I just got back from a week-long trip into Quetico. We did some exploring but spent the bulk of the trip fishing on Argo and McIntrye. The lake trout fishing was fantastic. Our best success came trolling crank baits that dove 15’ – 30’ (my favorite was the Rapala Deep Diving Tail Dancer).
A lure with a white or silver flash seemed to be most effective. I had good response with a Norman Shad lure as well. There were times throughout the trip that a jig with a 4” white minnow (artificial) was very productive. We had plenty of fish to eat! Interestingly, in one of the fish we caught to eat, it’s belly was full of flying ants (I should have taken a picture!!). I had never seen this before. They must have been coming to the surface to pick the ants off the water. It was unique, and might explain why the bite was a little slower that day.
|Foggy Morning on McIntyre|
|Morning on Argo|
|Solo sunrise on McIntyre|
Overall, the trip was great. We had great campsites on Argo and McIntyre, and the only canoe we saw was a family of 4 with 2 small kids. It was so quiet and peaceful, and it is always fun to spend a week with good friends in Quetico. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful wilderness up here!