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  1. 20 points
    This cold spell has really slowed things up this spring. The past several days have had non-stop wind, rain(all day yesterday), and cold. Miserable conditions for people who wait 6 months to enjoy the soft water. Today, however, the wind let up, the rain stopped, and the temperature was more hospitable, and those boats that were so prevalent on the opener, well, maybe not quite as many but, they're back! The water temp has been holding pretty steady at 48.9-50.9 degrees. I'm hoping the warmer weather that's coming will bring the water temp up to at least mid to high 50's. I've got a bucket full of leeches that are climbing the sides to go fishing. Low 60's should be just about perfect. My wife joined the outing this morning and we started off on the far east end of the lake. 48.9 degree water. Cherry Island had ~12 boats and the spots on the south side of Ely Island all had a few boats. We started off in Armstrong Bay in 27' and fished as shallow as 15'. There were several boats on the "spots" but we had zilch luck unless you count watching 2 bald eagles on a date. I did mark a few fish but no biters. We moved over to a deep shoreline and fished the 24'-35' contours with no luck. A half dozen other boats were working the same shoreline a short ways off but we saw no netting activity. There was an armada of boats on the "S" curve this morning. There is a 25' hole on the western end and most of them were in the shallow water in front of it. There were several boats in portage bay but nothing like opening day. My wife and I tried a small bay on our way around the north side of Pine Island. The deepest surrounding water is 25' and we started there and worked into the bay up to ~16'. The bottom is mud and I marked fish from 21'-16'. The fish were scattered but we managed to land both walleyes and jumbos using our "go to" 3/4oz bouncers, 3' 10# fluorocarbon leader, and red bead and hook. Chubs were our minnow of choice this morning. I stopped by Shamrock and picked up minnows a couple days ago. Randy's gorilla rainbows scared me off with this cold water and I opted for chubs instead. It was a good choice and they worked as promised We kept enough fish for dinner. Now, if you read this post and try to glean info for your next trip, just remember, most of the spots that myself and others write about are "proven". To go out and randomly find "the" spot on a lake the size of Vermilion is pretty tough when conditions are like they are now and you're trying to make things happen on a week or two week vacation. I went to specific "spots" this morning where I have had success in the past and there was nothing random about it. If I were going to fish here for the first time, I would most definitely have sonar with a chip. Fish the depths and the types of structure discussed in the posts on this site. Lastly, I think this new format and "look" for the fishing forum is fantastic! It is easy to navigate and the new features are state of the art. Rick did a great job and I for one am most appreciative. The "like bar" included in every post or reply is a valuable tool. It is a way of letting posters know that their efforts are appreciated and, equally important, LIKED! Thank you to all of those who have clicked the "like" box on my posts. I will continue to post up to the minute informative fishing information. Good Fishing, MarkB The picture is of our best fish of the morning.....
  2. 18 points
    For the past few days, I've been fishing alone because of the chilly inclimate weather(or so she says). Whenever I don't really "have to" catch fish to keep my wife enthused or we want fish for a meal, I like to "explore" and fish places I've never really tried before. Such was the case yesterday. Actually, I had in mind where I wanted to try, and when I pulled into the little bay, I had the area all to myself. Water depths ranged from ~28' at the mouth on up. The water temperature was 51 degrees with a gusty west wind. When I got my first hit, it kind of took me by surprise and nearly pulled my rod over board. I had the fish on for a bit but lost it with the phony hook set that I managed. With nobody around, I dropped a marker and, for the next 2 hours or so, I followed a big school of walleyes all around that bay from as deep as 24' to as shallow as 19'. My first hit came on a minnow and every single hit after that was on a leech! I couldn't get them to hit a minnow! My best fish was 18.5" and I ended up boating 12 walleyes and 2 jumbos. I caught a few dinks(3) but I could have kept an easy limit of 15"-16"ers. So, today my wife was excited to go. Clear skies, light and variable wind, horrible day for finding walleyes! I went back to the spot from