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Kab Fishing Report- just returned...

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Hey everyone,

Hopefully if you're headed to Kab for the 4th the Mayflies are done. We had them pretty thick the past week, but unbelievably we still caught fish. You needed to work for the fish and they would come in streaks, but we caught fish everyday, and either keepers or big slot fish (nice for pictures).

I wrote last week that I thought spinners might be the cure for the mayflies, but it didn't work...leeches and bare hooks were the big winners for our clients. We did get some on crawlers. Reefs in the center of Kab were the best overall spots...we fought boat traffic though...people don't need to be on top of each other. Did try pulling cranks without much luck. Tried pulling flat fish with crawlers and got one big one. Casting swim baits got us a few nice northerns and a handful of smallmouth bass along the rocky shorelines...and are very active if that is what you're looking for...Warm weather made for some long days, and groups that got out a little earlier seemed to do better. Maybe from 6a to 10a was a strong bite and I never did get much for an evening bite the few days I tried.

Mayflies were huge rafts of bugs on the surface at the beginning of the week and all over the shorelines at the end. Patients and slow presention helped. Hopefully others had a good week, great weather, perfect scenery and fish were simply bonus!

See you on the water!

Wade Watson "Kab Kid"

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Thanks for the report! Did ya try crawlers on jigs or no .... im surprised the raps did not produce...interesting....

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I was surprised by the cranks too...I tried many different colors and different cranks. I like to try something different after a day with guests...so if we caught fish with lindy's and leeches, I like to return to those area's and see if other things work. I was amazed that the bite was focused on leeches. I was hoping others had luck with different things last week.

There was a windy day on Thurs. 6/28 that we got a number of fish in 6-12 feet of water, in areas that had churned up water using spinners (both gold and green). I think we could have casted some shad raps in there as well...

Fished Namakan one afternoon and found fish DEEP. Tried shallow without luck and deep without much luck, but it was the middle of a HOT/FLAT day, so I didn't have a lot of hope for that afternoon...more of a site-seeing day. We did see a black bears two different days last week, which is always fun for vacationer's!

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
      Earlier this morning it looked like Vermilion froze over last night but now I see open water on the Hibbing Point webcam.  The strong winds must have opened the lake back up.  Tonight the temps drop to single digits and the wind dies down by 5am so it will freeze over tonight.  Expecting 1-2" of snow on Friday with high winds so hopefully the snow will blow off the new ice.  Saturday-Thursday looks very cold with no more snow, so the main lake should get a solid freeze.  Some are ice fishing in Stuntz Bay already, and some braver than I may walk out from McKinley Park this weekend.  I'm going to wait until the end of next week to venture out, although it will be very cold.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.  Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.    Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety. Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.   On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out. Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there. Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • Wanderer
    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
    • Wanderer
      At least they can all say they were there early!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I'm still hoping for a sunny warm-up to melt all of the existing snow off of the existing ice, and then an arctic blast. After that, I'm hoping for a giant walleye to hop out of the lake and filet itself before skinny dipping in some batter and then relaxing in a hot pan of oil in my kitchen.
    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
    • gimruis
      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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