Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report 2/15/2012

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.


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Kabetogama Couple Killed in a Plane Crash

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.

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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report

Updated: February 3, 2016

All snowmobile trails and portages are being groomed with the small groomers.

Pressure ridges have settled down this week and have not been moving for the time being but continue to be monitored.

There are some small pockets of slush that formed over the weekend. They are not deep and currently do not present a hazard. The pockets should firm up with this colder weather.

Ski and snowshoe rentals are now available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

Please check back, or like our facebook page for the most up-to-date conditions. Thank-you.

**Voyageurs National Park facebook page is a public page, one does not have to have an account to access and view postings.

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
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) - Open, Staked

***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 trailheads and overland portages.

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road- Open to Cranberry Bay and around to the North side of Dryweed
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Open from Kabetogama boat launch to Ash River boat launch and Sphunge Island loop

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail- Open, packed, tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Open- Birch (novice) Loop: packed, tracked- Pine (Intermediate) Loop: packed- Ridge (Advanced) Loop: open
Tilson Connector Trail- Open, packed, tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail- Open, packed
Oberholtzer Trail- Open, packed
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open, packed

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

March 3

In response to a recent lone wolf sighting in the Ash River area, Voyageurs National Park staff have rerouted sections of the park’s snowmobile trails.

The wolf appears to be alone with no pack and has followed three snowmobilers. In order to ensure visitor safety, park staff are taking precautions by monitoring the wolf and re-routing small sections of the park’s Green and Yellow Trails. Read more »

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Snowmobiling Accident Results In Fatality

Authorities say the snowmobiler who died after his machine crashed into a tree in northeastern Minnesota was from Iowa.

The Duluth News Tribune reports 45-year-old Timothy James Schultz of Cedar Rapids died from head trauma after Saturday's accident near Orr.

The crash happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. on the Bill Morgan Trail. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The St. Louis County sheriff's office says emergency crews tried to revive Schultz but he died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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Deer hunters will find additional opportunities this fall

Licenses available now; deadline to apply for antlerless permit is Sept. 7 

Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Deer populations have responded well to favorable winter weather and our efforts to rebuild deer numbers, and we have been able to expand harvest opportunities in almost all areas of the state this fall,” said Adam Murkowski, big game program leader for the DNR.

Hunters can buy deer licenses and apply to the lottery for antlerless deer permits now. The deadline to apply for the antlerless permit lottery is Thursday, Sept. 7. Archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, and firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4.

Every year harvest regulations are reviewed, taking a wide variety of information into consideration. Department scientists use the previous year’s harvest data, winter severity information, aerial survey information, where available, and other information to estimate late winter deer abundance in each permit area. These estimates are compared to established population goals for each area and along with observation from DNR area wildlife managers, hunters, farmers, foresters and others, form the basis for final season recommendations.

“Throughout the process, coordination and discussions occur to ensure science-based decisions are guiding management decisions, with the best information we have available to us,” Murkowski said.

The regulations for each of Minnesota’s deer permit areas are set to manage deer populations toward goals established for each area. These goals are based on information from the DNR and local citizens through a periodic goal-setting process.

There are 130 permit areas in 2017. In one deer permit area only bucks can be hunted (down from five areas last season). In 48 areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to harvest an antlerless deer (down from 67 areas). In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of harvesting a doe or a buck (up from 32 areas). Bonus permits allowing hunters to harvest more than one deer may only be used in 43 permit areas and for some special hunts (up from 24 areas).

Buying a license
All hunters who purchase licenses by Sept. 7 are automatically entered into the lottery if they declare a lottery deer permit area when they buy their license. Those who do not wish to harvest an antlerless deer are encouraged to purchase their license after the lottery deadline.

Hunters may apply using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. If hunters are selected for both licenses, they must select the one season in which they want to shoot an antlerless deer.

Deer hunting licenses, lottery applications and special hunt applications are available at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-646-6367 or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Lottery winners will be notified in October.

