Kabetogama-Namakan fishing report; what’s where and how to catch it.
Wind set the pace for anglers this past week, and some thought it was too much of a good thing. Windblown shorelines were good to anglers that could manage boat control and stay in the 10-15’ depth as baitfish get directed into those shorelines, which usually leads to good fishing.
If the wind dies down at anytime, or the following day, concentrate your efforts accordingly for great results.
A suggested method of fishing while the winds are blowing is to troll artificial lures at depths between 12-16’, or use lead line and troll deeper waters. All fish species relate well to this, and boat control isn’t as critical.
The walleye bite remains very scattered; there are reports of anglers catching fish on all baits, shallow and deep and the only common denominator is there are only a few fish from each location. It’s safe to say walleyes aren’t schooled up as would be expected.
Live bait rigs, a slip sinker or bottom bouncer, with a 3’-5’ snell, plain hook or spinner and beads using a crawler or leech is the preferred methods these days.
Pike are taking artificial crank baits by casting or trolling deep weed edges; this is attracting pike of all sizes.
Casting stick baits, spoons or buck tails up to weed edges or clearing is working well for pike and smallies.
No favored areas of the lake to fish with them being so scattered, however best reports are coming from Sugarbush Island down to the Ash River entrance into Kab.
Some have reported deeper water success on Namakan using jig and minnow in the 30’ plus depth range.
Biting flies are still a nuisance as are evening mosquitoes, so be prepared. I might add, there’s also lots of UV rays, so lotion up and enjoy your time in Beautiful Voyageurs National Park.
BINGO continues on Kabetogama at the New Community Hall on Tuesday and Thursday Nights at 8pm.
Great Time for Planning a Trip,
See you Soon,
Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart