KaBeeLo Lodge

Insight to Canada's Premier Fly-Out Fishing Experiences

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Coney Island, Kenora | courtesy of "icecaptain"

Coney Island, Kenora | courtesy of “Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol”

Can you believe the time has arrived for ice updates?

Reports from colleagues North of the Border confirmed while Kenora has sections of open water, many of it is still up to 3 feet thick and takes ~6 weeks to fully melt.

The Weather Networks long-term forecast is for temperatures to remain slightly above normal – meaning faster than normal thawing. That would put KaBeeLo on a track to possibly be up and at’em in time for the opener!

A local “icecaptain” from “Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol” provides regular updates and has compiled a great graph displaying historical ice-out periods since 2003.  From the image below you can see that 2014 was an anomaly to say the least….

ice out bar-graph-1





Stay tuned for more updates.


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2014 in review | Kinda Neat!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Start - or end - of a trip?


There are some who boldly ask this question, some who keep it muted, and others who come up with their own lavish fantasies of what they think, wish or hope lodge owners do in the “off-season”.  First thing to clarify is there’s no such thing as the “off-season” for Lodge owners, we prefer to call it the “low-season”…

So far the days have been spent:

  • re-acclimating to large populations
  • figuring out how to use our smart phones
  • listening to the chaotic world news – which only confirms the allure of the Lodge and why we head north to seek serenity
  • sipping mai tais on the back deck

Some would say the above sounds like fun & games – well here’s the work:

  • reviewing all the great guest comments collected in each outpost’s logbook, and diligently entering them on our website
  • researching business improvements for next year
  • tax filings (yes, in Canada we have a few of those)
  • lining up our sport show roster – stay tuned
  • designing next years brochure
  • researching payment options
  • taxes – did I mention that?

But most importantly – we are enjoying our office time flipping through emails and photos and reminiscing about the great season we had in 2014 – thanks to our guests & mother nature.  We are looking forward to hearing from you this winter whether it’s to book another trip or just say HI!

PS – don’t forget to send us your captivating photos to be considered for the 2015 brochure or marketing media.  Submit your entries to info@kabeelo.com or share via facebook – don’t forget those who land on the front cover get a free trip IF:

  • KaBeeLo gear is well displayed – no photoshop
  • Eyes are visible – not covered with sunglasses
  • Person/subject is smiling
  • Captivating backdrop

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What’s new this week at KaBeeLo?

Oddly enough, the “honey-do” list at camp never seems to get shorter with the passing days, months or years.  Aircrafts require maintenance, buildings need to be re- cribbed, docks built, outhouses dug, dishes to clean, bills to pay – – you get the point.  But every now and then there’s an exercise/project that’s rather exciting to share!  One of this year’s undertakings was to update our road signs; driveway entrance, highway 105 and coming soon highway 502.

New Signage


Each season we thankfully have many repeat guests and many new guests, all of which periodically “miss the turn”….we hope these signs will help guide our guests to KaBeeLo Lodge!

Safe travels!


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“The Harald Experience….”

Some say they come to KaBeeLo for the “Harald Experience” while others ask “what IS the Harald experience?”.  Guests & staff will admit it’s a hard term to define, and one you must just experience, nevertheless we are looking to you – our guests, fans & friends – to help us define the phrase.

Youtube thumbnail 2 Haraldism

In addition, we would like to develop a shortlist of “Haraldisms” to round out the definition. So when you have time, or are feeling rather creative, please send us an email with your definition of “The Harald Experience” and subsequent “Haraldisms”, we will post the most fitting on our webpage & blog.

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Ready for the 2014 Fall Bear Hunt?

With just 2 days into July, the weather feels to have finally turned the corner and the days are slowly starting to feel like summer, nevertheless we find ourselves already planning for the fall!!!!  Our crew has started to focus and prepare for the upcoming fall bear hunt.  20+ bait sites have been established and the “bait goodies” were hauled into camp on Canada Day (July 1).  You can see the bear bait attracts more than just bears ….

attracts more than just bears

trail mix attracts more than just bears

1st truckload of bear bait

1st truckload of bear bait

In terms of “bear activity” – bears have been sited around some of our outposts camps – mostly just interested in the grey water pits and any grease/drippings left behind by recent guests.  A nice cinnamon bear has been spotted along the 58km gravel road as well as the tangent logging roads.  We will post updates and progress reports as the footage roll sin of activity around the camp and bear stands.

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The ice is (finally) long gone and summer is in full swing at KaBeeLo Lodge. Due to the late ice-out, initial fishing reports were “conditions were challenging”, yet within only a few days the reports changed to

“the best fishing in the 16 years we’ve been visiting KaBeeLo Lodge”

By “best” our guests mean high numbers and lots of keepers, while the “monster biggens” have been photographed and released in recognition of species conservation. See the image from Matt Payne, of a 28″ walleye caught on Dead Dog.

Caught on Dead Dog Lake - Payne party

28″ Walleye Caught on Dead Dog Lake – Payne party

Winning bait so far has been lead headed jigs, Mr. Twister tails and live bait – minnows or leeches.

Now onto the less predictable elements of this glorious God’s Country – the weather. Once the ice retreated, the weather was warm sunny and clear skies, a blessing for opening the outposts in time for our arriving guests. Of course all good things come to an end and we’ve since been graced with cooler (mid 60’s) breezy, overcast and periods of rain. The silver lining being that these elements promote great fishing.

Safe travels to all those travelling this summer – and stay tuned for updates throughout the season !