Kabetogama-Namakan Fishing Report 6-21-15
Never know if the report wraps up a great week in the Northland or starts out a new week, so I’m figuring this report is in the middle.
Anglers had mixed opinions on fishing last week, the favorable consensus was they all caught fish throughout the week. The negative side, too few of the skillet size most folks seek.
Lake bios, surface temp remains in the mid 70’s. Clarity normal(stained) activity, mayflies on and off, looks like a long season, as temperatures swings this past week into next week continue to jump around. Steady warm temps which favor the hatch so the process is short, isn’t happening.
Being said, you have two factors to keep in mind, walleyes will favor soft bottom structure seeking baitfish and mayfly larvae. This makes an easy target for location, knowing where they are is a plus.
Walleye having a great food source available does slow down the bite so be prepared to offer a choice that will trigger a bite.
Artificial lures trolled or coasted come into play this time of year, concentrate on shorelines and bays that have soft bottom features.
Live bait choices should be kept close to the bottom using a slip sinker rig and perhaps a spinner blade, change speeds and straddle depths when you work an area.
Lately we’ve had sufficient and sometimes too much wind, a fisherman’s best friend. All species of fish will be feeding in the windward side of structure, or windswept bays.
Strong winds that limit fishing leaves a strong message that fish will be feeding in those areas long after the wind subsides.
Northern pike will be favoring deep weed edges, big suckers using bobbers or artificial lures just about guarantees you success.
Smallmouth looking for baitfish along with walleyes, but they concentrate on crayfish, toss crayfish colored lures or imitations at them on rock structures and gravel.
Early summer turn ons for eyes, other than soft bottom shallows. Sugarbush island channel, Nashota Point, Cuculus Island, Blind Ash, Green and Larkin Islands and Lost Bay for all species.
West end Kab, the Grassy Island group has all structures to offer and Cutover Island both front and backside are hot at this time of year.
Many Events here on Kabetogama this weekend – BINGO starts for Tuesday and Thursday Nights at 8pm at the New Community Hall Thursday, June 25th. Kabetogama Methodist Church Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 28th 8am – Noon along with MINGO’S Miles 5th Annual 5K Individual Walk/Run and followed by 1st Annual 5K Team Event. See kabetogama.com or voyageurscountry.com for registration and additional information.
Happy Start of Summer
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Crabby Phil(not really) & Ellen Hart