yesterday. Today, however, another boat was in the vicinity. When 2 boats started fishing in proximity to each other, a third came, then a fourth. Typical. Fortunately, the hits today were few and far between. We managed 1 walleye on a minnow and that was it. The area where they were so active yesterday was totally void this morning! So I moved.... On my way to "plan B" I happened to notice bunches of funny looking little marks close to the bottom in 35' of water. I slowed everything down and retraced my GPS track and the whole bottom lit up. Eventually, I marked fish for a 1/2 mile in the 32'-35' depth. I baited my wife up with leeches and I stuck on a big sucker minnow. Almost immediately I hooked up but lost the fish half way in. I dropped the minnow back down and immediately got one 16". Aha! Hungry and nice...my favorite combo. I changed my wife over to minnows and when we left at 12:30, we had boated 17 walleyes and one jumbo. I can't guess how many we missed and lost, but suffice it to say, plenty! They wouldn't even look at a leech! Go figure. We used our standard rig. On a side note, two other boats pulled up beside us and fished. They were close enough that I could see exactly how they were fishing. I didn't see either boat catch a single fish! 3 fishermen in one boat and 2 in the other. Both boats were using jigs and minnows. I observed these boats as they blew by us on their trolling runs. The angle of their line, probably due to speed, was <30 degrees compared to the side of their boat. I have no idea how much line they had out but I would bet they were NOT close to the bottom.. I believe that speed is as important in fishing as wind is in hunting! We maintained our speed at .3-.5mph. Anytime we deviated from that speed, our hits stopped. I think speed is the main contributing factor for lack of success in fishing. Knowing where to go and what to look for doesn't hurt either I kept 3-14"-15" walleyes and a jumbo for lunch. When cleaning the walleyes, they were full of mayfly larvae and some had miniature shiner minnows in their stomachs. The shiner minnows were about the size of a "nice" chub minnow. They liked both suckers and rainbows. When we left for home, the water temp had warmed to 53 degrees. Good Fishing, MarkB
  3. 16 points
    A buddy of mine pan fishing on an west metro lake last week.
  4. 15 points
    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.
  5. 15 points
    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
  6. 15 points
    I went out from McKinley this evening. I found a solid 4 inches of ice all the way out to where I fished! Fished from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. in 16 f.o.w.. Iced 7 walleyes and lost at least that many more. Kept my limit of 13" to 16" fish. Very steady bite! Used 1/4 oz. Rattle Spoons in perch/white glow and gold with a shiner head on them and also a dead stick with a shiner. Both presentations worked about equally well. Good to be back on the ice again! Cliff
  7. 14 points
    Finally a nice day to get out on the water! My clients and I left the dock at 8:30am and returned at 4:00 pm today We boated a total of 70 walleyes, 3 pike, and 3 perch. My clients kept their limits of 14" to 16-1/2" walleyes. 3 slot walleyes, 21-1/2, 20-1/2, and 18-1/2 inchers. All 3 pike were in the slot. 26" to 32" fish. Only one perch was big enough to keep, a fat 12" fish. All fish came out of 26' to 32' of water. We used leeches,chubs, and pike suckers on lindy rigs for all of the fish. With the weather forecast for the next few days, the bite should get even better! Cliff
  8. 13 points
    My buddy and I headed up to Mille Lacs lake on Saturday for some late season Pike on Tip-ups. We were setup in 9ft of water and were using 8-10" sucker minnows. Only iced 2 pike but one was an absolute Tanker! Didn't get a measurement but she was definitely eating good! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/CZhuYbVZuis
  9. 13 points
    Trolling for walleyes and my son caught this muskie-just shy of 50". I took a picture that didn't show the whole fish, my buddy is holding the full length shot.
  10. 13 points
    was out on a lake south of town yesterday. got out at 1 only a handful of people on the lake. found 4-5". tried to find crappie drilled all around 16-18 fow. no luck finally about 3:30 the bottom started lifting fig it was perch ended up being a nice walleye! landed 4 nice crappie and 1 more walleye after that. all really tight lipped and hanging on the bottom. had to jig em hard with a red impulse everything else seemed to scare them and every time I caught one had to switch holes for a bit. when I left at dark the lake was filling up and the fish were starting to come up a few feet. gonna try and get out sat and chase some of those eyes!
