Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Leaderboard

  1. eyeguy 54

    eyeguy 54

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders


    • Likes

      75

    • Content count

      4,228


  2. Cliff Wagenbach

    Cliff Wagenbach

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders


    • Likes

      75

    • Content count

      5,629


  3. Rick G

    Rick G

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders


    • Likes

      40

    • Content count

      4,111


  4. monstermoose78

    monstermoose78

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators


    • Likes

      29

    • Content count

      4,091



Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 04/22/2017 in all areas

  1. 15 likes
    Cliff's point about the spawn are true, more Walleyes spawn out in the basin and in other locations on the lake than in Pike bay which represents about 5% of the total eastern basin spawn. That means that all of the spawning Walleyes on the west end are unaffected by the hatchery on Pike bay. Years of over fishing and stocking freezers has had more effect on Walleyes on the west end than the Pike river hatchery has. The DNR test nets in the fall showed Walleye on Lake Vermilion are well over the state average on both ends of the lake and the numbers have improved on the west end over the last few years. So don't blame the DNR if you are struggling to catch Walleyes. Stop fishing your memories and try something new, either location or presentation, because the fish are there. I have been fishing Vermilion for almost 50 years now and in my humble opinion the Walleye fishing has never been better than it is right now. Ad to that a world class Muskie fishery, giant Pike, excellent Bass fishing (Both species) jumbo Perch, panfish and the shear Beauty of Lake Vermilion. What is there to complain about? Count your blessing Vermilion anglers because it doesn't get any better than this. JMHO.
  2. 15 likes
    Last week while visiting friends in Ireland I had the pleasure of fishing for pike on the Middle River with a friend of my host & friend Cirian. Beautiful hand made wooden boat and a real pleasure to fish out of! This is my once-in-a-lifetime (fishing before the opener) opportunity! We caught and released 12 pike that weighed from 4lbs. to 12lbs. Cliff
  3. 12 likes
    Only one week left before the 2017 walleye/pike opener on Vermilion! It looks like this summer will be a very good one for walleyes on Vermilion again! DNR test netting and my fishing experiences from last winter point to a very good season ahead. This year we can keep 4 walleyes in the new slot size that now includes walleyes up to 20 inches! Only one of these walleyes may be over 26 inches. Be sure to check this years laws! The walleyes are done spawning in most areas and are starting to move into their regular spring locations. Water temps are still cold but will warm up fast with the predicted warmer weather ahead. Good fishing! Cliff
  4. 12 likes
    popped up early to a favorite spot and to check for eyes and just a couple bass. a small boat moved into spot 2 so headed south to the beach to check it out. I guy had a nice 20 incher and got a 14 as I was visiting. Really quiet there. Friend called and wanted to check out my yak so met ham at wilson and headed north to fish a bit. Got a few and watched the Gov go by, Lt gov was on the other side of the river. I hear they caught some fish so that was good. Then headed home and took my gal to the river park feed that a few SR places were putting on. Ate too much, had a couple beers and then headed out to get my gal a yak. Back home, grilled up some wings and enjoyed them with some homemade rhubarb wine. Hope to get out Sunday with her and her new yak. Fun day.
  5. 12 likes
    Just picked up my 31 1/2" Lake Vermilion Walleye from the taxidermist. Caught this big fella last June. I would have preferred to release it but after 30 minutes of trying everything in the book it was obvious I would have to have it mounted. It will hang proudly on my cabin wall.
  6. 11 likes
  7. 11 likes
