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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.

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Originally posted 2014-03-29 11:28:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Kabetogama Fishing Report

8/20/2016 Looks like the walleye and sauger have returned from vacation as the fishing has really picked up in the last couple of days. Limits are being caught in the area around School Teacher Island to Etling Island, Cutover Island and the Three Sisters area. Crappies are hanging around the docks. We have been catching them at night off the end of Northern Lights Resort dock. Try after dark with a white jig and small minnow about 3' below a bobber.
Walleyes are hitting crawlers on a Lindy Rig or try trolling a Shad Rap if you want some big boys.

7/19/2016  Pike are hitting!fishbra-pike

7/10/2016  We headed up to Namakan for a little fishing and found some nice walleyes in Junction Bay.  Lindy rig and leech was working along with bottom bouncer, spinner rig and crawler when the fishing got slower.  Namakan Island, Cemetery Island and Squaw Narrows (may now be called "Voyageur Narrows" on the politically correct maps).  If you are up that way, the reef on the west end of Mica Island is always good fishing also.  On Lake Kabetogama the walleye have been in about 25-28 feet and leechs and crawlers have both been getting them.  Northern pike fishing has been excellent with the larger fish being caught on BIG cranks.  Bass are almost becoming a nuisance as they seem to be hammering anything you throw out (EAT THE DAMN THINGS).  Easy to catch 50-100 in an afternoon if you want.


6/28/2016- Fishing continues to be great with walleyes from 12" to 29" caught today. Minnows seem to be the best, although some people are getting them on leechs and crawlers. These are some of the fattest walleye I have seen in years. Tom Cod Bay, Zoellner Island and Harris are all hot. Three Sisters always has boats there so I am guessing the walleyes are still biting in that spot. Crappies are biting in the shallow water in Moose Bay and Blue Fin Bay with a white jig and small minnow working the best. Namakan Island and Junction Bay are great spots on Namakan if you are going that direction. I like the bay in front of the North Junction Bay houseboat site.

June 6, 2016 Walleye fishing still is poor at best.  Woodenfrog turd project with all the blasting and drilling has the fish on edge.  Drifting or slip bobber fishing seems to work the best as any motor noise is shutting them down. Northern and bass have been biting like crazy, with large crankbaits working best for big northern and any thing will catch smallmouth as they are extremely active. School Teacher Island, Cutover and Sugarbush have all been great for Smallmouth.  EAT MORE SMALLMOUTH or THEY WILL EAT THE WALLEYE!  For BIG northern, try Mud Bay or Daley Bay.

09/16/2015- Fall fishing feels more like summer, with temps reaching 82 yesterday.  We've been getting fish around Cutover Island, with some coming off the point on the southwest end and lots of sauger and walleye in the bay by the Rock Garden.  Crappie can still be found up in Lost Bay with the best fishing being just at the area where Ek's Bay starts dropping off to deep water.  Just watch your locator.  1/8-1/16 oz jigs with a white twister tail have been working great.

Fish are still biting between rainstorms.  Jig and a minnow still are the best baits, with an occasion fish caught on a leech.  Ram Island, Yewbush, Harris and Camelback have all been pretty good fishing.  Crappie have been caught in Moose and Bald Rock bays with a small white twister tail and minnow catching most fish.  We've picked up some nice perch just north of the Woodenfrog boat landing, off the point in about 20' water. Continue reading

Opening Day Walleyes On Kabetogama

Fishing opener is fast approaching so I'll share some ideas for catching Kab walleyes and sauger. The early season walleyes are in shallow water like you find in Tom Cod Bay, Moose Bay and a smaller overlooked bay, Bald Rock. Kabetogama walleyes can also be found relating to shallow water structure, includes rocks, weeds, timber, as well as sand flats and breaks, depending on what’s available. The area between Cemetery Island and 3 Sisters is always good along with the east end of 3 Sisters(you'll always see lots of boats on this spot). Trolling from the opening into Gold Portage to Windigo Bay campsite is also good early in the season.

One of the keys to early season success on Lake Kabetogama is finding the areas that hold the largest, and most active schools of fish. A lot depends on ice out, the earlier the ice out the faster the water warms before opener. Some of the best fishing opener spots can be right off the docks at some of the resorts. Park Point sits right on the end a Peninsula and can be good, I've fished from the dock at Driftwood on opener and had great success and I know some people from the Twin Cities who go to Grandview just for the dock fishing. They always get a bunch of nice fish. Use a slip bobber and a minnow just off the bottom.

Everything being equal, look for areas that may be warmer than the rest, even if it’s only a degree or two. That would suggest northern and western most shorelines like Tom Cod and Bald Rock, as they receive the largest benefit of a warming sun.


Originally posted 2015-08-13 19:32:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lost Bay Crappie

Right now the crappie are scattered out all over Lost Bay.  What we found is that were stacked on the sharp drop offs.  We found an occasional fish in the deeper water but caught most of our fish in 15-20 feet of water using white jigs and crappie minnows.  Best fishing was from about an hour before sunset to an hour after sunset.  Park service should be stacking trails and grooming trails pretty soon.  I'd follow tracks if going by snowmobile as there is still some spots that aren't real good ice.  We found anywhere from 6 - 10 inches of ice.


