Kevin Sutherland earned his third consecutive top-three finish at the 3M.
Kevin Sutherland earned his third consecutive top-three finish at the 3M.
With the walleye season ended, it’s time to chase crappie in earnest. We have tried the usual spots, Lost Bay, Deer Island, Sullivan Bay, etc. Best fishing has been in Lost Bay at the mouth of Eks Bay. That has been a pretty consistent spot all winter. We did pretty well last weekend at the mouth of the Ash River, picking up 12 crappie one evening. Some friends have been fishing in the Gold Portage area with pretty good luck although the big northern are a problem, biting off the small crappie jigs. There seems to be an awful lot of BIG northern over there this year. It’s getting pretty tough riding on the SkiDoo and it’s about time to break out the Polaris ATV as the lake is almost completely snow free. It’s still cold enough at nights to be making ice, so I may even drive my pickup out to Lost Bay.
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The Lynx lost for only the third time in 23 games this season.
Ice fishing is still pretty good. We have to be a bit more patient as we can see the fish on the camera but have to tease them into biting. 24-42’ with a gold 1/8oz jig and minnow seems to do the trick as well as your favorite jigging Rap. 16-18’ is seeing some nice action early in the morning and late in the evening as well. We’ve now got close to 2 feet of ice and the lake road from the Kabetogama Visitor Center to the Ash River landing has really been great! The park service has all the trails open for snowmobiling also.
Up at the Ash River a mix of shallow and deep waters is needed for the most action. Early morning and late evening 17-21’ and mid day in 35-45’ has proven successful. Using anything that glows for walleye and sauger has worked. The crappie bite continues to be strong! Try across from the Ash River opening over by the opening into Lost Lake.
Eight groups were still on the course when thunderstorms hit.
Matt Belisle earned the Twins’ first save since Brandon Kintzler was traded.
A Kabetogama couple killed in a plane crash Saturday in Washington were located Wednesday after they did not arrive at Orcas Island, Wash. Gail and Bob Nevalainen left in a small airplane last week from International Falls on their way to Orcas Island, Wash. They were reported missing by family members Tuesday night. Washington State Department of Transportation launched a search Wednesday morning in the remote wilderness of the northwestern mountains of Washington state. The wreckage of the plane was found about 40 miles east of Bellingham on Twin Sisters Mountain later that day.
Bob and Gail Nevalainen were joined in marriage on Feb. 17, 1979, in Chisholm, Minn., and passed away together on July 11, 2015, on the Twin Sisters Peak in the North Cascades Mountain in Washington State.
Bob, 62, was born Jan. 29, 1953, in Chisholm, to Richard and Gloria Nevalainen. He worked for St. Louis County for 39 years, retiring in 2010, and became the chairman of the Kabetogama Township where he helped accomplish many projects for the good of the community.
He was an outdoor enthusiast with a gift of gab, so whenever subjects of fishing, flying or hunting were brought up, the conversation usually ensued for hours. Bob was enthusiastic about including others in his passion for flying.
Gail, 58, was born March 11, 1957, in Sterling, Ill., to Harry and Blanche Stouffer. She was a stay-at-home mom until her three children entered school. Her love for children inspired her to become a paraprofessional for 17 years until she retired in 2014 to be “Nana” to her four grandchildren.
Gail loved her rock garden, the outdoors and expressed her artistic talent through extravagant, handmade greeting cards. She had a gift of making a complete stranger feel like family, and was an amazing and compassionate woman who would do anything for others. Her quick wit always brought a smile to your face.
As a couple, Bob and Gail were residents of Kabetogama since 1972 and both volunteered on the Kabetogama Fire Department and EMS, as well as being very active in the community.
They cherished their children, grandchildren, family, friends, and were equally admired and loved beyond words.
They will be deeply missed and their absence will leave a void in the many lives they touched.
Bob and Gail are preceded in death by their parents, Richard and Gloria Nevalainen and Harry and Blanche Stouffer.
