From the Trego Flowage to the St. Croix, the Namekagon flows freely for 36 miles through towering pines, mixed hardwoods and broad wetlands. As the river deepens and widens, the paddling gets easier and the fishing gets better. Small crankbaits, spinners and jigs will take smallmouths, walleyes and channel cats from deep holes during the day and gravel runs at night. Logs and boulders provide cover for pike and muskies that hit big topwaters, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. You might even hook a sturgeon on live or cut bait in the deeper runs.