Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
baldav

First Timer Trip to Kab begins tomorrow

7 posts in this topic

Can hardly wait to get going. This will be my first trip to the area. Will be staying at VPL and hope that they (Casey?) will be able to put me on some fish (walleye). Hope to report on my success throughout the week as I believe the lodge has an internet connection.

From what I've gathered so far, minnow and jig on humps and sunken islands in 15-20 FOW and rigging with a leech in the sand in 10-20 FOW. Any corrections or additional tips would be appreciated.

Hope to post a report of success on Sunday evening. Thanks to everyone for their contributions to this board!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

balday, I guess I'm on a differnet frequency than your informat, harvest size fish are coming out of deeper water, like 35' and deeper, jig and minnow, leeches just turnin on.

One of the best bites has been shallow water, 4-12' pitch a jig, 1/8 to a 1/4 and jerk it back to the boat so it bottom hops, most folks using minnows, double hooked slow retrieve and its been workin good. Was a good bite on white beetlespins, and XR10 x-raps, shallow as well. good luck, guts

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guts, What do you mean buy double hooked on your minnows? Do you fish with dead minnows?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guts, thanks for the clarification. Indeed we did find bigger fish in the shallower water (4-5 FOW). Got started a bit late when my sonar unit decided to go on the fritz. First the lakemaster chip didn't register, then the whole screen went blank. The afternoon brought more frustration surrounding my sonar/gps unit but we did manage one keeper for the freezer in 25 fow.

Not sure where I'll end up fishing over the next couple days, plans sure change when you're on a unknown remote body of water without the electronics that you're so dependent on. Makes me wonder what they did 50 years ago to catch fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Squirrelbait, double hooking a minnow, at least fatheads or rainbows, the hook goes through the mouth, out the gill and then back through the minnows body. When using jigs, I get the jigs with no collar/shank. Surprisingly it doesn't kill the minnow, and it tends to snag less in shallow water or weeds. The minnow will stay on cast after cast.

balday, as of yeasterday, they are still catchin g fish in the shallows. Tom Cod, bittersweet, cemetery island, three sisters and etc on the West end. guts

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guts, Ive never heard of hooking a minnow like that. What a great Idea! It seems it would also combat the short bite and replace a stinger hook! Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To wrap up this post... Had a great time at Voyageur Park Lodge on Lake Kabetogama. Casey was an excellent host who was able to help point us in the right direction for walleyes. We'll be coming back next year for sure.

I mentioned earlier that my new sonar/gps unit went on the fritz at the start of the trip. I bought the unit from Reeds at the Northwest Sports Show and they were able to overnight a new replacment. With that kind of customer service I'll be shoping at Reeds again.

I was very impressed with the Kab fishery. You know things are good when you find yourself complaining about too big of fish. Also, there is so much structure across the lake there's always an opportunity to find a new "hot spot".

Looking forward to coming back next year. Thanks to the posters for their tips on this forum!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      Try the Sherburne wildlife refuge plenty of places you can get to were not a lot of people want to go the spot I deer hunt you need hip waders to get to
    • ZachD
    • Borch
      We've done well in late June.   May need to move offshore more.  Cranks or spinners till you find fish then slow down if needed.   I use the public access.  Not usually too busy mid summer. 
    • h8go4s
      Blue_Healer (Shouldn't that be heeler, not healer? http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/Blue_Heeler ) "Thanks for the advice. Nobody else would help."   Me: "You're welcome. Did you check the websites I referenced? Did you stop at any boat dealers? "
    • Walleye #1
        With the big winds this week we were not able to venture out as far, so not a whole lot to report from the Main Lake.  When it isn’t blowing too hard, the main lake rock reefs were kicking out nice Leech Lake walleyes in 14-18 feet of water.  Pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches as well as slow death at .5-.8 mph was the best.  Speed is the key when dialing in these fish.  Our Leech Lake fishing guides found a nice mix of eaters and bigger fish.   Still many of the same places as last week were producing in North Bar, Fletchers, Ivans, Submarine, etc, but don’t forget to look for secondary reefs and humps that are nearby or if the fish are not on the edges of those reefs look to the mud basins where the bug hatches are taking place and drive until you graph fish.   On the west end of the lake in Walker Bay and Agency Bays, shoreline breaks that had wind blowing in were the best.  14-20ft of water is where we keyed in on.  Pulling lindy rigs with chubs, leeches, or crawlers all worked to put a nice mix of walleyes and even some nice pike in the boat.  Other areas to key in on would be under water points and bars that run out into the bays and have deep water right next to them the bigger fish like to suspend and then come in and feed during these times.  
    • Walleye #1
      Always worth it to go fishing.  That time of year your best bet from what your schedule sounds like would be to put crank baits on and trolling the edges and tops of the reefs or do some slip bobber fishing down on that end of the lake.  Huddles Reef, Variety, Olsons, etc. would all be places to start, but the crankbait bite can be good.    
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Big Hatches usually get the slow bite over in a hurry! Hopefully this will only last a few more days! Boated 22 walleyes today but only managed to keep 7 small eaters in 6 hours of fishing. Cliff
    • monstermoose78
      They used to have a nice gun range but some stupid locals shot their garage and blamed the range!
    • gunner55
      I'm only 8-10 miles south of smurfy with the same experience on the lake. Mn Fishing Pros is a group of 4 guys who guide in the area & so is Jeff Sundin. Not sure what any of them have for experience on that lake but you might try to contact 1 of them to see if they have a opening that fits your time slot or they might even have some info on the lake that they are willing to share 
    • Wheres_Walter
      Headed up this weekend and next weekend.  WIll be fishing mostly Frazer.  Sounds like the hatch is on.  If anyone has been fishing walleye on frazer in the past few days, got any tips on depth?  Presentation?     Sounds like crawlers are the ticket right now.   Thanks