Originally posted 2015-08-28 23:04:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

DNR places burning restrictions on additional counties

Statewide fire conditions have led the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to place burning restrictions on additional counties.

Burning restrictions take effect Monday, May 13, at 8 a.m. in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington, Roseau, and parts of Cass, Polk and St. Louis counties.

The portion of Polk County is south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line. In Cass County, the restrictions affect that portion of the county south of Highway 200.  In St. Louis County, the restrictions affect the area south of a line running from Silica on the west to Central Lakes and Brimson on the east. The exact line is a township line between 55 and 56 north and includes all of township 56.

The following counties are already under burning restrictions:  Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne, Pope, Stearns, Todd, Wadena Washington and Wright  and southern Cass (that portion south of Highway 200). Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-07-14 12:03:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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 fillets of the crappie are simply delicious.

The state record for the black crappie in Minnesota weighed five pounds and the white crappie
was a little less than four pounds. These catches were very impressive for this species of fish because crappies normally don't grow much larger than two or three pounds. A little less than two pounds is the average weight for a crappie.


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Originally posted 2015-08-04 17:50:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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.


Originally posted 2015-07-29 16:16:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Smallmouth Bass On Kabetogama and Namakan

Smallmouth bass are regarded as the hardest fighting freshwater fish.  It is also often referred to as the brown bass, brownies, bronzebacks, smalls and smallies. Many anglers love the challenge of catching these aggressive fish and the great feeling after a well-fought battle.

Smallmouth bass thought by most people to be the sportiest freshwater fish. They are known for their fighting stamina and beyond belief leaping ability. Like largemouths, they will take almost any kind of lure or bait, but they commonly prefer smaller sizes.  Favorites include jigs, crankbaits, spinners, streamer flies, shiner minnow, crayfish, hellgrammites, leeches, and nightcrawlers.

The jaw of a smallmouth bass, which extends directly below the eye, is smaller compared to that of a largemouth bass.  Its cheeks have from twelve to seventeen rows of scales and the dorsal fins are joined with ten spines and thirteen to fourteen soft rays.

It is golden bronze or brown in color, with a lighter, more creamy underbelly that the largemouth which has a greenish one.  It has vertical dark bands or marks on the sides and its eyes have a dash of red.

Most smallmouth weigh between 1 and 1.5 and they can run as high as 4 or 5 pounds.

In Lake Kabetogama and Namakan, August and September can provide some fantastic fishing for trophy smallmouth.  Try fishing around the rocky islands in 20-25 feet of water with a plastic lure such as a Mister Twister, Fuzzy Grub, etc.  Small Rapalas can also be deadly for bass.  Favorite locations on Kabetogama include Sugarbush Island (I prefer the west side from the houseboat site south),  Cutover Island, mainly along the east side and Ship Wreck Islands.

Originally posted 2012-02-06 01:52:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fall Crappie On Lake Kabetogama

As summer comes to an end, the thought of cooler temperatures and crisp mornings start occurring in the minds of most anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. This is the time of year when most people start cleaning their guns and get ready for the opening day of deer archery, small game and duck season. What most people do not realize is this is the time to score BIG on fall crappie.
Fall crappie fishing can be some of the most exciting and predictable fishing there is! As the water temperatures start to drop, crappie start feeding in preparation for winter. They start gorging themselves minnows. What is so unique about this behavior is the fish prefer areas that have easy access to deep water but yet have the choice of shallow water for feeding purposes. One of my favorite areas for September/October crappies is Sullivan Bay and the mouth of the Ash River on Lake Kabetogama. The crappies have started and they are big. We got some last week that went over 15”. The recent cool weather seems to have turned them on early.

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Originally posted 2015-08-31 23:37:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

DNR conservation officers using dogs to detect zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be using three zebra mussel-sniffing K-9 teams for the first time this year to help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Minnesota is the second state in the country to use trained dogs to prevent the spread of AIS. They will be used throughout the state during the open water season.

A video of the dogs is available: http://youtu.be/lHk-aVQebhw.


“The use of K-9s is a progressive enforcement tool that will complement and support our invasive species prevention efforts,” said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement director. “However, they should not overshadow the fact that preventing the spread of AIS is still everyone’s personal responsibility.”

Earlier this year, conservation officers Todd Kanieski and Travis Muyres traveled to California to learn about the country’s first program successfully utilizing mussel trained K-9’s to prevent the spread of AIS.

“A K-9 can find a mussel on a boat much faster than a human inspector,” said Kanieski.

The Minnesota mussel dogs were trained in-house for five weeks by Muyres, an experienced K-9 handler and certified K-9 unit trainer.

Muyres’ K-9 mussel team partner “Laina” is a Belgium Malinois purchased from a domestic breeder. The other teams include water resource enforcement officers Lt. Julie Siems and her K-9 partner “Brady” and Lt. Larry Hanson and his K-9 partner “Digger.” Siems’ and Hanson’s dogs are Labrador retrievers provided by animal shelters and animal rescue organizations.
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Originally posted 2015-07-20 14:17:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter