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Hockey Guy

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Hockey Guy

I'm going up to Kab\Nam for the 6th time this year Thursday - Sunday. The first 5 times were less than productive to say the least. I've been going to the lakes 3-6 times a year for the last 27 years, so I know the area fairly well. In the past I could always cast shorelines for smallies and pike if I couldn't find the walleyes. This year that hasn't produced either for me. I haven't been up since the July 4th weekend, so hopefully things have changed.

Usually it is just my brother, my yellow lab fishing buddy, and me. This time I have relatives from Ohio going as well. Usually I can just enjoy the scenery even if I'm not getting fish, but this time I'll have kids in the boat. Kids + no fish = long days!

Can someone please give me some tips on what depths, presentations, structures, time of day, and areas are producing fish? Normally this time of the year I would be hitting the reefs with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches out around Pike Island. Is that pattern working yet this year? I know this is a strange weather year so any help would be appreciated.

One more thing, does anyone know what kind of fish I'm always graphing in the deep-water area west of Junction Bay and south of Namakan Island? Obviously it's not just one species because I have caught Walleye and Northern trolling raps over 60'-70' of water. But I'm curious what the majority of them are. Whitefish?

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HG,
I would have to tend to agree that they are lake cisco/whitefish. I saw several of the floating net markers in those areas earlier this year (including the 4th weekend). I also believe that some of the marks are eye's/nort's out there chasing them. I caught a 16" walleye a couple weekends ago that had the head of a cisco sticking out of its throat. When i pulled it out it ended up being about 7", and that eye was still trying to inhale my crawler.
Since i was up there during that nasty weather last week, little fishing was done, but give the area around Pike a try. Smallies were in 10-15' and eyes a bit deeper. Leeches and crawlers were working eqally. But, take it with a grain of salt cause the areas i found fish in 2 weeks earlier were devoid of fish this last trip.
I probably wont get up again this year, hope you have a good trip.
Xplorer

PS: 3 sisters and pat smith were dead that weekend for us.

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