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  1. 8 points
    Great weekend on my favorite lake. Still pulling shad raps in 17-20', walleyes were on fire and even a few bonus fish made their way to the boat.
  2. 7 points
    I pop in here a few times lately for some humor for myself, it is hard to do. No, very hard to do...but this sight makes me smile sometimes so here ya go...FYI. Moe Rock passed August 14th ~ 4 days before what would have been his 11th birthday. He was our rock in many ways and was one of the smartest retrievers we have ever had in our family in 30 some years. If you knew Moe Rock you can understand, remember. He was so strong an fought the cancer just over FOUR MONTHS.... Pills n tests an more pills an more tests...until well CANCER SUCKS. In the end the cancer wins no matter how hard he fought or how hard his TEAM fought with him and for him. Bonnie an I, the special vets an techs at Osceola Animal hospital and the top doc's, students and assistants and at the U of M vet center tried very hard and long to help him in his battle. He never changed, stood tall an strong, bright eyes an devilish smile. Truth is we only stayed a couple steps ahead of the cancer that took him that day at 5 PM. He was strong right up until he passed with Bonnie an myself holding his paws an making his passing go easy. Bother Polar Bear Boy looking on also. Don't make any of this easy saying this, but he was not doing good at 5 am Sunday morning as that cancer stuff just jumped him good this weekend an well, he lost. We never gave in, nor did he. This weekend at the cabin he tried to enjoy himself, DID enjoy it all. He swam, couple dock jumps, we fished morning runs an sunset, did boat rides, worked on some shore n boat small projects an ate pretty dang well. He was fine until bedtime when we knew an HE knew something was happening. Not good. CANCER SUCKS! We had a great time, Moe only showing to Bonnie an myself an his Brother Polar Bear Boy he was not feeling to good in the evenings the last week. Very sad. Never forget Moe Rock or his up north name of NoMoeToe given to him by long time guest in my boat from Capser Wyoming the late Mary Cob and his Chisago City area name the Fire Chief gave him of ThreeToeMoe. He was not only special to me but to a host of people in this area an on or around Lake Vermilion for his whole life. Good boy, darn good boy. One regret is not everyone that knows of Moe or knows him only online did not get to meet him in person. You would have enjoyed him in many ways as we all did. Loveable, big nut, sweet, smart, goofy, odd and a total tick that like to start fights with this brothers an then leave them to settle it while he went an ate their food or got best seat on casting deck my big black boat. Yup, Moe Rock was a Tick. Any way....very sad are we, but he fought like tuff darts, a good long fight. Never whined a bit, did as was asked an stayed pretty much himself the whole time until that Sunday morning really. Not once showing anyone not in family he was sick, real sick. Still loved his truck rides, belly rubs, swimming his pool, wratling with me n Bear, watching TV, Playing on Kendel or computer with Bonnie an just plain being Moe to his brother Bear Boy...big smiles. Fishing, how he love3d fishen...mostly topwater of any kind, but he would go with me anytime, anytime....true fish hound was he, our sweet Moezy. I did not tell anyone about Moe rock but Mom Joanne as figured he might kick cancer to the curb an well.......... Never gave up hope but most times cancer wins in retriever hounds, even our sweet Moe Rock. PEACE! Very Sad. Now running with his fellow Mallard Island Marauders that crossed over before him, Barney Toonder, Homer J., Bailey, Beckey, Buddy.....plus Jack n Ev the Kats. Some good party.....good food, big smiles and all that go with them....all very special. Lov ya Moe......I miss you my boy....rest easy until we meet again. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  3. 7 points
    This one gets thi pie plate award.... it was only 10.5 long, but couldn't get my hand around this beast. It was an impressive 6 1/4 inches tall. He is still in the lake, hopefully growing even bigger
  4. 5 points
    Definitely that time of year again. Load the boat full of kids and put the raps out and be prepared to catch a lot of fish. Only gets better from here. Pic of my son and his cousin and their limits. Good memories being made.
  5. 4 points
    Did some late night trolling this weekend. Small shad style baits trolled on the inside weed edges got bit. Lots of small and eater eyes caught. Also got a few nice smallmouth with the biggest just over 19 inches.
  6. 4 points
    A few from up on Bowstring. Lotta fish biting in less than 9 feet.
  7. 4 points
    The kids got our lunch today in about an hour. The action was fast and furious. Great average size on the fish. Trolling raps in 15-20'.
  8. 4 points
    Labor day weekend is always a bummer because we have no choice but to pull docks and such. Nonetheless I snuck out this morning with my nephew for a few hours. We got the leadcore rods out. It was a successful morning. We caught 15 and kept our 8. We had a 15" and 18" and the others were all right at 16". Beautiful eaters. We were pulling cranks in 24-26'. As others have stated switch up colors bur also switch up sizes. Early on a bigger shad rap was best but later in the morning downsizing to a smaller flickershad was better. What a great fishery. I wish I had more time to fish up here in the fall. I may not be one the water again until next opener.
  9. 4 points
    Thanks every one of you. Moe was the best. I don't heal from this stuff to easy. Makes me smile n sad same time but a good sad. Thanks. All our hound pals wonderful n loved it is just Moe n I went thru lots together an he wa so darn smart from being around me everyday n from growing up with his real bro Bear n cuz Homer J n Barney. Totally tick at times. Loved fishen n any kind of food n Women. Thanks for all the kind words. Keep on rocken. T
  10. 4 points
    Hey everybody, I have my last two guide trips on the 22nd and 23rd of August. A bad back and old age have taken their toll and I will retire from a job I have loved to do for the last 27 years. I still enjoy it but unfortunately my body just can't take the pounding anymore. I'll still be out there fishing but no longer on a daily basis. I will miss all the regular clients I have had over the years and all the new people I have met that I can call my friends. Thanks to all of you that have shared the boat with me over the years, I hope you all had a good time. "Ace" "It's just fishing man"
  11. 4 points
    One from Sunday
  12. 3 points
    Been out chasing crappies again in the DL area..been a while...finding some nice ones in mouth of a river...pic of a couple
  13. 3 points
    Minnows and crawlers for live bait, but a tough bite ! Much better bite trolling with lead core and cranks. Cliff
  14. 3 points
    I agree with Barbelboy. You might be in for a case of sticker shock when you price out a rifled shotgun barrel for your Nova... If you have a Remington 870 I'd get a rifled cantilever barrel for that. Barrel prices are more reasonable and once you mount the scope you won't have to take it off. Sighting in each year is a lot easier since you're not starting completely over. You'll be shocked at how accurate they are with the right sabot slug!
  15. 3 points
    Spend the money on a slug barrel for one of your 12 gauges or a slug gun. You can mount a scope on them and with modern slug loads they shoot similar to center fire rifles. You've spent the $$ on the land, spend a little more for a gun specific to your hunting zone. You won't regret it.
  16. 3 points
    Ahead of the wind I snuck out for an hour this morning to check on the fish and they were still there eager to bite. Here is the report
  17. 3 points
    Bear has been reunited with his owner!
  18. 3 points
    I do not fish the West end but the bite is slowly turning into a minnow bite now. Crawlers are still working on most days though. I have been getting a few more fish in the deeper water each time out but that being said, I am still catching fish as shallow as 16' too. The later it gets into fall the deeper you will find bunched up walleyes. Cliff
  19. 3 points
    Area bluegill bite has been very good as of late. Look to deep weedlines or hard bottom areas in the 6-18ft range to hold better numbers. Please remember to release the larger fish to help keep our area lakes healthy.
  20. 3 points
    Told my wife I wanted to watch hooker.... she said " you aren't watching any hookers while I'm around" rim shot.
  21. 2 points
    We did OK yesterday from noon to 4:00pm using bait rigs with minnows and also by snap-jigging 1/2 oz. fire tiger colored jigs with a minnow in 18' to 20' depths, mud/sand bottom. Looks like the jigging bite may be starting on the East end! Cliff
  22. 2 points
    no monsters but a lot from 8 to 8 1/2. may need to get out again Friday.
