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Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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From North Oaks, MN
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A 4am departure from Minneapolis put us in Ely for an 8am breakfast. A quick drive to LaTourelle’s had us there in time for our 10:30 tow up Moose Lake to Prairie Portage. Following a quick stop at the ranger station, we were on the water by 11:15.

Favorable winds and an easy portage from Basswood had us at the North end of Sunday Lake within 2 hours. The portages out of Sunday into Agnes, along with a slight headwind on Agnes, slowed us a bit and we made camp around mid-Agnes by 5:00.

Moderate winds and rain during the night had us worried for day two but the weather broke by early morning and we were off at 7:30 under light SE winds at our backs. We made the North end of Agnes by 9:30. The first portage out of Agnes was a little challenging but very manageable thanks to the Canadian portage maintenance crew. Much work had been done with boulders, gravel and trenching. The second portage was quite a bit different with lots of rumble and mucky areas. A quick paddle up the Agnes River put us in front of the next three portages according to PaddlePlanner. Three portages turned into four as the last one was actually bisected by the river. A quick paddle on Murdoch and another portage into Kawnipi and we reached our base camp on Kawa Bay by 1:15.

Fishing for the week was good to outstanding! Walleye were scattered all over with wind blown points, shorelines and weed lines being very productive. Jigging quickly gave way to trolling cranks running 10-12” deep over 11-24’ FOW. Mornings were slightly more productive than afternoons. We had no trouble catching Walleye for both lunch and dinner. A highlight of the trip was hitting a weed line at 5:00 after a steady incoming wind during the afternoon. We drifted in from 16 FOW into the weed line and scored doubles on four consecutive passes! The action lasted for 45 minutes! Size ranged from 12” to 28” with most in the 16-20” range. Northerns were also plentiful with the largest catch at 44”.

We departed Kawnipi on Thursday to grab a day of fishing on Agnes the following day. We found a 5-star campsite on the North end of Agnes and had a couple of hours of unproductive fishing that evening. Up early, we fished our way down Agnes headed for Sunday. We picked up a couple of Walleyes and completed our Grand Slam with a Lake Trout mid-lake. This made for an awesome shore lunch at Louisa Falls around 1:30, before moving on to Sunday.

With no other paddlers on Sunday, all sites were open so we picked a nice South-facing site on the point mid-lake. A rainy and slightly windy night had us up early again to take advantage of the lighter early morning winds. Slowed only by the 2 foot rollers on the ¼ mile stretch of Basswood, we made Prairie Portage 45 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10:30 tow back to Latourelle’s.

Another awesome trip and can’t wait for next year!

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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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What a gret trip that must have been! Great fishing, good food and incredible scenery. Can't beat it!

Posted on: 10/2 20:38:57
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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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Awesome report and pictures, a trip like that has been on my bucket list for a long time! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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From Mayer , MN
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Very cool, thanks for sharing the report!

Posted on: 10/3 7:22:04
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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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From Chaska/Leech Lake
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Thanks for the story and great pictures !


Envious !! Beautiful time to visit. I can almost
smell those pines !

tweed

Posted on: 10/3 12:31:19
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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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From central mn
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Super report,angnes is big water,good to here the wind gods were mellow for ya,thanx for sharing.Fancy cook stove setup,never had such a luxury in our travels thru the bwca area,what kind of fuel for the stove?Small propane bottle?

Posted on: 10/4 11:41:32
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Re: Quetico Trip Report - Prairie Portage to Kawnipi
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No matter where you travel,,,Minnesota wilderness trips like yours rank among the best,,,Hunt,Fish,Camp! Thanks again for sharing.

Posted on: 10/5 7:36:40
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