We were fortunate enough to find some time off and enjoy the wonderful northern woods of the BWCA. The BWCA is a network of waterways and bogs within a landscape that was glacially-carved roughly 10,000-12,000 years ago. It has some of the oldest rock formations in the world, including Greenstone near Ely that’s about 2.7 billion years old. Most of the landscape dates back to the Precambrian period about 46000 million years old. Also, not to mention it’s a world class fishery.

We headed up to Trout Lake – through Lake Vermillion (entry point 1) with a final destination into Pine Lake. Being up there for 5 days, we were sure to pack what we could; however, your back will thank you for every ounce you leave at home. It’s a total of 400 rods in order to get back into Pine Lake, or about 1 ¼ miles of portaging followed by a few miles canoeing. It took us about 3 ½ hours from the beginning of Trout Lake to get to our campsite on Pine Lake, but once you arrive, the view of the landscape makes the time fly by.

Once we were all settled in and everything was stored away, it was time to fish. We started out with some simple slip bobber setups with leeches on the hooks. Right away off our point we caught a few decent small mouth bass and some large bluegills. As much fun as it was fighting the bass, we really wanted some walleye for dinner. In order to track some fish down, we headed to the canoe and fished a number of shorelines, landing a few walleye in about 8 feet of water to make for our meal.

With the fishing was just okay the first two days we decided to change up our approach. We tied on a few lindy rigs with leeches and started to row. We immediately started pulling in fish, sometimes it wasn’t even 20 seconds before we had another keeper walleye on the line. Needless to say, we stayed with this approach for the remainder of our trip. We ended up with a number of really nice walleye but were sure only to keep two, as that would be plenty to fill us up.

Overall, with the perfect weather

and the amount of fish we caught, I would have to say our trip was a true success. If any of you are seeking an adventure, I highly recommend planning a trip to the BWCA. In order to plan a safe and exciting trip, make sure to do your research either online or by consulting someone who has experience traveling through the BWCA. If you take the time to plan the trip right, and bring the right people with, I guarantee it will be an adventure of a lifetime!

If you have any questions about our trip or need some help with the BWCA planning, please shoot us an email. Be sure to check out all the pictures of the trip on our Facebook page. Otherwise I hope to see you all on the water soon.

Until then,

Rip On…

Born and raised in the state of 10,000 lakes I have been targeting every type of species the waters of Minnesota have to offer ever since I was handed my first fishing pole.

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