Bob and Gail’s surviving family include their three children, Chad (Sarah) Nevalainen, Kari (Cole) Hraban, and Heather Nevalainen; grandchildren, Kali and Brielle Hraban and Hunter and Harper Nevalainen; Bob’s siblings, Terry (Tammy) Nevalainen, Cheri (Mike) Baron, Diane (Rick) Swearengin; Gail’s siblings, Marcia (Mark) Stouffer, Keith (Kathy) Stouffer, and Kenneth (Sophie) Stouffer; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, in the Falls High School gymnasium. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. at Ash-Ka-Nam banquet hall on the Ash River Trail.
In memoriam donations would be preferred to the Nevalainen Memorial Fund: Nevalainen Memorial Fund, Border State Bank, 1414 Hwy 71, International Falls, MN 56649.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls.
Whether it’s summer or winter, walleye are generally found within a couple feet of the bottom. And not just any bottom, normally walleye hang close to some sort of lake structure like points, breaks, rock piles and humps. Kabetogama has an abundance of this type of structure. Walleye also like fast access to deep water so check out the steep breaks around points and bars.
During early ice walleye can be found in the same places they were just before ice up. Look for them in shallow water near points and shoreline bars. Combine these with other structure, like inside turns and rock piles, and it’s even better.
As winter progresses walleye move out toward mid-lake humps. Center Reef is a good example of this as is the areas around Cuculus Island. Mouth of the Ash River can be outstanding all winter long.
As spring nears walleye begin moving shallower again into pre-spawn areas. Besides shoreline points and breaks, look for them near river mouths like the Ash River and up in Tom Cod Bay.
Before we switch gears and talk about presentation, remember locating the fish is half the battle. Don’t just drill one hole in 10 ft of water next to a point. Instead drill several holes in varying depths and find the fish.
Using modern electronics can also help you find fish faster. Depth, fish and structure can all be seen using a flasher (Vexilar or Marcum)
The most effective ice fishing presentation is jigging. Jigging is basically raising your rod tip about a foot, then dropping it back down to its starting position. Since Walleye are close to the bottom, insure you’re jigging within a couple feet of the bottom.
Don’t be afraid to touch bottom. Often this will stir up the bottom and attract fish. Don’t overdue it though. You’ll catch more fish by keeping your lure slightly above them rather than on the bottom of the lake .
Jigging attracts fish but unless they’re very active, a Walleye won’t take your bait/lure until it stops. So a very effective method is to raise and drop the tip, wait 3-10 seconds and repeat the raise/drop. Vary the amount of time you let you jig remain still.
Another jigging technique made popular by the pro ice fisherman Dave Genz is pounding the jig. Pounding a jig is basically jiggling your rod tip up and down just an inch or two very quickly.
Now that you’ve got the hang of jigging, lets look at the lure/bait you’re using. There are two main types of lures jigged while ice fishing for Walleyes. Flash spoons and swimming lures.
Swimming lures include the Jigging Rapala and Nils Master Jigging Shad.
|Rapala Jigging Rapala||Nils Master Jigging Shad|
Swimming lures are great for more aggressive Walleye. Usually I put a minnow head on one of the treble hook barbs and start by fishing with one of these.
Northland Tackle and Lindy make lead head swimming jigs which can also be very effective.
|Lindy Techi-Glo Flyer||Northland Tackle Air-Plane Jig|
Flash spoons, or vertical spoons, like the Swedish Pimple and Acme Kastmaster, are a couple of my favorites. They are easily identified by their vertical fishing position and a treble hook on the bottom. Spoons are great for moderately active fish. Put a minnow head on one of the hooks and you’ve got a dangerous combination.
|Swedish Pimple||Acme Kastmaster|
In most places while ice fishing you’re allowed more than one rod. I usually set up either a tip up or a deadstick in either deeper or shallower water. Normally that set up just has a lead head jig and a sucker minnow on it while ice fishing for Walleye.