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Annual June trip to Quebec was canceled, was holding out to see if I could make it to the same lake in the fall but I'm not holding my breath for borders opening up. I'm debating on going up to Minnesota in September, have been thinking about Leech lake in particular. Has anyone been to Minnesota lakes in the fall and have a recommendation. Would like to fish for muskie but also walleye and other species if needed to break up the monotony for my dad and if any of my friends who are half committed tag along.
I'm still tossing around some other ideas like Wisconsin (have gone up a bunch in the fall for salmon and usually try different muskie lakes but not much of a remote vibe that I kind of want), or worst case scenario sticking around and camping at Cave Run or an Ohio lake.
Thoughts on Minnesota lakes or any other ideas if you were taking a week in September to fish?
As amazing as LSC is for muskie fishing, I am looking for something a little more "rustic". Have always felt when fishing LSC I'm just drifting into the abyss casting in open water without much scenery, but clearly it is an amazing fishery.
Ya, LSC doesn't give you the Northwoods experience, but the fishing can make up for it. It just depends on what you're looking for. This could be a year to try something different. Lots of other places with muskies these days.
As we get older my friends make it a little more difficult to plan "that's too far" "I can only do a long weekend" etc. Definitely miss the days when everyone was single and down for anything and I have done lots of solo trips as a result over the years which gets a tad boring by yourself day 5 or 6. To help accommodate them I think I may do 3 full days in Wisconsin for salmon then drive over for 5 days to fish little boy and leech lake. Stay on little boy and try leech out a bit depending on weather. They can drive separately to Wisconsin and then back home when I take off for Minnesota. Any other thoughts, lakes, resorts I'm still open minded.
Thanks for the ideas so far, I think I'm going to lock in the first 4 days near Milwaukee and shoot for 4 year old kings, then it's about 8 hours to northern Minnesota. Waiting to hear back from little boy resort with some info. Little boy is attached to wabedo and both look like a really good mix of smallmouth, largemouth, pike, muskie, and panfish. I can muskie fish and others can throw for a mixed bag if the action is slow. Maybe spend a day or 2 at leech since it's not far. Have to research leech more but sounds like targeting rocks in the fall is the way to go, I enjoy a challenge if nothing else. Still have to research some other lakes but that's the idea I'm running with so far. Mill lacs, Vermillion are a bit intimidating to make anything happen muskie wise for me. Will be taking everything and the kitchen sink tackle wise it sounds like though if fishing for so much. My dad and one buddy have never done the fall salmon which is a blast when you get a decent 20+ on lighter spinning tackle.
We've run into the same problem with our annual August Trip to the French River. Thinking about Wisconsin (Eagle River/Boulder Junction) now, but a bit worried about rec boaters and if the water temp will be too warm
I miss thos fishing trips back in the day with the buds...
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I must be getting old... leaving my 30s behind me on Sunday...lol
I think a lot of guys who were holding out for their fall muskie trips over the boarder will be looking for alternatives here soon. I finalized all the reservations, 4 days fishing kings in Milwaukee then 5 days in Minnesota at little boy lake resort (leech is less than 30min away). Have a couple buddies who are going to stay the 4 days in Wisconsin then head home when I make the drive to Minnesota for the last leg.
ML1987 you might be able ask the guys at muskie outdoor first forum regarding water temps and recommendedations for other lakes in the Northwoods as most of those guys seem to be in the Wisconsin/Minnesota region. Even if the water temps are down air temps might be pretty hot for those fishing, if night fishing is something your interested in could solve the heat and pleasure boat issues.
The grandparents of a high school friend of mine lived on Wabedo. His grandma is still there I think. I went there a few times with him about 30 years ago. Little Boy and Wabedo are connected and we fished both (mostly Wabedo), but I think you need a pretty small boat to make it through there from what I remember. I remember a resort on Little Boy that we stopped at had a skin mount of a muskie that was caught or found with a pike stuck through its gills...cool mount. We used to catch nice largemouth, walleye, pike, and panfish. This was before my muskie days although we did try for muskies a little bit. I remember being out by myself one day. I fished a rock pile in Wabedo and there were several large muskies using it at the time. Almost all of them followed my baits in (13” grandma was best) but I couldn’t get any to hit. One of them was one of the biggest muskies I’ve seen, still to this day. Have a fun trip. Too bad it doesn’t look like we will be able to go to Canada this year. Might be the first time I dont get to Canada in over 20 years.
Thanks so much for the heads up and screen shots. I printed a few maps of wabedo, little boy, and leech with highlighted points of interest that looked fishy to me. I've read about rocks/rock reefs being the places to be in the fall especially on leech.
Our June trip to Quebec my uncle is probably going on close to over 30 years without missing a beat until this year, I started going about 20 years ago but have missed a good handful for life events throughout those years. I know many of us look forward to such trips all year. I think it's a complete wash for Canada trips this year and just hope next year the borders are allowed to open again.