I totally agree with the last post. You will love this beautiful lake and even at its worst, you will catch fish this time of the year. I am also going up that week and the next. Where are you staying? Possibly we might be at the same resort. I have been going here for 46 years. Sometimes it takes a little time to figure out the pattern, but when you do, you will have some of the most fantastic fishing of your life. A fresh walleye fish fry is one of the best meals you will ever have. Good Luck
Kab is a beautiful body of water, you’ll never want to leave! For that time of year, it all depends on the weather you have leading up to the days you are there. If its warm and stable, you can’t go wrong trolling natural colored #5 and #7 shad raps right off of shallow structure in the deep dropoff areas, preferably during the daytime. At first light and last light I prefer to slip bobber or vertical jig while position fishing with the front mount trolling motor. Depending on the water temp, a fathead or small sucker is my go to live bait if the water is colder and a nightcrawler or leech is my go to for warmer water. Find a good thick green weed bed and fish the weedline in the deeper water on the bottom. If the weeds are brown or only partially green, its most likely gonna be a dead sea there.
If the weather is cold and unstable leading up to your trip, its tough going out there but you need to get deeper. Deep water sandflats, preferably with some green sand grass on the bottom are what I look for. During cold and unstable I always opt for slip bobbing and vertical jigging a small fathead or even a crappie minnow. Get your bait right near or bounce bottom slowly. Slow is the key during the cold fronts. Best of luck to ya.
Looking forward to visiting Kab for the first time this June! Can't wait for the challenge of a new body of water.
General Question for those in the know: I'm looking at lake mapping chips for my Humminbird unit and see that Lakemaster sells a "LOTW/Rainy" Chip which is V. 4 and it looks like the mapping is 1' contours. I also see that they offer just the "Minnesota" Chip which is V. 7, and also lists Kab with High Def mapping. Does anyone know the difference between the two chips or are the maps exactly the same?
On a side note, I've been reading back through archived posts and trying to figure out pattern for early/mid June. Depending on water temps, looks like walleyes are transitioning from shallow flats to deeper structure. Expecting it to possibly take a couple days to find out what's going on. Anyone with a lot of experience with that June 9-16th window care to offer advice? Will be the primary guy responsible for getting our casual fishing family group on to some fish for a couple fish fry meals.
Pictured is my usual hard core fishing crew! (sarcasm of course)
Crappieguy, if you're coming up Rt 53, stop at the Gateway Store. It's at the next road past Ash River Rd. You can't miss it. Look for the big wood walleye. Phil Hart used to own it, but sold last year. They sare really good people and will answer any questions you have and can point you in the right direction. Check out the Kab Fishing Report. The folks at Gateway handle that and they give you an idea where, what depths, and baits are working best. At least it's a starting point.
Hello, headed up to Kab this weekend to do some ice fishing! Its a five hour drive for us and I don't wanna get skunked. Just curious if anyone has any tips for ice fishing out there. Don't need spots but would appreciate to get a general area! Also some colors or lures would help! Its just a buddy and I. Any info will be appreciated and I will give you an update on how we did!
Thanks and Tight lines! Feel free to PM me if you'd like!
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.
MOON PHASE (3%)
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.
MOON PHASE (9%)
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.