  11. 13 points
    It's amazing how fast time flies when people,fish, and good times mix together perfectly My cousin and his Buddy arrived here last Saturday and, this morning, they left for home. I always get a bit edgy this time of the year in preparation for their annual outing: pre-visit fish location, most effective angling method, peak activity periods, etc. Fortunately, everything came together and they enjoyed what they termed as one of their 3 best trips ever! I found during the pre-visit fish location that the walleyes were located on reef tops. During 5 days of fishing, we fished reef tops ranging in depth from 6'-18'. Specifically, we fished one reef at 6', another at 10', one at 15', and a fourth at 18'. Clouds and wind dictated the preference for a particular day. The reefs were strung out from Frasier Bay to the east end of Big Bay. I had two people ask if we fished the Comet Island reefs and the answer is we did not. I always marked fish before we spent much time on the deeper reefs we fished. The shallow reef was pull up, throw out the anchors and fish. The most effective angling method, hands down, was slip bobbers. We caught fish trolling but the guys I was fishing with weren't accustomed to snaggy rocky reefs and the experience with constant snags was frustrating. So, we used slip bobbers and had phenomenal success. We set the hooks for 2' shallower than what the sonar read(except the shallow reef) and caught walleyes, smallmouth, and northern. The only bait we used while slip bobber fishing was leeches. There were spots we fished that were swarmed with mayflies in the water column. Our peak activity period was most definitely evening from ~5:00-9:00. We fished mid morning time slots but found the bigger fish were mostly caught very early morning and the above mentioned evening time. Mildly windy days helped the mid-day bite but nothing compared to 5:00-9:00 in the evening. Me, my cousin and his Buddy fished for 5 days and caught over 100 walleyes during their stay. We caught 23 slot fish from 18"-26"(lots of 21's and 22's) and we ate walleyes twice during their visit. We caught 5 northerns with the biggest at 32". The bass fishing was spectacular and while quantity was no problem, the biggest we could muster was 17.5". It was a blue ribbon trip and great fun was had by all........ Good Fishing, MarkB The attached pictures are not included because of gargantuan fish size but because the parties involved probably appreciated the lake as much as anyone will this season..............
  12. 13 points
    My wife and I snuck out early this morning and it's a good thing we did for 2 reasons: first, the walleyes bit well early(for us); second, this post was titled Boats, boats, and more boats and truer words were never spoken! Let's start with the boats statement. In the areas that we were fishing, it literally became unsafe by 11:00. There were lots of site seers, pleasure boaters, wave runners, skiers, and fishermen. When boats began coming at us from 3 different directions at once, it was time to abandon ship! I'm not going to even get into the etiquette part but suffice it to say, my wife and I will not be fishing on a holiday weekend anytime soon. Now for the fishing part. We went straight to a spot we fished opening week. Our first outing there produced so-so results. Today was way better. Sucker minnows did the trick and they bit well right up until about 10:30. After 10:30, I marked hordes of fish and couldn't get them to bite! For a couple hours, every time I trolled by this huge shoreline rock, my wife caught a fish. We managed a 22", 21" 18.5" and several other low end eaters with a 15" and 16" mixed in. But, when they quit, they quit!!! The water temp was 59.9 degrees when we started and 64.3 degrees when we quit. Little to no breeze and sunny skies. A beautiful day to be on the water as evidenced by the boat traffic later in the morning. We've been finding lots of fish cruising deep water, marking fish, dropping down bait and if they don't bite fairly quickly, move on to the next marks. We've had luck in 30'-43' of water. These fish are on mud eating mayfly larvae and, if this warm weather holds on, I would imagine we will have mayflies by mid-June. Our bait choice kind of volleys between leeches and suckers/chubs/rainbows. We usually start with both, then switch exclusively to whatever is working. We've been moving on to other spots when we stop and start catching dinks. We've found the eaters and slot fish pretty much on the same spots. That's the way they were this morning. Our luck this morning came on a 20' contour along a mainland shoreline. I went to that spot because it produces this time of the year. Freelancing takes place AFTER the proven spot(s) cool off. I took pictures of what I call "blanket" marks this morning. Also, I took a picture of fish we marked traveling 30mph while cruising and looking. Unfortunately, I left my card in the computer the last time I downloaded pictures. I found it when I tried to download my pics from this morning. Sure glad a 30"er didn't get caught with no camera. Not true!!!! I'll take a 30"er anytime!! Good Fishing, MarkB
  13. 12 points
    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
  14. 12 points
