I was up at Burntside the other weekend and marked a few, nothing committed though. I used a bunch of different jigs and fished it just like I do when Lake Superior freezes where I live (Duluth). I’m not sure if the spot was off or the presentation was too aggressive?
Here’s some of the jigs I’ve been using
– white 1oz. bucktail
– black/white 3/4 & 1oz bucktail
– 4in white tube with flash and flashabou tail I tied on with my vice
– clam super flutter spoon (silver/pink/blue color)
Just wondering if anyone has any tips for the smaller lakers that are in the BWCA lakes and what jigging pattern seems to work best. I’m used to fishing Lake Superior when it freezes for lakers so it may be just my jigging technique or too large of jigs that are “scaring” them away, though lake trout are pretty aggressive by nature so it seems odd for this to happen. I’m going up to Ely this weekend to try again but want to at least hook up with something. Any tips or bathymetric features to look for on these smaller lakes would be very helpful. Thanks!