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Kab vs. Nam.

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At this time of year I was wondering which the better choice is. Kab or Nam? Will be heading up next week and would like to have an idea of whether I should take a left or a right coming out of the Ash River. Also, are the fish moving out to the reefs yet?

Thanks for any info!
Later,
kiel

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That question this time of year is a toss up..
Namakan will be less crowded and I'm sure you will find fish. Right now there is a slightly bigger population of walleyes per acre in Kab increasing your chances of catching more fish. Larger walleyes tend to come out of Kab.

Better smallmouth fishing will be Namakan, NPike about the same. Weather that time can be fast changing, and if stormy, Namakan doesn't have the large open basins of water like Kab, and in consequence can be easier to fish in rough water.

Kab will continue to warm up and as the water temperature comes up, Namakan can become the better fishery usually mid to late July. Good luck, guts <}}}}}><

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guts,

Thanks for the reply. I'll let you know how we did when we get back.

Later,
kiel

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guts and the gang,

Well we (two of us) started on Kab Friday morning. The day turned out to be HOT and FLAT. More conducive to water skiing than fishing. We ended up catching 5 walleyes, all of them 20”-22”. These fish were fun, they had lots of spunk.

Saturday we woke up to clouds and a little breeze. Needless to say we felt much better about the fishing. We decided to take a right out of Ash River and fish Nam for the day. We ended up having a decent day and had enough slot fish (5) in the live well to have shore lunch that day. We caught several more fish that afternoon/evening, but not as many as the morning. The fishing was consistently better in the morning all weekend, although we only stayed out until about 8:30 or 9:00 and no later.

Sunday was much the same as Saturday and we were again able to have a shore lunch of about 6 fish. We caught and released lots of walleyes (about 50) over and under the slot. Again, I have to mention the fight that all of these fish had, sometimes we thought we had a smallie or pike on.

Monday was a repeat of Friday, HOT and FLAT. After catching just a couple fish the first few hours of the morning we decided to go cast for some smallies and pike. We mostly caught small fish but it was consistent and fun. Even these fish were a little sluggish, I had 2 pike and 1 bass follow my bait for at least 6 feet, and not hit. I didn’t realize I needed to the figure 8 for them ;^)

All in all it was an OK trip, I’ve had worse and better. The up and down weather didn’t help much, plus the mayflies, which were winding down. Our most successful presentation was a jig and crawler. We also used leeches, lindy rigs, and tried trolling some cranks in the evening. With the jigs we just dragged them very slowly along the bottom until we felt something suspicious. Then we would give slack for at least 2 seconds before setting the hook. Early on we were missing a lot of fish because they were biting very light and short. We mostly fished wind blown shorelines with a somewhat gradual break. Also kind of noticed that they were relating to smaller rocks equivalent to the size of cantaloupe, they weren’t really around the big boulders.

Sorry this is so long, just thought I'd give a thorough report since I've gotten so much info from this sight.

Later,
kiel

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