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Jim W

Kabby Report?

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Jim W

Dave Kepler or anyone,

As my past posts imply, I'm going to be fishing Kabetogama the week of Sept. 8th-15th.
Info on what to expect for walldogs this time of year and current reports would be GREATLY appreciated. No need for exact spots, just depths, what kind of structure, and presentations.
Keep the rods bendin'!! Jim W

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All right people, I have less than 2 weeks before I float Kabby for the first time. I have heard walldogs are fairly scattered right now on Kabetogama, but I am interested in other reports as well!
Help this SE MN boy out a little will ya?

Thanks in advance! Jim W

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Jim W,
Will be up this weekend for 4 days and plan to also be up from the 7-9th. Will let you what works for me this weekend. I usually lindy rig or jig offshore reefs/islands. A couple of weeks ago the fish were deep, 28-37' after a cold front went thru. Had to work for them but they eventualy turned on. Xplorer

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Xplorer,
Thanks for the reply, at least someone wants to help this streamwader out!
Yup, I have already made about 40 spinner rigs, ready to burn some blades!!!!! Jigs are ready, leeches on the way and a back yard full of crawlers waiting to be grabbed!!

I'm staying at Pine Aire Resort with family, and will be trying just about everything!!

Keep the reports coming in people!!!
Thanks again!
PS. Don't forget there is some fantastic stream smallmouth and trout fishing beginning now!!!
Keep the rods bendin'!!!
Jim W

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Jim,
Fishing was very good on friday but got progressivly tougher for me, as winds got strong. Tough for me to stay on spots and eventually drained the electric (camped on an island).Fish were in about 25 friday and seemed to move deeper, out to about 35 by sunday. Definitly starting to go on minnows, had a 12" fish spit up about a 5" minnow! Turnover has not happened, but would expect some fish to start getting shallower with the stable weather this week. Good luck next week, hope to be back up over the weekend. Xplorer

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xplorer,
Thanks a ton for your info!! I figured they would still be deep when I got there. I will definitely give a full report on Kabetogama when I return! Unless it is sooo goood I decide to stay!!!!


Jim W

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OK,
I have only a few days before my first walldog fishing excursion on Kabby! Any reports or info would be greatly appreciated and remembered!!!

Jim W

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Jim W

Hey All!

Just returned Saturday from a week fishing Kabetogama!
What a beautiful lake!!!
The fishing report isn't as pretty, at least for me. Walleyes were very hard to come by on the lake!!
The fish we did managed to catch on the lake were usually too large for the slot!

Fish were relating to basin edges in 35+ feet of water! They didn't want to take what we presented them, which included, jigs with leeches, crawlers and minnows, spinner rigs with the same baits and plain hook set-ups!

The fish we did managed to land came at low light periods or relating to high wind/wave action! The largest walleye of the week was just( and I mean just) under 23 inches.

On one of the more dangerous days on the "high seas", I took my mother out. SLow trolling a shiner, I hooked into a VERY large fish. In response to high winds, and trying to maintain boat control, I must have slacked her, losing the fish! I guess safety comes first? This fish was relating to a 17ft.-25ft. shelf directly next to 25-40 ft. of water. I know wind doesn't always mean a good bite, but it's a good place to start. All of my wallye caught on Kabby came in relationship to wind direction!!!

OUr last day we boated a half an hour to the Ash river where we slayed walleyes during a short window of time!
My wife and I boated 10 walleyes in 30 minutes with 4 of them too large for the slot. My father and brother in the second boat had similar success!
We found a 22ft. hole, dragged walli-divers around the lip of the hole in 10-15ft. of water. Every pass produced a fish or a hit until about 10 am! Then the "hammer handles" made their appearance!

I'm no Kabby expert, but it seemed it was in transition while we were there, giving up few fish.
I highly recommend purchasing some "circle hooks"!!! I could literally feel the fish setting themsevles, while trolling shiners. However, I did lose a few as well. They are worth the small investment!

Good luck out there, spend some time with family fishing!!!

Jim W

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