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Just returned from four days of fishing on Kabby. Four of us fished the east end of the lake from Monday thru thursday. Fabulas weather and good fishing a combo hard to beat. The fish over the slot are abundant and running about 3 to 1 over fish in the slot. We caught over 100 eyes only two were under the slot. I think the smaller juvenile fish were out in deeper water. Presentation was a minnow and spinner rig No.2 hammered gold in 10 to 15 ft of water. Surface water temps in the bays on Thursday were at 52. Going back Memorial weekend hope the action stays as good. Good luck

Dan

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Thanks for the report! I am comming up to Kab the week of the 21st thru the 28th of June and have been reading the Kab website now for about 2 1/2 months can't wait to get there. Thanks to fisherman like you it gives me somthing to read and enjoy till I get up there. Usually Fish in the alexandria area but am taking my 2 boys ages 16 and 13 up for a week for a father son fishing trip. I havn't been to Kab since I was around my sons age so it has been 24-25yrs. since I have been there and I can't tell you who is more excited me or them. Thanks again.

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Ole1855

Dusty,
I've only fished on Kab. when the water levels are "normal", I've heard the lake is really low right now, how did that affect the fishing? And I know the rocks can be a problem when the lake is at "normal" levels was that a problem now or can you see all of them with the water so low?

Ole

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Dusty

Ole,

I had no problem navigating but then over 25+ years I have hit most of the rocks that are hidden. The main travel routes are marked very well and you shouldn't have a problem. The water is very low but I am sure it will continue to rise. I have seen it much lower than it is now, with a little rain it will be fine. I don't feel that it affects the fishing at all.

Dan

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Dusty

Fishking,

I will be fishing Kab June 14 to the 21st so I won't be able to give you a last minute report. From past experience I would expect to find the fish in the 15 to 25 ft range. If its warm and Calm go deeper. Fish the wind blown shores and if its cloudy and a little rainy at the same time, your in for a treat.

Dan

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kabman

I just returned Sunday from spending a week in the Kab area. Found fish from 14 ft to 35 ft using jig/minnow. Caught 1 slot fish for every 3 to 4 over so we had plenty to eat. Lake was lowest I have seen in many years but as Dusty stated, didn't seem to affect fishing much. The bigger fish seemed to be more active in shallow water (14-16 ft is shallow on Kab).

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Dusty,
I will be staying at the Frontier Resort on
Sullivan Bay/Ash river Area. Any areas you would suggest to start off fishing? I have fished the Ash River all the way up to the falls and I have fished Sullivan Bay. and then I have stayed on the west end of the lake and fished the islands but it has been a long time since I have been there. late 70's. Has it gotten even better than it was then? I remember 3 of us fishing a wind swept shoreline on the west end of Kab just out from Wooden Frog campground as a teen and catching 40 wallyes in 2 hours. All prespawn males during opening week of wallye season. All caught on crankbaits.

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Fishking, My email address is welliou@aol.com

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Good news, we got nearly an inch of rain over the last day, that should start helping the water rise some. As Dusty says, the low water hasn't affected much. As for rock hazzards, they typical markers are out, as for more dangerous, its a horse apiece. Rocks just below the surface waiting for you in higher water are now out of the water and visible, the flip side is as you can guess, rocks that were under before and no threat are now a problem.

In June depending on water temps, think about using lindy rigs with spinners, leeches and crawlers. guts, <}}}}}><

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Any of ya'll got water temps? Sullivan Bay & Tom Cod Bay in particuliar?

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The windswept shore just out from Wooden Frog could be Bittersweet Island. NW side has reputation for heavy winds, but heavy action as the prevailing westerlies pound that shore. Was on Kab from 5/17 to 5/19. West end, primarily Grassy Island group. Jig and a minnow. 6 feet of water. Yes, 6ft. We hammered 'em. 5 guys, 2 boats, 160 'eyes. Only 30 were in the slot. The rest were over. We logged all catches this year so we could get more info for next year- average size was 19.8". 6 were over 23", however all but 1 was returned to the drink. That one was 26.5" and too beat up. 1 Eelpout was caught and killed (keep those out of here). It was my 30th annual trip and one of the best ever. Only thing that would improve it would be to move the slot to 14" to 18". Good Luck.

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