2-20-17 Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report


WOW-quite the weather, 58 degrees, 53 degrees and high 40’s in February, weather records were shattered here near the Canadian border.


Fortunately for us winter enthusiasts we still have 12” of snow base and a safe ice road as of the close of today.


Land snowmobile trails are showing wear, with some bare spots. The trails on the lake are a soft ice surface, but still very useable.


The ice road has a soft surface with some caution spots, most permanent houses have been removed due to conditions, although most of the lake still has 24-26” of good ice.


Conditions will change throughout the week, however ice should remain safe for some time as cooler temperatures begin mid-week. Portable houses are a good option for anglers as well as tip-ups.


In the past week the most consistent catch was perch, mostly jumbos followed by saugers, enough action to keep anglers happy.


A few big pike were taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows and an occasional walleye showed up for anglers.


Most folks fishing in 30-35’ using jigs with minnow head, or hook and full minnow. Chubs seem to be best bait choice and some days a shiner minnow fares well.


No word on a crappie bite, but Spring lake weather might get the bite going.


Call to check our conditions as the inland lake season for big game fish ends at the end of the month. Namakan, a Canadian border lake will remain open well into March.


There is still time for a visit,


Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart