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Crane Lake Kabetogama-Namakan Fishing Reports

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Satchmo

Heading up Sat. for the whole week of the 4th. Looks like weather is going to improve as well. Should be a great week.

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ifishwalleye

I fished Kab on Monday. Lots of mayflies floating. We caught 5 eyes and kept 3. I was marking lots of fish I 22'. I pulled spinners with crawlers and rigged with leeches. It was a beautiful day on the water but with the lack of wind, it was a tuff bite. 

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imhatz

Hello Guys....what does it look like for ice out in May on Crane/Sand Point lake....any predictions / appreciate the help thanks

 

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fishin4sum

Still 36"+ of snow covered ice.  Unless we get a real nice warm up probably not until 4-5 weeks from now.  Which is about week after opener.

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imhatz

Thanks we are heading up May 17...should be good I hope !

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Bigfatbert

Hey Imhatz , as a northern Mn resident I just want to say to you that I wouldn't get to comfortable with your 17th of May arrival at Crane . This years ice out is going to be record breaking up here ... With that being said , I would hope by your trip date that the Gorge on Crane will be fishable at best , but getting up into Sandpoint may still Not be a go yet as of your arrival.....  My guess up there will be not until the 23 of May or just after , which puts it just before Memorial Day weekend ...  we are just so far off this year with any type of spring weather that produces ice outs .... 

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imhatz

darn...boat rented and camp site reserved...my father in law as been going to Crane since the late 50's....never an issue....it will be record setting....lets hope for sun and warmer temps ...thanks.

I will be contacting a friend that worked at Handbergs marine and is now a guide Micahel Scwanke...he will update me as well...much appreciated

 

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Bigfatbert
On 4/15/2018 at 9:08 AM, imhatz said:

darn...boat rented and camp site reserved...my father in law as been going to Crane since the late 50's....never an issue....it will be record setting....lets hope for sun and warmer temps ...thanks.

I will be contacting a friend that worked at Handbergs marine and is now a guide Micahel Scwanke...he will update me as well...much appreciated

 

I would be intersected as to his opinion , please post when you hear from him .

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PRO-V

My brother in law stays at a resort on Kab through second weekend of walleye season. They called him the other day and told him to reschedule his group as they are sure there will be ice.

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imhatz

hmm good to know...i am still waiting on info for crane...thanks

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imhatz

I heard back from Michael Schwanke a guide working out of Crane Lake that I have known for several years. I told him we are heading up on May 17th. He said it will be close real close. I depends on the night temps need to remain over freezing.....we will keep fingers crossed for a week or two and then decide what to do.

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Fully Kraeusened
19 hours ago, imhatz said:

I heard back from Michael Schwanke a guide working out of Crane Lake that I have known for several years. I told him we are heading up on May 17th. He said it will be close real close. I depends on the night temps need to remain over freezing.....we will keep fingers crossed for a week or two and then decide what to do.

I’m wishing you luck my friend. It’s hard to get away and it can be very deflating when the weather doesn’t cooperate. 

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imhatz

Latest update from Crane lake.....people are hopeful and are predicting a possible ice out May 7...Been some good deterioration this week

 

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Guest dusty

Was up to Kabetogama   this past weekend. The Ash river ice went out April 27th The lake ice goes about 10 to 14 day later.

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imhatz

thanks....I watch the Crane lake Pine Point , Handbergs, and Voyagaire web cams....Pinr Point has open water and Handbergs around dock open and looks like opening up in the distance out of bay...we should be all good by may 17 for our trip.

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Sushilicious

I know hibbing is like 75 miles from crane but the majority of lake in the hibbing area don't have ice on them as of today.

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imhatz

thanks Sush...I spoke to a Guide on Crane Mike Schwanke and he said  Ice will be out for opener...looks like decent weather nights and days...the web cams are showing some open water. Pine point Webcam their bay is open and Handbergs dock has open water but still locked up. You can open water in main body of water where the flow is. Voyaeagaire Webcam is still  is still  locked up..but getting dark. By previous reports it has went from ice out prediction of May 17 to may 13 now to maybe may 11. Sure hope it is open for the opener for all the guys planning that weekend. Our group is breathing easy now ...we head up may 17

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imhatz

Ice took a beating this week at Crane....open water in several areas. I would estimate by webcams ice out by Tuesday

 

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Dusty

Looks like it went out today. I even see a boat at the dock at Handbergs. A little ice floating but that's it 

 

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imhatz

Yes Ice went out May 4 ..A boat in at Handbergs and pontoon at Pine Point...The last ice to go out was in front of Voyagaires webcam...that was late afternoon. It went very fast last week... Thanks for the note Dusty..tight lines

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moderation

with the weather being cold till now are the slot fish deep or shallow. cant remember from years past but I think the keepers came from the deeps.

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imhatz

good question....we will be checking out the shallow sand close to drops in the evening and moving water in the day

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Rick

Kabetogama Fishing Report 5-10-18

 

Hi folks – here’s the latest update on the Kab Ice conditions.

There is none! When I left 2 weeks ago to visit my son coming off deployment, i would have never thought we would be ice free and ready to go this weekend.. Mother nature has her ways of rewarding us and she did just that. All types of waterfowl, including hundreds of loons are around in full force so while on the water this weekend you will have more than just the fish to enjoy.

Opener weekend highs should be in mid 60’s daytime and overnight 40’s, so this should be pleasant.

The fishing report each week will have a different feel to it as we will have Crabby Phil's tip of the week including reports from area guides. This should give all of you an excellent idea of how to prepare the before you hit your favorite lake!

CRABBY PHIL’S TIP OF THE WEEK

Get your ball head jigs out, sharpen the hooks and get the eyes opened and paint free. Use the lightest jig you can fish comfortably with, depending on wind and your equipment try to keep in the 1/4 and 3/8 size.

Fish tend to be spoiled a little early on as ice out usually accompanies walleye spawning.

Northern pike will be done spawning and may be quite active and might be a nuisance for walleye anglers.

Get your boat and tackle ready, the show opens in just a couple days!

We will follow with an update after the weekend.

Good luck everyone and stay safe.

Gateway General Store...

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imhatz

thanks Rick....how about the bays. are they free also ?    Any late word on Crane and Sand Point

 

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Rick

Shallow bays are usually the first to open up, unless it's a deep bay like Walker Bay on Leech lake.

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