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2020 Crane Lake - Lake Kabetogama-Namakan Lake Fishing Reports


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Spot on Satchmo...biggest variable is the changing weather this time of year.  Cold nights, warm days change those water temps enough to push bait fish around.  Wind and consistent wind in the same di

Mark,     That was us!  We cruised up to the top of the bay and parked at the Leach Bay HB site. Can't tell you what a thrill it was to finally get on these bodies of water!  We were up on Namakan t

Hey dan, hope your trip was good....we had 4 seasons in 5 days ! Think we saw you motor by in the houseboat through grassy towing a few boats behind. Must have been you...no one else except one boat

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I live about 50 miles from Crane Lake and the gnats are terrible here.  We’re camping on Kab this weekend and definitely bringing a screen tent. Our site will be sheltered from the NW wind, so I’m anticipating a lot of bug bites. 

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We’re set up in Kab and so far very few gnats. Of course, that could be due to the 20 mph winds, 50 degree temps, or the rain shower that just went through. 
It’s still good to finally be fishing and camping in Voyageurs again. 

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agreed flies not bad. The cool nights and the wind knocked them down. fishing not bad water temps between 61 and 64 on Sand Point

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Just got back from a week on Kabetogama. No gnats on the west end. Hardly a mosquito. Walleyes were plentiful. Weather was great. Dang otters are smart, cleaned out my minnow bucket while we were eating lunch one day. Jig and minnow worked great, 1/8 oz for twenty foot or less and 1/4 oz for over twenty foot.

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Never leave crawlers or leeches in your boat either. Mink will do the same thing.

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The weather is playing out to be a major factor in fishing success, keeping many anglers either off the lake or hiding in calm areas as high winds are making it difficult to hold in favorite fishing spots. Water temps haven't budged much and are still in the low to mid 60's with some shallow bays seeing low 70's.

 

Walleyes are extremely scattered throughout Kab. The best bite is still shallow, 5-12 ft. Windblown areas are holding fish, but they are on the move constantly so being mobile and moving frequently is key to putting fish in the boat. While a jig and minnow are still producing, pulling spinners through these areas, especially along weed lines, has been producing and a good way to cover water. We are also seeing walleyes transition to mid lake structure but they are holding in deeper water and not very active except early morning and evenings as they move up to feed. With the high winds not seeming to want to let up, these areas are extremely hard to fish. A couple hot days and lighter winds are in the forecast this week which should help the bite for those wanting to search the areas.

 

Northern Pike are active and still holding shallow over emerging weed beds. Casting large lures over these areas is producing some nice fish.

 

Smallmouth Bass are also in shallow and hitting just about anything thrown at them. Look for gradual sloping shorelines and focus on inside turns and boulders. Smallies like to hang out in shaded areas and ambush their prey. I prefer a small to medium Mepps spinner but just about anything with a little flash will draw their attention. On calm days, you can't beat a topwater lure.

 

Around the area, everything is in summer mode. Trees are in full foliage and wild flowers are emerging making for a great hike in the fresh air. Easy to social distance! Keep your head on a swivel as newborn wildlife are abundant. When the weather permits, sailboats and tubers are out and kayaks and canoes are a common sight.

 

Here at Gateway, we continue to have daily food specials and of course a great variety of hand scooped ice cream! Bait and tackle. Groceries. Beer and Liquor. Hardware. Deka boat batteries......the list goes on. We have just about anything you need. We also have a couple new faces to greet when you come in so stop on by and say hi!

Have a safe week!

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Heading up to Namakan through Crane tomorrow afternoon.  Any tips on what the walleyes are biting on?  How's the fishing been in general? 

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Well just reserved our site on Sand Point for May 21. This will be my 38th year to Voyageurs and Sand Point. Started with Larry at Borderland Resort and on Crane Lake. Now Jeff and Lori at Handbergs. The old crew only one remains my father in-law who started it all in the 1950's and in poor health at 90 and others have passed away but the annual trip rolls on with new generations. My son and the new crew been going the past 11 years. This is something we all look forward to and plan.

Guys with the Covid I would recommend if you camp reserve your site soon. The sites re filling fast this year. tight lines, Mark

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