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I saw on the open water forum that you have a cabin by two harbors, what lakes do you fish in that area? I have a friend, whose parents have a time share at superior shores, and we have stayed there and driven quite a ways to find a lake to fish. Is there a closer lake than Lax lake that is worth fishing? Thanks

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Not that I have found. There are a ton of nice lakes with everything from muskie to trout in the Isabella area. And if you drive up Lake CO.2, striaght past the old Holiday station, you'll find other lakes. I have never fish any of the lakes off CO rd 2. If you go to the south end of town at the stoplights by the new Holiday (old SA station) and take the right and follow it out of town you'll come across yet more water. The area around Duluth has a buch of lakes as well.

Stop at Al"s Baits in Two Harbors and ask for water to fish other than Superior or Lax. Al and his son are very knowledgeable of the area and will help out in this department.

When you get up there to snoop around, go to the court house, the assessors"s office, and pick up a lake county map. Every road, every lake and stream is on this critter and it is a big help.

Honestly though Picks, when I am up there I only have tackle for the big water so my search for other fishing is extremely limited. I love casting the breakwater in downtown Two Harbors.

We have like six trips planned thru the summer, so if you are going to be there during the warm weather, drop me a line and if I am going to be there at the same time we'll arrange to fish!

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I am familiar with the isabella area lakes, we usually camp on dumbbell one or two nights and then head to two harbors. Al's is a nice bait shop........I will keep you in mind when we head up there this summer, will probably be around the first part of august........

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I don't have the calendar right here with me, but I think the first weekend in August I am there.

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I will keep you in mind when it comes time for our trip.....Make sure you keep some of those fish in the lakes for us too........ smile.gif

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