Permit area changes
Changes in southeastern Minnesota occurred when portions of permit areas 347 and 348 were merged to form permit area 603 when chronic wasting disease was detected last fall. In northeastern Minnesota’s moose range, all or some of permit areas 122, 127, 176, 178, 180, and 181 were realigned to form permit areas 130, 131, 132 and 133.

Permit area breakdown
The following is a breakdown of 2017 deer permit areas. A hunter may tag one legal buck per year, without exception. In southeastern Minnesota’s 300 series permit areas, these designations apply to both early and late – A and B – seasons.

Only male deer with one antler at least three inches long may be harvested in the bucks-only permit area 119.

Hunters must be selected in the lottery to harvest an antlerless deer in these lottery permit areas: 103, 108, 111, 126, 132, 152, 159, 169, 173, 176, 178, 181, 183, 197, 199, 224, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 262, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 275, 278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 291, 294, 295, 296, 297 and 299.

Hunters can choose to shoot a single buck or single antlerless deer in these hunter-choice permit areas: 101, 105, 110, 114, 117, 118, 130, 131, 133, 155, 156, 171, 172, 177, 179, 184, 203, 208, 219, 221, 222, 223, 230, 239, 246, 247, 249, 254, 258, 260, 273, 277, 281, 290, 298, 338, 339 and 344.

Hunters may harvest two deer, only one of which may be a buck, in these managed permit areas: 157, 201, 209, 210, 213, 218, 225, 227, 229, 232, 233, 236, 240, 242, 248, 255, 256, 257, 259, 261, 263, 264, 265, 267, 268, 276, 292, 293, 341, 342, 343, 345 and 347.

Hunters may harvest up to three deer, only one of which may be a buck, in these intensive permit areas: 182, 214, 215, 241, 287 (no archery hunting), 346, 348 and 349. This is a change from previous years when up to five deer could be taken in intensive harvest permit areas.

Deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 are open for the early antlerless-only hunt in October.

Chronic wasting disease sampling
The discovery of deer infected with chronic wasting disease that were raised in captivity on farms in Crow Wing and Meeker counties means that wild deer harvested from permit areas surrounding those farms will be tested for CWD this fall during the first two days of the firearms deer season. Those areas are:

  • North central (Crow Wing County area): Permit areas 155, 171, 172, 242, 246, 247, 248 and 249.
  • Central (Meeker County area): Permit areas 218, 219, 229, 277, 283 and 285.

Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD. Testing will determine if the disease has spread.

Testing also will be mandatory during the first two days of the firearm season in permit areas surrounding the disease management zone in southeastern Minnesota. Those areas are 343, 345, 346, 347, 348 and 349.

Deer harvested within the disease management zone – deer permit area 603 – will be tested throughout the season and carcass movement restricted until a test result is received.

Deer permit area 603 will again open for late season hunting from Jan. 6-14, 2018. More information will be available approaching the firearms deer season.

Complete CWD sampling, testing and disease management information is regularly updated on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd and details will be announced as they become available.

Proposed late-season hunt
Liberal regulations have not been adequate to bring some populations to goal levels, so a new late antlerless-only hunt may be offered. The purpose of the hunt would be to reduce deer populations in deer permit areas 346 and 349 that have been over goal since at least 2010, and in area 348 which has also been above goal since 2014 and is immediately adjacent to CWD deer permit area 603. Efforts have been underway in area 603 since last winter to reduce deer densities to remove potentially positive deer and reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Proposed dates for areas 346, 348 and 349 would be the same as those for the CWD late hunt in deer permit area 603, Jan. 6-14, 2018.

Public input about this proposed late hunt will be taken at public input meetings in August in Houston and St. Paul. An opportunity to provide online input will also be provided.

Details will be announced once more information is available. A decision as to whether or not to offer this hunt will be made after the DNR considers public input.

Carcass movement restrictions
Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that they cannot bring whole carcasses of any member of the deer family into Minnesota. These animals include but are not limited to white-tail deer, mule deer, black-tail deer, elk, caribou and moose. More information is available at mndnr.gov/deerimports.

More information
Hunters need to review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before applying for the antlerless lottery. Regularly updated deer information, including the DNR’s deer permit mapping tool, can be found online at mndnr.gov/deer.

Source: Mn DNR

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