Kabetogama/Namakan Fishing Report June 14, 2009

What a weekend--one might believe Summer is here! Friday a fast-paced storm blew through leaving behind a gorgeous, second to none, sun-filled, warm weekend.

Now we can say, come and get 'em. It appears as though jig and minnow is now giving way to slip-sinker rigs with bait of your choice.

Leeches are finally maybe taking over top billing for the anglers' bait choice. I expect crawlers to start seeing service time before the week's over.

Typical depth for walleyes is the 18 - 28' range going shallower as the evening hours set in.

Some big walleyes are still being caught in shallow waters amongst new emergent weeds.

Northern pike are starting in to the shallow water probably chasing perch. The pike bit should increase daily as will the smallmouth action.

Crappie action should be now as lilacs are finally blooming. This indicates to me crappies will move into the shallows for a short time.

For crappies try shallow bays generally outside the weeds--small jig and minnow or slip-bobber plain hook.

Pike anglers start trolling weed lines or over the tops of submerged weeds--generally in soft-bottom bays.

Walleyes--think spinner rigs--weave in a and out of structured depths found mostly on shorelines then settle in on your most active depth. Depth choice will vary greatly as waters warm quickly.

Smallmouth anglers--expect lots of action on rock pile edges and shorelines. Time to use crayfish lures and colors.

Better stock up on sun lotion and bug spray before you head out.

Have a great week!

Fish Species: Walleye/Northern/Smallmouth/Crappie
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