Finally, a break from the heat! With the sun and record high temps lately, most of Kab is in the mid to upper 70’s.
Doing a fishing report these days can be a challenge. We never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us but one thing we are sure of is that the walleye bite has been inconsistent. The best fishing has been early mornings and evenings. Fish are still quite scattered throughout Kab in depths ranging from 6′-40′. I know, not much to focus on but with that being said, the shallow bite has been better with almost all presentations in play now. There hasn’t been any real bait working with consistency. With the massive forage base still in shallow, focusing on these areas is your best bet during low light hours. Deeper fish being found are lethargic and mostly unwilling to cooperate. Be willing to be on the move constantly and have a variety of presentations available. There has been no real pattern as of yet this year frustrating anglers to say the least. Persistence and patience are key until we find some sort of pattern to focus on.
On the bright side, small mouth bass and northern pike are still extremely active taking just about anything you throw at them. Shallow bays and shorelines are still producing best. Some smallies are still on the beds but that will be coming to an end any day now.
So far, we have been lucky and not had a significant mayfly hatch. With water temps on the rise, its’ sure to be coming soon. Sometimes that can be a blessing as it will trigger a pattern change.
Around the area, fawn deer are becoming a familiar sight and there are a ton of goose goslings swimming around. If you are interested in seeing bear cubs, take a trip to the Vince Shute wildlife sanctuary in Orr. It is well worth the drive. If you decide to hike one of the many trails in the area, bring the bug spray and if you have a secret to keeping the ticks away, by all means share it as they are thick this year! If you are looking for an adventure, you can get a hold of one of the water taxi services or give one of the Voyageurs National Park visitors centers a call. There is also a wealth of information on Kabetogama Lake Association website.
Don’t forget that take a Kid Fishing Weekend is Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13! During the weekend, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing with them.
As always, stop into Gateway and say HI!
Have a safe week and we’ll see you soon!