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I will be visiting this lake for the first time the last week in Aug. 23rd - 30th.

Any idea on what the weather is like? Does it get cold enough to warrant bringing a heavier coat, or just a light jacket?

Is the fishing usually still in a summer pattern, or is it considered early fall?

Any pointers on tackle I should be bringing. I would be fishing for what ever is biting, be it Walleye, Pike or Smallies.

We will be using a 16.5 Yukon with a 50hp motor, trolling motor and fish finder.

Is this lake difficult to navigate.
Are there alot of unmarked rocks to worry about?

Any other pointers for a first time visitor would be appreciated.

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Weekend Warrior:
First of all, the weather: This is northern MN. One minute you could be in shorts and the next in your rain gear. Bring a light coat (or heavy sweatshirt) and a heavier coat. It can get dang cold if the wind is blowing out of the north and raining.
As far as fishing patterns go, this lake has been strange all season. The best advice is to call up to a resort a day or two before you go to find out what's going on.
I've had good luck on live bait rigs for walleyes (spinners or plain snells, minnows, crawlers). Pike hit just about anything, but bigger ugly spoons (seems like the uglier the better) seem to work the best for me. We've had decent luck with smallies using shad rap type cranks. Blue and/or orange work pretty good. Crawfish cranks work well too.
Navigation: Go buy yourself a Fishing Hotspots map of Kabetogama. Best thing you'll buy for fishing there. It's very accurate and shows the danger rocks well. Most danger rocks are marked with a buoy. For me, the lake was difficult to navigate at first because all the islands look the same, but after a while you pick out your own land marks (island marks) so you know where you are. GPS is a plus. The map has latitude and longitude lines on it. As long as you always know which way is north, I don't think you could get lost. I've been going up there for 5 years now and have yet to hit a rock. When I'm in doubt, I slow down and watch my depth finder. The resort or visitor's center will also give you pointers on where to not go, especially if the water is low. When I was up there in June, it was the first time ever that I have seen sand bars and huge sand basins on that lake. So shallow that you couldn't get a boat through there. Again, a resort will show you where they are if the water is low.
The only other pointer I have for you is to not be afraid of this lake, but respect it. I've been in some pretty bad weather with some high rollers. If you use common sense you'll be fine. There are plenty of places to hide to get out of the wind. I recently bought a new boat, but my former boat was a 17 foot Alumacraft with a 50 horse, and it worked just fine. The fishing normally is great and the scenery is second to none. Have fun and good luck! MercMan

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I'll be using a couple of light/medium Spinning rods.

One has 6lb Fireline and the other has 8 (which i need to replace)and a couple spare spools.

Should I go with some heavier line if I want to try for some Northerns?

What would you suggest?

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Your rod set-up is perfect. I use medium/light spinning rods and 8 pound test mono line. I don't think there's a need for heavier line for northerns. Most of the pike you catch are going to be in the 2-3 pound range (from my experience anyhow). If you hook into a monster you're just going to have to play it longer...more fun!

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I am on my way this saturday for a week.

I see the temps are supposed to be alot cooler according to the long range forcast on a couple of weather sites.

I also see it might get into the low 30's a few times for lows, I wonder if this will kill off the bugs, or if it takes a hard freeze to do this?

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Weekend W,
Don't worry about the 30's this next week, I would say looking at are local stuff that overnight lows will be in the high 40,s and up.

Todate mosquitos have been almost non-existent, why I don't know. Tonight we are gettin rain, first significant since late July, this may spawn ne breed of mosquitoes, wait and see. Flies are a bit pesky but tolerable.

Do get a hot spots map, I know Gateway Store stocks those for Kab. and Mckenzies and Fisher maps for Namakan. Good luck, guts

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