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Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report

Nov 22, 2017- Spearing and some angling has begun on Kabetogama.

7/5/2017 The walleyes are on the feedbag right now. Leeches seem to be the best bait along with a nightcrawler. Center reef looks like party cove some days with boats all over. We have had good luck fishing between Martin and Little Martin, Center Reef if not to many boats, Ram, which has really been hot at times and Camelback. Limits of keeper walleye are pretty easy to get right now. Crappies are biting up in the bay by Gold Portage entrance in the evening.  Lost Bay has also been good for crappie I’ve been told.  Small white jig  tipped with a minnow is the ticket.  Smallmouth bass can be caught just about anywhere around a rocky point on any island.


June 12, 2017- Fishing continues to be good, with leeches and crawlers catching more fish than minnows.  We found lots of fish around Zollner, Three Sisters and Tom Cod Bay.  12-18 feet seems to be the depth.  We have been using a yellow spinner with a float and hang on as they are getting very aggressive.  Saugers have been larger than we have seen in past years.  Lots and lots of smaller northern with a 7 pounder our biggest.  Biggest walleye this week was 27″ fish.

6/2/2017- We got out between storms yesterday and had a great bite in 7-10 feet of water at Bittersweet Island.  The wind was blowing hard and at times it was a downpour but the fish were biting best when the weather was at it’s worse.  I’m glad we stayed out.

Rainbow Chubs or Spottail Shiners and a jig are by far the best bait right now.  We tried leech’s but had nothing with them.  Ram Island has been good when the wind isn’t blowing 20 MPH.  I talked to some guys who have been fishing Harris Island in 30-32′ and getting fish, lots of keepers deep and big fish shallower.

Fishing continues to be good on Kab with walleye and sauger when the wind died down enough so you could fish.  Bittersweet Island continues to be hot with a gold jig and a minnow being the best presentation.  Fish 6-8’of water or use a slip bobber.  We caught a few sauger in Peterson Bay.  I’ve heard some people are using leeches already but I haven’t tried that yet.  The weather looks great for the next few days, so I’ll be out fishing.

Star Trib report says-“Anglers fishing from the shorelines and from the docks were catching lots of fish, including pike, saugers and all sizes of walleyes. Windy conditions made fishing from boats a bit tricky, but those who chose to do so had success rigging minnows and leeches. The sauger bite was good in shallow water, and the DNR reports a strong perch population in the lakes.”

We have seen and heard a lot of fish being caught from the point at Woodenfrog.  To bad the DNR does n0t put a fishing pier in for people to use, the rocky shoreline can be tough for older folks to fish from and dangerous for kids.  We were in the bay by the Woodenfrog landing 1 afternoon and their were 7 other boats fishing that area including one of the local guides.  The fish are still in the bay anywhere from 6 to 18 feet.

Fishing Opener 2017-  Fishing was outstanding for the opener, we filled out quickly with keeper walleye in the 14-16″ range using crawlers on a Lindy rig in 8-12″ of water.  We fished west end bays later in the day for crappie which was also good, with many, many fish hitting a white jig tipped with a crappie minnow.  I was using a white twister tail and my buddy fished it plain and it didn’t matter.  If your’e not catching fish right now your’e not trying!  Best opener in many, many years.

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.



I’ve been so busy fishing, I haven’t been keeping up on the fishing reports.  I can sum up 2015 from opener to today (June 12, 2015) as the best fishing I’ve seen in 30 years.  Walleye large and small are being caught by everyone.  I watched a family in a pontoon catch what had to be a limit one evening out in Tom Cod Bay.  Crappie have been about jumping in the boat and large pike and bass are slamming the artificial’s.   These are the “Good Old Days!”Walleye


01/13/2015 The ice road fro Kabetogama Visitor Center to Ash River landing is open, which means lots of easy access to some great ice fishing spots. Walleye and sauger are being caught using jig and minnow at 25-30’.
Northern pike are being taken using tip-ups and by spearing in shallower water, especially in bays like Tom Cod and out in the Grassy’s. Plenty of snow for the sled’s, so the whole lake can be fished.

12/16/2014  Got out fishing in the Grassy Island Group over the weekend.  We found some hungry walleye right in our favorite summer spot.  I dropped the AquaVu Underwater Camera and saw lots of fish laying on the bottom just waiting for our minnow.  I’ll be back out again next Saturday.


12/1/2014   Ice fishing has begun!  Really cold “Global Warming/Climate Change” weather has made some good ice.  Spearing houses are out and lots of pop-up ice shelters on the lake.  I tried out by Bittersweet one evening and picked up a few crappie using a small 1/16 oz jig with a white twister tail and minnow.  Saw lots of fish on the camera and Vexilar, but they were biting kind of light.  Deep water off the north side of Bittersweet was good for walleye.


