Kabetogama area fishing report 9/23/2019

As we make our way through the last week of September, a more stable weather pattern has emerged which in turn has the fish in a more fall like pattern. With the feel of Fall now definitely in the air, fishing has taken a turn for the better. Start hitting up your traditional fall haunts for all species, especially crappies which have more defined target areas on Kab. As you read the guide reports, you will see more consistent patterns taking place.

Around the area, cabins are starting to shut down for the cold months ahead. Voyageur Marine is doing a great job of getting boats winterized. A good way to be assured your open water transportation is ready for next spring is to have them take care of you. Voyageur Marine also has some great specials on new boats. Now is the time to think about a new ride so stop on down and take a look!!!

It’s beautiful around the area right now as Fall foliage is nearing its peak. Around Voyageurs National Park the contrast of red and yellow poking out of the green makes for a great hike, boat ride on the lake or an afternoon drive. You are sure to see whitetail deer, grouse and even an opportunity to see a bear or moose. We have had more moose sightings this year than many previous. When out on the lake you will notice that loons are or have lost their summer color in preparation for fall migration. Loons will start rafting up in large numbers which is a good indication they are getting ready to head to warmer climates. A huge percentage of our area loons migrate to the Gulf of Mexico but we are a ways off from that as they usually stick around well into October.

If you are looking for a great fall getaway, think about joining us on Kab and Voyageurs National Park. For many it is the best time of year to visit. Most resorts are still open and you can’t go wrong with any them as they all have something great to offer. Awesome views, great fishing, sightseeing and most importantly, accommodating hosts that will have you coming back again!

Plan a trip to Voyageurs National Park this Fall, you will not be disappointed!

Gateway

GUIDE REPORTS

TRENT SNYDER
The last couple days are looking promising. Been finding some bigger fish in deeper water along the edge of reefs and inclines, Rocky points, anything with structure, jig and minnow have been my go to bait. You need to work the 30ft range. Some days are on fire others you need to move around. Fish on. Trent.

TRAVIS CARLSON
My best fishing this week has been in 26-35′ of water with jig and minnow. Use your sonar to locate fish and don’t be afraid to move around to find active fish. See you on the water, Travis Carlson.

DOMINIC RUIS

Fall is officially here and the walleye, northern, crappie and bass bite shows it! Fishing has been very consistent with big fish keepers and small fish all mixed in! Best walleye bite has been 20-32′ Lindy and minnow and on the breezy days catching some fish in 9-12 on spinner and crawlers. This week I fished pike 3 days and we did very well catching one over 40 each day with biggest being 44. Fish rock piles with sucker minnows in 12-20′ under a big bobber. Enjoy the beautiful colors and fall fishing and I will see you on the water!
Dominic Ruis

WADE WATSON

Fall fishing is in full swing. Water temperatures are 63-65, and the fishing was excellent this week (Sept. 15-22). My groups stayed on Kabetogama all week, no Namakan run simply because we didn’t have too. We actually fished on the north end much of the week, working deep water holes next to structure. Walleyes were a variety of sizes and starting to group with sauger and crappie in the same areas. We fished 25-35 ft predominately depending on how bright the sun was. A jig and minnow combination was overall the best presentation. Bigger minnows, sucker and shiner minnows as well produce bigger fish, but good average sized fish with a few small walleyes and sauger and a few “slot” fish all from the same areas. Everyone love the fall Crappie, and they were in deeper water mixed in with walleyes or in nearby deep water. Use ¼ oz. jigs tipped with fathead minnows and vary your jigging, most of the ones we found were near the bottom (not suspended)
We did a fair amount of casting and with the rainfall the week before and a Tuesday of last week I targeted a couple creeks that run into some bays in Kabetogama. Good northern fishing, we caught a few smallmouth, and some bigger walleyes- 26”, 24”, and several 20-22” casting plastics into inlets and shallow bays. Several of these bays were 67 degrees and I would think a few big fish could still be found in these warmer waters.
Lastly, I read and hear all about “Jigging Raps”, and I have had some luck and a few better fish on them, but in these deeper walleye holes it was working. I had some of the better walleyes and caught 10-15 walleyes/sauger using a jigging rap or “shiver minnow” from Moonshine lures…perch colored.
Good luck and hope to see you on the water this week!
Wade Watson “Kab Kid”

As we make our way through the last week of September, a more stable weather pattern has emerged which in turn has the fish in a more fall like pattern. With the feel of Fall now definitely in the air, fishing has taken a turn for the better. Start hitting up your traditional fall haunts for all species, especially crappies which have more defined target areas on Kab. As you read the guide reports, you will see more consistent patterns taking place.

Around the area, cabins are starting to shut down for the cold months ahead. Voyageur Marine is doing a great job of getting boats winterized. A good way to be assured your open water transportation is ready for next spring is to have them take care of you. Voyageur Marine also has some great specials on new boats. Now is the time to think about a new ride so stop on down and take a look!!!

It’s beautiful around the area right now as Fall foliage is nearing its peak. Around Voyageurs National Park the contrast of red and yellow poking out of the green makes for a great hike, boat ride on the lake or an afternoon drive. You are sure to see whitetail deer, grouse and even an opportunity to see a bear or moose. We have had more moose sightings this year than many previous. When out on the lake you will notice that loons are or have lost their summer color in preparation for fall migration. Loons will start rafting up in large numbers which is a good indication they are getting ready to head to warmer climates. A huge percentage of our area loons migrate to the Gulf of Mexico but we are a ways off from that as they usually stick around well into October.

If you are looking for a great fall getaway, think about joining us on Kab and Voyageurs National Park. For many it is the best time of year to visit. Most resorts are still open and you can’t go wrong with any them as they all have something great to offer. Awesome views, great fishing, sightseeing and most importantly, accommodating hosts that will have you coming back again!

Here at Gateway we have our fall clothing coming in weekly. Plenty of sweatshirts to keep you warm and hats to keep the sun off your face. If you need a warmer hat or forgot your gloves, we can take care of you. We continue to offer many flavors of ice cream or if you need something to warm your belly, hot food, coffee, espresso and of course hot chocolate. As always, we have all the live bait and tackle you will need to catch the big one! When you stop in, grab a copy of the fishing report.

Plan a trip to Voyageurs National Park this Fall, you will not be disappointed!

Gateway

GUIDE REPORTS

TRENT SNYDER
The last couple days are looking promising. Been finding some bigger fish in deeper water along the edge of reefs and inclines, Rocky points, anything with structure, jig and minnow have been my go to bait. You need to work the 30ft range. Some days are on fire others you need to move around. Fish on. Trent.

TRAVIS CARLSON
My best fishing this week has been in 26-35′ of water with jig and minnow. Use your sonar to locate fish and don’t be afraid to move around to find active fish. See you on the water, Travis Carlson.

DOMINIC RUIS

Fall is officially here and the walleye, northern, crappie and bass bite shows it! Fishing has been very consistent with big fish keepers and small fish all mixed in! Best walleye bite has been 20-32′ Lindy and minnow and on the breezy days catching some fish in 9-12 on spinner and crawlers. This week I fished pike 3 days and we did very well catching one over 40 each day with biggest being 44. Fish rock piles with sucker minnows in 12-20′ under a big bobber. Enjoy the beautiful colors and fall fishing and I will see you on the water!
Dominic Ruis

WADE WATSON

Fall fishing is in full swing. Water temperatures are 63-65, and the fishing was excellent this week (Sept. 15-22). My groups stayed on Kabetogama all week, no Namakan run simply because we didn’t have too. We actually fished on the north end much of the week, working deep water holes next to structure. Walleyes were a variety of sizes and starting to group with sauger and crappie in the same areas. We fished 25-35 ft predominately depending on how bright the sun was. A jig and minnow combination was overall the best presentation. Bigger minnows, sucker and shiner minnows as well produce bigger fish, but good average sized fish with a few small walleyes and sauger and a few “slot” fish all from the same areas. Everyone love the fall Crappie, and they were in deeper water mixed in with walleyes or in nearby deep water. Use ¼ oz. jigs tipped with fathead minnows and vary your jigging, most of the ones we found were near the bottom (not suspended)
We did a fair amount of casting and with the rainfall the week before and a Tuesday of last week I targeted a couple creeks that run into some bays in Kabetogama. Good northern fishing, we caught a few smallmouth, and some bigger walleyes- 26”, 24”, and several 20-22” casting plastics into inlets and shallow bays. Several of these bays were 67 degrees and I would think a few big fish could still be found in these warmer waters.
Lastly, I read and hear all about “Jigging Raps”, and I have had some luck and a few better fish on them, but in these deeper walleye holes it was working. I had some of the better walleyes and caught 10-15 walleyes/sauger using a jigging rap or “shiver minnow” from Moonshine lures…perch colored.
Good luck and hope to see you on the water this week!
Wade Watson “Kab Kid”