Kab Fishing and Outdoors Report 8/26/2019

A little quieter around the lake this past week mostly due to the weather but the fish are there if you can get past the rain and wind. As water temperatures have dropped a good 10 degrees over the past week fishing has changed as well. Another major bug hatch occurred late last week and seems to be quite persistent. As you read the guide reports below you will see there is a fall transition in place.

Around the area, most are starting to think fall as temps have struggled to get into the 70’s and lows have been hovering in the mid to upper 40’s. Seems early so let’s hope we have an Indian summer on the horizon!

Activities around the area are gearing towards Labor Day weekend. Most Park activities have come to an end but there are still good adventures to be had. If you need some direction, ask any of the local resorts or businesses as the information they have can be invaluable.

Just a reminder to let you know that the Kab Fire Dept and EMS will be having an Open House at the Fire Station next Sunday, Sept.1 from 10 am to 4 pm to showcase their equipment and the progress on the Heli Pad. The North Memorial Flight For Life helicopter will be landing at 11 am. The Department is planning on serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop, etc. So – the next part is that we’re looking for some cash donations to help defray the cost of the supplies so that all of the proceeds can go toward the Heli Pad project.

If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated – Checks can be made out to the Kabetogama Fire Dept. and are tax deductible. They can be mailed to Betsey Warrington at 10473 Waltz Rd., or you can drop them off at the Gateway Store in an envelope marked Fire Dept. donation. If you have any questions, please give Betsey a call at 218-875-2141.

We’ll see you soon!

Gateway

Guide Reports

Trent Snyder

Another week in the books, as we transition into fall and the temperatures drop so the fishing starts to change as well. Although the bite is still good we are definitely moving into the shallows. 8-15 ft live bait. Jigs or Lindy, be patient you need to be more in the move. The winds have kept us guides off of some of the spots we would like to fish so you need to be creative and work a bit harder. Good fishing. Trent.

Travis Carlson

I’ve been fishing shallow water 8-14′ most of the week with good success. Some days live bait rigs with either a crawler or a leech has worked well and other days a half crawler behind a spinner did the trick. Wind blown weed lines have been best. See you on the water, Travis Carlson

Dominic Ruis

What can I say another great week in voyageur country. Fishing has stayed consistent deeper water 28 to 34 ft being the best. Leeches and shiners have been the best in this deeper water! Also still finding some fish in shallow water weed line situations Lindy leech or spinner crawler working best. This is also the time of year I’m finding a lot of big smallmouth bass in that 20 to 30 foot mid lake humps Island reefs areas. We are finally starting to drop water temperature so crappie are starting to be found and I would suspect the bigger Pike to go on the feed heavy soon. See you on the water! Dominic Ruis

Wade Watson

South winds and some wind and sun the days I fished this week. Wind varied and really blew on Sunday but for us that was the best day. We caught fish in a variety of ways, so I think my advice would be to be diverse and be ready to try different methods or different baits. We caught fish with minnows, leeches, and worms. Worms and minnows were the best for us. I also caught fish with lead-core and Rapala’s trolling in 25 feet of water!

If there is clouds and wind, try starting shallow. Find a point or bay with structure and troll spinner rigs with a ½ nightcrawler on the hook. We also caught fish with leeches this and a plain hook in these areas. As the sunlight got brighter, I moved out onto open water reefs and used both lindy rigs with leeches and jigs and minnow…winner was about even between the two presentations. Wide variety of sizes, and twice had HUGE northern pike try to steal our walleyes in the shallow areas. Smallmouth were hanging on some sandbars in Namakan and very think and fun to catch. Try crankbaits or dragging leeches to land these bronze back beauties!

Good luck,

Busy time of the year for me, so book early if you’re coming up! Hope to see you on the water!

Wade Watson “Kab Kid”