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News from Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota

Welcome to Lake Kabetogama.org, a place to share information on the Lake Kabetogama area.
Lake Kabetogama is one of four vast, interconnected lakes in Voyageurs National Park. Lake Kabetogama, Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, and Sand Point Lake are part of the 14,900-square-mile Rainy Lake basin. Lake Kabetogama is about 25000 acres in size with about 200 islands and has a maximum depth of about 90 feet.

Lake Kabetogama has hundreds of island campsites maintained by the Park with docks, tent pads, campfire rings and primitive toilets. Most also have lockable bear boxes for your food. Some of my favorites are Windigo Bay, great views, Cutover Island on the south side, Grassy Island site, another one with great views, but it does have bears at times,  and my favorite, Blue Fin Bay, which has great crappie fishing, views and lots of wildlife.

The following is from the Voyageurs National Park web site-

MN Lake Kabetogama North Star Resort  RPPC  1964
MN Lake Kabetogama North Star Resort RPPC 1964
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LAKE KABETOGAMA, MINNESOTA Vintage Souvenir Ashtray with Black Bear
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1960's Lake Kabetogama Water Skiing, Minnesota Vintage Postcard
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Lake Kabetogama, MN    Minnesota  1950's  Vintage-Looking   Travel Sticker/Decal
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Sleep under the stars in one of over 200 designated campsites in Voyageurs National Park. Be serenaded by loons, and listen for the chance to hear the howl of a wolf.

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Flooding Continues!

Record high water levels continue on Lake Kabetogama.  Docks, other than the floaters, are under water with water levels still rising.  Nearly everyone on the lake has suffered some damage, especially after a couple of hard winds on top of the high water.  There  is a lot of debris in the water, docks, old boats, bodies of tourists who didn't slow down, etc. so be careful.  If you are on the water in a boat, PLEASE SLOW DOWN when within 300 yards of any docks!  I watched numerous assholes yesterday come into shore at pretty fast speeds, throwing up way more wake than necessary.  The docks have been beat up enough, don't add to the problem.  I have a stockpile of rocks for just those people!  Rumor has it that some resorts are closed until the water recedes.  Call before coming.

Fishing Kab

She is watching her dock with bow in hand!



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At listening sessions, hunters give deer managers an earful

By Joe Albert Associate Editor

Brainerd, Minn. — DNR deer managers have met with hunters in three parts of the state as part of a listening session tour to hear what they’re thinking.

While some of the nitty gritty that hunters talk about varies by area – sessions have been held in Bemidji, Brainerd, and Cambridge – the overall message is the same: “What we’re hearing from folks, certainly, is that they would like to see more deer,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “We knew that going in.”

The sessions, which the DNR is co-hosting with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, continue this week – in Morris and Nicollet on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively – and next week – in Virginia on Tuesday. Read more »

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Game Warden Reports – March 28th, 2014


CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked snowmobilers and anglers in the Lake of the Woods area. A meeting was attended with officers from both DNR Enforcement and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources regarding border resource issues.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke at a career fair in Thief River Falls, checked area coyote hunters, and assisted a local sheriff’s office with a case in which stolen ATVs were recovered. A North Dakota game warden was assisted with open cases. Multiple calls concerning a bear exiting a den near a county highway were received, and those concerned were advised that this is a normal and non-threatening occurrence.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports the sheriff’s office was assisted with attempting to locate a suspect wanted on a felony warrant. Time was spent closing a case from this past deer-hunting season, with enforcement action taken.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) received a TIP call about an angler keeping an illegal-length walleye and then leaving on a snowmobile ride while leaving tip-ups unattended. When CO Gorecki arrived, the angler again was fishing but was using extra lines and eventually admitted to leaving his tip-ups unattended for approximately two hours. After further investigation, numerous filleted walleye and sauger carcasses were found buried in the snow, including a 27-inch walleye. Enforcement action was taken. Read more »

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2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener

The 2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 10, 2014. With the way this winter is going, we might be ice fishing. If you are coming up to Kab and need some spots to try, here are a few. The west end will be the best. Try Tom Cod Bay up in the weeds in 5-6 feet with a 1/8th ounce jig and minnow. Three Sisters Island is one of the top early season spots, just look for the boats. Bald Rock Bay in 15-18 feet is a good spot. Harris Island is always a good opener spot. Fish shallow for the trophies and move deeper for the keepers. Bittersweet Island with a jig and minnow on the north side out to the channel marker is sometimes real hot. The southwest corner of the island can be good for Crappie in the evening.