    After reading plenty of reviews this winter as well as plenty from the past ice seasons I made an uneasy decision to finally buy an Ion. I picked up an 8" Ion w/reverse, not an Ion X. As you all know, these days there are quite a few options out there when it comes to drilling through the ice with something battery powered. Which one to buy depends on which way you fish, or which way you plan to fish. I chose the Ion because I got a pretty good deal on it, and because the store I bought it from didn't have a 6" K-drill (My original top choice) I walked out the door with an Ion box on my shoulder with $400 less in my pocket. Which was cheaper than $500+ I would have spent on a K-drill, and a quality drill which is required if you plan on not burning through cheaper drills. Yeah it wasn't my first choice but I now feel I made the right choice. I can see how guys would favor a K-rill, Clam's Auger Conversion Kit, Nils, or whatever else there is to attach to a cordless hammer drill. Lots of folks have these high end drills laying around collecting dust so why not use them to drill through the ice? I don't have the luxury of being a contractor and having high end drills laying around. Another reason to be happy about my purchase. Now let's get to the performance, it's definitely not the fastest auger on the market, let's get that out there right away. I'd say it's comparable to a 10" Strikemaster chipper set up, speed wise. This auger cuts through the ice with ease though, right through the bottom of the hole. There is no slow down or hang up at the bottom of the ice, it cuts right through with ease. I've drilled 28 holes through 26" of ice before it dropped in power on Lake Winnibigosh while chasing tullibees. That's plenty of holes for me, I can even keep the charger in the vehicle hooked up to an inverter and have non stop charging capabilities. It also re-opens holes with ease, pretty darn slick. The weight compared to any other auger I've owned is noteworthy, at 22lbs it's easy to lug around the lake. It's even easy for my girlfriend to drill a line of holes which is a huge plus! Bottom line is that through all of the hype, the Ion has lived up to its expectations. Sometimes it's tough to separate the hype from the truth, especially in today's in your face marketing schemes. I'd make the purchase again, I'm more than pleased with the ol' green cutting machine.
  8. 10 likes
    Heck of a day today. 10:30 to 1:30 only 2 crappies and I almost left. decided to hang in there and try a couple spots close by. 1:45 to 3:30 it was game on time! 1 nice 9 inch gill and close to 40 crappies. The size was dandy. Many 10 1/2 to 11 3/4 inchers and hit 12 twice. Best crappie bite I have ever had in the yak. All released.
  9. 9 likes
    Fun time getting the yak out today. Met up with birthday boy Rick G not too far from town. No beasts yet but lotta fun. One foot of water or so. Gulp waxie on a plain jig brought many visitors. Found a phone underwater by the access.
  10. 9 likes
    I just returned from the hatchery and got a few stats on this springs catch. Total eggs taken this spring is 708 quarts which was their quota wanted this year. Normal yearly quota is 850 qts. to 900 qts. Nets were pulled as soon as their quota was met, but the walleyes were still running well and probably spawned below the dam naturally. There are about 100,000 eggs per quart and the average fry hatch rate in the hatchery is 75% to 80%! Natural hatch rate for eggs is only about 2% to 3% in the lake! Actual survival rate of all fry is highly dependent on water temps during the spring and summer, (the warmer-the better)! Predators also play a huge role in survival rate. Predators of the fry range from zooplankton to any thing else that wants to eat them! There were 5,500 male walleyes trapped and 2,000 female walleyes trapped before the trap nets were pulled. The eggs are hatching much slower this spring because the water temps have dropped from 53 degrees at the start of the trapping to 39 degrees this morning. Fry release into Vermilion is estimated to happen at around the walleye fishing opener this year because of the late hatch and water temps. Largest female trapped this spring was 32 inches! Cliff
  11. 8 likes
    Saturday was a gas. Always after a long winter away there is High Anxiety waiting to get boats in, docks in, cabin open, clean up lil island an taking it four feet deep at 3:30 ... Water temps may be be 40 something on surface but four feet down at 3:30 PM during my annual Docks Done Dip it was as cold as normal for a clear rusty slushy. Major Shrinkage oh boy! Buuuuurrrrrrrrrrr ~~~ oh there ya are lil buddy. : ) Fun clear calm sunny day even with all the work all good. Ride up the river was so quiet an calm we went slow an enjoyed it all. Beauty of a place when alone an calm. That is always fun to us. Bonnie Rocks as usual. Moe & Bear swimming an exploring all day until nap time midday lunch. Extreme Wehlerizing fun. Fun thing happened at Docks IN time. The fun of setting last two sections in armpit deep tippy toes wader saving water ~ was almost complete at 2 pm Saturday until some newbie cabin owning new to area dude down shifts 50 yards away and fills my waders with never ending new ranger boat buying wake. Coolbeans after