Lower Manitou Lake
June 18-25, 2011
My brother An and I visited Camp Manitou run by Matt Koerbitz to fish for northerns and smallies in Lower Manitou Lake. The fishing was terrific! We caught smallies typically along rocky rubble shorelines and points that drop off gradually into deeper water. The smallies seemed to be everywhere along with northerns. Northerns were all very good size and we found them on main lake rock reefs with cabbage weeds. A few bays had some cabbage weeds and An caught his biggest pike in one of the bays. His big pike measured 38″. We caught several pike between 32″ to 34″. Matt also offered us several portage lakes to fish and we were in for a treat! We fished Mister Lake, Dogfly Lake, and Gates Lake. Dogfly had to be our favorite. One stretch of Dogfly Lake we caught so many smallies and pike we lost count. The bite was best when we had slight wind. The calm, sunny day it was tougher to catch them.
This trip meant extra special to me. Just before dinner my brother and I decided to venture into a small bay and fish for northern pike on Lower Manitou Lake. I was casting a Mepps #5 Aglia over submerged cabbage when the musky hit my spinner so hard the water boiled around it. I set the hook and connected. I could feel my heart pulse racing. The fish swam and stayed deep for a good couple minutes. I glanced over at our small bass net and thought my goodness there was no way we could land this beast. After about a three minute battle and some big runs underneath that had me circling the boat the fish slowly came to boatside. An got to the edge, reached over and with his arms cradled the monster into the boat. We laughed in joy and I was almost in tears. The fish measured 50-1/4″! I released the fish after a few quick photos. It was a memorable day!
We would like to thank Matt, Jared, Sabrina, Joyce, and the rest of the Camp Manitou staff for an awesome trip!