May 1, 2014- Ice is real thin, with more and more open water every day.  We should be ice free or close to it by the 10th.

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What’s More Painful and The Fire Chief Explains

Winter is getting old, fishing has slowed, I've been on every snowmobile trail multiple times and blown out my driveway to many times. Here are a couple of emails I've received-
Mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a couple nice cold beers.
The day was really quite beautiful, and the brew facilitated some deep thinking on various topics.

Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the Nuts?
Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts.

Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question.

Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion!

A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "it might be nice to have another child."

On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, "You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts."

I rest my case.

The Fire Chief
In South Los Angeles , a 4-plex was destroyed by a fire.

A Nigerian family of six con artists lived on the first floor, and all six died in the fire.
An Islamic group of seven welfare cheats, all illegally in the country from Kenya , lived on the second floor, and they, too, all perished in the fire.
Six LA, Hispanic, Un-Documented Dumbocrap, Gang Banger, ex-cons, lived on the 3rd floor and they, too, died.
A lone, white couple lived on the top floor... They survived the fire.
Jesse Jackson, Borook Obuma, Sen. Al Freaken and Al Sharpton were furious. They flew into LA and met with the fire chief, on camera.
They loudly demanded to know why the Blacks, Black Muslims and Hispanics all died in the fire and only the white couple lived?

The fire chief explained, "They were at work."

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Cold and Snow

We had a temp of -22 last night and NOAA site says -24 tonight, great for making ice. Ice fishing is just beginning, and I'll be out this morning around Bittersweet, Three Sisters and Pine Island. These have always been great early season walleye and sauger hotspots. Crappie can sometimes be good at Bittersweet right now. I have a new Otter Outdoors Pro XT1200 Cabin Ice Shelter that I can tow behind the Ranger or, when the snow gets deeper, the Ski-Doo Cross Country snow machine. I'll post some pictures of todays catch later this evening.

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Kabetogama Snowmobiling

Lake Kabetogama is the “Gateway to scenic Voyageurs National Park”. Hundreds of miles of groomed marked trails through pine-filled northwoods forests and snow-covered lakes of Minnesota await you for a snowmobiling experience unequaled anywhere.Trails within the Park create a large loop that encompasses Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point and Crane lakes. There are short portages between lakes, but it’s primarily lake top riding in the 110 mile network.A ride on the Chain of Lakes on the Kabetogama Peninsula is a MUST! This 13 mile trail winds naturally through the heart of Voyageurs and is barely wide enough for a snowmobile but will transport you back to the early days of the sport. The park isn’t the only area with exciting trails to ride, trails outside the park also provide their own scenic beauty and opportunities.The Arrowhead Trail is another must-experience trail, which stretches 75 miles from the town of Cook to south of International Falls. Riders can experience it all on this stretch. From International Falls, it starts with a six-mile jaunt of the flat, straight Blue Ox Trail. Halfway to Littlefork, the Arrowhead ventures eastward toward Kabetogama, and after fording a few streams, it dives south into the rolling, winding woodlands. The hills increase in size, and then slowly decrease into a flatter, lake-dotted terrain as one gets closer to Cook.  While exciting trails run throughout Voyageur country, the best part is the absolute quietness that one finds while stopped in the middle of one of the frozen lakes. It’s a place to take in the solitude and splendor of winter and the sheer beauty of an area where there are truly no roads. This is also a great place for those hardy enough to try winter camping, and campsites dot the shorelines and islands.

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Removing Y-Bones from a Northern Pike Fillet

Rating: 4

This video demonstrates how simple and easy it is to remove Y-Bones from a Northern Pike fillet. It is good quality and easy to follow.

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Crappie Fishing Strategies For Kabetogama and Namakan



Crappies are one of the most sought after species of fish in Minnesota. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is because they are always so eager to take the bait and then they put up a nice struggle for their size. This makes fishing for them fun, entertaining and perfect for anglers of all ages and skill levels. The other reason they are so popular is because the sweet-tasting filets of the crappie are simply delicious.

The state record for the black crappie in Minnesota weighed five pounds and the white crappie Read more »

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