a minute, but sort of enjoyed it as waders were coming off anyway. : ) FYI hint: Close to High Water mark, maybe SLOW DOWN or learn to trim out the huge motor by shore maybe? I aint all about YOU! Definitely not cool, but we deal with it. HUMANS~~~ Geeeeezzzzz.... : ) High water waves do damage you don't see. Wears away shorelines an send dock pallets all over the lake if not strapped down. Well some people never learn nor care, but that makes life just that much more fun to us. : ) Had a good laugh as later mooned them from Bonnies pontoon, yup a BIG Tommy Welcome to our sweet Vermilion pal moon.....as I am not known as the crabby guy on the bay. Far from it. Saw a some musky fish dating over by Nicky Slims pad an that is always special. Seems they are there every spring. : ) Great day. Looking forward to a mini Fish fry breakfast 6 am Saturday if I have any luck in my lil red boat with my Bonnie and me marauder hound boyz. Keep on Rocken! T
  12. 8 likes
    Well, April was good month for the daughter. Dam she made me proud. We went out shooting, for practice, and she did her part. It paid off when she drilled this jake. Her first bird #15 at about 28 yards. Saturday April 22nd she had a shot and missed, but Sunday was able to redeem herself. Never had a kid so happy in my life. She took him down after 6am, and was still excited at noon. I asked her if she wants to go again next spring, her reply was," what about the Fall hunt dad" Gotta love Kids
  13. 8 likes
    slabs are smackin the plastics.
  14. 7 likes
    Well Don you can be assured Dayton won't be back. I'll tell you from all the positive response from everyone who attended, especially those involved in making the final decisions picking the host city, I would bet it will be back here in 10 years, if possible sooner. Great job, St. Cloud, Sartell, and Sauk Rapids!
  15. 7 likes
    Well what a way to break into Minnesota turkey hunting, I got my first double beard! I scouted my butt off on some public land and found a lot of birds. It took about an hour after flydown and this guy came home. I was working 2 gobblers in through the woods and a hen showed up and took them away. I called aggressively to try and piss her off and it worked. She came within 10 yards of me, the gobblers hung back a bit but one got close enough to take an ethical shot about 25-30 yards away. I'd rather take a closer shot but if she got any closer she would have busted me so I had to take the chance I was given. I smoked one breast on a weber kettle with hickory. The other was made into schitzel. The legs and thighs (STOP WASTING THESE) were braised and used to make a massive pot of soup. Heart and liver were used for a classic liver and onions dish.
  16. 7 likes
    Yes they are...love this time of year
  17. 6 likes
    Had a great time Cliff, so what we could not fish the way you wanted. You adapted and we caught fish. Your always fun to go with, I truly enjoy the conversation, no politics, or anything controversial just good conversation between two guys. I think my spine compressed 2 inches from being out in Big Bay with those rollers as big as they were hitting the boat. Thanks for taking such good care of me as I was kind of concerned when we left my dock in the morning, my health issues for the last couple years kind of prevented me from being in a boat that long, I could tell you were truly concerned and cared. A long soak in hot water sure felt good when I got home. Hope Steve your original partner starts feeling better, tell him he does not have to worry about his seat in the boat for next year, I have decided to become a fair weather fisherman, fishing should be relaxing not a survival contest. See you soon I'm sure, our picture from the Bay took the front row in our picture gallery, Sue said it was a good one of us two. Sorry for the rambling everyone, your a good man Cliff and a better fisherman/guide, Darrell over/out.
  18. 6 likes
    I didn't fish locally but the same would apply here. Fished for eyes during peak feeding periods in early morning and evening. Jr and I had our limits within an hour after sunrise and released half a dozen in the 20-24". Casting a jig and minnow into shore was the ticket. Most fish were in close. Points and shorelines that had some depth but flattened out held fish and of course finding where the wind blew in the warm water was something else to take into account. After the sun got high the bite slowed and eyes went deeper and the big pike moved in or woke up. They didn't want anything moving other then a sucker and floating jig and slip sinker. Some pretty nice pike were netted in the 35-39" range. Might sound like a BS report so far but it gets better. While others in our party had eyes to catch we'd take care of that in the evening and opted to make a long hike into a trout lake. Been there before with success but past few years not so much but it was a nice day to sit on the bank and soak a worm. In four hours of fishing we caught one Brook Trout. It was WORTH IT. Slip sinker and inflated crawler is my go to for Brook trout lakes from shore. 20" Brook Trout. Early Sunday morning walleye bite was on Fire again.
