Bass Destinations: Kabetogama Lake

Category: destinations

 Jun 5th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 5th, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Kent Keeler of Marshalltown, IA with a Kabetogama Smallie (Deer Horn Resort Photo)

Lake Kabetogama is a rarity among boundary-area lakes. For starters, its waters are entirely within the bounds of the United States. In addition, it's not included in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Kabetogama is a Canadian Shield lake. It's 25,000 plus acres offer plenty of action for anglers. Shorelines generally are rocky with a maximum depth around 80 feet. There are plenty of reefs, rocks and humps throughout the lake. In the main part of the lake, the bottom is primarily rock and rubble, while in the bays you'll find sand and muck.

Water is generally stained with good clarity and quality weedbeds providing excellent fish-holding cover. There are good spawning beds and excellent structure to attract and hold fish. It's no wonder that the lake is known for plenty of smallmouth bass.

If you want to catch smallmouth bass, work a variety of lures like topwaters, jerkbaits, tubes, crankbaits and spinnerbaits close to the rocks around the School Teacher Islands on the northwest. The rocks around the Shipwreck Islands in the western end are an excellent smallie spot, as are the reefs north and east of Fin Island and the reefs around Caple Rock, toward Kabetogama's western end.

Kabetogama is located within Voyageurs National Park, so access is easy, and resorts, houseboat and regular boat rental, plus food and groceries and other amenities are readily available.

Deer Horn Resort
Phone: 1-888-816-1529
Web Site: http://www.deerhornresort.com/

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