To date, snowmobiles and lightweight snow machines with wide tracks are the only good way to move around on the lake. He’ll cast large, wood jerk baits like the Suicks, musky size spinnerbaits and a variety of other lures. But we’ve also uncovered large areas of ice that is thinner, 7 to 8 inches as of Monday 12-28-2020. Crane Lake-Kabetogama-Namakan fishing reports are provided by fishing guides, area resorts, local residents and visitors fishing the lakes in the Minnesota-Canada border area. When you look at your chart, select the wider flats over steeper breaklines, that’s where feeding fish will be cruising. Despite the horrible weather to hunt in, we’ve managed to make it happen. The phones are already ringing, and folks are locking in reservations for the upcoming ice fishing season. We have heard from guests that their best fishing action usually occurs before 11:00 AM and that’s why some are leaving the docks even earlier than our guides are. For folks like Terry Lee, the proclamation could ring out as he set the hook on a 40 inch pike like the one you see here. Jig heads tipped with minnows is the standard presentation. Reports from anglers stopping in the shop is positive. But for now, the best way to access and fish on Kabetogama is still using snowmobiles with portable fishing shelters. Fish are there but most are focusing their attention on more summerlike activities. After going through a cycle of freezing, then re-opening and then re-freezing, the ice is finally taking hold on Kabetogama. Females are roaming the edges of shallow flats, Crawfish and bottom hugging minnows are their main food sources, so be sure to check out stretches of sand and marl wherever mixed gravel and broken rock can be found. We will keep you updated as the season progresses. Kab has and is still enjoying a good perch bite, plus [...], 2-20-17 Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report WOW-quite the weather, 58 degrees, 53 degrees and high 40’s in February, weather records were shattered here near the Canadian border. "Eight weeks ago, we were wringing our hands over buying the new SnoBear. Use a bottom bouncer to control depth and maintain boat speeds between .9 MPH and 1.3 MPH; often times, 1.1 MPH is “the sweet spot”. The outer edges of mid-lake reefs or points leading from shore toward deep water are good starting spots. Naturally, resorts bursting at the seams with guests has been good for business at the store. The story closer to shore is more optimistic. Not familiar with these lures? So are lightweight lures that have super slow drop rates like Quiver Spoons. Try using blade style baits like Lindy’s Frostee and tipping them with a whole, live fathead. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281. Some are catching fish using jig and minnow combinations, a 3/8th ounce jig tipped with a shiner or rainbow chub can be used to zero in on fish that hold tight to structure. copyrightÂ©2021 Fishing Blue Books, LLC All Rights Reserved - last revised 01-06-2021, 2021 KAB Outdoors Fishing Reports Archives, Ice Fishing Safety: Essential Gear and Knowledge, Kabetogama Remote But Accessible Walleye Fishing, 1/16-ounce Lindy Live Bait Jigs tipped with night crawlers. Folks scrambling to find alternatives to their cancelled Canadian trips have taken note that our lake is one great place to do that. We’ve had some fun with Lindy’s Glow Streak this winter and there is other large size, flashy and noisy lures which we’ve had fun fishing with too. There are many resorts waiting to accommodate you and most of them have boat rentals available at the resort. When it does, we’ve already got our ice machines tuned up and ready to go, so getting the rental fleet into service won’t take long at all. Anglers report catching them mostly on shiners still, but leeches and crawlers are also viable options. Already have an account? Falling air temperatures have forced surface water in Kabetogama down into the mid-60s, and the surrounding woods now have the added autumn crispness that has critter on the move. Last week we mentioned being overwhelmed with calls from folks asking about driving up with private wheelhouses. In fact, it’s 5:15 AM right now and there are already boats travelling across the water. They’ve sponsored a lot of events, but to our knowledge, they’ve always only provided service to veterans during the open water fishing season. If a little peace and quiet sounds good to you, then give us a call and ask about our rental packages. Available species are Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Panfish / Bluegill, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Burbot, Lake Whitefish, Mooneye, Sauger, Sturgeon. When you’re thinking about a destination for a fishing trip, get in touch and let us know how we can help. It will be interesting to see how the lake reacts to the warm weather heading our way. Right now, the larger pike seem to be favoring weed edges in 7 to 10 feet of water. But these machines have extraordinarily wide tracks and yours may not perform as well. For anglers seeking ‘eaters”, locating the actual spawning sites is most important. Key fishing depths are from 26 to 32 feet during the daytime and 18 to 26 feet during the prime time, twilight feeding periods. The cold, clear waters make both these species a tasty consideration … Minneapolis, Minnesota 44 contributions 23 helpful votes. Anglers without spot-lock equipped trolling motors could mimic the presentation by anchoring and vertical jigging. During the daytime, you’ll have more fun fishing for northern pike, smallmouth bass and if you’re persistent, maybe even some crappies. The first thing that came to my mind as the headquarters for our trip was Lake Kabetogama. [...], Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 8/20/17 Lake is a little quieter but the bite is still on… As summer seems to be winding down the lake is taking a break, with all the boaters taking advantage of the continued [...], Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 8-14-17 Fantastic weather and great fishing continues well into August. Early mornings and evenings have by far been the most productive times to fish. Someplace along the line, I stumbled into a school of fish in deeper water. They can be fished below a float or on a dead stick setup using a slow action rod with a soft tip. Anglers for the most part probably happy to see the weekend pass as mother nature tests our fortitude. I have seen a smattering of ice shacks around the lake looking for crappie and perch but it has been pretty [...], KABETOGAMA FISHING REPORT AND TRAIL CONDITIONS 2/20/2018 SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW!!!! One way to try targeting perch that you happen across is to rig up short-snelled Lindy Rigs tipped with minnows. Great fishing for a couple days then really struggling to find them the next. We are now sitting in the mid 50's and that has changed the [...], Pre Memorial fishing report....more to come before the weekend Quick update on the fishing report with more to come just before the weekend so you can be prepared with the right gear and bait and presentation that's working best. Fishing has been up and down with the recent weather fronts with most anglers reporting similar success regardless of your destination on Kab. With surface temperatures ranging from 73 to 75 degrees, fish are fairly active, we just have to learn which weed patches have fish and which ones don’t. Shallow points, rocky shoreline structure and current areas continue to produce walleye too. If you’re planning to snowmobile on the ice, we’d suggest cutting back to the bare minimum amount of fishing gear. Cool weather, [...], Kabetogama/Namakan Fishing Report 4/27/15 As fishing opener closes in, the ice went out early, the waters warming up and walleyes are spawning which should lead us to a great opener. After a couple days of experimentation, I found that the pattern that worked was trolling large crankbaits in 18 - 30 ft. at of 3 - 3.5 mph in both open water and along rocky shoreline structure. Some of the guys are choosing to use spinner rigs tipped with leeches and have had success. We have extra large leeches, plenty of night crawlers and all of the rigs and accessories you’ll need to use them effectively. Most other gamefish species haven’t gotten much attention so far. There are also good opportunities to catch hungry smallmouth bass and northern pike even during the slower walleye weeks. Besides the shiners, we have excellent an excellent stock of nice fatheads and plenty of Kent’s favorite minnow, the rainbow chub. When we add it all up, the final quotient has equaled success. One the questions we asked was; “Where do walleyes spawn on Kabetogama? We will definitely provide updates as they begin their trapping and deliveries. We’ve mentioned before that it’s a good idea to prepare for fishing both presentations every day. But any crawfish imitating lures would be worth trying as well. Thanks to everybody that came up this winter, we hope that you’re looking forward to doing it again next winter. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281. That will give us plenty of time to put the finishing touches on lake front amenities in preparation for the opener. Trolling allows you to cover more water, faster and when fish metabolism is high, can result in better catch rates. While the walleye and pike season has ended here on Kab, crappies are beginning to show up near traditional [...] March 3rd, 2020 Some fishing patterns and presentations have been consistent over the past several weeks. Ppl are still throwing crankbaits too, but HJ-12 and X-Rap 10s are by far the hot choices for this time of year. Sunken islands, tapering points extending into deep water and even along shoreline breaks. Whether or not the snow will impact travel conditions on Kabetogama is uncertain. Northern pike have been active in the shallows too and this week, anglers have caught some monsters. You could easily catch a monster fish using large spoons, spinnerbaits or large, shallow running minnow type lures on those structures. We’re betting that anglers will encounter some walleyes that are still spawning, and some that are in the post spawn period. As you know, a lot of plans changed over the past several months, including some of the details about our fishing trip. Slowing down the speed was the first trick I learned from Keeler. Casting large plugs like the Suick is one of Kent’s favorite presentations. But there are folks doing well with Lindy Rigs and live bait too. OH and by the way, we've expanded our fleet of rental boats too. We’d like to remind you that ice fishing on Kabetogama is a unique experience. Even if fish are not present at the moment, mark those spots because crappies will eventually return; weather permitting of course. What you need to know about fishing Kabetogama Lake. While you're here, let us help with advice about how to get on the lake and where to go when you get there.. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281. The Ruffed Grouse season is still open and there have been plenty of them in the woods this fall. The pike regulation here allows anglers to keep 2 pike. These fishing reports provided by the KAB Outdoors staff, cusotmers and guests, cover the 2020 fishing season. Beating the heat has become the focal point not only in terms of fishing patterns, but also in terms of personal comfort on the water. Most folks had good luck on the lake this winter, there were enough walleye, perch and pike to keep the action interesting. 1/21/20, Kabetogama Area Fishing & Outdoors Report/Ice Update, Kabetogama Fishing Report and Trail Conditions 2/20/18, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 10/2/2017, Kabetogama -Ash River- Namakan Fishing Report, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 8/20/17, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 8-14-17, 7-30-17 Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 7-23-17, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 7-9-17, 6-25-17 Kabetogama – Namakan- Ash River Fishing Report, Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 5-28-17. Females, typically larger, are performance oriented; they move in, get the job done and move back out. With cold overnight temperatures, some stretches of the road freeze up overnight, but daytime traffic breaks up the ice and wet areas return. Wind, rain and stormy weather seldom encourage big game movement, bit we did a good job of baiting this year and we’re blessed with a strong bear population too. The populations of deeper fish consist primarily of spawned out females, along with a smattering of smaller 1 and 2-year-old fish. Maybe mom could handle the jigging rod, using something like a Glow Streak, while dad watches the set line rigged with a large lively minnow as the kids present smaller blade style ice jigs tipped with smaller minnows or waxworms. Who knows how many customers will fill their bear tags this fall? Not much has changed. Apparently, 2018 was a good spawning season for walleye because we’re seeing a bumper crop of the young up-and-comers. Lively leeches on Lindy Rigs have been the bait of choice for most deep-water walleye anglers. the shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite. By the end of the first day, we had caught and released a lot of smaller fish, but there were a few nice “keepers” in the livewell too; we were off to a start. Bulrushes, emerging lily pads and shallow rocks will attract fish that are in spawning mode. By the way, we can help with choosing those lures and selecting the right live bait for each of them. Most of the affected areas remain accessible by snowmobile, unless they’re overloaded with too much gear. Pike like these are definitely worth pursuing and Kent ranks this high in his list of favorite things to do. Casting large, topwater lures is especially effective during periods of grey, drizzly weather when pike activity ramps up. We did manage to get a couple of our rental units out on the ice today. Tip up anglers should set a line with a big minnow further away from structure too. "Water temperatures on Kabetogama got a jump start this week under flat and sunny conditions. Recently, 19 of our customers used the same phrase after filling their 2020 black bear tags and this week, Kolby has used the term more than once as he and his friends have bagged ruffed grouse. Key depths are 16 to 28 feet, use your electronics to locate fish and don’t stop to fish until you find some. Conditions for fishing have improved daily and there is colder weather on the way. There isn’t anything more exciting than a hand-to-hand battle with a large pike under the ice! We rarely go out of our way to pursue perch as the primary target, but we will take them when they come along. Bait supplies at the store remain excellent and so is the supply of good cheer! We like the Lindy Glow Streak for calling fish into the area, it has a deep, loud rattle that has been doing a great job of getting walleye’s attention. Anyway, after I slowed down and moved out of the weeds, we began to do better. They were holding along the breakline of a small reef in about 26 feet of water. On your way to the lake, stop by the store and we’ll share the last-minute tips and tricks about where to find and catch the walleyes this weekend. For us, the pace becomes a bit more relaxed, but when we’re not in the woods, we’re still on the lake, enjoying the fall fishing with customers who like cooler weather. Have fun mixing it up and forming your own “family plan”. The west end of the lake has already been iced up for 5 or 6 days now and the ice-line is migrating East. 1 Helpful vote. Male fish, typically smaller, will linger in spawning areas much longer in the hope that more “ripe” females will move in. 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