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

Fishing Our Great Border Waters

The Ash River provides the best access to Lake Kabetogama, Namakan Lake, and southern Rainy Lake. Spring fish the walleye minutes from your cabin and when they go deep, head to Namakan 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 weather drive you in.

Lake Surveys by MN DNR

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.

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, fishing licenses, bait, nets, and experienced local fishing guides to make your angling trip a very successful one! 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.

Kabetogama and Namakan Lakes Slot Limit

Fishing Kabetogama Walleye Slot Limit

Lake Species Open Season Possesion Limit (Size)
Lake Kabetogama Walleye/Sauger May 9, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010 6 - All walleye from 17" to 28" must be immediately released
Only 4 walleye may be in possesion
Only 1 walleye over 28" is allowed in possesion
Namakan Lake Walleye/Sauger May 9, 2009 - April 14, 2010 6 - All walleye from 17" to 28" must be immediately released
Only 4 walleye may be in possesion
Only 1 walleye over 28" is allowed in possesion
Lake Kabetogama &
Namakan Lake
Crappie Continuous 10
Lake Kabetogama Northern Pike May 9, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010 3 - Only 1 over 30" daily
Namakan Lake Northern Pike Continuous 3 - Only 1 over 30" daily
Lake Kabetogama Smallmouth Bass May 9, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010 6 - Catch and Release Only after September 14, 2009
Namakan Lake Smallmouth Bass Continuous 6
Nice first bass for a baby What a happy fisherman Great opener catch
Opener Dates for Walleye
2010 May 15
2011 May 14

Fishing Canada

Some of our guest wish to fish the Canadian waters of Namakan and Rainy Lakes. You will need to obtain a Remote Access Border Crossing permit to enter Canadian waters. Of course, you will need an Ontario Non-Resident Fishing License By Calling here 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
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