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June 11-15 report


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Went up on Wed. with my son and a freind of his and we got back last night because we didn't feel like enduring the approaching storm. It sure looked NASTY and we got out just before it hit. It stormed every night. Thur was our toughest night, IMO, the storms are effecting the bite. We did not do well, in fact, worst I have done in 5 years. Water levels are UP! most docks are either under, or just barely above the water. If you don't have all the rocks marked by gps, then take it easy. I saw several rock markers that were only showing above the water by 6-8 inches.

I fished from Three sisters reef in Namakan down to the sandpoint end of the king williams narrows and every spot inbetween I thought looked "fishy". Jigged plastics and minnows, trolled cranks, spoons, spinners and even three ways. Fished from 4' to 35'. Could not come up with a consistent depth, pattern or color.

We boated 7 northerns, biggest was about 7 lbs, 4 smallies all under 15" 12 eyes totalm 8 eye's under 13", the rest of the eyes were, 18 1/2, 19, 22, 23 1/2.

I had a great time except for the constant flow of storms we had to put up with. Thursday night we really got pounded. I lost a lantern, another one we had was destroyed. Two tents ripped up and one blue tarp was offered to the thunderstorm gods. There were ALOT of people, as most of the campsites were full. Fishing was awsome, the catching just left a little to be desired.

Next year I am gonna try something new and give the system a year or two for the new slot to take effect.

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Next year I am gonna try something new and give the system a year or two for the new slot to take effect.

Seems like I've been waiting for the slot to take effect for 10 years now.

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Our group was up there the same time period. We camped on the large campsite Namakan Island. I agree the weather was not very nice. We faired better, only got a bit wet and hailed on. For the eight people that fished we got one- 16-7/8" and one 23" eye(which was not kept) a half-dozen small smallies and 4 northerns, none of any size. Enough for one fish fry. We mainly got our fish on black and gold or black and silver raps pulled behind a canoe. The bright colors we use in the BWCA did nothing here. I think we only caught one fish off the pontoon and nothing on leeches.

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I was also up there Thursday through Sunday. We fished Crane Lake and did very well. Caught numerous walleyes between 11-16 inches, a few slightly larger, and one 26 incher. Lindy rig with a colored hook (chartruce or organge) and leech was the top producer, and we tried every presentation possible. We did catch some walleyes on soft-plastics (the mimmic minnow worked pretty good). The smallie fishing was also a lot of fun, used x-raps to catch them along rocky/brushy shore lines. Also caught a few on lindy-rigs. There were a few crappies here and there along the brushy shore line bays and resort docks as well.

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Just got back from a week of fishing, Sunday through Friday. Really rough weather most of the week. Trying to dodge the logs in the lake were demanding enough when it was as choppy as it was. Smaller 'eyes were in deeper water, as we caught alot of 7-11" sizes (threw them back even though our resort said we could keep them). Only caught 2-3 that were over 17", definitely down from last year catching nearly 15 over the 17" size.

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Ditto, just got back from a week Saturday thru Friday. Weather was definately an issue. Go caught out with my family (wife, 15 and 7 year old) in 4-5 foot swells on Kab Wednesday, The wind all week was horrendous. Best day was Thursday on Namakan near Junction Bay, boated 5 eyes 14-16", 1 Sauger 17.5", 1 smallie 16" and 2 22" Northern. Other fish on Thursday, 26" eye and a few 20-23" eyes. Only jigging for me no color seemed any better than the other, but best bite was on crawlers not minnows.

Even with the weather, I would not want to be any other place. Weather this week is supposed to be improved, so hopefully everyone fairs a little better, I think with all the fronts moving in, the fish were really scattered and deep. Will be back up at the end of July, maybe the water will have receded by then.

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Finally, Kab area has nice weather, water level should drop a little over the next few days of no rain. There were some dandy storms last week, most of which were forecasted.

The West end of Kab is still good fishing, shallow bite was good as of yesterday still, lots of eyes and nice saugers. I've talked with numerous people who think the fishing is the best they have seen in many, many years.

The switch from minnows to leeches and crawlers is happening, as well as shoreline tosses with xraps and rogues. Smallie bite started taking off last week, now with the water warming up, things should happen.

First timers to this lake should take note, you never no what to expect for weather up here. You should add to your list of things to bring a radio or weather radio so you can be aware of threating weather, because its bound to happen. good luck guts

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We just got back yesturday. we were up there from thursday thru monday. weather left something to be desired. but fishing was good. we tried sandpoint, mostly grassy bay. not much going on there. so we stayed on crane caught a lot of eyes my daughter caught her first walleyes. we caught most of are fish in 10' of water. I was actually amazed at how good the fishing was with the crazy weather..

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