  23. 2 points
    Thanks for all the help. We got out there a little late today and overshot the intended spot by 100 yards in the dark. Had just enough time to throw out the decoys and sink into cat tails best we could. Saw lots of wood ducks, teal and a few geese. Had one cinnamon teal sail into range and he got it. Very exciting. Part of our problem was we were more exposed than the spot I had intended. But it worked out. We had fun and he asked if we could go again next year. Bud, we can go again in two weeks! Went out his afternoon for last hour and a half too and he missed two wood ducks but still had fun. Next up is to figure out a blind. My son was so excited. Talking about how we can recamo the boat and son too. He even said, this boat was a wise investment. Ha. PS. I made him put that blue hood down. Ha
  24. 2 points
    Thanks both. I sat at the access for an hour this morning before work and watched wood ducks, teal and some geese. An army of coots showed up too. Hundreds of them. Anyway, have a good idea where to set up now and excited for Saturday. I made my son try my camo long sleeve shirt on tonight. That will be his camo mumu or whatever they call those big garbs. lol. Can wear it over his t-shirt and light coat. Will get him his own camo gear if he gets into duck hunting soon enough. Good luck on Saturday Moose. P.S. We picked up steel shot and snacks at the Surplus tonight. I had talked to the owner earlier in the week who is talented competitive trap shooter to ask about the choke my son should have (modified) and what shells he recommended. Anyway, I said, do you know what you need then (to my son) and he went right to the steel shot. "We can't shoot lead," he said. "Let's see, 20 gauge, 2 3/4 is probably strong enough. Not sure what these numbers mean (in regards to BBs." I explained and he says "Ok, a 4 will probably do on smaller ducks." This is exactly what the owner had recommended. Just thought it was funny. He's 13. But he knows better than I would if just starting out at 30 or 40.
  25. 2 points
    9-3-17 report. Fished close to the same area and depths as the earlier report but used the McQuade Harbor Access this time. Got out early in the morning and found the Lake Trout to be suspended 100' down again as well. Silver Dodger w/green blue fly was our hot set, taking 4 of the 5 Lake Trout we boated. I should note that it was set back off the down rigger with two colors of lead core. We had that area to ourselves with most boats in close along with the Charters. I'd have to think they were tickling the bottom with Attackers w/flies/smelt, a very good Fall pattern for taking Lake Trout.
  26. 2 points
  27. 2 points
    By far the best time of the year to wet a line is during the fall; sucks it is such a short season. Ice season can wait as long as it wants. Thanks to climate change, it seems to get shorter every year...
  28. 2 points
    looks good for 7 fmers...
  29. 2 points
    gotta love the gills.
  30. 2 points
    I was using fatheads and pike suckers. I caught walleyes in depths from 16' to 42'. Cliff
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    anybody else enjoying the fruits of the lands? I did 52 pints of sweet corn and put in freezer yesterday. 24 jars of chokecherry jelly and 5 jars syrup a couple weeks ago. 20 pounds of tomatoes in the garage for salsa to be attacked soon. And some green apples for the dehydrator. love this time of the year.
  33. 2 points
    I have not met you or your dog but can see by the pictures how much he meant to you. My dogs fish with me and it is amazing to see the pictures of how happy he was to be with you. Remember the good times and know he is in the boat with you,
  34. 2 points
    Caught a fatty the other night... 26.5". Looked preggo so I tossed it back. Got it from a bridge at night, was sure it was a 20lb cat until it was out of the water. Somehow snapped a 50lb mono leader at the snell a split second before my buddy got it in the net. Was pretty wild. Cats are way too much fun!
  35. 2 points
    30 min before and after sunset, and from 7-9am. I'm no expert on bottom composition, but I'm pretty sure its rock. The point i was fishing near extends underwater as a ridge or rock pile, with flats on either side. Was fishing the flats. Most fish were close to the rock pile, but not on it.
