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BWCA, Seagull/Alpine suggestions? Options
WI-fly
#1 Posted : Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:07:14 PM
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Headed to the BWCA next weekend for 4 nights with my son and some friends from church. We will put in at Seagull and might venture into Alpine Lake. I have done the BWCA a few times, but haven't fished those particular lakes. I'll bring an assortment of crankbaits, spinners, jigs, plastics, and Gulp as that is what has worked for me in previous trips to lakes east of there. A yellow Rapala Countdown 7 has been my money lure in past trips for walleyes. (Leaving the fly rod at home.)

Anyone have any other suggestions as to what to bring?

What are the bugs like right now? My past trips have been in early August and that seems like the sweet spot in terms of avoiding flies and skeeters.
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TheDancingMan
#2 Posted : Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:41:07 PM
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I used to work on seagull lake and know the area quite well. Pm me and I'll give you some info. I still might have Seagull Outfitters secret Fishing map of hot walleye spots.
“What's his offense?
Groping for trout in a peculiar river.”

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WI-fly
#3 Posted : Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:48:29 PM
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Location: La Crosse, WI
TheDancingMan wrote:
I used to work on seagull lake and know the area quite well. Pm me and I'll give you some info. I still might have Seagull Outfitters secret Fishing map of hot walleye spots.


Done. Thanks in advance for the help.
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WI-fly
#4 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 2:30:59 PM
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Joined: 9/20/2015
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Got back from our BWCA trip last Thursday. Such a good time. If you have never been, put it on your bucket list. Fishing was good and we caught smallies, pike, and walleyes. There are lakers in Sea Gull, but we never went after them.

Aside from the fishing, we had such a good time shooting the breeze around the campfire, seeing the sights (moose, bear, loons) as we paddled, admiring the tenacity of mosquitos. One of my favorite memories is how incredible the sky is at night. Stars were bright and you could easily see the Milky Way. Fun to watch the satellites work across the sky, and were even treated to a few shooting stars.

A few photos, most of them from my friend Jeff Janvrin..

Entering the boundary waters...


Decided to make a couple casts while getting photos taken. Fish on!


My personal best smallie of about 19"


So peaceful up here...until mosquitos come out in force about 20 minutes later.


Time to swim


Falls between Jasper and Alpine lakes


Our friend Mark on the right is a very talented camp cook. He spoiled us.


He made deep dish pizzas from scratch on camp stoves. Just one of many great meals.


Eggs Benedict for breakfast


Gavin with a couple smallies


Looking at the evening water


Sunrise on Sea Gull


We made it back out!


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cschub13
#5 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 2:36:48 PM
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Location: Milwaukee
Awesome pics! Sounds like a good trip. How was fishing overall? I'm headed into EP14 on on Aug. 13th.
Gurth
#6 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 3:02:14 PM
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Looks like a great trip.

Used to go almost every year in college and until kids. Took the whole fam once about 10 years ago and haven't been since.

Cabins got too convenient. Blushing


Feeling slightly envious. Smile

Need to go again soon.
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
WI-fly
#7 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 4:41:45 PM
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cschub13 wrote:
Awesome pics! Sounds like a good trip. How was fishing overall? I'm headed into EP14 on on Aug. 13th.


I would say that fishing was "decent" as we didn't have a 100 fish day which I have done before in the BWCA. This was my first time on Sea Gull and the first time for my son in the BWCA. I have done 3 other trips to Little Iron, Tucker, and Benning and have it figured out on what to use to find fish.

Even though the fishing wasn't "epic," we had an incredible time. The most fishing fun I had was throwing top water for pike. I had a Heddon Chug'n Spook and pitched it to shore near drops and timber. Threw it up there, let the ripples clear, and then did some small twitches to entice the northerns. So fun to see the takes on those topwater baits.

Most of our bass came on shallow/medium running cranks over boulders. Didn't seem to be any preference for color patterns, as almost everything worked. I was surprised that my go to pattern Rapala Countdown didn't produce a fish. Maybe it was the rattle in the other lures that was key. Color didn't seem to matter. We ate a few smallies and when I cleaned them I found their bellies full of crayfish and leeches. However, I never did catch a fish on a Gulp leech under a slip bobber. Crayfish cranks were good.

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WI-fly
#8 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 4:45:59 PM
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Gurth wrote:
Looks like a great trip.

Used to go almost every year in college and until kids. Took the whole fam once about 10 years ago and haven't been since.

Cabins got too convenient. Blushing


Feeling slightly envious. Smile

Need to go again soon.


Get back up there!!! My first time since 2012 and first time with one of my kids. We had such a good time. It was a relief to turn off the iPhone and leave it in the glove box of the car for 5 days.

It was a much needed break from the rat race.
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cschub13
#9 Posted : Monday, July 31, 2017 4:50:54 PM
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Joined: 7/28/2014
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Location: Milwaukee
WI-fly wrote:
cschub13 wrote:
Awesome pics! Sounds like a good trip. How was fishing overall? I'm headed into EP14 on on Aug. 13th.


I would say that fishing was "decent" as we didn't have a 100 fish day which I have done before in the BWCA. This was my first time on Sea Gull and the first time for my son in the BWCA. I have done 3 other trips to Little Iron, Tucker, and Benning and have it figured out on what to use to find fish.

Even though the fishing wasn't "epic," we had an incredible time. The most fishing fun I had was throwing top water for pike. I had a Heddon Chug'n Spook and pitched it to shore near drops and timber. Threw it up there, let the ripples clear, and then did some small twitches to entice the northerns. So fun to see the takes on those topwater baits.

Most of our bass came on shallow/medium running cranks over boulders. Didn't seem to be any preference for color patterns, as almost everything worked. I was surprised that my go to pattern Rapala Countdown didn't produce a fish. Maybe it was the rattle in the other lures that was key. Color didn't seem to matter. We ate a few smallies and when I cleaned them I found their bellies full of crayfish and leeches. However, I never did catch a fish on a Gulp leech under a slip bobber. Crayfish cranks were good.




Right on! Can't wait to get up there, and hoping we can get some solid fish for our efforts. Thanks for the pointers!
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