Six of us spent eight days in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park in mid-June, fishing for walleyes, lake trout and northern pike. Surprisingly, mosquitoes and blackflies were almost absent. Fishing was excellent at times, challenging at other times. Walleyes were shallow, hungry for the soft plastic worms and minnows we offered them. We caught walleyes up to 28 inches long and plenty of eaters, too. We trolled from 50 to 70 feet for lake trout and caught quite a few, the longest 32 inches and several from 28 to 30 inches.
The 1.2-million-acre wilderness park is lightly traveled. We saw few other people in our eight days there. Portages were challenging, as always, but the effort was rewarded with solitude and good fishing. Look for a complete story on our trip in Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune.