Any fear you have had in anticipation of running into a shortage of shiners can be laid to rest. Spring runs of spawning spottails are in full swing and right now, we have an unlimited supply at KAB Outdoors.
We find surface water temperatures are in the high 40 to low 50-degree range, depending on the area we fish. With those temperatures, one might not expect to have fishing action as good as it has been, but the stable, warm weather pattern has really helped fire up the fishing action.
Walleye location varies wildly right now, we have reports of good fishing in 3 feet of water and we also have reports of good fishing in water depths of 25 feet or more.
The populations of deeper fish consist primarily of spawned out females, along with a smattering of smaller 1 and 2-year-old fish. In the shallows, there’s a more diversified mix of sizes, “eater size” males are feeding in the areas where shiners and other small baitfish are spawning. Sandy flats, especially large ones with a slow taper into sparse weed growth are good at this time of the season. Shallow points, rocky shoreline structure and current areas continue to produce walleye too.
Right now, dock fishing at the resort is excellent. During a typical spring, we see guests getting in on the action, primarily during the evening bite. Daytime has not been bad either though, in fact we’ve seen folks catching fish from the docks most anytime of the day.
Jigs and shiners are the preferred presentation for anglers fishing on the main lake. Shallow water anglers are turning to bobbers to help keep their lures in the strike zone over shallow rocks. We’ve mentioned before that it’s a good idea to prepare for fishing both presentations every day. Jig and minnow by day, slip floats and live bait by night.
Most other gamefish species haven’t gotten much attention so far. But they soon will be, northern pike, recovering from their spawning runs are beginning to set up shop in areas adjacent to the main lake. Shallow, weedy bays get a lot od attention, but never overlook the tips of rock points that feature steep breaks leading into deep water. You could easily catch a monster fish using large spoons, spinnerbaits or large, shallow running minnow type lures on those structures. Casting for pike is never a bad idea, but large sucker minnows suspended below a slip-bobber bobber is also an exceptionally reliable method.
Bass are beginning to roam shallow water too, primarily to feed and explore territory for spawning. We’re a couple of weeks away from the bass spawn, crappie spawning will begin at about the same time. We will keep you updated as the season progresses.
Information is a valuable resource, so take advantage of it. The staff at KAB Outdoors is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Be sure to stop in for the most up-to-date reports about trends and presentations. We have all of the gear you'll need and we can provide expert advice about how to use it! — The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
"Dock fishing is a huge part of what attracts customers to Driftwood Lodge. For many, gathering on the pier for “the evening run” is as important a part of the tradition as is fishing out on the lake. After a day on the lake, guests love to unwind as they watch for the slow-but-steady pull down of their bobber.
The tradition began anew for 3-1/2 year old Des Yeager on opening morning. On the dock, using the brand new fishing outfit that Dawn helped set him up with on Friday afternoon; the youngster landed his first fish using the new rig.
As the accompanying photo illustrates, Des was more than pleased with his catch, a healthy 20-1/2 inch walleye. Way to go Des, that’s a nice looking fish you caught!
Shallow water locations are producing walleye on Kabetogama too, especially for anglers who use persistent, controlled presentations. For example, a 1/8-ounce jig, tipped with a minnow and pitched toward shallow shoreline points will always produce some fish. But right now, the water temperature remains chilly and the same jig and minnow suspended below a Thill slip-float will produce more fish, faster.
Typical key depths during spring are 4 to 8 feet and fish are using typical early season structure. Shallow points that extend into the lake, shoreline stretches of mixed rock and gravel and areas with current are all producing fish.
We haven’t had a lot of reports from folks fishing in deeper water. But we’d suggest slowing down the presentation there too, at least until the water warms up. Over the short term, it’s likely that a Lindy Rig tipped with a lively minnow would be a better choice than a jig and minnow. The advantage of the live bait rig is that the minnow does all of the work, allowing you to focus on moving slowly, in search of fish.
Over the opener, Spottail Shiners were the bait of choice and we do have them on hand, so we’d suggest having a few of them in your mix of baits this week. Kent still loves his rainbows though and suggests not putting all of your eggs in one bait bucket. Having a few of everything is often better, diversifying protects you from getting caught flat-footed when the fish’ feeding preferences shift.
