Heading up to Kab and Namakan soon! Anyone have any tips on where to fish?? This is my first time. We will be looking for eyes and smallies.
Probably looks similar to some of the narrower areas over that way, but we stayed at Voyageur Park Lodge and fished primarily that end only making one long run South and East on a calm day and that was primarily just boat riding, not much fishing. On the really windy day that kept us in the cabin, I contemplated trailering the boat over to the Ash River, but I couldn't garner any support for that idea from the rest of the fam. I do want to explore that end in the future, however.
Just home from our week at Kab in the popular WNW end with many resorts. Had nearly the same experience as Rusty1 in previous post. Caught dozens on walleyes in the 22-25 inch range, which never gets old. Had to work a bit harder on windier days and sunny flat days, but managed to get into pods of 13-16 eyes most times out. By end of week (17th) weeds in shallow areas were getting quite dense and needed to fish the edge, bumping along till finding active fish. Gave up on minnows by the 10th and bite was primarily leeches with crawlers kicking in as weeds were thickening up and temps reaching 70*. The 6-10 foot weed bite is where we were able to find the eater size, although we caught just as many of the larger size class as well. One the deeper humps and flats, drifting lindy's and position fishing with jigs we mostly caught only the larger size class, which again was a blast!
Tried to find some larger pike with my son a couple times and we landed a few on Perch X-raps and Mepps #5, largest for us was 30", and only had a few other between 25-30". Lots of hammer handles with the spinners in shallow weedy bays which was fun as well. Also picked up the largest walleye of the trip on a crayfish colored reef runner over rock hump looking for larger pike.
Overall a great trip, with only one day of extreme wind that sent us doing other touristy things, playing cards, and taking naps. The other gusty days we were able to find fishable water and/or do a controlled drift with lindy rigs.
We fished Kab and Nam for 6 days, water temps on Kab were in the mid 60's reaching 70 and Nam was mid to up 50's going into the 60's.
We had a great trip caught a lot of 22" slot fish, biggest was 25".
Fishing on the sunny calm days was defiantly tougher than the cloudy windy days. Had no trouble limiting out and having shore lunch.
Emerging weed growth was showing up in the 5' to 6' range.
Our biggest pike was 33" that was released, the northers we did keep had perch in their belly. Perch pattern baits worked well, doctor spoons, red eye and some surface plus work well also.
Had a great trip....tight lines
Finally got back up to Sullivan part of kab for a great time. 5 keeper eyes, 2 20 inch s Lost another wrpped on the anchor line. mallies, and 4 perch made it home. Wife and I threw back a couple smaller eyes (st our keeper size at 15 to 17) and 7 slot fish. All caught on leeches and slip bobber set to 6 ft in 8 ft of water. never left the spot in Sullivan. great trip again but some health issues ended it. sorry to have missed you Mindan.
No way, 5 yrs seems like yesterday. Not much has changed, my camper still sits in the same spot. The water level is low but coming up. Its about a 1.5 ft low right now. It will be perfect by the time you folks come. Fishing has been good. We were there last week, came home Monday and going back Thursday. Water temps were still cold last week ( upper 40s ) but we have a nice warm spell on the way. I assume you come through Wisc. and Duluth on your way up but just in case you don't, there is some heavy duty rd construction on hwy 35 just north of the twin cities and also at Pine City. See you in June.
rmba, I would recommend that you stay on the Ash river trail. Staying at a resort on the trail gives you the option of fishing either Kabetogama or Namakan lake. There are 5 Resorts on the Ash river. The river is a no wake situation so if you decide to stay there you may want to pick a resort near the end of the no wake zone which would be Frontier resort. Other resorts to choose from would be Ash Ka Nam, Sunset, Ash Rivera and Ash Trail Lodge. There is also a house boat rental place known as Ebels. I have a seasonal camper at Sunset resort and it is a 10 min. boat ride in the no wake zone.