KaBeeLo Lodge

Insight to Canada's Premier Fly-Out Fishing Experiences


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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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WEATHER & FISHING UPDATE

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 !

Perfecting the Northern Pike fillet

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Many of our avid anglers are well seasoned when it comes to preparing and filleting their catch. Nevertheless, some of the most common questions & discussions we hear over the years circulate around “how do I get a perfect Northern fillet?”

Producing a “perfect northern fillet” – meaning NO bones – is a genuine challenge for all, and one that we have taken to heart. So in an effort to help our guests, families and friends master the Northern fillet, we have produced a quick video tutorial on how to tackle that Y-bone! Enjoy – and GOOD LUCK!


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WHAT IS THE ICE DOING?

As the snow melts and the sunshine persists, this time of year called “spring” marks the influx of some very common questions for Lodge owners/operators:images

“when will the ice go out?”

“what is the ice doing up north”

“will I be able to fish in Canada for Walleye opener?”

Questions to which if we had the answers…we’d likely be sitting in the lap of luxury in the Cayman Islands – and no….that is not the average lifestyle of a fishing lodge owner/manager!

The MN DNR has some great statistics on “ice out”.  As you may have guessed – to date there have been ZERO reports of “ice out” in the state of MN.  Feedback from our Northern colleagues is the ice is honeycombed and poor quality resulting from a healthy insulating layer of snow.  Their outlook is that this winter is trending similar to that of 2013, meaning we could be looking at mid-late May for “ice out” in NW Ontario.  While some may think this seems late, take solace in the fact that the latest ice out on record was close to May 29th in 1950 for NW Ontario….

So until then, we will continue to watch the slow thaw and hope to be heading North sooner than later.


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MEDIA FACELIFT

We have been busy this winter revamping our media “image” & “presence”, and we are excited to announce that we will soon be launching our completely revised & updated website – so far we are due to “go live” ~ the 2nd week of April.

The look and feel will be quite different form the current site, and the information will be expanded, so keep your eyes peeled!


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SIGNS OF SPRING?

Well it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner – or so they say – but the show must go on…..quite literally….you can find us this weekend at the Minneapolis boat show at the convention center.  Harald & Erik will be the primary “features” of the booth, with cameo appearances by Ann, myself (Allysson) and the 3 kids. 

We are all looking forward to seeing the faces of our many guests and prospective new guests!