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June 8-15 report

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Got back from Kab last saturday, the weeks fishing was excellent for us, others were not so fortunate as we had to deal with passing thunderstorms.Saturday the 8th was a nice day [sunny] fished 13- 24ft of water and the water temps were around 60 and the walleyes were really hitting the gold but mostly silver spinners and crawlers were best through out the week due to cloudy weather and storms,Sat the 8th late afternoon went out for a couple hours and the five of us had 16 slot eye's,two of our fishin buddies had to leave on monday morning, sunday mostly caught too big of fish but was fun! our biggest was 22.5 monday - storms start to roll in if i remember correctly and after that things get tougher for a couple of days and the fish scatter, we get some fish here and some there, had to move around a lot and change blade colors often and went with the 3 hook harness and colored hooks!came in with our slot limits but spent a lot of time on the water each day,our last day Friday - 14th was the best, sunny and warm nothing like catching doubles and triples, whipped the marker out![are biggest mistake]soon there was 7-8 boats fishing just a few feet away from us and running over our marker,you would think people would be a little more curtious,luckily we had all our fish but it wasnt long the game warden came, someone in another boat probally had 2-way radios calling their friends,the warden checked us out and said that this was the best he had seen on the lake i was surprised.1 week is not enough time for up there on KAB i didnt even get to check out the crappie action but heard some were being caught in sullivan bay?Noticed some [pull in sites ] on the islands had some garbage around and aluminum cans in the fire pits, lets keep it clean for the next family! good fishin!

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NateEboy-1

We were up on kab/nam june 12th-15th, This was our 5th year.We are not hardcore fisherman. We like to sleep in late,come of the lake before it gets too dark, and we are happy if we catch enough fish for one meal. In the past we have always caught a ton of fish but this year we did poorly.This year we camped on williams island on Namakan.After we set up camp we sat through a severe thunder storm so we did not do any fishing on our first day. Day 2+3 we had an east wind and had to sit out on and off for passing thunder storms. We did not fish on our 4th day, choosing to break camp and leave home early instead. Our best fishing came on friday when the clouds broke and the winds came out of the west. We fished a wind swept shoreline on the east end of Kab. in 8-15' of water. Most of our fish were under 13" and only one over17". We kept one 15" and one smallie for Fridays dinner. We were using lindy rigs and red or chart. hooks on 4' snells. Minnows were working better than leeches. We fished all of the spots that we have caught fish in the past and some new but we never connected. Was it because of the 13" of rain that fell 2 days before we arrived, the thunder storm on our first day, east winds and unstable weather or was there some pattern or presentation that we should have tried under those conditions? We did mark alot of fish in 36' of water in two seperate spots but we could not get a bite. Mrmarbles, what end of the lake did you fish in and what time of the day worked best for you. For anybody interested in a bear report we never saw one nor did we have any proplems at our campsite. Thanks for any info. Ken

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mr marbles

Ken, we were fishin the west end islands, but it wasnt fast and furious all the time. It seemed to get better when we had a little sun,which we didnt have much of all week! having all that rain made the water a little cloudy,the storms slowed things down also, and the wind directions changing all the time made it tougher,you really had to work the school over and over, we had found fish also that would'nt take anything,But our afternoons were the best, some of the underwater reefs would be productive and some not, we moved often, which was key!!Good fishin!

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We also fished Kab-nam 6/14 and 6/15. We must have been on the same Island as nateboy, as we camped on the south end of williams island in hoist bay.

We tried someones recommendation of fishing the rock bouy's...nothing

fished someone else's recommendation of wind swept shorelines in 20-35 feet, although we marked fish, still nothing...

someone else mentioned fishing the river mouth north of cemetary Island... we caught 14 eyes, 3 snakes, and a smallie in 5 feet of water right up the gut of the river mouth. most were 19-22 inches. We fished everywhere else, using darn near every presentation possible and caught very few fish... the water level seemed high as it was at least 6-10' deep at all the bouy's.

Met two men with southern accents who said they fish mid June every year and usually catch 40-50 smallies a day in the Islands between Kab and Nam. They told us to look for gradual slopes with rock and vegetation...

They pulled 3 smallies out right in front of us, so we tried the same presentation in several locations, but very little success...

One interesting note, I caught a 4 1/2 lb eye on a large chart rap in 15' off the bottom.... get this, it puked up a 5 inch minnow (looked like a bullhead) AND a large FROG... yet was still hungry for my rap.

By the way, we fished the north end of Mille Lacs on the way home... caught two dozen eyes in the 3-4lb range in just 4 hours...

We dragged 6 foot snells with leaches in 20-24 feet... hit's every 4-5 minutes...

Oh and be careful, some guy going northbound on 53 fell asleep at the wheel crossed both lanes of traffic and slid 100 yards in mud before he woke up... they were all sittin there in the car facing northbound in the ditch on the south bound side. The mud was half way up the doors so they didn't open them till they could get pulled out. I'd say they were extremely fortunate.

G.

Oh yeah, just for fun, we went to the west end of Johnson bay and walked back 1/2 mile to two secluded lakes hoping to shore fish for hidden lunkers... they looked like good size lakes but after an hour of thick brush and 6 dozen ticks later we found them to be unfishable beaver ponds...

Sunday and Monday I picked 67 ticks off the golden retriever...

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NateEboy-1

Thanks guys, even though I only get up there once a year, your replys will help me to be a better fisherman on my next trip. Analyzer, we were on the north end of williams island, too bad we didn't cross paths. We also ran into the same two guys from the south.

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