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Lake Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report

To say the 2018 fishing season started with a bang would be an understatement.

With just about everyone catching limits of fish it could be one of the best openers in years. Most years the start of the season on Kab can be a head scratcher, but not this one. Fish were being found in most depths and were hungry to say the least.

Dock and shoreline anglers seemed to fair best with the bigger fish and those in a little deeper water were finding more of the eater variety. If you could find shiners at your local bait shop, you got lucky as very few had them. Even though shiners were producing more fish, all minnow types did well. Jig fishing was by far your best option. Tip your favorite jig with any minnow you could find and it was game on! All techniques were working whether you were jigging under a bobber, over the side of the boat or pitching the shorelines. Early and late in the day were peak times to be on the water but there was a consistent bite throughout the day which made for a few sunburned faces and tired anglers.

Northern pike were a nuisance as usual, but it was the size that made the difference. Last years pesky 20 inchers are now that perfect 23-26 inch eater size and no one is complaining losing a few minnows to them.

Throw in the almost perfect weather and we had a banner start to which could be shaping up to be one of the best years we have seen on Kab! The only negative aspect to the great weather is we are extremely dry so bonfires need to be kept in check. Check with local authorities before having a fire as we were in a critical fire warning designated area yesterday.

With the late ice out waterfowl including hundreds of loons, are still migrating through which is making for some great bird watching while catching fish or enjoying a boat ride. A few pelicans have made an appearance but it is obvious they are behind schedule as well.

Let's hope the fishing continues to be as hot as the the weather forecast! Be safe out there, it's a long season and we are all just getting our boats in the water for the first time. It may take a few boat rides to get our sea legs under us again!

On a final note make sure to pop your head into Gateway General as we have a new look and a lot more to offer. Made to order subs have been a big hit as well as our hand scooped ice cream and new F'real ice cream machine that can make you a smoothie, milkshake or iced coffee! We also have expanded our tackle, groceries, hardware and gift selection. We have also have begun to add some award winning wildlife mounts done by Bob Christensen with more on the way. It's your one stop place on the way to the cabin or before you go out on the lake!

Hope to see you soon!

Jason and Robyn
Cooper's Gateway General Store
9378 Hwy 53
Kabetogama, MN 56669
(218) 875-2121
(218) 875-3011 Fax

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