Annual trip to MN boundary waters

midwesthunter

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Made my annual trip into the boundary waters of MN. Wind was a little rougher then normal, so was hard to keep canoe in position and was hotter than normal, mid 80's. Only averaged 50 fish a day, which is still nothing to complain about. Not sure if its a timing thing but the smallmouth average size has been less the last couple years. This could be very dependent on water temps/weather. But I caught tons in the 2.5-3lb range, nothing over 4lbs. I use to catch several 6's and even a 7lber. Walleye bite was good as usual, caught enough to feed 4 people every night. Didn't get a pic of the biggest but was a 27 incher, PB for this area was a 30 incher last year. Caught three pike over 40 inches with the largest just a tad over 48".

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Gellar

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O man!! Great trip!! I have been itchin for the bwca in a bad way and this is not helping my itch! Care to share route or EP?
 

Greyman

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One of my favorite places on earth. Went there twice through the Quetico. Canoed and portaged from Atikokan Ontario to Ely, MN with my three sons.
 

elkrchr

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The BWCA is a special place and one I want to visit one of these years. Thanks for sharing photos of your adventure.
 

homers

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What entry point? What lakes did you hit up? I've gone in on 84 and 47. This year going to try Quetico for the first time later in July.
 

midwesthunter

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I do a short 2.5 day fishing trip now vs 5 day trips. So I just fish the Granite River.

I have always heard Questico fishing is a lot better, its hard to believe that when I can consistently produce 50-100 fish days.
 

Northwoods

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I do a short 2.5 day fishing trip now vs 5 day trips. So I just fish the Granite River.

I have always heard Questico fishing is a lot better, its hard to believe that when I can consistently produce 50-100 fish days.
The Granite River is a great route and very productive fishing. In the mid 90’s I was a canoe guide and took groups on that route every week.
 

Sytes

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50 a day... Whoa! Very nice! I've made one trip to the Superior boundary Waters area. Beautiful area! I understand why your maintain an annual trek!
Pike over 48" is pretty epic! Grats.
 
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