  36. 2 points
    What a morning jigging on one of the best, fastest bites of the summer for me Tuesday morning of this week. I had a guide trip but they cancelled that morning and I almost stayed on shore. Since I had the boat in the water and everything was set I went out by myself to check out a couple of spots. I didnt get very far
  37. 2 points
    Sunday and Monday we caught lots of 15-16" fish at 12-14 FOW. All on Chartruese jigs with half a crawler. A couple in the high teens and one 21" as well.
  38. 2 points
    Back in the old days..... before I retired and we used to come up labor day, I used to fish steep breaks into deep water. My favorite spot was the north/west tip of Schmidts Island. There is a little flat than breaks into like 40 feet out in front, more or less, of the dock that goes with the little chalet style cabin. There are probably other spots along that headolakes shore of the island that are good, so check it out with modern electronics. I don't know if that area is still working or not. Jigging raps might work there. I used a rig with a pretty heavy sinker so I could tip toe over the rocks up and down the break. Caught what was my PB walleye for a long time on that spot. Neighbor got a 30 incher somewhere along there. This is all historical, so maybe not much help anymore. BTW I typically fished there in the evening. Never really tried it during the day.
  39. 2 points
    When CigarGuy first showed up on these forums, I stopped by and introduced myself but I think that he was either on his dock or just hopping into the boat. I haven't visually seen him in a few years, but I did see the Mrs. Cigar Guy and another assembling a sitting bench earlier this summer! Some day I'll stop by to share a cocktail. As for the people boating in close, here are my two Vermilion observations: 1) There are known spots on Vermilion. People go to those whether there are zero boats or ten boats there. If I am on a known spot, I don't get upset when others show up and fish close. If I am working a non-typical spot and others show up because they see you catch a fish, I do get a bit testy as well. 2) Navigation channels tend to hold fish, attracting boats that are fishing and boats that are moving. As a fisherman, I accept that people are going to boat close by in established navigation paths. I do get upset when people go through tight areas on plane or even just below it. I always try to follow a no-wake policy when going through tight areas such as Fectos or others. Our place is in Black Bay and the pinch between Black Bay and the Partridge River typically has boats. I'll come off plane and go nice and slow past boats. Treat others as you want to be treated. Preaching to the choir....I know
  40. 1 point
    Some of the best walleye action is going on now, big bass have been found on some of the deeper humps and gradual sand/gravel drop offs.
  41. 1 point
    Best of luck to all. I thought about it but with duck hunting with my son this year and bowhunting/gunhunting our woods and muzzleloading in a special hunt (hopefully), I had to choose. Good luck.
  42. 1 point
    3 days up there. crappies are biting.
  43. 1 point
    I spend as much time fishing in the fall as I do in the winter. Lawn work slows down and unlike many people on here, I don't hunt. So no lines at the access and I have the lakes (almost) to myself!
  44. 1 point
    Bummer Moose! I hope you find something soon.
  45. 1 point
    You need therapy moose
  46. 1 point
    I hope I can ice fish in September and June
  47. 1 point
    Yep...picked up a couple 9ah battery packs.... Should be able to drill as many holes as needed now
  48. 1 point
    I am in the middle of a rebuild as well. The carpet needed to be replaced, and the best way to do that was to remove things, which turned out to have some rotting boards, which led to more removal and this is how it currently looks: Most of the wood in my boat merely need a new coat of paint. However, you can see the framing in the bottom picture are all rotted. I have actually been thinking of replacing it with some 2x2 cedar. Hoping that will be better at avoiding rot. I also need to replace the deck above that frame, it had gotten a little soft and I am going to lay a new piece of treated plywood on top. Probably the best for replacement would be marine grade plywood, but it is expensive and not convenient for picking up over the weekend. Of course, I have never done this before so I am not speaking from experience.
  49. 1 point
    This post is turning into an 80's TJ HOOKER episode! To fun to turn off an so bad it needs to be made fun of. : )
  50. 1 point
    This 25" on sunday. Lost another beauty on friday, my dad and I guess another one close to 10lbs. She gave us 3 nice looks at the side of the boat before she had enough. Another amazing fish lost on a jigging rap. You won't see me buying any lottery tickets any time soon.
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