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dafinga

Fishing Kabetogama Or Namakan

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My buddy and I are renting a houseboat the week of June 13th -20th from Ebels on the Ash River. We are hoping to target Pike and Smallies and were wondering which lake would be more productive. We have a full week on the water and since we are new to this area we don't want to waste time traveling to unproductive areas. Any info would be much appreciated.

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Pikefisher

I spent the first two weeks of the season fishing Kab and Namakan. I just got a new boat and it really allowed me to fish both lakes more than ever.

We caught a ton of smallies in Namakan and saw some amazing pike cruising the shallows. We didn't catch more fish in Namakan versus Kab, but the fish were definitely larger.

Hope that helps.

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dafinga

Thanks for the info. What were u using for the smallies?

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Dusty

I would head into Namakan for Smallies also the limit for pike is 6 in Namakan. Most of the rocky shore lines will produce Bass. Try the Moose bay, Williams Is. area for pike or any weed pocket you come across. I fished that time frame last year and had great top water action on the Bass so bring the Popr's or Rapala top water plugs.

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Pikefisher

As we are usually fishing for pike, we use a lot of spoons, but as soon as we come across some rocks, we always throw on a jerk bait. Something that either suspends or sinks. Yozuri makes some really good suspending lures. I think their jerking action is better than a rapala, but they get messed up easier too - the shiny sides get scratched to hell - seems the fish don't mind.

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Big-Al

Dusty

What's up with the limit of 6 on Pike? Are you referring to Walleye? I'm not aware of a 6 Northern limit on Namakan.

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Pikefisher

It's limit is 6 because of it's Border-Water status.

You also need to watch which side of the border you are on. Canada, I think, requires a separate license.

This is an excerpt from the MN DNR Regulation guide.
"Licensing
Minnesota-Canada Border Waters: Anglers who have a Minnesota resident or
nonresident license may fish only the Minnesota portion of Canada’s border waters."

If you have more questions, you can check the regs out at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/fishing.pdf

Hope that helps.

Pikefisher

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Big-Al

Thanks for the info. Completely forgot the border water rule. There are so many exceptions to the rules that is is hard to keep track of the rules.

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