  19. 6 likes
    Bring a female along in the boat and be ready to become the net boy.....check this out
  20. 6 likes
    Did the host boat thing and had a great time with the people I was paired up with. We did okay got a few walleye and smallies and cats even a lone redeye rockbass. All in all it was great for area and blessing to be part of. Also got the meet a local river rat. Good times.
  21. 6 likes
    The season is done! My 11 year old son and I each tagged out for the season. Friday night we had a group of 10 birds come in and my son missed a real nice tom. He felt terrible, but I felt worse! Had I positioned him a little better to the decoys I think he would have been able to make the shot. But poor positioning by me and a rushed shot from him resulted in a miss. So on Saturday morning in the thick fog and drizzle we snuck into a new area. We just sat on the ground, and as it started to get light I noticed what I thought was a clump of leaves or a nest in an oak not more that 20 yards from our location. As I lifted my binocs to get a better look I soon discovered that it was a bird on the roost. Upon closer inspection we could see five birds roosted within 20-30 yards of us. As we patiently waited for the birds to make their move a gobbler that was a couple hundred yards away broke the silence. Pretty soon the hens that were roosted by us began to stretch their wings and began calling as well. I decided there was no point in trying to call when we had birds right on us doing it for us. The next thing that happened was pretty amazing.....a bird that was roosted right above my son, one that we hadn't seen, flew out onto the field. As it glided out onto the field all I could see was a nice, long beard dangling from his chest. I whispered to my son "you'll want to take this one". He landed about 30 yards away, turned around and ran right into our hen/ jake set up. My son took the shot and ended up with a 22lb. tom with a 10 in. beard. To say he was excited would be an understatement. Myself....proud! My hunt was probably not as exciting, but still fun nonetheless. Monday morning I made my way back into the area where my son missed his bird on Friday night. As I was walking in a gobbler started calling. I had to hurry! I made my way to the blind, got the decoys out and got settled in. The gobbler I had heard was continuing to gobble. I decided to start making some soft calls. Soon after I heard him fly off the roost and as I looked in his direction I watched him land about a 100 yards from me. A few more soft calls and he was started in my direction. Once he saw the decoys he began to close the distance pretty fast. I drew my bow and as he entered in view of my first window I settled my pin on him and let fly.....he was a whopping 5 yards from the blind, and pretty much dropped right there. A little under 20 lbs with an 8 1/2" beard. We didn't have to fill our tags for it to be a success....for us that's a bonus. I'm extremely thankful for our fortune but almost disappointed it's over. The anticipation of spring turkey hunting truly is exciting. My son and I are already anxious for next year. Thanks for reading.....good luck!
  22. 6 likes
    Having not seen anything by 8:30 I needed to pack up to head into work. While standing outside pushing the blind side in I just happened to catch movement in the far corner of the corn field I was on, about 250 yards away. I look for a bit and see a few turkeys walking around, so I slowly grab all my gear, climb back in, push the side back out, and nock an arrow. I give a couple soft yelps and they start to head my way. Luckily I still had the decoys out. A hen and a Jake. They disappear behind a hill, Pretty soon they pop up 75 yards away slowing walking right towards me. 2 hens followed by and a nice Tom! I couldn't pass him up!. He was in full strut 15 yards in front facing me when I dropped the string. Hit him perfectly right where the neck meets his body. Flew up and coasted to about 40 yards before piling up. 23.5 lbs, 11.75" beard, 3/4" spurs. My biggest bow bird! Now hopefully find another one for my son this Friday...
  23. 5 likes
    I fished the tournament with my cousin Darrell. 15 minutes into our day my trolling motor batteries died! Caught 9 finally drifting and kept our 6 fish for a total weight of 5# 7 oz. Released a 20-1/2 incher. Some very nice walleyes caught today! Biggest was a 31 inch fish, 10#er. Cliff
  24. 5 likes
    Took Isaac and the neighbor boy out yesterday on river south of Little Falls. Fish didn't bite fast or hard but we still managed 8 walleyes and 3 smallmouth. Fished 6:30 -9pm. We found the fish in 6ft of water, where clearer water of tributaries mixed with the Mississippi. Fathead Minnows and leeches both produced, on a split shot rig casted and dragged back.
  25. 5 likes
    I named this big one "Bullzilla"
  26. 5 likes
    I would love to have the event back, just not this Governor. He told all of the locals to leave this area if they did not like all of the Somalis that were placed here. I am 100% in favor of the Governors opener, just am disgusted with this governor. Don
  27. 5 likes
    We had a great weekend taking 2 kids that won our "Center Stage" contest. Alex (9) and Kaylie (12) both harvested their 1st turkeys last weekend. We saw plenty of turkeys with the beautiful weather. Alex shot a Jake 20 mins after legal shooting time. He shared the hunt with his brother. Kaylie shot a nice Tom at 7am. 9" beard 3/4" spurs. She shared the expierence with her dad. Good luck to those with a tag!
  28. 5 likes
    I got my boat in the water this morning. Water temps ran from 47 degrees to 53 degrees. Spotted quite a few fish in deep water! Cliff
  29. 5 likes
    Was on Rainy river 4-13 & 14 walleye fishing. Weather was fantastic and the bite was also. Had three boats in our group from Vermilion and talked with many others. Even some Trout Lake regulars on the water. I had the had the pleasure of fishing with 3 Vermilion guides, Cliff, Buck and Mike Estrin. The portage will be open May 12 for 2016. Hours 7am -11am and 3pm - 7pm seven days a week. I am guessing ice out in Trout at 4-27 which is a few days after Vermilion. Fred Brett will be back two days a week. And Steve Pettinelli will drive two days, that leaves three for me. Also returning relief drivers Mike Madden and Mark Olson. With Spiny water fleas in Vermilion as of last summer.We will be doing our best to keep them out of Trout lake. Drain plugs for boats and live wells will need to be pulled on the portage. Minnow buckets will need to be drained on the portage and refilled on the other side. Fishing tackle and down rigger cables should be inspected for spinys. Let's all do our part to stop AIS from spreading in our lakes. Trout Lake Portage contractor Pine Island Resident Lonnie Johnson
  30. 5 likes
  31. 5 likes
    At least10% of all eggs hatched at the Pike River Hatchery are returned to Vermilion waters every year. According to DNR statistics that percentage is usually a much higher survival rate then if they had let the walleyes spawn naturally! I consider that a good trade off! Cliff
  32. 5 likes
    I found some hunting gear yesterday and I figured I'd grab it and try to find the rightful owner before someone else claimed it for themselves. If you or anyone you know lost some hunting gear on public land in Waseca County over the past weekend, let me know. If you can identify it, I will get it back to you.
  33. 4 likes
    Hope that I can make it! My partner has been very sick the last few days and was diagnosed with Lyme's today! Have to see how he is feeling by Friday! Cliff Better bite today in spite of the miserable weather. My guys boated 24 walleyes this morning and kept their limit of 16, 14" to 15" fish. They also released a very nice 25 incher! Cliff
  34. 4 likes
  35. 4 likes
    My son and I boated a limit of 14-16 inch males, but we had to work for them. My son got lucky and landed a 28" walleye in 32 feet. He was one happy camper. We landed a few nice smallies too throwing plastics to the shoreline.
  36. 4 likes
    We fished out of Long Point on Saturday, we started on the reef by the green buoy in 18 ft. smacked them one after the other. The biggest we kept was 16.5", we kept 7 walleye before moving out into 30 ft. at 9 am where we filled our limits of walleye by 11:30. Surprisingly we did not catch any saugers. Sunday we fished the river for sturgeon , we ended up catching 4. The largest was 48 in. caught by my daughter. Her friend caught a 28.3 walleye. It was a very good trip for us all.
  37. 4 likes
    We were on the west end for the weekend. We went to Black Bay and saw 10-15 boats trolling Shad Raps. There were 4 of us so we didn't want to try that. Instead we opted for Lindy Rigs with rainbows. I've never used Lindy's in water that shallow but it worked! We boated a total of 13 walleye with 3 keepers from 17 - 20". The largest throw back was 25 and the other were consistently 21-22". One guy decided to drag a blue jig tipped with a crappie minnow and landed 6 crappies. One of them was 14". I saw very few walleye caught from the trollers. I'm thinking we did a bit better with Lindy's. All of that before noon. We went back that night --- nothing. I think the boat traffic in Black Bay either drove them out or shut them off. We tried Norwegian near the end and only 1 fish Saturday night - 28".
  38. 4 likes
    The secret to catching sheepheads is to go fishing for walleyes.
  39. 4 likes
    fishing has been good around St. cloud I got into some nice bluegills and hybrids over the weekend. Made a cool video to go along with it.
  40. 4 likes
    For those that didn't know, crayfishing season opened Saturday in Daisy Bay. Worked our way through 2 lbs. of bacon over the weekend. Now bring on the real opener.
  41. 4 likes
    Wish I could help but unfortunately I wont male it out till Sunday on opener... I would suggest although you wont get to keep any fish to try a charter at milacs... You will catch fish for sure I think last year I went out on milacs through twinpines for 35 bucks a person. Check Groupon and if you want to eat fish ho to the restaraunt and just order some!
  42. 4 likes
    I have also heard the rumors that the DNR removed adult fish to plant into other lake years ago. I heard that a few locals had gone as far as to threaten to dynamite the Pike River Dam if that practice did not stop! I have never heard any proof either way on that report. I assume that fry are planted into lakes that they cannot reproduce in to give fishermen in the area of those lakes the chance to fish for walleyes. Most lakes that the walleyes can reproduce in naturally usually do not require yearly planting to maintain a fishable walleye population. The DNR quit milking walleyes early because they had no demand for fry elsewhere in the state. They very seldom try to fill all of the egg batteries in the hatchery anyway. Cliff
  43. 4 likes
    Probably fishing Blue Lake ... or green lake, I have caught my biggest crappies around Opening weekend. Might give a cast or three for some walleyes but love to fish Bass now, super fun catching those big ones!! I am mostly a catch n release guy but like a good pan fish meal and looking at getting a smoker!! Bass ... always catch n release, especially in our metro lakes to keep fishing good. Was shocked how many people were keeping bass in a local small lake last fall!! Doesn't take long to wipe out a small body of water. Some fisherman think they have to keep everything they catch!! most phones have a good camera on them ... take a pic and release for good fishing future. Again, its OK to have a meal ... just know what, where, and your species of fish and how spawn and body of water applies to the lake size, ect... Cret
  44. 4 likes
    Hit the secret beach on the sippi for a couple hours today with some crawlers. wind was pretty crazy. smally bit first then a sucker. then the eyes moved in and I decided to leave. a young guy came down while I was fishing and was casting a spinnerbait and I asked him what he was after. he said bass so I let him know that it is illegal to target them and eyes till next month and that the game warden watches people in the area quite often. He said he had no idea he could not fish for them, thanked me and said he wont cast anymore. nice young guy. I bet he will be down again with some crawlers.
  45. 4 likes
    With the wind being fairly strong today I opted to hit the back waters of Little Rock. Have done goid there in yrs past.... so I figured it would be worth a shot. Finding crappies was pretty easy, they were holding tight to the brush and downed trees. Finding crappies over 8inches was tough...lol. I don't think I broke 9inches. But did manage one big carp. Guessing right around 30in, pulled me and the yak all over the lake before I got it boat side
  46. 4 likes
    good day today. first lake I hit it was skunk city. hit a few different spots and zip. so headed to spot 2 and much better. Not lots of fish but some nice fish. gills up to 9 and crappies up to 11. still lovin the gulp alive waxie in a jig.
  47. 4 likes
    Yep, Jimmy tells it like it is... good or bad
  48. 4 likes
    I agree. Other thing is keeping battery's warm. First ice when walking I now when you don't have a vehicle to keep it in can be a pain.
  49. 4 likes
    Muskie entering hole She came back a while later and was in and out for the last hour of my last sit of the season Pike sampling a decoy Eyeing the decoy
  50. 4 likes
    This will be my new hunting partner. @river rat316 I hope he can find our ducks