Two of us made our mostly annual trip into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park to see if we could find some lake trout over Memorial Day weekend. We went up through Ely, from the Moose Lake public landing to Prairie Portage, then in from there a few miles.
In early spring, lake trout can be caught easily near the surface, as opposed to later in the season when they must seek deeper water (50 feet or more) to find the temperature they like. The water is very cold this time of year, especially with our late spring. We troll using Wally Divers, Rattlin’ Raps, jointed Rapalas, and other crankbaits that look like minnows. Fishing was good. The largest fish we caught was eight pounds. We’d keep a couple of smaller fish for supper each night.
Much of the reason we go into the canoe country is for the solitude. The park is lightly traveled. We typically see almost no one for four days. Because the trip was later this year, over the holiday weekend, we saw about six parties in four days.
The moon was just past full and flooded our camp with light each night. The loons were paired up and calling madly. Woodpeckers drummed and yammered. We watched a beaver swim down a small set of rapids, then slap its tail when it saw us. At one portage, we saw a sheet of ice that was at least 8 inches thick in many places, pretty rare for May 26.
Here are a few more photos: