June absolutely few by! It was a strange month weather wise with a lot of wet and cool weather. After heat at the end of May, early June saw the water temperatures plummet back into the 50's. Currently temps have rebounded to low 60's on the main lake and high 60's in the shallow bays.
All this extreme weather has definitely affected the fishing. We're still catching high volumes of fish - 200 walleye days aren't uncommon - but the fish are very scattered. On any given day walleye can be caught in a few feet of water or 30+ feet of water. They are showing up on the main lake basin (Summer spots) but still hanging on in the shallows as well. The mayfly hatch hasn't happened yet and the shallow fish are still gorging on mayfly nymphs. Main lake basin fish are spitting up smelt and ciscos. So there's a lot happening all at once and depending on the conditions of the day the walleye can really be anywhere.
I expect the walleye will begin to show up in great numbers on main lake basin structure very shortly. Summertime walleye fishing is just around the corner.
With the rise in the water temperatures last week it made for prime conditions for shallow water bass fishing. Top-water in fact. What a blast these guys are on top-water baits.
Another fun fish to target this time of year are lake trout. They are moving out to deeper water as well. We got into some nice fish on a windy day last week jigging heavy tube jigs and vibrating blade baits.
Muskie season also arrived and although I haven't had a chance to chase them yet I'm super excited talk about a new product I'm going to be using. PDEEZ Muskie Inlines are the new standard in double bladed tinsel muskie bucktails. They are durable and well made but what sets them apart is the no jam flash (Tinsel won't tangle with hooks) and how easy they pull in the water. They are perfectly balanced and tuned. I got really tired of other double-bladed bucktails who's blades wouldn't engage right away. PDEEZ are the solution. Made in Ontario and built tough for the big muskies we have all over this province. Be sure to look em up and check out some of the awesome color combinations.
The first week of June I fished with a great group of guys staying at Moosehorn Lodge. The weather brought everything from hot sun to cold wind and rain. Water temperatures ranged from 51 on the main lake to 65 in shallow bays. Fishing was excellent with bass, pike and walleye mixed on the same spots. We caught a lot of fish on mainland points in 10-14 feet of water and another bite started up in shallow bays in 6-8 feet. These shallow fish are gorging on may-fly nymphs.
Lindy jigs and minnows did most of the damage and some good fish also came on a variety of crankbaits. This report wouldn't be complete without a shout-out to Dave and his treasured 'pink lady' crankbait.
June is a great month for fishing on Lac Seul. 100-200 walleye days are the norm this time of year.
Check back again soon for another report with more pictures.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.