10/27/2014    Very nice weather in the Kabetogama area and the fishing was just as nice.  Walleye were biting on jig and minnow in about 15 ft.  We had our best luck on the west end of Cutover Island, around Camelback and over by School Teacher Island.  Some nice northern were caught up in Mud Bay casting LARGE lures, musky baits will get you the biggest fish!  Crappie can still be found around the point at Woodenfrog and in the Bittersweet Island area.  Just keep looking, they’ll bite.

10/21/2014   Got back up for some grouse hunting and fishing.  Walleye are still biting on a jig and minnow in about 12-14 ft.  We did real good around Wolf Island, drifting from a small unnamed island on the SE end of Wolf back to the east end of Wolf.  We got 3-5 fish with every drift, some BIG boys, but enough eaters also for a fish fry.  The grouse were everywhere and from what we saw, the deer hunting should be great.

9/17/2014  Crappie have been hot along the shore of Echo Bay. We have been fishing around the docks and pulling up some nice fish. The dock just south of Moosehorn Resort has been hot with lots of big crappie taken using a small white jig and minnow fished about 3 feet below the bobber. Walleye have been biting around Three Sisters and Ram Islands with minnows working best.


8/27/2014 Hot weather and not so hot fishing! You really need air conditioning in the boat these past few days, as temps have topped 90. Early morning has been best for big northern, with some nice ones coming out of Moose Bay and Mud Bay. Walleye and sauger have been hitting jig and minnow in 28-32 feet around School Teacher Island, Center Reef and buoy # 38 on the east side of Sugarbush. The best jig color is the German flag. We made a run to Kettle Falls this week for lunch and stopped and fished at Squirrel Narrows and Squaw Narrows (Voyageur Narrows for the “Politically Correct” dorks) and came up with one walleye short of a limit in just a couple of hours. All were 15-16″, perfect eaters.


June 23, 2014  We have had our best fishing along the east, ne side of Sugarbush Island in anywhere from 10 to 31′, depending on the wind.  Shiner minnows are out fishing everything else right now, although Shad Raps cast up shallow have been good.  The smallmouth bass have been hitting the Raps around Sugarbush.  Big northern pike are starting to hit large lures or if you want to relax with a beverage and enjoy a day in the sun, try a sucker minnow under a bobber.  We stumbled into a school of nice crappie the other evening and nearly had a limit for two guys using fatheads and a white twister tail on a white 1/16 oz jig.  I like to keep my crappie spots to myself, but if you are looking I would try around Cutover.


June 11, 2014  Seems like the leech and crawler bite is taking over from minnows.  We have caught walleye anywhere from 6 feet to 26 feet depending on the time of day.  Early morning or in the evening the fish have been shallow and during the day a little deeper.  The northern continue to hit, with some larger ones now being caught.  Sucker minnows in the Grassy Island Group has been great.  For crappie, we have found a fairly good bite back behind Cutover by Nagurski Point and back in the bay.


June 7,2014  Fishing continues to be good, with leeches and crawlers catching more fish than minnows.  We found lots of fish around Zollner, Three Sisters and Tom Cod Bay.  12-18 feet seems to be the depth.  We have been using a yellow spinner with a float and hang on as they are getting very aggressive.  Saugers have been larger than we have seen in past years.  Lots and lots of smaller northern with a 7 pounder our biggest.  Biggest walleye this week was 27″ fish.

May 28, 2014   Fishing has never been better than right now.  Big walleye, lots of keepers and hungry crappie are all out there for the taking.  Minnow and a jig, slip bobber with a red hook and slip bobber with small jig and minnow have all been working great.  We got walleyes around the west side of Bittersweet, between Cemetery and Woodenfrog Islands and over by Etling Island.  Crappies can be caught in the evening along the weeds on the south side of the Grassy Island Group on small crappie minnows, a bobber and white jig with a white twister tail.  Keep the fillet knife sharp cause you’ll need it.


May 18, 2014 – Unbelievably great  fishing continues, with lots of big 21-26″ walleye being caught, fat perch, sauger and northern.  Jig and a minnow, slip bobber with a red hook and minnow or Shad Raps have all been great, the fish are hungry.  Five of us had a limit of keepers yesterday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM, then went back to the dock and drank beer and bobber fished and caught about 60 walleye and perch through the evening.

01/21/2014 The Algore Global Warming Coldest Winter Ever cold continues! Great snowmobiling and the cold weather has made the fish hungry. I’ve been fishing the usual spots with pretty good success, with the area between Wolf and Deer being best for walleye in anywhere from 12-18′, sauger were a bit deeper, 22-26′ and a crappie or 2 at dusk. Northern have been biting up in Tom Cod and I hear the spearing has been OK also. Stop at the Gateway and request an audience with Greg House, and if granted, he’ll steer you to the promised land of LARGE Northern that will swim into your hole and lay waiting for your spear.:)

12/8/2013  Cold weather making great ice!  Fishing is pretty good in the old reliable spots, with walleye hanging around in 18-22 feet.  I had my best luck with a blue 1/8 oz jig and minnow and a Jigging Rap with just a minnow head(don’t throw those dead minnows!)  I heard the crappies were biting up in Lost Bay.

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12/4/2013    Ice fishing has begun!  About 6″ of ice and enough snow to run the sled out.  Fished Bittersweet and caught a few walleye.

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May 16, 2013  Fishing has been great since the ice went out.  Lots of 21-23″ walleye with a 26″ being the biggest.  The usual areas are working, Bittersweet, Tom Cod and 3 Sisters in 8-10 feet, jig and a minnow.  Sauger have been biting, along with northern and BIG Perch.


04/20/2013………..Still lots of snow and ice on the lake. I seriously doubt we’ll have open water for the opener. We may have to go south or fish the Rainy River on the opener.

02/26/2013   No more Kab walleye fishing, Namakan is still open if you want to make the run.  We’ll be heading up to the Rainy River for a trophy walleye trip.  Time for some boat fishing again.


02/18/2013   Presidents Day weekend fishing trip has been pretty successful, with enough walleye to feed everyone.  Small jig, 1/8 oz and minnow has been working.  We have been fishing mainly in the west end of the lake around the Grassy Islands and Three Sisters, but we did run down the lake road and fished around the Ash River Saturday evening and managed to find some crappie.  The opening from Lost Lake has been real good.  Jigging Rap tipped with a minnow head has been another hot lure for the walleye’s and perch.



01/22/2013-  We just got back from Lake Kabetogama where we fished for about 3 days.  The ice road is open from the Kabetogama Visitor Center to the Ash River boat landing.  We fished mainly around Chase Island in about 20-25′ of water and did pretty good catching walleye and a few perch.  Some fishermen are having their best success for walleyes and big perch at 28-34’. Gold jigs and glow jigs using live bait is working at times.  Tip-ups set up with sucker minnows are catching walleyes and northern pike. Crappie action pretty slow, but they can be found around the mouth of the Ash River at dusk.  Try a white jig like an Uncle Bucks Crappie jig and small minnow.



12/04/2012 First time out on the new ice and the fish were biting. We got out for a few hours on one of our favorite crappie spots and managed to pick up some fish in 18-22′ using an Uncle Bucks jig and a minnow. There is more than enough ice to walk on, but I would wait awhile before taking a 4 wheeler out.


7/17/2012 We have been finding walleyes along the north side of the Grassy Island Group, Bald Rock Bay, Etling Island and, of course, Center Reef. Slip bobber and leech, Lind Rig or bottom bouncer rigs are all working. A hot spot in the last couple of days has been the hump just east of Graves Island. Lots of hungry walleye have been hanging there. Smallmouth are continuing to bite aggressively and northerns are everywhere and hungry.

6/25/2012 The walleyes are on the feedbag right now. Leeches seem to be the best bait along with a nightcrawler. Center reef looks like party cove some days with boats all over. The guides must be out there attracting tourists like flies to a road kill. We have had good luck fishing between Martin and Little Martin, Center Reef if not to many boats, Ram, which has really been hot at times and Camelback. Limits of keeper walleye are pretty easy to get right now. Crappies are biting up in the bay by Gold Portage entrance in the evening. Smallmouth bass can be caught just about anywhere around a rocky point on any island. If you can’t catch 50-100 smallmouth in a day you’re not trying. And finally, give the guides a break! If you’re so desperate to catch a fish then hire a guide, don’t chase them around the lake. These guys are trying to make a living and the people fishing with them have paid good money to fish with them.

6/20/2012 Fishing continues to be pretty good if you get out before the storms. Walleye have moved a little deeper;most of the fish we got yesterday were in 26-31′ of water. 


5/21/12- Fishing continues to be hot, with some people catching them in 30 ft and some in shallow at 6-10 feet.  Great weather today, no wind and blue skies.  Caught a few sauger in the deeper water at Peterson Bay.  Walleyes were tougher to come by today, although we picked up some larger, 19-23″ fish on the west end of Harris.


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