Kabetogama/Namakan Fishing Report 1/11/09
Cool weather and Spring-like conditions keep anglers guessing. Today's water temperature, June 7, is 54 degrees on the surface.
Fishing remains good with temperatures and winds being the biggest challenge. The next hurdle anglers face when fishing walleyes is finding some nice keepers that aren't too big. It's a nice problem to have, but small fish are hard to find in the cool waters.
Anglers report catching keeper walleyes in depths of 18 - 35'. The smaller fish are yet to settle in at a predictable level.
Jig and minnow has still been the old reliable presentation; however, leeches are coming on strong and seeing some action.
The west end of Kab still has unbelievable big walleye action in shallow water, under 8'.
Basic structure for anglers now are reef edges and drop-offs from sand bars and shoreline points.
Northern pike still elusive, only a few in the 30 - 40' range being reported. Action should heat up soon for this fish when the water warms.
Crappie action is spotty, nice sunny days seen to benefit the anglers for this fish when you find them off the shorelines in shallow.
Smallmouth bass being caught occasionally again; they are visiting the rip-rap shorelines and seem most plentiful on warmer days.
Keep Spring fishing in mind for your location choices and hopefully sometime soon Summer will drop by for a visit.
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