Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kabetogama/Namakan Fishing Report June 9, 2008

Bass Pro Shops

High water and warm (normal) weather on the weekend have set up
fast ever-changing conditions, keeping anglers on their toes.

Spring fishing conditions are at long last giving way to summer fishing
conditions which means changing depth, changing bait and changing your presentation.

An ever popular area on Kabetogama will be Center Reef and the flats--this
area offers structure, and varying depths from 10-35'. This rock and gravel
bottom is an annual producer.

Windblown shores on Sugar Bush Island will be a great area to use a slip-sinker rig.
Now is the time to convert from minnows to leeches and crawlers.

Namakan's Blind Indian Narrows, Tar Point, Cemetery Island, and the shores of
Namakan Island should be good areas to slip-sinker rig, concentrating on 18-30'.

Smallmouth coming up shallower and beginning to bite artificial lures-- both surface
and shallow runners. Rip-rap shorelines and submerged rock reefs are good areas to find them.

Northern pike are active--especially the 2-4# size. Big northern are staging in deeper
waters outside weedy soft bottom bays. Try trolling at 12-18' with lures, or slip-bobber
or fish with sucker minnows in the same areas.

The Lilacs are finally blooming; this is nature's indicator that the temps are right for crappie
action in shallow water--like Sullivan Bay and Lost Lake.

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