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next week and mayflies

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I enjoyed my first trip to Kabetogama last week, nice rebonding experience with my two grown sons. We stayed at Voyaguers and thought the accomodations were just fine.

We had decent fishing for walleyes but it was tough to get 'em in the slot. As others have posted, you're more apt to catch larger than smaller in the slot. We caught no smallies whatsoever, not that we were fishing for them but I thought we might hit a few by accident. Picked up a few northerns, mostly on the smaller side.

Now then, here's the deal, I'm bringing my wife up to Kab for a week starting Saturday. Judging from what I've been reading here, it sounds like we'll hit right in the middle of the mayfly hatch. Do the mayflies provide the main meal for ALL fish or just mainly walleyes? I'd love to hit a mess of crappies or perch; any ideas for locations on the lake? Also locations, bait, lures etc. for smallies.

Summing up, I'm an Iowan willing to listen to my good fishing neighbors to the North for any advice. I grew up in Minnesota and it's still my favorite state, still love the Vikes and Twins but the Hawkeyes have won my loyalty in the Big Ten.

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    • leech~~
      Well that is pretty sad. Had a lot of good times, burgers and dinners up there snowmobiling and 4 wheeling.
    • Tom Sawyer
      Nice Bluegills Ricky! Those thumbnail sized opercular flaps are super special. H e l l those are thumbers!
    • Pat McGraw
      Well, check that one of the list. After trudging through the slush Saturday we were rewarded with a handful of undersized crappie. We'll have to try some of the options around Pelican next time. Happy, safe fishing everyone.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Beautiful weather on Sat and Sun. but plenty of traffic! No traffic today but still a very slow bite this morning. Could just be the weather change!??? Cliff
    • Draht
      Heading to that area this weekend - Curious as too how much snow cover is on the area lakes, and whether it's even worth bringing the wheelhouse?  
    • Wanderer
      I spent 3 hours last Saturday morning working on “the catalog” then went about my weekend, planning to finish at the end of the weekend.  Went to open it up and the new laptop won’t make pictures on the screen.  Tried everything; no dice.  Have to return the piece of Black Friday junk.
    • Rick G
      Here is some more dirty ice armor fish pics..... todays beast, released to fight again 
    • JerkinLips
      Cliff, did you have a lot of vehicle traffic around you on Saturday? Maybe the bad fishing on Saturday was just the weather conditions, although Saturday was beautiful weather-wise.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Same here. Thursday was a good bite and the weekend bite was mostly a bust! Cliff
    • leech~~
      I think he's going to not wash it and keep telling everyone at the bait store and on the lake he's a Pro Staff on HSO & Outdoors Minnesota. Until someone sends him a HSO hoody or new hat!
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