7-30-17 Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report
The heat is on
Over two weeks now without any rain! Warm sunny days have water temps up near 80 in most areas of Kab. This is a good time of the summer to spend your afternoons exploring the lake and playing in the water and fishing the early morning and evening time periods. It is very dry so be careful when having campfires and make sure they are completely out when finished eating your smores!
Walleye are scattered and most recently being found in depths up to 40ft off deep reef edges and areas around Martin, Harris and the channel towards Kettle Falls. Leech and crawlers on a lindy rig is still the way to go. There has also been some success trolling crankbaits for suspended fish over deeper water with lead core near the thermocline. The best way to find the thermocline is to increase your sonars sensitivity until you see a line (sometimes fuzzy) above the bottom structure. It can be at varying depths depending on wind and depth of water. Fish will scatter in areas below the thermocline as the oxygen levels are low. Larger northern pike also relate to this so the opportunity exists to get into a big one! Generally fishing on Kab is not too severely affected by this, but it does offer an advantage when we have long durations of warm, sunny and windless weather.
As usual, not much change in the shallow bite for smaller pike, small mouth bass and the occasional walleye. Casting shorelines and deeper weedy bays is still a good bet. Hanging out on a deeper weed line with a sucker minnow under a bobber is a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Blueberries are now past their peak but can still be found if willing to explore a little deeper into the woods.
There are many activities happening around the park and lake so take advantage while you are visiting!
See You Soon,
Jason & Robyn Cooper