    My wife Brittany, daughter Hannah, and I were up on Shagawa friday night and Saturday. We were able to boat 6 nice eyes around 12-18", released a couple lil guys, not to mention Hannahs very first walleye of many for the trip! Looked like the storms started just after the clouds passed, as we were blessed with a nice sunset along with a light show to the east. Saturday started with a couple snakes taking our lines off trolling lindys, then a while later the girls found a couple bass by boulder bay. Seemed as if everyone on the lake was looking to find a day bite unsuccessfully. I would have liked to jig but the girls are not quite there yet if you get my drift. Had burgers at Stony Ridge and said hi to our buddy Don, Once the sun started going down we went to our go to spot where we were the night before where it drops from 10' to 40' where i marked the biggest group of the day suspended in 15-18'. Bobbed another 1/2 dozen before we headed in. As expected with the girls we got a later start to the trip down to Vermilion but hey what can a guy do. Jumped on off HooDoo and decided to go out to see what the lake looked like first. Caught a couple bass in a super secret spot lol, dropped by hendrickson but didnt mark anything, so we went to the north west end of ely island. Of coarse some guy we saw putting in at the launch was parked on something i dubbed "jrs hump" years ago so we bobbed up in the shallows watching some people drift the sand flat. Diudnt see any fish boated so i didnt feel as bad. The wind kicked up so we headed back into pike as the girls no like white caps hahaha. Tried Million Dollar for 10 and trolled our way in before getting kicked off by the first passing shower. Came back out after sharing an appetizer sampler at the good ol days to find another 6 super golden walleyes. Was able to say hi to one of the fabled Vermilion guides as he rode by before packing it up for the ride home. Look forward to coming back up ffrom the 17th-25th with the parents too, dad is a little jelly he didnt get to come up Hope to hear the good reports continue, good luck and safe fishing! Pikers
  15. 12 points
    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.
  16. 12 points
    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.
  17. 12 points
    Headed out on Friday with my "Little" (who's now not so little...) from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization (If you've ever thought about doing it, I'd highly recommend it--or if you have questions, just PM me. They're especially in need of male volunteers). I've brought him and his dad up to Mille Lacs six years now, and we finally got him a personal best. Last minutes of daylight, out on a flat without another car in sight, 50 degrees, what a way to end the 2016 season. The bite this weekend was the same as all year. Lots of active fish--we caught somewhere between 50 and 60, but I punched a lot of holes out on the flats looking for biters. Only one legal keeper. A few perch. A few tullibees. A lot of the small 'eyes are getting pretty skinny, but this big girl looked like she'd been feasting at the casino buffet. I honestly can't remember catching a fish that fat and thick on Mille Lacs. I included the "release" pic just to give some idea as to how thick she was.
  18. 12 points
    Well made it out to a local area lake tonight. Was nice to fish some home water been on the ice a few times this year but in the Northwest corner of the state. Was happy to find 4-5 inches of good ice to one of my walleye spots. Managed to ice 13 eyes mostly shorts but managed 2 at 16 and one at 17 for a fresh meal. Caught fish on a slender spoon but the bigger ones came off jigging raps and they slammed it. Nothing on a dead stick to my surprise. Rick G walked over and talked to me he was on another section of the lake. Sounds like Eyeguy, Jeremy Campbell were with also. Sounded like they had some success also. All in all a great night good to see some fellow fmers and enjoy some decent fishing.
  19. 12 points
    We've continued, these past couple of days, fishing the general areas where we've had success. I am trying bobber fishing more seriously now but haven't had any success from the boat. This past evening, I decided to try dock fishing again. We've had a couple friends using our docks and they've caught lots of fish but most are dink status. I don't think they've caught a slot fish yet. Anyway, I went down to the dock around 8:15 and stayed out till almost 10:00. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Not because of the fishing but because of everything else happening. I watched loons, an eagle, mergansers, mallards, and even a beaver sneaking around just before dark. One particularly enjoyable thing was watching a Dad boat fishing with his very young son and showing him the finer points of getting a hit, setting the hook, netting a fish, etc. He talked to the little guy as if he were an adult and I was thoroughly impressed with his patience and perseverance. They caught several small walleyes and the young fisherman had a ball. At one point, the sun was almost down and it was casting a shimmering line across the water. I watched the fishermen cross that line in their boat and when they cleared it, the boat and them were just dark outlines and the shimmering line remained. It was a picture that a professional photographer would kill for! What a subject: "The Beginning of a Fisherman" Me, I suck as a dock fisherman! I had way more fun watching all the local activity. I ended up landing 12 including 11 dinks from 8"-10" and one real trophy class 14.5"er!!! I had to have missed 20! There's just something about a bobber going under that makes you reflect on your own beginnings as a fisherman. Especially as you get older Good Fishing, MarkB
  20. 12 points
  21. 11 points
  22. 11 points
    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.