Early in the season, most folks have walleye fishing in mind. But don’t forget about Kabetogama’s monster pike. During spring, pike roam up into the corners, pockets and small creeks for spawning. As they migrate back toward main lake structure, they can be caught both by casting and by using live bait with slip floats.
A few hours in the pursuit of pike can be a blast. But as you can see, even anglers who are not in hot pursuit of pike have the chance to catch one. This fat pike caught by Johnathan McKeever off the dock over the weekend is not unusual; Kabetogama holds a lot of fish like that.
Kent loves to chase pike too, so if you’re curious, be sure to catch him at the store for some pointers; he can get you pointed in the right direction.
It feels good to have the season underway and we’re off to a good start. When you’re thinking about a destination for a fishing trip, get in touch and let us know how we can help. And if you’re already on your way, please stop in, we’ve got everything you’ll need for a fun and successful trip." — For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
"We’re ready for the fishing opener and we have an announcement that will please many of you. Spottail Shiners arrived at the store this morning and we have them in the tanks, ready to help you catch fish on Kabetogama tomorrow morning!
Besides the shiners, we have excellent an excellent stock of nice fatheads and plenty of Kent’s favorite minnow, the rainbow chub. No matter your preference, we’ll have you covered for the opener.
Water temperature on the lake remains cold, so it won’t surprise us if some anglers find walleyes in their shallow water spawning locations, especially early in the day on Saturday.
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. After your trip, stop in, get an ice cream cone and let us know how you do. Remember, we always love sharing photos of our customers and guests, so don’t forget to snap pictures of your catch!
Good luck on the water this weekend, we hope your fishing is fantastic." — The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
"Judging by the view from our docks, you would think that the fishing opener is still a way off. But in just 9 days, the walleye season will open and our docks will be the focal point of walleye action for our guests. During the early part of the fishing season, we have some of our most memorable moments of fishing right here.
During a typical spring, we can gauge the ice-out date of Kabetogama by looking back at the date of Ash River’s ice out. And if everything tracks as usual, we should be looking at an ice-free Lake Kabetogama by this weekend. That will give us plenty of time to put the finishing touches on lake front amenities in preparation for the opener.
Since the end of the ice fishing season, we’ve used our time wisely; so the cabins are cleaned, the store is stocked up and our rental boats are rigged and ready to go. For the most part, everything is ready to go for opening day.
With a slightly later ice-out and a fishing opener earlier than usual, predicting a shallow water bite is fairly certain. We’re betting that anglers will encounter some walleyes that are still spawning, and some that are in the post spawn period. This should provide opportunities for catching good numbers of eating size fish along with chances to catch larger females along the way.
Anglers have asked if there’s a way to zero in on one or the other. The answer is yes, female walleye behave much differently during the spawning period than male walleye do. Females, typically larger, are performance oriented; they move in, get the job done and move back out. Male fish, typically smaller, will linger in spawning areas much longer in the hope that more “ripe” females will move in.
For anglers seeking ‘eaters”, locating the actual spawning sites is most important. Finding migration routes to and from the spawning sites are the secret for anglers hoping to reel in a trophy.
Kabetogama is unique in that walleye spawning occurs almost everywhere on the lake. In our 2019 fishing outlook, we interviewed MN DNR Area Fisheries Supervisor, Kevin Peterson. One the questions we asked was; “Where do walleyes spawn on Kabetogama?
“They spawn everywhere”; said Peterson. “Kabetogama is unique in terms of spawning structure. There are 190 miles of shoreline and numerous stretches of it contain ideal spawning habitat for walleyes. Unlike lakes that have a major river or destination spawning grounds, Kabetogama offers fish suitable spawning areas in a wide variety of locations”.
On opening day, you can use this information to your advantage. Select a stretch of shoreline and search for shallow patches of gravel or small rocks, particularly those located in areas exposed to current. Breezy points, narrows between islands, feeder creeks; anyplace where small rock and current coincide.
Key water depths could be anywhere from 2 to 8 feet of water, so fishing with light gear is ideal. A 6 to 6-1/2 foot spinning outfit spooled with 4 to 6 pound test line is perfect.
