A solid week of summer weather, some wind, some rain, but everyday was a boating or fishing day.
Walleye action still sporadic, big fish more common than keepers, but action seems to improve.
Folks that are proficient with slip sinker rigs using leeches or crawlers seem to fair the best. Trolling good walleye lures in the 12-18’ range is producing walleye, pike and bass.
Using spinners is a good option, but a plain hook or colored hook sometimes provide more action, as does leech versus crawler same as morning versus evening.
As you readers can tell there is no real consistency again, sporadic.
At the shop, guides tell me they will bite on nothing but leeches and the next guide nothing but crawlers. Your solution, be prepared, have several bait choices, keep the bait fresh, alternate frequently and have several locations in mind.
There’s lots of current and try to fish windblown shorelines to better your success rate. Vary your boat speed till you find what works.
Lots of big fish caught this last week and many jumbo perch, and sauger bite improving.
Pike anglers, fish deep weed edges, troll lures at the proper depth, or toss crank baits up to the weed line or shorelines, it’s a sure bet for pike or bass.
The new Hot Spots maps for Kabetogama and Namakan has many good suggestions and pre-selected spots. This is a valuable guide for experienced anglers as well as newbies to this area.
The depth structures and detail makes pre-selecting where you want to fish, given the wind condition, a good head start when you begin your day.
B-I-N-G-O on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Kabetogama Community Center.
A sad footnote this week, Bob Nevalainen of Nev’s Guide Service and his wonderful wife, Gail died last week in a horrible plane crash. The Kabetogama Community was rocked by this tragedy.
Please keep the children, their spouses and grandchildren in your prayers. Thank you and God Bless America.
Crabby Phil & Ellen
Gateway General Kabetogama, MN 56669