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Kabetogama Namakan Walleye Fishing - Voyageurs Park
Fishing and Angler Area of Ash Trail Lodge

Fishing Our Great Border Waters

Fishing for walleye, smallmouth and northern pike is the primary outdoor activity that most spring, summer, and fall guests come to the Ash River area to enjoy. Lake Kabetogama, Namakan Lake and Rainy Lake are world class fishing lakes known for their walleye production as well as jumbo black crappies, huge smallmouth bass and giant northerns. Our central location in Voyageurs National Park makes it an ideal spot for anglers and offers 83,000 acres of open water to fish on. Once you are out of Sullivan Bay and go through the Ash River Narrows, you are situated right between Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake near many productive fishing spots all times of the year. Ash River is also the closest location to the Kettle Falls portage where anglers can access even more incredible game fish holes on the south eastern portion of Rainy Lake.

The Ash River provides the best access to Lake Kabetogama, Namakan Lake, and southern Rainy Lake. In the spring, you can fish for walleye minutes from your cabin in Sullivan Bay or just outside the Ash River Narrows on Lake Kabetogama. When the warmer temps of summer arrive and the walleye go deep, you will want to head to Namakan Lake or portage to Rainy Lake for the deeper bite. Centrally located just outside the Voyageurs National Park boundary in Sullivan bay means you'll be closer to the hot spots on Kabetogama and Namakan any time of the year. Your boat will be docked in a protected river and you'll always be able to get off the water should some poor weather force you to return to your cabin.

Lake Surveys by MN DNR that will help you in your planning:

25 inch Walleye caught on Namamkan Lake 50 inch Northern Pike caught in Sullivan Bay 29 inch Walleye caught on Lake Kabetogama

Consider the additional fishing opportunities on the numerous untouched inland lakes of Voyageurs National Park and within them are some of the best fishing in the nation!

Lots of Crappies caught in early fall Smallmouth bass are fun to catch all year long A fine walleye stringer catch

Ash Trail Lodge will assist your group with rental boats, bait, nets and experienced local fishing guides to make your angling trip a very successful one! The State of MN requires that residents and non-residents hold a valid Minnesota fishing license. These are easy to obtain online prior to your arrival at the lodge through the MnDNR.gov website. If you are new to the lakes, we do recommend that you hire a guide for a half day or day to get familiar with our lake system and where the fish are biting that time of the year. Then head out on your own for some awesome and successful Kabetogama and Namakan fishing!

A nice father and son catch Walleyes taste great Kids love to catch fish

Our lakes do have special regulations to assure quality fishing today and in the future. These regulations specifically apply only to Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake. See the MN DNR website for all other lakes. 

Lake Species Open Season Possesion Limit (Size)
Lake Kabetogama Walleye/Sauger 5/11/24 - 2/23/25

Including Sullivan Bay and Ash River to Ash River Falls

  • Walleye and Sauger: Combined possession limit six, only four may be walleye. All walleye from 18-26" must be immediately released. One over 26" allowed in possession.
Namakan Lake Walleye/Sauger 5/11/24 - 4/14/25 Walleye and Sauger: Combined possession limit six, only four may be walleye. All walleye from 18-26" must be immediately released. One over 26" allowed in possession.
Lake Kabetogama &
Namakan Lake
Crappie Continuous 10
Lake Kabetogama Northern Pike 5/11/24 - 2/23/25 Angling: 2 (not more than 1 over 40" in possession. All from 30-40" must be immediatley released).
Namakan Lake Northern Pike Continuous 3 with not more than 1 over 30"
Lake Kabetogama Large & Smallmouth Bass 5/11/24 - 2/23/25 6
Namakan Lake Large & Smallmouth Bass Continuous 6
Nice first bass for a baby What a happy fisherman Great opener catch
Opener Dates for Walleye
2024 May 11
2025 May 10

Fishing Canada

Some of our guest wish to fish the Canadian waters of Namakan and Rainy Lakes. If you just plan on entering and fishing Namakan or Rainy Lakes Canadian-sides and DO NOT plan on landing, anchoring or mooring on Canadian soil, you do not need an RABC permit (click on the link to the left). If you plan on stopping at an island or using an anchor into the waters, you will need to obtain a Remote Access Border Crossing permit to access Canadian soil remotely.You will need an Ontario Non-Resident Fishing License  or is obtainable at most ports of entry. Additionally, you will need to purchase Canadian bait if you wish to fish with live bait. We can assist you in understanding the Canadian regulations to keep you out of trouble. 

Huge winter crappies The dogs will guard your fish while you have a quick beer Another great winter crappie
Your Hosts: Steve & Deb Wieber

Questions: 218-374-3131

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Orr, Minnesota 55771

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