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Dawn Outpost

2019: Report 02

Dawn Lake’s first group this past week had a great time. They had the typical June weather; cloudy, sunny, windy cold and warm–4 seasons in one week! They caught a master angler pike at 40” in about 18’ of water along the south channel. They fished Hot N’ Tots, spoons, Rapalas and top water frogs. Best fishing is wherever the water is moving, especially where Dawn River flows into Dawn Lake towards the northern arm of the lake: “We always find pike lurking in the bays towards the end of each arm.”


2018: Week 13

The Propson group had a great time at Dawn Lake Outpost! This group of 4 caught more walleye than they could keep track of! About 25% of the fish reeled in were in the 18-25inch range with a few 25-26 inchers thrown in as well! They had success with pink and white jigs with a nightcrawler or white twister tail; however, the biggest walleye was caught on a green jig!

15-25ft was the sweet spot! Heading north from the cabin and along the shore was the place to be! Fishing off any point along this shore allowed this group to really up their numbers! At times they noted that it was like fishing from a bucket- with fish caught up to 7 casts in a row!

Not only did the fishing win them over but the scenery and wildlife did as well. Being so far north this group benefited from a clear sky free of any light pollution during a night of heightened mars visibility. Mars was so bright it lit up the horizon and reflected on the lake!

A good time all around.

2018: Week 11

“Just a quick note that we had a blast this past week. It’s just like it was in 2006 when we first visited Dawn Lake. We caught a lot of Walleye and Pike. We had 6 in our party, myself and two sons, two grandsons and my son in law. Very awesome group of young men to be in “the bush” with. We all took pictures in each boat so I have a ton that I can share, more to come!”

-The Slater Party



2018: Week 10

To those of us who love the appeal of an outpost cabin Dawn is one of those typical properties that Wilderness North maintains in their large list of units.

Wilderness outpost facilities require you to put in a bit of extra work organizing your food and gear, but the tradeoff is that you are by yourself in this marvelous environment with the sights and sounds it offers you. Time and what you do with it is your choice since there are no schedules to meet.

This is our 4th trip as a family to Dawn Lake. We arrived on the 15th of July and didn’t leave until the 22nd of July. As in other years, fishing has been good to great, but this year the fishing was amazing. Our total fish catch was over 550 fish with 113 northern pike and 459 walleye. Several of northern were over 30” with the largest at 39 ½”. A majority of the walleyes were in the 17” to 21” range with the largest at 24”. (The old man caught the largest in both categories).

We varied the bait and presentation depending on what was happening and the time of day. We trolled with shallow and deep running crankbaits of various types and jigged with worms on a ¼ oz. light colored jig. Trolling we often found walleye in the 10’ to 14’ depth range. Trolling around some rock outcroppings we pulled them off at 6 foot depth. Jigging we found them in a few different places in the north leg of the lake in around 20 feet or so and one evening our two sons jigged 60 walleye in a few such spots in a 3+ hour period. Like any fishing on new or familiar lakes you need to search for spots that produce and mark them. Dawn being laid out like an “X” or a plus sign provides easy access to all parts of the lake, and offers 4 large options for shelter on a windy day.

Even better than the fishing, though, is the opportunity to spend time with the ones you love. This offers the time to catch up, reminisce about previous trips, and help forge or solidify the family bonds that can so easily slip away in today’s busy society. The excellent fishing and the comfortable accommodations helped us thoroughly enjoy our week, whether we were out on the lake, or back at the cabin playing cards or just spending time together.

Coming back to Dawn is like coming home. The staff at Wilderness North do an outstanding job of maintaining the cabin, boats, and motors, which adds to the overall positive experience. We look forward to our next trip!

2018: Week 09

The X continues to mark the spot as great numbers of both walleye and northern pike are being released at this remote outpost. Dawn Lake, known as a fantastic big walleye fishery isn’t letting up at all. Water temps are rising, and the walleye are sticking to their deeper haunts. Trolling secondary points with large-lipped minnow baits are producing both walleye and northern pike. 14-20′ of water seems to mark the happy place, try a classic jig and twister. Consider a topwater offering over weed beds in the morning or evening for aggressive northern pike as well.

From the guests: “Fishing was great. Caught walleye and pike on every lure and found white and yellow were the hot colors. We discovered pike really loved fly’s as they would strike at them five or six times. The biggest pike was caught on a white and yellow fly about 200 m from the cabin”.

– Bill and Laura

2018: Week 03

This was my son and my second trip to Dawn Lake Outpost Cabin. We were again very pleased with the experience and service throughout our planning and stay.

Our contact was Alex who did a great job helping with us the reservations, misc forms and putting together all our needs for our stay ie food, household goods, fishing tackle, etc. We were pleased and relieved to see all the “stuff” we ordered was there at base, nicely packed and ready for us. Once at the base station, Travis was our go-to person and he was really especially helpful and great to deal with. He gave us an excellent orientation on the cabin and the boats and was an all around a pleasure to deal with.

The cabin, was as we expected: clean, and everything operated as expected. We had one small issue which we appreciated that Travis flew in and fixed.

We caught lots of pike and walleye, several of each in the 28-30″ size.

Everything worked out great and we again appreciated the WN experience.



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