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camping and fishing the narrow waterways between Kab and Nam...


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Have never fished this area before, but would like to visit this september for some camping and fishing in Voyageurs. Would be targeting smallies and walleyes primarily. How is the fishing in that area? Is the narrow waterway between Kab and Nam navigatable by small boat and outboard, or should I use a canoe? Any advice or tips would be appreciated!

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I can't think of an area that is not acessable to me and my boat...as long as you use a map and some common sense. The area you are talking about is a pretty good spot in the fall!

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No problem with a boat through that area just need to watch out for rocks. The houseboats go through there from the Ash River to Namakan.

Good luck fishing and camping.

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You should have no problems for the most part if you follow the channels as indicated on a McKenzie map, and stay to the proper side of the buoys. Becareful going between islands unless you really know the water . . . there are rocks that can "bite" you that may be just sub surface . . . slowing down outside the main channels is always a good idea. I wrecked a boat last year in "deep water", or so I thought, last summer because of an unmarked reef that normally was above water. Fortunately, going only 15 MPH or so, but wrecked none the less!

Sounds as if you are inquiring about the Blind Indian area of Namakan . .

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So what about the fishing that time of year? Walleyes, smallies? Deep or shallow? What is the best time of year to fish in Voyageurs? Thanks!

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