Most of us have retired our soft water fishing gear for the current season. The weather has been plenty nice to get out on the water but we especially have been way to busy to get out there. The first ice will form before you know it and a whole new world of fishing will begin for more months than we have for open water angling. I would imagine the first walleyes will be taken on Shagawa sometime in November. We might have access to a really nice fish house this year so maybe we will have more personal ice fishing stories to report as the winter progresses.
The lottery dates to put in for day use motor and over night motor BWCAW permit has been announced. The BWCAW 2016 lottery application period begins December 16, 2015 through January 12, 2016, 9:00 p.m. Central Time. The lottery is for the following entry points and dates: Fall Lake entry points D (Fall Lake and beyond) and 24 (Fall Lake); Moose Lake entry points F (Moose-Newfound-Sucker), G (Moose-Prairie-Basswood) and 25 (Moose Lake) for dates between May 1 and September 30, 2016. Lottery results will be available on January 20, 2016. Reservations for all entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 27, 2016, 9 a.m. Central Time.
It does not matter when during that time frame you input your request as it is a random draw for all that apply. If you want to pick up your permits at White Iron Beach please remember to request us on your applications. If you forget you can change this later. There are many more requests than permits for the Basswood entry points. If you want to give yourself a better chance for drawing a permit I would request multiple permits for the weeks you want permits. The permits are only $6.00 so if you get more than you want all you need to do is cancel the extra ones. It is important to cancel extra permits so others have an opportunity to pick them up.
If for some reason permit are left over after the lottery they can be purchased starting 1/27/16. Go to Permit info to input you permit requests.
Below are some of our better fish pictures from this past season.