I will be coming up to fish that same Labor Day week. I have been there in late Sept. early Oct. and fishing was slow. Your fishing daylight hours are also short. I have not fished Labor Day week, but feel it still will produce fish, just might have to work a little harder to find them. Good luck to you and maybe someone who fishes Kab every Labor day can give some tips.
Hey all, was thinking about heading up there the week of Labor Day, never been up there this time of year. Mostly fishing for pike, smallies, and maybe a few eyes here and there. Just looking to see if it would be worth it coming around then, or if I should hold out a few more weeks for the fall bite. Any info and feed back would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Fished Kab 6-10 to 6-16. It was very windy all week with constantly changing weather conditions. We started out the first couple of days fishing the 14-16 depth, which produced mostly large fish and nice keeper size 16-17 inch fish. Those same areas then started to produce only very small fish. We moved out to 18-28 foot depths which produced the larger fish again. We trolled jumbo leeches as slow as possible which worked great. The high winds caused us to fish areas that were the wind edges of points. That worked the best. One day we found a school of LARGE walleye in a feeding frenzy. As fast as we could put our lines in the water we were caching walleye, most all 20-25 inches! We caught 31 in about an hour, but had to head in as a severe thunder storm rolled in. When we were able to get back out the school had disappeared. We also caught a number of large jumbo perch. We had 2 large fish fry when we were there, and came home with our limits. A great trip as always. Just wish the winds would have cooperated a little more.
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Fished KAB from 6\10 to 6\16.
Eyes: Lindy rigs on wind blown islands in and around the main lake areas. 20 to 25 fow seemed to be best for my son and I. Crawlers and leeches worked equally well. The bite was decent. Getting a limit on each outing was possible if you worked at it. Lots of small fish. We set a size limit of 15" for ourselves and had no problem keeping enough to eat and putting back many more. We had 3 over 20" for the week and a few in the 18" to 19" range. We had a few evenings where the bite was strong but live bait out did artificial. A few bonus big perch as well. We didn't try up shallow for larger fish this year partly due to the strong wind during most days.
SMB: Not biting as well as we had hoped but we managed a few up to 19" as well. Had a lot of fun on fly rods as well as top waters.
We didn't target northern but got a few of those as well. Also caught a 25" musky on a crawler in 25fow.
Took a ride up to Kettle Falls for the first time. Neat place to explore and take a break. Worth the trip. Met some fellow Wisconsinites and had a cold one at the bar.
Until next year. Good Luck to those getting out.
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I'm with Wetheline, The best advise is get a Guide for the first day. Its the BEST couple hundred bucks you'll spend on the trip.
Get one through the resort your staying with, They will make sure you get a good one.
Have a great trip on a great lake system...
Roro, You may want to consider staying on the Ash river trail as that would give you the option of fishing Namakan lake or Kabetogama. If you stay at a resort on the west end of Kab and the fishing is better in Namakan it makes for a long boat ride. By the 15th of July the fishing should be better in Namakan.
I agree with the last post that kabetogama is a great lake however with a 12 year old I think you would be better off fishing a lake that has better panfish action.I was up at Kab with my 2 daughters several years ago and I had a hard time keeping them interested.Just my 2 cents.