Howdy and thanks for taking the time to give some advice. My family's renting a houseboat from Ebel's the 2nd week of June and would appreciate some advice on specific locations for northern pike/smallmouth bass on the Eastern end of Lake Kabetogama. We'll have a 12 foot motorized boat with us so moving around won't be a problem. Want to focus on the Eastern end of the lake to minimize a long haul with the houseboat.
Any advice on specific bays, islands, or points would be appreciated!
Hey guys. I’m new to this site. I’ll be visiting the park early June. While I have made several trips up there I’ll be bringing a friend who never has. He is a very experienced angler, but has yet to catch a walleye. A lot of his experience comes from using down riggers on Lake Michigan. He was asking about using them on a vacation this year and I had no answer for him. I can’t recall ever seeing anyone using that method in Voyageurs. Does anyone have a thought on this? I’d appreciate any advice. Want my buddy to have a great trip!
Voyageur Park Lodge on Lake Kabetogama recently purchased brand new Ice Trek brand fish houses to rent on Lake Kabetogama. The houses themselves are all aluminum with spray foam insulation, clean, warm and comfortable! If your looking for something different from the usual LOW, Red experience check us out. These are day use houses only and we will offer lodging at Voyageur Park Lodge. We will only have one lodging unit open in the winter, so fishing parties will be the only guests at the resort, so lots of privacy and no other parties around. Fish houses will be private out on the ice also!
We are excited to be the only angling houses on Lake Kabetogama! If your looking for something different let us know!
Voyageur Park Lodge (Reef Runner Ice houses)
Good opening weekend...great weather for opener and more boats than normal I would say. Fishing was good, not great. I'm sure others have differing opinions, but for us we found larger walleyes in 6-12 feet when pitching jigs. You had to put up with the large number of small northern that must have been hungry! Most of our walleyes came by way of a jig and minnow, in 30-35 ft of water...most of these 9-13" and went back, but every 4-5 fish was keepable and a fair number of sauger's were in the mix. Problem was you could catch 3-5 fish in a spot and then you needed to move. So, lots of boats running all day Saturday. Saturday night/evening the bite improved and keeper fish were coming from 22-28' of water, again with a jig and minnow for us. Sunday sunny and beautiful day to be on the water! Similar patterns with the evening bite producing most of our keepers that day.
As far as scenery, you simply can't beat this area. Kabetogama, Namakan, Ash River, and Crane lake is truly beautiful and the fishing is just bonus. Listening to other fisherman, it seems the slot is frustrating some people...again lots of small fish (future fish) and many 20-22" walleyes but not many trophy's and eaters were tough to find. All and all, great opener again on Kabetogama, hope everyone else had fun and a safe opening weekend. Happy to talk fishing on Kabetogama, enjoy the season...
I realize that walleye is kind up there, but was hoping there were some smallie fishermen here on the board that could give me some advice on the fall smallmouth fishing on Namakan, Sand Point and Crane. I've been coming up there for many years to fish for smallies in the springtime but have never tried it there in the Fall. Was thinking that I may try my hand at some fall smallmouth up there while they're trying to fatten up for the winter.
Right now I am planning on coming up at the end of September. I'm hoping to find the fish in less than 20 feet of water. Jigs, tubes, jerkbaits and topwater is what I'm hoping they will be biting on. I know water temperature plays a huge role in the fish moving back shallow to feed so I'm hoping my timing is right. Do you folks think it's worth the trouble around that time. I really don't feel like hauling my boat 1,100 miles (I live in Kentucky) if I'm gonna be fishing the dead sea. Would Rainy Lake be a better choice?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Just heads up, if you haven't already heard. Camp Ripley youth hunt has been cancelled for 2020.
Public hunts will not have a lottery, information and purchase dates will be released in August. This allows for a easier cancelation of the hunts.
Just got back from vacation to the area. Fishing was good. Water temps are higher than I have experienced before in the area upper 70 to low eighty's in the mornings with them rising in the mid heat on the surface.
We fishes mostly smaller bodies of water and I was very surprised at how shallow we found most fish.
The walleye bite was fantastic in 10-16ft of water. Almost all fish were relating to the deep weed edge. Northern milfoil was #1 and cabbage #2 as far as cover preference. Cabbage relating fish were caught with spinners long lined with 1/4oz bullet sinkers pulled at .7 to .9 mph. Milfoil fish were caught with slip bobbers. Another surprise with these fish was that 70% or so we're caught between noon and 5 pm.
Bluegills are located in similar areas. Some what shallower. Leeches under a bobber or Lindy rigs caught most of the gills. Somedays they were more difficult to find then others but when you found them, you caught very nice fish.
Bass fishing usually is low on our target species, however we did find a number of very nice fish relating to offshore bait clusters in deeper water, 20 to 22 ft. These fish were turned by jig worms or drop shot rigs, electronics were key here. Reed beds in shallow is where the bulk of our shallow bass showed.
Northern pike were few this past week, the ones we caught were smaller and bite on crawler harnesses fishing for walleye.
Try lakes with motor restrictions. Fewer recreational boaters to dodge, and less fishing pressure as well. Here is a list of waterbodies in the state with restrictions by county: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/boatwater/local_regs.pdf
I’ve fished this lake one week a year, at the end of July, for the last 8 years. We stay at Timber Bay Lodge and I have fished the SE part of the lake, all the way up to the Stony River. I almost solely target walleye. I say almost because I will fish bass or northern at times for fun. I’ve yet to target crappie on this lake and this year will be the first. I’ve caught a handful of big crappie by accident on this lake. I’ve heard they are in there. For walleye, I’ve typically used Lindy Rig with crawler or leech, and Jighead with a minnow. I typically tie a 3-5 ft leader, red hook, gold bead, 1/4 oz weight. If the wind and waves kick up I’ll use 1/2 ounce weight. I’ve often used a worm harness with gold or silver spinner too. Sometime I’ll throw crankbaits and that can the ticket. If I’m covering a flat I’ll use lindys or harnesses, if I’m hitting specific points and structures I’ll use a jighead. I’ve had the best luck in 8ft to 14ft but every year is different. For the record, I’ve never caught a huge walleye on this lake. I’ve caught countless eaters. But I’ve yet to connect with many big ones. I know they are in there. It seems like each year the fish are hot in June to mid July. Since we go at the end of July, we can be in the doldrums of Summer, so perhaps this is why Ive missed many big ones. There’s also a chance I’m targeting the wrong areas. Who knows. As for areas, I’ll typically target shorelines that have been hit by the wind for the day, or previous day. If I work an area for 15-20 min with little results, move on. I’ve experienced the fish stacking up on very specific points before too. If a point is holding fish, don’t be afraid to drift a small area and use your motor to return to the starting point, over and over. I’ve done this many times and limited out in an hour. One thing I have noticed is that the walleyes don’t seem to be active in the early morning. In fact, the best action I’ve seen has been 10am to 1pm, and 6pm to 9pm. I’ve never fished after dark. I have fished as early as 6 am on this lake and do not connect with the walleyes. I’m guessing it’s due to the dark water and low visibility. I hope this has been helpful and welcome other advice. If anyone would like to add or refute, feel free. This has been my experience on this lake and I’m welcome to hear other tactics, I’d also love some advice on the crappie. Where and what time of day? Best of luck on your trip.
Any advice on a good place to stay on Rainy? Was supposed to stay on Canadian side this week and obviously didn’t go. So now I am trying to put together a quick trip with my Dad on MN side maybe later this month instead...