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NickD
Posted 1/30/2018 12:23 PM (#890856)
Subject: Lac Seul Questions




Posts: 238


Planning a father/son adventure with a couple buddies and our dads. We had the same group 4 years ago and had a great time but we are entertaining the thought of trying new water. Two of the dads have been fishing Minaki for 30+ years for walleyes and I have over a decade of experience there. My boat will be strictly musky fishing and the other 2 boats will be walleye focused and I’m sure they will cast for skis a bit and maybe more if I find fish. Group will be 6 or 7 people.

Those with Lac Seul Houseboat experience, do you think the water up north of chamberlain narrows is worth the effort the 2nd week of September? I know for sure I would enjoy the low density trophy hunt in the varied water up there. Will the walleye guys be happy? Navigation relatively easy? I’m aware of losing time due to houseboat travel and will explain that to the group.

I have Morson and NW Angle experience on LOTW and have entertained that water as well. LOTW has a little bigger water than I think the other guys would be comfortable with though. The fall back is Minaki and I would rather not go back there, but there is definitely something to be said for water familiarity and safe navigation on the shield. Not sure if we would ever be able to repeat the trip so want to make sure it will be a good experience. NE Lac Seul looks manageable in big wind and having the houseboat so close to the good water would be nice allowing for more time bs’ing than spending 30-40 minutes roundtrip like we do each day on LOTW.

Cost is a factor but the group sounds like they are willing to spend more for a better experience.

Thoughts?
Musky Brian
Posted 1/31/2018 7:55 AM (#890911 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





Posts: 1603


Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
Navigation isn’t too bad. At least I only saw a handful of things on my end. The houseboat journey sucks, I think it takes like 6 hours to get to Chamberlain Narrows.

Fish werent super easy to find up there but I sure wouldn’t hesitate to go back as they were all tanks. Just know it’s going to be a grind and you are there for a big girl, not numbers.
IAJustin
Posted 1/31/2018 9:58 AM (#890925 - in reply to #890911)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





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I've never done the houseboat deal or the east end, pike and walleye fishing was stupid easy on the west side when I was there 20 years ago (I know not much help to your questions) but the situation you describe seams perfect for a houseboat trip and the experience /the "hunt" with family and friends on a trip like that will be remembered forever - Go for it!
BNelson
Posted 1/31/2018 10:03 AM (#890926 - in reply to #890925)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





Location: Contrarian Island
might be worth checking with Ben Beattie to see if he guides up past Chamberlain, I think he does... might not be too booked in Sept and a day with him would be $ well spent. I have done 4 trips up that way on a houseboat, all were in july or august. Walleye fishing is fairly easy up there, muskies are much more low density but mid sept should be very low pressure. Drop Ben a message on facebook if you want to check w him
tyler k
Posted 1/31/2018 11:42 AM (#890929 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




Posts: 350


Location: Almond, WI
Do it, don't even hesitate. Muskies are low density, try to key on very specific variables when you find a fish and replicate. Body condition on those fish is impressive.

Walleyes are easy to come by, wouldn't worry about that. You'll catch them on musky baits.

When I went to Lac Seul, we had the houseboat piloted for us, gave a location for them to park it and hopped in our boats and fished instead of losing several hours on the ride in.
NickD
Posted 2/1/2018 11:19 AM (#891025 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




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Appreciate the replies and they confirm my intuitions on the trip. The info is out to the group so we will see what they decide!
Blocker
Posted 2/2/2018 8:56 PM (#891149 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: RE: Lac Seul Questions




Posts: 55


Location: LENA IL
Pickeral arm camp @tuk bay is a great location. Great fishing and musky 10 min away and a few caught right in tuk. Fly in or you can boat in if you want your own rig.
azmuskyman
Posted 2/11/2018 8:16 PM (#892076 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




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I've done Chamberlin in September several times. Its like any water, weather rules. I've been there and only caught dinks and not even seen a 50 but I've also been and hammered them. All in all though I would say September is my least favorite as its not as predictable. I've had buddies go and pimp the topwater bite in September on lac Seul. I have yet to see it.
Southern Muskies
Posted 2/14/2018 9:16 AM (#892378 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




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Ben Beattie would be the one to call as B Nelson said. Knows his stuff and a great guy to fish with. Had the opportunity to fish with him for 5 days in mid Sept. 2 years ago. Fishing was tough; but I learned a lot and had a great time.
I will be up at Moosehorn Lodge in mid July. Linda and her staff run a first class lodge and couldn't be more helpful. Meals and people are all fantastic. Can't wait to get back up there.
UglyPike
Posted 3/13/2018 12:07 PM (#896417 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





Posts: 38


Location: Niagara on the Lake, ON
I cant comment on houseboats but I found walleye fishing was relatively easy (Tuk Bay region). Navigation isnt too bad either on that lake. I agree with Southern Muskies. I wouldnt step foot onto Lac Seul unless it was on Ben Beattie's boat. He is an absolute stud on the water and can find you those cabbage dragons. He manages Winoga Lodge.
happy hooker
Posted 3/13/2018 3:55 PM (#896460 - in reply to #896417)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




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I got my butt kicked on this lake by a neon green 8 inch reefhawg,,partner got 4 fish in one day,,I won't go back without at least three in my box.

