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justlike2fish

First time on Kab - any suggestions?

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I will be up with my family this coming Saturday, August 12th. Would like to find some 'eyes, but also will be fishing for smallies & pike. We're staying at the Voyageur Park Lodge. Also any suggestions where to bring my wife for her 50th birthday (steaks are her favorite)?

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Nothing better than a steak prepared by you, at your resort. The scenic beauty of VNP and the smell of a medium rare steak is better than any birthday present I could imagine. Remember 7 minutes on one side, 4 to 5 on the other for a perfect steak. As far as the fishing, look at the past posts. Sounds like it is picking up. I personally dont know of any steak houses in the area. Good luck and post how you did. I may be able to swing a later fall trip there and am always curious as to how the fishing is.

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Thanks for the advise, but you've never had to eat something I've cooked! I do have a guide for the Sunday the 13th, Tim Watson. So I'm hopeful he'll so me a few spots and local presentation methods.

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Like I told others in other posts, if the walleyes are difficult, give them up and fish for smallies and northerns. Kab is an incredible resource for bass and pike. I took a trip up there a few years back and did not catch one walleye. My pride, however, kept me fishing for them. I woke up on the second to the last day and told myself that I was going to finish the week on bass and pike. I had the best trip of my life in two days. Loved it. No walleyes...no problem.

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I don't think you will find "gourmet" dining but you should not have trouble finding a good steak. On the west end of Kab I would recommend The Ledge at Rocky Ledge for good food and service, with a good prime rib on Sat nite. You can drive there and they also have a dock you can boat to but the restaraunt is not on the water (newly remodeled though). A nice on the water dining room is at Sandy Point Lodge, food and service also being good. If you want to take a longer cruise (or drive) to dine I have found good food at Ash Ka Nam at Ash River with a new deck overlooking the river, and also at Ash Trail Lodge, not on the water but a more complete menu. It is also a beautiful boat trip to Kettle Falls Hotel where there is a dining room.I've never tried their steak, but the walleye is good. I'm sure there are other choices, especially if you don't mind driving a ways. Check out the web sites of the above places, some of them may have a menu on line.Good luck with the trip and happy birthday to your wife!

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Rocky Ledge is a great place to eat. Voyageur Park Lodge nice resort!! You will want to tie up some lindy's and leeches and crawlers. Work mid reef structures 22 to 27 ft of water. They are catching a few eyes, but northern and bass have been producing on spinner baits. Have a great trip you will have to let us know how your trip goes.

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Thank you for the reply. And that's exactly what I will do. I do like fishing for samllies & notherns - when they hit it's not like you wonder if you have a fish or not!

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Thank you so very much for the leads of where to take my wife for her birthday dinner. It's the least I can do for her seeing as how she agreed to go up on her birthday - and she doesn't even like to fish!

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When you get there ask Casey about both the fishing and a place to eat. He keeps on top of the bite and knows of some good places to eat. We pretty much cook our own meals, but he's a lot of help as far as the fishing goes. We'll be back up there Labor Day week.

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Casey is the main reason I selected Voyageur Lodge. I will check in with him about the fishing and places to take my wife.

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I am on sure how it would be this time of year but on the south to west side of Bittersweet island we have always done well with walleyes, pike, and saugars(at night). There is a sanbar that is on the SE part of the islandthat if it gets some wind is a good producer. the grassy islands can be good.

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Justlike2fish, How was your stay on Kabetogama? Did you catch any fish?

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With Tim Watson as our guide our first day; he put us on notherns, smallies, and walleyes too. To answer your question, I'll quote my son "this has been our best fishing vacation ever". I caught my largest fish, a 37", 15lbs northern, 8 lbs test line on a spinning reel.

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    • From the fall Pelican Lakes Association newsletter - DNR Fisheries Update:

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    • fins_n'_feathers
      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?
    • proguide
      Cool nights and only a few warming hours each day have water temps coming down into the 50s this week.  This is actually pretty normal for the last week of September so there is nothing to odd here. 
        The catfish have slowed down over the past few days with this cool off.  They are still around to catch.  They are hanging near structure, usually on the drop off to the channel right next to it.  They are also on the softer side of the current in holes.  It seems that longer sit times are in order this week to allow the fish to come out, find and decide to eat the bait.
        Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.
    • leech~~
      Thanks for the Update.  Hopefully they shoot 400 more next spring!
    • FishinCT
      They were really slow today. I fished hard all day and didn't manage much. Went over tons of fish and they weren't active at all. Should get better as the weekend gets closer...I hope
    • gizmoguy
      Go with steel. Contact Isle supply.