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Planning a father, son trip to Namakan in early June. I have camped with my son at the Brown's Bay campsite before and this year we decided to go further north and stay around Blind Pig Island. I have been fishing this area for over 30 years but never with much knowledge of what to do and where. We have always caught fish. But don't have any pictures of monsters to show off. Basically with that time of year and location. Where could I take my 11 year old to really knock his socks off with a big one (of course I would not mind catching 1 or 14 for myself)?

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while there are some nice fish on namakan its not known for huge fish. breaking 30 inches on a walleye is very hard. they nettted that lake for many years and while breaking 20 inches that time of year isnt that hard namakan is still mostly a great eaters lake with good action. also try small mouth that time of year-depending on water temps ect.. you might knock the socks off them with some small top water lures. for walleye they can litteraly be anywhere that time of year the might be in 4 ft or 20 or 40 ft. play the wind in shallow,that time of year is almost always a minnow bite but bring some crawlers too. best of luck.

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MO.Jeff, Blind Pig Narrows is a great area to fish, a couple of areas on that end of Namakan for eyes that come to mind are Pat Smith Island and Your Island and My Island. Your timing is very good as well lots of action should be happening. Be aware that there is a new slot limit this year on those lakes, and be sure you have a good map so you don,t wander inadvertently to the Canadian side.

Depending on water temps, your bait choice might be critical between minnows, leeches and crawlers.

Artificial lures, ie, raps, salmos, and reef runners may be good in the late afternoons.

Also Jeff, Namakan is a border water on the Canada/US boundary, but we are not the Boundary Waters, which is in the Grand Marais/Ely area. Watch upcoming posts after fishing opener, there will lots of good info, good luck and a good choice on your part, guts

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I've fished there at that time for many years. The walleye fishing is good the smallmouth fishing excellant. Original Rapalas and sfoft plastics for the smallies.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

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    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
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    • Hoyt4
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    • PRO-V
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    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
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