Kabetogama-Namakan Fishing Report 7-25-15
A very warm week left water sports enthusiasts happy and anglers disappointed. Yes, fishing was tough during the heat of the day, with best success early morning and late afternoon into evening.
Water temp on the surface is steadily in the high 70’s to low 80’s with the water levels just right for accurate map to actual depth representation. Water level right now is near perfect for dock use.
Walleyes are schooling up in deeper water, not always active till they move shallower to feed.
This time of year in these conditions look to deep structure that offers a shallow shelf or ledge where the waters cooler and changing structure holds bait fish.
On Kab a few spots like this are Sugarbush Island, both sides of the channel, Martin Islands, West side of Chase Island, Blind Ash and entering Lost Bay at Yoder Island.
Surprisingly we have reports of lots of big walleye and pike coming out of waters less than 10’.
Namakan has been kicking out a few limits of fish if you’re willing to travel, lots and lots of deep to shallow structure. Depths of over 80’ quite common in that body of water.
This time of year hone in on your slip sinker skills, a Lindy Rig or egg sinker with swivel and snell using leeches or crawlers is your best choice for walleyes. Slip bobber rigs on shorelines in the evenings is an enjoyable way to fish and can be productive.
If you are not prepared, biting flies can pester you, either lather up or troll artificial lures moving faster, you then get relief from hot sun and flies along with a nice choice of fish.
Prepare yourself with beverages, sun lotion and repellent and enjoy the beautiful summer, the land of sky blue waters.
BINGO continues on Tuesday and Thursday Nights at the Kabetogama Community Center at 8:00 pm.
Hope to See you Soon,
Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart