That is a snow squall at our Ogoki Lake outpost cabin, and that was just last Saturday! We can not seem to shake winter. The cold main lake water temps have moved the big hungry pike into the shallows – and some anglers say even the walleye are up there too. It seems even the fish are seeking some warmth. Average lake temps are still in the low to mid 40’s – with leeward bays at about ten degrees warmer. Graham’s forecast is for continued cool – but improving.
Our small lakes are producing the more abundant catches and the biggest fish, like the giant 44″ fat girl that Denver’s Kevin caught and released on June 4 out at Dawn Lake. Lance’s 41 inch pike from Moose Crossing was caught in a back bay near the Waboose Dam up on the reservoir.
My daughter Sierra, celebrated her 7th birthday with a little lake trout outing with me on Waweig Lake near Armstrong, proving the lakers are still in the shallow water near the surface. She was trolling a blue and silver medium diving bait, when this 23 inch beauty jumped all over it.
Our podcast series on Chats with Master Anglers continues. On this week’s podcast Tom, of Michigan and Lance of Ohio share tips about their successful trophy pike angling. Listen in byclicking here.
We now have 15 walleye over 26 inches caught and released in both the Ogoki and Albany River watershed. As for the pike we now have 21- forty inches or longer – in the 2009 record books.
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Talk to you next week – and as always feel free to drop me an e-mail here or touch base by phone at 888-465-3474.