  23. 11 points
    fun time and a nice show up. good to meet some new folks and enjoyed the gummy bear brats. (no bears were harmed in the making of these brats @Rick G ) thx for letting me reel one in on that fancy rod.
  24. 11 points
  25. 11 points
    I may get a big ration of doodoo for this post, but here goes. As a business owner (not food related) I guess I'm a bit confused by all of these negative posts. The new owners (remember, they invested their money in the place) have evidently decided on a business model that they feel will work for them to be profitable. I don't know them, don't know what their background or experience is, and it really doesn't matter. It's their business, so they get to do with it whatever they choose. If their model doesn't work, it stands to reason that they'll change their model, but that is entirely up to them. There's likely a reason that the ownership of The Landing has changed several times in the last decade. Trying to drive these owners out of business won't bring back 1980's priced cheap food and drink. There are lots of places in many towns and cities that I choose not to eat at or visit because I don't want to pay the prices they charge. But I don't go on the Internet and demean the owners and their places of business because I choose not to buy from them. I'm a few times a year visitor to The Landing, and it is generally for lunch off the lake. If I thought it was too expensive I simply wouldn't go back. Vote with your dollars, not your posts on this forum. Get a Trip Advisor or Yelp account and post a review if it's that important for you to vent. The alternative for all of you of course, is that if anyone else has a model where they can charge half as much and still make a profit (not likely), well maybe that person ought to buy The Landing and give us all cheap food and drink. We'll line up at the dock for you. It's the old "put your money where your mouth is" adage. The fact is, most of the old favorite local establishments you talk about have been in the same family for years or generations, and the owners make a living because of low overhead. Someone investing in a new venture has lots to pay for, and as you all know, owning anything on a lake, and especially on Vermilion in Greenwood Township, is not a low-cost endeavor. Let's support those who choose to invest in these expensive pieces of real estate on our lake (or at least not disparage them in these posts), and help them to keep them open. Time to forget about getting $1 tap beers and $2.50 hamburgers, when the owners have to pay 2017 overhead costs. Guys, the 80's want their lunch tab back.
  26. 11 points
    I'm reaching out to find the owners of some fishing gear. I'm sure they were sickened to find their gear was missing when the got home or to the lake. To hopefully cut down on false claims, all I will say is I found it yesterday afternoon. Contact me with the details of gear and location where lost I've also posted on Facebook. Please spread the word please!
  27. 11 points
    My 93 year old father pulled the trigger on this doe, and a short time later, I was able to take this young 8 pointer. We shared a ground blind, so we were able to witness each other's success. A treasured moment for us both.
  28. 11 points
    Back to the same lake I fished Monday hoping that the descent breeze would make the fish more willing to bite. Found the fish right away but could not figure out how to catch them. After trying about 15 different presentations I finally figured out how to trick the big bluegills into inhaling my hook. Tiny (probably size 14 or 16) octopus hook baited with 2 red spike and then a tiny splitshot about 18" above the hook. Cast out as far as possible and let it slowly sink on a tight line. They wouldn't even look at plastic or hair jigs presented the same way. I ended up catching 20+ bluegills and a handful of crappies before the fish got lock jaw again. 5 of the gills were over 9" and 2 were just shy of 10".
  29. 11 points
    My weekend report: Friday I was fortunate to fish a private body of water in southern MN with serious big fish potential including a bunch of 15-16" crappies. I had a blast catching a bunch of crappies up to 13" that were absolutely hammering jigging raps and rippin raps, but never got anything bigger. I also learned what a 15" perch looks like (I didn't catch it). Saturday morning I hit the Chain and had to work hard, but ended up catching 30-40 gills (most were >7") and about a dozen crappies (also up to 13"). Small 3-4mm tungsten jigs tipped with 2 or 3 euro larvae worked best (everything was released). Then I jumped over to one of my favorite spots on Koronis for the evening walleye bite and only caught one 17"er, but also managed to land four really nice smallies :). I'm hoping I can get on a few more good bluegill bites before the ice disappears. Good luck and be safe!!
  30. 11 points
    Finally got out on Big Bay today. We found a consistent 7" of good ice as far out as about 1/2 mile! Had a good bite going in about 27 feet of water on jigging spoons and a dead stick with a pink tear drop jig baited with smaller chubs. Iced about 20 walleyes and 1 jumbo this afternoon. Kept our limit of 8, 13" to 15" walleyes. Largest one iced was a fat 20 incher. Had one bigger one on but did not get to see it., Cliff
  31. 11 points
    I can not believe that it has already been a full month since my last report This weeks cold fronts and wind have again scattered the walleyes! It has been tough to find a concentration of fish for me. We had to hit many different spots every day to get fish. Most spots only produced 3 to 6 fish, and only if we were persistent and kept going over them until we caught a couple. Today was another challenging but rewarding day with my clients. We fished 5 different spots and managed to boat 18 walleyes. We kept 8 nice keepers that were 14" to 17-3/4" and released 6 slot fish between 18" and 22". Most of our fish were caught on lindys with a plain hook and a 3' leader using 1/2 crawler or a smaller chub as bait. In the really rocky spots we used a small pink float next to the hook with only a 20" leader. The key to all spots was again ROCKS! All fish were either in rocks or very close to them! We caught fish in 16' to 38' depths. Reefs and steep sloping shorelines both held walleyes. Cliff Added a few pictures of the bigger walleyes boated this week.
  32. 11 points
    It's time for an update post from one of the "luckiest" fishermen on our favorite lake My wife and I have been getting out more frequently lately and enjoying some cooler weather thanks to overcast skies and steady winds. Actually, the wind has been the major factor in dictating what part of the lake we target for an outing. Most of the time, the windblown shorelines, points, and reef edges are the focus because that's where the feed congregates with steady constant wind. But not always.....We've had several days where the areas we wanted to fish were just too windblown to fish effectively and, so, we have shifted(during those times) to sheltered shorelines and bays. As a result, I have found fish, and lots of them, in totally new areas where my wife and I have never fished before. Our method, during high wind days, is to go to sheltered locations and "hunt" for congregations of fish. Usually when we can mark fish at regular intervals on our sonar we drop baits and try them for a short while. If we don't get the action that we're looking for, we move on to another promising looking area. An example would be an area I've been fishing for the past couple of days. In the beginning, I marked fish on a mainland shoreline that were strung out at 19'-23' adjacent to a rocky area. The fish holding water broke fairly sharply from the rocky edge. Fishing by myself, I landed 10 walleyes in about 1.5 hours using 1/2 crawler, 1oz bouncer, 3' leader, green bead, and #6 fluorescent chartreuse hook. The biggest walleye I caught was 20" and 7 others were 14"-15.5". The fish I cleaned were full of crawdads. As normal, I missed a few fish and lost a couple hooked fish, so it was a good outing. These fish have stayed in this area and they appear to be tickled to death eating crawfish. My second outing there produced similar results. A couple days prior to finding those fish, my wife and I were searching areas and I stumbled into a small sheltered bay. I marked a few big marks on my first pass in 20' of water. After dropping our baits, we landed 17 walleyes during the next 2 hours. All fish were caught on 1/2 crawler in 15'-22'. We caught one slot fish(18.5") and several others were 15"-17.5". I tried them the next day and they were way less cooperative and we only boated 8. There were absolutely no rocks in the vicinity and the bottom was sand/mud. Crawdads were a nuisance here even with floats. Most of the areas where we have put some time in has produced fish. Once again, because of constant strong wind we have been fishing mainland shoreline and sheltered bays in 15'-23' of water with 20' probably producing the best. The biggest fish have come from the shallowest water we have fished. The structure we have been successful with is relatively snag-free and that's something new for us. My wife is getting used to snag-free fishing and she likes it. Both of the areas I described above were totally new to us. We fished a main lake hump almost a week ago with fantastic success but winds have kept us away recently. That area was wall to wall fish and the biters were spread out over a 15' bench. A few rocks but nothing significant. I am sitting here today at my computer itching to get out and try some of the "regular" areas we fish at this time of the year. With the water temperatures dropping down into the mid 60's, visions of deeper water and BIG minnows keep popping into my head. My wife and I generally suck at lure fishing and this season has been no exception. My usual trolling run has been stacked up with walleyes and we can't get them