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I was up to Kab for the last few years during the opener week and last year was really slow for eyes. Every year has been the same. Fish the day hard and not catch anything and end up on the shallow sand in the evening with everyone else. Can you guys give me some direction for a daytime walleye bite?

Thanks for all the help,


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Opener is usually a little guess work, depending on temps, and what stage of spawn or post spawn cycle we are in. Normally shallow water, say less than 12' is most active, but a cold front can put the skids to the shallow water theory.

Myself, if I get out opener, it would probably be mid day, because of my work schedule. I will fish with jig and minnow, or slip bobber with minnow. My minnow choice would be fathead or rainbow on opener.

Start shallow and go deeper, is my choice. Sandy bottom, possible fish near creek inlets or near various area of the Kab peninsula, where the Gold Portage flow has some influence. The Yewbush islands may be another good area because of the various structures. Good luck, guts tongue.gif

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Just thought I'd throw in an idea that may help. Last season fooled many of us...even people on the water daily. This season, unless the water temps rise fast this week, I'm going to start deep and move shallow!

Last year in the opening week, people were catching fish in the shallows ONLY in late evening on the sand, but they tended to be "larger" slot fish...consistency was seen in area's like the mouth of ash river or near Sugerbush island in holes of 40+ ft deep. Fish were caught during the day, afternoon, and evening into the evening. Fish were 12-15", and the few anglers in the deep water caught good numbers of fish. Perfect for the pan.

At least locate several deep holes and graph them...if nothing is scene or the water temps are in the high 40's to mid 50's, shallow water is likely the answer...

Hope that helps!

Kab Kid

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Kab Kid, good reply, I like your info, it is hard to fix on one senario, when you have unknowns up until the day. Water temps, winds, fronts and etc. I would be prepared to fish shallow in the early AM, go deep as you suggested, and late in the day go back to shallows.

I also agree that the bigger fish seem to come out of that shallow water, but it may depend on the spawn situation as to what fish are in shallow.

Good luck to all, look forward to seein ya Kid,


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Guts and Kab Kid,

Thanks for the help. I'm trying to figure out where the Kab peninsula is but can't seem to identify it on a map. As far as jig color, which would you start with? Also where would you start for crappies. I imagine that it could be still to cold for them but it is always fun trying. I am staying at Ash River but can travel anywhere on the lake.

Thanks again for all the help,


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The Kab peninsula I'm referring to is the northern landmass of the West Kab basin. The very controversial chain of lakes snowmobile trail is accross the Kab penninsula.

Clyde creek, sucker creek, and another flow or two dump into Kab, and when Shiners spawn or run, fishing can be good near those areas. Sometimes between Cutover, @ Donut Islands, and the peninsula early season fishing can be strong.

Sorry I'm not a good resource for those crappies, if they aren't in shallow I don't know where to find them.

good luck, guts

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Good morning JMD, The Kabetogama peninsula is the large landmass that separates Kabetogama and Namakan lakes from Rainy Lake to the north. The eastern end of the peninsula is Kettle Falls.. Kab Kid and Guts have given good advise for locating early eyes. I'll check the water temps again and post them. That will help with some planning. I guess the key is to be versatile and try different things. If nothing shallow, don't be afraid to vertical jig the deep water. 30 to 40 feet deep many times early after the spawn does hold fish. Fishkab

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