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.

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She is watching her dock with bow in hand!

SLOW DOWN OR SHE'LL PUT AN ARROW THROUGH YOUR HULL!!!!!!

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Some Tips Catching Smallmouth Bass with Flies

One of my favorite things in the world is bass fly fishing. There's nothing quite like watching a bass attack a fly floating on the water at close range. Not to mention the thrill of watching a smallmouth bass do its tail dance across the surface as it tries to throw your hook, and the strength and fight in those smallies.

That's why bass fly fishing, especially for smallmouths, is one of the greater, more fun challenges to freshwater anglers. But battling the pound-for-pound fighting champ isn't easy. Before you get to battle the champion bass, you've got to get him on your hook.

Here are some tips on locating smallmouth bass:

•    Smallies have a different idea of 'cover'. Unlike their bigmouth brothers, who never met a weed patch, dock or tree trunk they didn't like,  smallmouth bass typically avoid such object. Instead, smallies look steep drop-offs where they can run to deep water 'cover'.

•    Based on the above, try and locate smallmouths at rocky ledges and steep inclines that get deep quickly.

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Vince Barry -
About the Author:

The author is an avid bass fisherman with over 30 years of experience, and a guest contributor at bass fishing fly, and many other bass fishing resources.

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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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[WATCH]: When a Birdfeeder Becomes a Bear Feeder


Rating: 4
A Black Bear rips down our birdfeeder and eats everything. There is one more stop before he leaves.

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[WATCH]: FUNNY VIDEO OF BLACK BEAR IN HAMMOCK


Rating: 4
This is another video of "Famous Amis" the black bear who fell asleep in my hammock.

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Crappie Fishing On Lake Kabetogama

Winter gives ice fisherman an advantage for catching Crappie over summer fishing since in the summer they're more spread out and more difficult to find. In the winter they tend to school up more often and suspend over deep water.

In early winter Crappie can be found in the same places they were just prior to ice up. Look for them in shallow weeds and just off the weed line. Especially when the weeds are combined with shoreline breaks and points. By mid winter the Crappie will have moved off the structure, usually to the nearest deep basin. On Kabetogama Eks Bay and Blue Fin Bay are two spots to try.  Sullivan Bay on the Ash River can also be outstanding.  Start by looking for them suspended in the basin near the structure and at the same depth of the structure.

Late winter they'll begin to move in closer to the bays and weed lines. Crappie spawn in shallow, dark bottom bays after the ice is out. You'll find them moving closer to these spawning areas as spring approaches.

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Using modern electronics can also help you find fish faster. Depth, fish and structure can all be seen using a flasher (Vexilar or Marcum).  I also like to carry an Aqua Vu camera to verify that what I,m seeing on the flasher is indeed Crappie or Walleye.

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2016 Fishing Opener

Bring warm clothes, it's snowing and blowing about 25 MPH out of the NW.  White-caps all across the lake.  Ice-Fishing

Dress like this guy for the opener!

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Winter Ice and Trail Conditions On Lake Kabetogama

Entering Voyageurs National Park on the Moose Grade snowmobile portage

Lake Kabetogama Winter Ice and Trail Conditions

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Updated: December 30, 2016

The entire Blue Route, east Namakan to Sand Point, is now open and staked.

The entire Green Track from Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama to Ash River on to Crane is open and staked. Grooming with the small groomers on portages only has started but use caution as portages maybe rough at times.

Park staff is continuing to monitor ice conditions and have still not found sufficient load bearing ice to stake any more trails at this time.

In addition, use caution when traveling across the lake as some slush has developed along the trails and across the lake.

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple) - Not Open
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama to Ash River (Green) - Open, staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green) - Open, staked, portages groomed
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black) – Not Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow) - Not Open
East Namakan  to Sand Point Lake (Blue) – Open, staked
Rudder Bay (Orange) - Not Open

***Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the park is 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trail heads and overland portages.

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road- Not Open
Kabetogama  Ice Road- Not Open

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Voyageurs National Park Trail Report

Voyageurs National Park Winter Trail Conditions Report

 

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota:  All of Voyageurs National Park’s 110 miles of snowmobile trails and over 10 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails are now open and ready for visitors to enjoy. Travel along these trails offers snowmobilers and skiers an opportunity to view wildlife and scenic grandeur in a national park.

 

 

Hazardous pressure ridges are still active creating standing water above the ice in some locations along the ridges. Snowmobilers must continue to use extreme caution and only cross the pressure ridges at designated crossings along the staked route.   Slow travel speeds are highly recommended.  Crews will have the green trail from Rainy Lake to Crane groomed by close of business on Thursday, February 2. Excellent riding conditions are expected to continue for snowmobilers to enjoy.

 

Outstanding scenery is one of the reasons why Voyageurs National Park was established. Please enjoy the scenery as you ride and follow the snowmobile speed limit of 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages.  Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages.

 

Ice Roads  - see trail status list at end

 

The new 9-mile long Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is open for two way traffic and is being enjoyed by park visitors. The road follows a route along the south shore of Kabetogama Lake between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and the Ash River Visitor Center.

 

The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open to Cranberry Bay. The ice road loop around Dryweed Island is now plowed and open for public use.

 

To reduce hazards to snowmobile users, all ice blocks are to be immediately chopped up, submerged, or hauled to land. Placement of equipment or any type of structure must be greater than 50’ off the center of all ice roads and snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow any lake surfaces within the park.

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Snowshoe Trails  - see trail status list at end

The Sullivan Bay snowshoe trail is now open and tracked. This trail is located along the Ash River Visitor Center entrance road. Travel about two miles in on the entrance road and look for the snowshoe sign on your right that marks the trail.

 

The Blind Ash Bay snowshoe trail near the Ash River Visitor Center and the Oberholtzer snowshoe trail near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center are open, but not tracked.

 

Snowshoes are available for loan at the Rainy Lake Visitor near International Falls, Arrowhead Lodge in Kabetogama, and Ash Trail Lodge in Ash River. Take advantage of this opportunity to try this fun winter activity.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails - see trail status list at end

The park has packed and tracked the Black Bay Ski Trails and the Tilson Connector Trail near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center as well as the Echo Bay Trail system in Kabetogama. All trails are in good condition.

 

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls has adult-sized skis available for rent and children’s skis available for loan during business hours. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

 

Regular weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.

 

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Open & Staked

Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Open & Staked

Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Open & Staked

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open & Staked

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open & Staked

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open & Staked

 

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road – Open to Cranberry Bay and loop around Dryweed Island

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road – Open between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center Boat Launch and the Ash River Visitor Center Boat Launch

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open, Packed & Tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail– Open, Packed & Tracked

Tilson Connector Trail– Open, Packed & Tracked

KabAsh Trail– Open

 

Snowshoe Trails

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open and tracked

Oberholtzer Trail – Open

 

STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE”

ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARDS

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