Jig and minnow is the mainstay presentation during the day, 1/16 and 1/8 ounce sizes will probably be best during the opener. Heavier weights will come into play later, as the fish move away from the shoreline. Kent says; “On Kabetogama we like “glow” colors for our jigs. Glow/Blue and Glow/Pink combinations are good. Chartreuse Greens and Yellows are always popular too and when it sunny outside, gold jigs with lots of flash is deadly.”
As the sun hits the tree tops in the evening, switching over to slip-floats is super effective. Small jigs tipped with minnows and sometimes night crawlers produce a lot of fish. Don’t be afraid of shallow water, walleyes move in and become aggressive in depths of 1 to 3 feet. Focus on those same stretches of shallow gravel and rock, but fish shallower and slower. Position and anchor your boat, or hold position with the trolling motor within casting range. Toss the floats over likely looking ambush points and let your lures do the work; let the fish come to you.
That shallow slip float bite is one reason why we see our guests having so much fun fishing off the docks during evening. The walleyes come cruising in, ready for action, so all we have to do is relax and enjoy the show.
We’ve been in touch with our bait dealers and so far they haven’t begun trapping minnows; that will begin early next week. They don’t seem worried about supplies though and have assured us that our bait tanks will be filled in time for the opener. We will definitely provide updates as they begin their trapping and deliveries.
We can hardly wait to begin greeting our guests and would like to remind you that KAB Outdoors is on your way to the lake. Whether you need fishing gear, bait or last minute items, we’ve got you covered. And when it comes to getting advice about fishing on the lake, we’ve got up to the minute tips about fishing progressions and patterns that will help make your trip a good one. Stop in and see us!
OH and by the way, we've expanded our fleet of rental boats too. With 3 more new Alumacrafts for 2020, our fleet is now up to a dozen rigs. Be sure to get in touch and inquire about rentals.
" — The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
Sure, folks could still fish on Kabetogama, the perch and crappie season remains open. But after a long winter of battling slush and deep snow, conditions haven’t really improved. In fact, in some areas the warm weather has made conditions worse than they were before.
So, after doing some head scratching, we decided to go ahead and pull our rental shelters off the lake a couple weeks ahead of the March 16th deadline.
Looking back at our winter, we sure were glad that we decided to pick our Sno Bear. If it wasn’t for that machine, our backs would be a whole lot stiffer than they are now. Our customers were happy about the decision too, instead of worrying about how they were going to get to the rental shelters, they just hopped in and had a nice warm shuttle to the fishing hole.
Most folks had good luck on the lake this winter, there were enough walleye, perch and pike to keep the action interesting. Overall, we’d call the winter a success.
For now, we’re going to enjoy the slower pace while we can. With only 67 days left until the May 9 fishing season opener, it won’t feel like much of a break before we start preparing the cabins and grounds for the open water season.
Thanks to everybody that came up this winter, we hope that you’re looking forward to doing it again next winter.
And if you’re thinking about giving Kabetogama a try this summer, give us a call. We do still have some cabin rentals and even a couple seasonal cabins available for May thru October 2020." — The shelves will be stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite!
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Questions about the Voyageurs National Park ice road included whether there is a fee to access it. The answer is no, there isn’t a fee for using the road; that’s the good news. The bad news is that right now, large stretches of the ice road are under water. With cold overnight temperatures, some stretches of the road freeze up overnight, but daytime traffic breaks up the ice and wet areas return.
Looking ahead at the forecast, we’re hopeful that the incoming stretch of colder air temps will help improve the surface of that road.
We’ll keep you posted about the road conditions, but in the interim, this leads to another popular question.
If my fishing party rents a fishing shelter from KAB Outdoors, will you shuttle us back and forth to it, or do we need to provide our own transportation.
Yes, everyone who rents one of our Ice Castle sleepers or one of our day shelters receives transportation; if they need it. Our fleet of on ice transport machines is tuned up and ready to take you wherever you need to go.
Folks who have snow machines and prefer to strike out on their own are welcome to do so. Using snow machines on the ice is hit and miss, so we suggest stopping at the store for guidance about the best routes to travel. We can help guide you with information about ice conditions and some of the better fishing spots.
Fishing on Kabetogama has been steady, “above average really”, Kent says. “There’s a mix of walleye, perch and pike; one group even caught a bunch of gorgeous smallmouth bass last week too.
