We just got part of our dock in and our boat. I fished a couple hours this morning for the first time on a Frazer hump you know and caught ten under 12” and one keeper which I released… a nice 26+“. I’m hoping more to come soon. I hope all is well with you, Dick
    • smurfy
      kettle....have you chased around any sunfish lately???? kinda wondering if there done spawning???? the last time i was up the sunfish we did clean that had eggs in it didnt even look close to spawning. although i know they seem to carry eggs around most of the summer it seems!!!!!!
    • SkunkedAgain
      Maybe the bamboozler will end up being like every fish story, some old timers holding their hands out as wide as possible to demonstrate to a youngster just how big it was....
    • smurfy
      kettle, when are you going to fish for something decent to eat????🤔🤣🤣   nice batch of fish!!!!!!!!!
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.