Well...it is june 1st, but i'm not fishing today and seemed like a better end of the week as most resorts rent Saturday to Saturday. BIG week...lots happening in the seasonal patterns.
Early in the week or last weekend, Kab fisherman faced a cold front that slow the spring hot bite. Many anglers found cooler waters and tough bite. Water temps 55-57 degrees. Luckily I was chasing HUGE smallmouth in Door County and wow, what a system. But my timing was good as I returned to Kab on Tuesday, the 28th and found that cold front gave way in a big way. Most anglers has success at a variety of depths. Keeper walleyes are being brought in in deeper drop offs or areas that sand bars drop into 24-31 feet. Magic depth for me was about 27-30. Lots of small fish (reel them in slow, due to swim bladders), smile and enjoy the next one. Scattered in this success, every 3-4 fish you got a better strike on your jig and reeled in a 14-16" keeper. I know others were finding big walleyes shallow in the sand in the mornings and evenings. Casting small jigs tipped with minnows or plastics really produced in areas near Cutover, Sugarbush, 3 Sisters.
Wednesday -Friday: sun shined and warm days, warmed that water into the low to mid 60's, and I began seeing minnows near shallow docks. This is great, the walleyes and pike will move up and feed in early and late hours. Follow wind patterns and find bays and points you would find minnows in...this will lead you to finding those walleyes. I think lindy rigs or live bait rigs tipped with minnows and leeches will really start to be hot. Slip bobbers are a popular option in these conditions as well and work wonderful with kids. Don't skip those mid 20's to 30 foot range to find a few walleyes and those tasty perch and sauger. I think a jig and minnow will keep producing in those deeper depths.
Crappie hunters...I think we are close to them moving into shallower areas to spawn. Remember they are vulnerable and bite well, enjoy in moderation is all I will say if you find a school of these legendary slab Kab Crappies!
Good luck, hope to see you on the water!