Edited by happy hooker 3/13/2018 3:56 PM
dougj
Posted 3/13/2018 7:47 PM (#896497 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: RE: Lac Seul Questions





Posts: 886


Location: Warroad, Mn
As far as I can tell the biggest muskies in NW Ontario live near Chamberlin Narrows on Lac Seul! Been there many times great area for both Walleyes and Muskies.
BNelson
Posted 3/14/2018 10:27 AM (#897609 - in reply to #896497)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





Location: Contrarian Island
DougJ that post intrigues me... I have fished up there a few times and def saw some big ones but I'm curious why you think that area of Lac Seul has the biggest as opposed to other lakes, or areas that have much fattier forage base, ciscoes/whitefish etc... just general genetics of the area and low density or other factors? What about lakes like Stork etc where Bobby lost the 72"er ?
dougj
Posted 3/15/2018 7:49 PM (#898941 - in reply to #890856)
Subject: RE: Lac Seul Questions





Posts: 886


Location: Warroad, Mn
Mostly personal experience, At one time or the other in the past 50 years or so I've fished almost all the "big" muskie lakes in NW Ontario. I've spent 50 years or so on the LOTWs both fishing for myself and as a guide (up too and above 100 days/year), Still the biggest fish I've ever seen have been on Lac Seul. I suspect that genetics is probably the biggest reason. Forage base on Lac Seul is probably not too much different that most NW Ontario lakes with the exception that there are good population of Gold Eyes in Lac Seul, which are probably good munching.

There where a good number of fish that where caught in the 90's that where in the high 50" range out of Lac Seul. My good friend the late and great Jack Burns had a 57"er in his boat, and if you remember the Jacobson fish from that time frame and others there was some very big fish caught. The lake has been total catch and release since that time. I would guess pressure is also decreasing, which will decrease the number of fish caught.

I still remember the day when a friend and I where casting a large weed bed at dark. I was casting a large spinner bait, I had a small weed hooked on the last hook. I was twitching the lure to get rid of the weed when out of a near pocket the largest muskie I had ever seen blasted away at the lure. My buddy was just reeling in and I told him the figure-8. The fish came back at his lure and missed, but came about four feet out of the water. We guessed that fish at around 60"! I have other stories!

Haven't been back for a number of years, but this lake had the biggest as far as I can tell.

Edited by dougj 3/16/2018 7:42 PM
supertrollr
Posted 3/15/2018 8:42 PM (#898947 - in reply to #898941)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions





50 pounder + for sure look at the head of that thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPSChkufrdg
muskysaloon
Posted 3/25/2018 8:37 AM (#899981 - in reply to #898941)
Subject: RE: Lac Seul Questions




Posts: 32


dougj - 3/15/2018 7:49 PM

Mostly personal experience, At one time or the other in the past 50 years or so I've fished almost all the "big" muskie lakes in NW Ontario. I've spent 50 years or so on the LOTWs both fishing for myself and as a guide (up too and above 100 days/year), Still the biggest fish I've ever seen have been on Lac Seul. I suspect that genetics is probably the biggest reason. Forage base on Lac Seul is probably not too much different that most NW Ontario lakes with the exception that there are good population of Gold Eyes in Lac Seul, which are probably good munching.

There where a good number of fish that where caught in the 90's that where in the high 50" range out of Lac Seul. My good friend the late and great Jack Burns had a 57"er in his boat, and if you remember the Jacobson fish from that time frame and others there was some very big fish caught. The lake has been total catch and release since that time. I would guess pressure is also decreasing, which will decrease the number of fish caught.

I still remember the day when a friend and I where casting a large weed bed at dark. I was casting a large spinner bait, I had a small weed hooked on the last hook. I was twitching the lure to get rid of the weed when out of a near pocket the largest muskie I had ever seen blasted away at the lure. My buddy was just reeling in and I told him the figure-8. The fish came back at his lure and missed, but came about four feet out of the water. We guessed that fish at around 60"! I have other stories!

Haven't been back for a number of years, but this lake had the biggest as far as I can tell.


Doug, its good to hear from someone with your experience talk about giants seen over the years. Without naming lakes, i'd love to hear more big fish encounters! Maybe you could get Dick P and Don P to jump in too. Unfortunately lots of folks always poo poo big fish encounters as just big eyed fisherman. which can be the case lots of times. but I doubt those same folks would disregard guys of your reputations. Its what keeps us casting eh?
rpike
Posted 3/27/2018 6:09 PM (#900283 - in reply to #898947)
Subject: Re: Lac Seul Questions




Posts: 272


Location: Minneapolis
I was there when Jacobsen caught that fish! He and his crew were fishing walleyes something like 95% of the time. They went out chucking for muskies one night and BOOM! Meanwhile, my partner and I flogged away until we were senseless and boated 4 during the week (three of the four the day Jacobsen caught his). The walleyes were stupid easy to catch when we wanted to get some for dinner.
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