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Hey guys,

I am just starting to plan my summer BWCA trip and we are again goign to go into lake one and paddle in a ways. We will probably be camping on Insula and I see there are a couple laker lakes to the north but I am wondering if there are any lakes we might find stream trout nearby. Also how do you guys fish for the lakers in the summer from a canoe? Dipsys, three ways....? Any info you guys could send my way would be much appreciated. Thanks.

keep fishin'


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Can't help you on the nearby streamer lakes. But fishing lakers from a canoe is as simple as trolling a minnow diving plug if it's still early enough in the summer that the top of he water column remains cold. Lakers will come up a long way to smack a shallow diving minnowbait if the water's cold up top. That's how I've caught them until early June, depending on the year.

By mid June it becomes a vertical jigging game to get below the thermocline, using jigging spoons or bucktail jigs tipped with meat or untipped.

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I've done more then my share of trolling for Lake Trout out of a canoe but thats usually in the Spring when they're shallow. Once they go deeper I like drifting or jigging the deeper structure. A lake map, GPS and sounder will narrow down those areas and you'll be fishing more then searching.

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Hey King, The Lake 1 entry is pretty far from most streamer lakes in the wilderness. I think the closest is off of Dissapointment. Others may tell you different though. However, if you can keep your rod out of the water for a good day of paddling & portaging you could camp in Insula that first night. My advise is to get out of Lakes. 1-4 & fish Insula for walleye like a King on royal waters.

Nearest Laker lake is then North to Thomas, which is fantastic, as is Fraser. A bonus is there are eyes & pike to be had as well. I've done well in Thomas all months of the summer, landing my personal best in Aug. ( 12lbs. ) This puts lots of stress on the fish however & I have a catch to eat policy for late season lakers. We use your classic bottom bouncer lead, leader & flutter spoon or crankbait ( whatever you have confidence in ). Besides 13 years of guiding that area heavy, packing the book A Boundary Waters Fishing Guide ( By Local, Michael Furtman ) for camp reading really helped me. Read it, Practice it on the lake & catch fish...

That's all I got, if you want to meet for a beer some time I would be happy to mark a map with my fav. spots for a guy willing to paddle & portage to them.

Later, CLoma.

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I may definitely have to take you up on that offer. We did that last year and made it to Insula in about 4 hours, and hammered the walleyes. There are indeed a ton of them in there. We plan to do the same this year and then hit those lakes Ida, Thomas and Fraser. Also where might I be able to get my hands on that book. Perhaps a store or will I have to order it offline? I am going to be going in early June and would definitely not mind meeting. Just give me a time and place. Probably in a little while. Got to wait for school to settle down a bit and find a job. Then we can talk. Thanks to all you guys for the info. Hope to see you on the water.

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Furtman's guide is available in Duluth book stores, or was a few years ago when I bought mine. It's a smallish paperback that shouldn't cost too much. Mine has $9.95 on the back cover, but that's been a few years. It's also available through Amazon new and used, used starting at $3.63. I've bought used books thru Amazon and have been satisfied with their condition.

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