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 Post subject: Carswell/MacMillan Lake
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:15 pm 
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Looking to go north on a trip at the beginning of October to Carswell Lake. I'm wondering if anyone has any info on the lake such as reefs to look out for, camping spots on any islands, and size of fish to expect. I am also interested if anyone know how easy or difficult it is to get into MacMillan Lake once I am on Carswell.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:17 pm 
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I've not fished either, but I did some extensive research when I was considering a similar trip. I can give you what I've been told and you'll have to take it for what it's worth. Otherwise, send me an email at sptrix@gmail.com and I will put you in touch with someone in Lynn Lake who I suspect will be able to answer all of your questions.

First, Carswell (locally, referred to as Baldy) is well-known for pike and trout. My understanding is that there are only a couple rocks to worry about, but my buddy hit one there are few years ago that he hit 30 years ago...guess they don't move!

There are big trout in that lake from what I understand (30 pounders) but you have to work for them. One guy I talked to several years ago said 20 pounders were a regular occurrence.

Getting into McMillian is supposed to be somewhat of an adventure. Ultimately, that was the lake I wanted to fish, but I was too concerned that I would be able to get my boat through the creek from Baldy into McMillan. I've been told that you need to work it through the creek using ropes and that if you have more than a 16' boat, the corners may be too tight. I was further told that your success is also dependent upon water levels. My assumption is that fall gives you a great shot at it.

McMillan supposedly is a better trout lake than Baldy. I spoke to a guy who said he has had 100 fish days there...since I've never fished it, I cannot confirm this, but I have no reason to doubt him. It's a BIG open lake, with one giant island, so wind could be an issue in a smaller boat as well.

If you get up there, I'd love to hear about your trip.

Good luck.

SPTRIX


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:37 am 
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Update -- spoke to my buddy in Lynn Lake. He says he has fished both Baldy and McMillan extensively.

Baldy -- not a great lake. He thinks it was commercially harvested and that it hurt fishing.

McMillan -- can only get a 16' boat in...if the water is high, it's very difficult and you need 3-4 guys with waders to make it happen...lots of sandy beaches so camping should not be an issue

Good luck!


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