Ice Fishing on Saganaga Lake

     I will start this blog post out by whining about not having been invited to go ice fishing the other day.  I guess they had a good time and caught fish too, lucky them!

     Mark Ceminsky and Chad Goodale, both Voyageur crew members were invited to go along with Mike and Sam Cook from the Duluth News Tribune.  It was a pleasant 30 degrees above zero and the ice conditions were beautiful with 6 inches of snow on top of the ice, no slush and 20 inches of ice to auger through. 

     They left from our place on snowmobiles until they reached the edge of the non-motorized area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  Then they went by foot, no snowshoes needed, to their destination.  They drilled about a dozen holes with a hand auger and fished for around an hour before bringing the first lake trout up the hole.

     They had good action and caught 7 fish ranging in size from a pound and a half to about 6 pounds.  They missed about 7 fish and kept 5 to eat. Sam Cook will be writing a story for the Duluth News Tribune’s Sunday paper and you can read a little bit about the trip on his blog.  It sounds like they had a wonderful day in the wilderness, the only thing missing was me!

Photos courtesy of Sam Cook…

lake trout fishing saganaga

Mike with a BWCA lake trout

saganaga lake in the BWCA

Boundary Waters fishing