Kabetogama area fishing, ice conditions and snowmobile trail report.  1/14/20

Anglers are finding fishing to be inconsistent with the bite varying greatly.  Snowmobile, ski and snowshoe trails are all in excellent shape!

Even before the snow we received last night the snowmobile trails were in great shape.  With more snow forecast tonight and this weekend it should only get better!  In Voyageurs National Park most snowmobile trails are open and staked.  We have been getting numerous riders coming through saying the trails are fantastic!  The few that have gone on the Chain of Lakes trail and up to Kettle Falls reported awesome riding conditions.  Throughout the area there are still lots of slushy areas with more wet spots showing up.  For the most part, the snow has firmed up nicely which is keeping riders from having issues with these areas, but the park service still advises caution when traveling off the trail.  All trails beyond the park are groomed and in excellent shape with groomers are out daily.  The ice road has not been plowed and all indications are that it won’t happen this week.  All ski trails are packed and tracked with the exception of the Kab/Ash trail.  All snowshoe trails are open.

Fishing has been extremely inconsistent.  It’s been frustrating for anglers as they are marking fish but just not biting.  Reports are all over the map.  When the fish are active it’s been in depths from 18-35 ft.  Edges of reefs and shoreline points as well as deeper water over soft bottom are seeing some activity.  Bigger walleyes still seem to be the majority of fish caught with a few smaller ones as well as the occasional perch and northern pike mixed in.  Many anglers are reporting water coming up and flooding areas around their house after drilling holes.  With the snow we just received and more on the way it’s going to get interesting.  Lake travel is not advised with the exception of snowmobiles and track machines.

Fortunately, here in Voyageurs National Park fishing isn’t the only thing to do!  There are plenty of activities to keep you busy.  Check out the Voyageurs National Park as well as the Kabetogama Lake Association’s website and Facebook pages for area updates and activities.  You can also call or stop in at Gateway as we have snowmobile trail and lake maps to help point you in the right direction!

As always, be safe, enjoy yourself and we’ll see you soon!

Gateway