Fishing patterns and presentations are like those we’ve reported recently. Because most folks are depending on fishing from our rental shelters, discussion about fish location isn’t the most important consideration. But varying your presentation is, the anglers who get the most creative are the ones who catch the most fish.
Here’s some advice we wrote a couple weeks ago, but we think it bears repeating; “Fishing from our Ice Castles, or for that matter, any rental shelter offers anglers opportunity to develop specialized strategies. We suggest experimentation and advise our guests to offer an array of lures that cover gambit from attracting, to enticing to triggering.
Rig a couple of rods with large flashy lures to get the fish’s attention, but always have a couple of rods set up with more subtle, lifelike baits too. When you see fish that don’t strike the aggressive presentations, quickly offer them the more subtle ones.
For a family, this could be accomplished by taking turns at offering specialized presentations. 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. Have fun mixing it up and forming your own “family plan”.”
"Old Red, White and Blue", our Ice Castle that any Veteran can fish in for free is in a pretty good fishing spot and it has been busy lately. But we still do have some dates available, so if you, or someone you know is a Vet, get in touch for more information about open dates.
Finally, we have a last minute opening for one of our Ice Castle sleepers over February 13-15, 2020. If you've been on the fence about making a trip up to Kabetogama, this might be your chance." — The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
We’re watching the weather forecast and it appears that we can assume that any significant change in travel conditions will be happening soon. That means that with moderate snow cover and scattered slushy spots, travel by snowmobile and tracked ATVs will be the only way to access the better fishing spots on Kabetogama.
For us, fishing patterns and locations haven’t changed a lot over the past week. During the daytime, walleyes move on and off the shallower structures. That produces occasional short spurts of action that occur periodically throughout the day.
Those short daytime spurts have produced some nice size fish for our customers. At twilight, the feeding intensifies as greater numbers of fish move toward feeding shelves. This is when we get a greater number of “keeper” size fish for the creel.
Over the past week, our presentation of choice has been combining aggressive jigging with dead sticks and live bait.
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. Fish that are too timid to strike the aggressive jigging pattern see the more natural live bait and many times; those will trigger strikes from neutral fish.
Key depths and structures haven’t changed a lot recently either. Fishing the outer edges of mid-lake reefs in water depths of 22 to 28 feet will get you into the right neighborhood. Pinning down the spot-on-the-spot takes a little determination. Walleyes like the flat areas that feature softer bottom content. When you look at your chart, select the wider flats over steeper breaklines, that’s where feeding fish will be cruising.
With all the talk about poor ice conditions around the state, it’s easy to be intimidated, but don’t be. If you’ve got the right equipment, i.e. a snowmobile or an ATV with wide tracks, you will be able to move around on Kabetogama. Stop in at the store and we can point you in the right direction.
OH, and don’t forget that travel to and from good fishing spot won’t be a problem for our customers. When you book a rental shelter from KAB Outdoors, we can transport you to your home away from home in style. Our SnoBear has been doing a great job of keeping folks warm and safe on their way on and off the lake.
— The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help. For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
There's about 2.5 miles of open road now. Because of wet spots and saturated snow, they were unable to make an additional plow pass heading back toward shore. So there's still no access for "wheel houses", but snowmobiles and tracked machines should be able to use access.
It will be interesting to see how the lake reacts to the warm weather heading our way.
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Looking back, the commitment to purchase it turns out to be one of the smartest decisions we’ve ever made. That’s because while anglers all over the state struggle to get onto the ice, we’ve been moving our customers on and off Lake Kabetogama with ease.
To date, snowmobiles and lightweight snow machines with wide tracks are the only good way to move around on the lake. Last week, Voyageurs National Park staff attempted to plow open the ice road. They did get it partially opened but were forced to hold off when some wet areas developed.
They’re in the process of re-routing the road and it’s almost completed. You’ll be able to find the announcement at our facebook page, Kabetogama Outdoors when it's finished.
By the way, staying off the road and allowing those wet spots to freeze solid would be a great way to help speed the process. Those few random vehicles that have been out there are really disrupting the project.
Walleye action on Kabetogama has its ups and downs right now, there are periods of good movement during low light. But catching them during the daytime demands both patience and persistence.
For our guests, fishing for a mixed bag continues to be the best overall strategy. Catching perch, sauger and pike not only keeps them busy during the lulls, but also helps round out the protein plan at dinner time. The multi-species tactic has worked out well recently because we’ve been entertaining more families, and fewer die hard walleye anglers.
Fishing from our Ice Castles, or for that matter, any rental shelter offers anglers opportunity to develop specialized strategies. We suggest experimentation and advise our guests to offer an array of lures that cover gambit from attracting, to enticing to triggering.
Rig a couple of rods with large flashy lures to get the fish’s attention, but always have a couple of rods set up with more subtle, lifelike baits too. When you see fish that don’t strike the aggressive presentations, quickly offer them the more subtle ones.
For a family, this could be accomplished by taking turns at offering specialized presentations. 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. Have fun mixing it up and forming your own “family plan”.
When you discover one presentation that works best, then everybody can switch to the preferred bait of the day.
By the way, we can help with choosing those lures and selecting the right live bait for each of them. The shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need to convince those fish to bite; so be sure to stop in and let us help." For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
"Ice conditions on Lake Kabetogama remain largely unchanged since last week. Ice thickness remains stable, varying between 10 to 15 inches and there’s just about the same amount of snow piled up on top of it. In most areas, snow depth is about 15 inches, but there are areas of deeper drifted snow as well.
There are still some new slush pockets forming around the lake. The slush has made travel by anything with wheels on the ice almost impossible. But travel by snowmobile and ATVs with tracks isn’t too bad.
Last week we mentioned being overwhelmed with calls from folks asking about driving up with private wheelhouses. We regret that those requests cannot be accommodated, but for the moment, there is simply no way to drive a wheelhouse on the lake.
NOTE: At the time of this writing, January 15, 2020 10:30 AM, the Voyageur’s National Park ice road is being plowed for the first time. So far, they're about one mile in and we'll let you know how much more progress they make throughout the day.
We’re using our Sno Bear to transport most of our customers to and from our rental shelters. Those that are equipped with snow machines can use them to find fresh fishing territory if they choose.
Between the changing weather patterns and less than ideal ice conditions, dialing in a consistent bite hasn’t been easy. But we’ve figured out that that downsizing our presentations have helped produce more reliable action, especially for walleyes.
Some of our customers did well using “crappie size lures” tipped with whole fatheads. Try using blade style baits like Lindy’s Frostee and tipping them with a whole, live fathead. They can be fished below a float or on a dead stick setup using a slow action rod with a soft tip.
Allowing the lure to sit stationary gives the fish plenty of time to make a move on it and will help put a few more fish in your pail.
Downsizing your jigging baits isn’t a bad idea either, smaller size Rattl'n Flyer Spoons tipped with a minnow head is always a good choice. So are lightweight lures that have super slow drop rates like Quiver Spoons.
Primary walleye location continues to be over areas that have a soft bottom. The outer edges of mid-lake reefs or points leading from shore toward deep water are good starting spots. Key fishing depths are from 26 to 32 feet during the daytime and 18 to 26 feet during the prime time, twilight feeding periods.
Perch fishing isn’t usually the primary focus for anglers on Kabetogama. But periodically, our customers do catch perch while they’re walleye fishing. As you can see by the accompanying photo, they catch some nice big ones too! Pike also come along at random intervals and like the perch, can help round out the larder.
All things considered; we’d say that folks have been happy over the past week. There have been just enough fish coming in to keep things interesting and the mix of sizes has allowed for both good photos and some good eating.
We’d like to remind you that ice fishing on Kabetogama is a unique experience. Because it’s located in the national park, the atmosphere feels remote. There isn’t a lot of traffic on the lake and the scenery is breathtaking!
If a little peace and quiet sounds good to you, then give us a call and ask about our rental packages. We have day houses, overnight sleepers and reliable transportation to get you to and from them.
The store shelves are stocked too, so be sure to stop by for live bait, fishing gear and for any of your last minute needs." For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
Most of the affected areas remain accessible by snowmobile, unless they’re overloaded with too much gear. We observed one angler attempting to travel while towing 2 ice fishing shelters in tandem and that resulted in the sled getting bogged down and stuck. If you’re planning to snowmobile on the ice, we’d suggest cutting back to the bare minimum amount of fishing gear.
We’ve been overwhelmed with calls from folks asking about driving up with private wheelhouses. We have unfortunately not been able to accomodate those requests.
The Voyageurs National Park ice road remains un-opened, so travel by pickup truck really IS NOT an option at all right now. In fact, we’ve already rescued several people who have attempted to get onto the ice and gotten stuck at the landing.
So please, if you've read this report, help us pass along the information to your friends; wheel houses are presently out of the question on Kabetogama.
Tracked ATV’s are not created equal, so some of them will work and others won’t.
We haven’t had any problems moving people and gear with either our SnoBear or our tracked truck. But these machines have extraordinarily wide tracks and yours may not perform as well. Exercise extreme caution if you attempt to travel using any ATV.
Walleye fishing has been good for our customers and for whatever reason, there’s sort of a big fish bite going on right now. Folks have been having lots of fun taking photos with good numbers of quality size fish.
When you can’t move around a lot, being creative with your presentations makes a huge difference. Using lures that have lots of attracting power will help call fish into your area. Many of those fish will strike the aggressive lures, but there’s always some that will prefer more subtle presentations. That’s when having a second line rigged with live bait comes in handy. Let the enticing action of a swimming minnow trigger strikes from the fish that came in to look at your attracting lures.
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. On your way to the lake, stop at the store and we’ll show you more presentations that we’ve enjoyed experimenting with.
Primary walleye location has been over soft bottom. The outer edges of mid-lake reefs or points leading from shore toward deep water are good starting spots. Tip up anglers should set a line with a big minnow further away from structure too. There are always a few fish roaming solo over the mud bottom and you never know when a phantom pike or giant walleye will be looking for a one bite meal.
If fishing isn’t your thing, but snowmobiling is, then you’ll be happy to know that the Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) is open and staked. So is the Ash River to Crane Lake trail. We’ll post an update whenever more of the snowmobile trails open up.
We have a great selection of fresh live rainbows, shiners and fatheads. We’ve also got great supplies of both large and small sucker minnows in the tanks as well. The shelves are stocked with all of the newest and best tackle and we’re looking forward to telling you all about it!" For More Information >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281
Whether or not the snow will impact travel conditions on Kabetogama is uncertain. But we do know for sure that Kabetogama’s ice is still in much better shape than most of the other popular walleye lakes around the state. With 15 to 16 inches of good, solid ice, there were virtually no wet or slushy areas anywhere on the lake prior to the recent snow. Knock on wood, but so far, we have not run across any areas where water or slush appears to be causing a problem.
The National Park Service has not plowed “the ice road” at all this winter and as of this morning, there is still no plowed road leading onto the lake. For us, the new SnoBear has been the primary mode of transportation for getting our guests to and from rental shelters on the ice. Snowmobiling is the next best alternative for anybody who’d like to strike out on their own to fish.
Walleye fishing has been productive for many of our guests and this week, there were larger fish showing up in the mix.
Key depths and locations have been typical for early winter. Fishing the outer perimeter of sunken reefs in water depths ranging between 19 to 32 feet has been the main focus. But don’t rule out deeper shoreline related structures either, especially the outer edges of points that lay adjacent to wide and flat feeding shelves.
Jigging lures tipped with minnow heads is productive and so are set lines using tip-ups or dead-sticks tipped with large, live minnows. The tip-up method is a good way to double your odds of producing both larger walleye and nice size northern pike like the one you see here. There isn’t anything more exciting than a hand-to-hand battle with a large pike under the ice!
We have some exciting news about a cause that we personally really believe in. It is the Vets on the Water program, a not for profit organization that provides funding that makes it possible to take vets fishing for free.
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.
After spending a couple of days guiding with them this past fall, we decided that it would be a blast to open some ice fishing doors for them. So before they left, we handed over our first wheelhouse shack. Then they took it home and remodeled it, changing the colors and decorating it all up.
After the makeover, they brought it back so that we could make it available to vets and their friends as we see fit.
We're pleased to announce that our very own Vets on the Water Ice Castle to be used by veterans will be available soon. In it, veterans fish for free! All reservations for the Vets on the Water program go directly through Dawn Keeler at KAB Outdoors, so use the info below to contact her for more information.
As always, our shelves are stocked with all of the newest and best tackle and we've got plenty of live bait on hand too! We'll be looking forward to hearing from you soon. >> Contact KAB OUTDOORS or Call 218.875.2281