interested(In lures that is). An interesting thing happened to me the other day while pulling lures in the Strawberry Island area. I was out in front of the sand beach that Skubic's old resort used to sit on and I reeled in my line to clean off the spiny water fleas. I dropped my lure back into the water beside the boat to make sure it ran properly. It was, maybe, 2' down(I could see it clearly) and WHAM!! a 15" walleye clobbered it!! Wow! I hurriedly took care of the fish and dropped it back over and WHAM!!! it happened again! OMG!!! I figured I found the absolute "SECRET" to late summer lure fishing in Lake Vermilion. Well, I absolutely wore out the upper 3' of water in that area with no more "LUCK"!! I guess I'll keep trying my luck out in more traditional places. Good Fishing, MarkB
  33. 11 points
    Plain hook works pretty well! Yeah feeding windows are everything right now, I fished the last two evenings and you can't buy a fish. Tomorrow.. Who knows? Just fish all day everyday and you'll catch them sometime believe me. Here's some freshys, I love the one of my little one Luca, priceless. He had a heck of a time reeling that one in! My oldest is catching his own on his 5' ultra light.. Lindy trainee,, that one is 25"! First and biggest... Cost me 10 bones. Casey
  34. 11 points
    Went up to Ely for the weekend and did some trout fishing on Miner's Pit right in town. Didn't matter what time of day, fish were always biting. Tried crawlers, plastics, and spinners but what worked the best was a small storm smash shad deep diver. Black and gold were the colors of choice. Most of the fish were caught along the shoreline in about 30 FOW with lots of submerged trees around us. Trolled forever with little to no luck, and casting the banks and in between the trees seemed to do the trick. Tons of fun up there with some great fishing. Get it while it's hot, and enjoy the video!
  35. 11 points
    My last post was 4 days ago and things are definitely beginning to change(at least for us). Water temperatures today were 61.7 degrees this morning. The days are becoming pleasant with warmer temperatures and lighter winds and I think it's having a very positive effect on the fishing. The big female walleyes are moving to the rocks, whether they be shallow or deeper, and the movement is bringing the higher-end eaters right along with them. It's time to chow down after the spawn, and the really good fishing is just beginning! My wife and I have been jumping around spots the past few days trying areas that offer basically everything: rocks, mud, sand, weeds, shallow water, deep water, and steep breaking contours. We've been catching a way higher percentage of 14"-16" walleyes and lots of slot sized fish. Usually, when we start catching slot fish, dinks are totally non-existent. We have had nice jumbos, gorilla smallmouths, and the occasional northern mixed right in with the walleyes. The fish have been coming from all depths(5'-35') and if I had to pick one specific depth and one specific type of structure, it would be 24' in rocks. There's lots of drawbacks to fishing rocks but that's where the big girls go to bulk back up! The last few days, we've fished a rock pile in the mouth of a shallow bay surrounded by ~22' water. The rocks top out at ~15'. It's a snaggy nasty spot that's been full of walleyes and jumbos. The best walleye we've taken from this spot was 22.5" and there have been lots of really nice jumbos and 14'-16" walleyes. This area has had the warmest water that we've fished lately (63 degrees) and leeches have been the bait of choice. There is emerging weed growth in this area. Yesterday, we tried a spot on the far east end that has a reef that rises to 15' and an adjacent 35' deep water hole. Yesterday it was bright and sunny and the walleyes were between 27' and 35'. No slot fish, but we boated 12 really nice eaters from 14"-17.5". All fish we released. These fish preferred big suckers and shiners. The Y Store has a nice mix of these minnows and I've gotten off the leech band wagon when conditions say otherwise. Today, my wife wanted to try an area that we usually wait until later to try. Good choice! We only boated 3 walleyes below the slot (15",15.5", and 16"). Our slot fish ranged from 19"- 23". We also took some HUGE bass that were down there with the walleyes. 20" was our best. We caught everything but one 15" walleye on big sucker minnows! The big walleyes were engulfing those 4"-5" suckers! Now, let's talk about the snags The snags were so bad, my wife asked me on the way home if I thought it was worth it. I'm sure she got snagged at least 20 times! and I was snagged at least a dozen times. I re-tied a minimum of 6 times! Was it worth it? Heck yes it was worth it and I can't wait to get into a school like that again! Today, we had clouds and a steady breeze and the walleyes we caught were 19'-24'. My dock fishermen are doing better on eater sized fish and they finally got a 22"er the other evening. As I said earlier, fishing is beginning to take off and I look forward to the coming season. Good Fishing, MarkB This is my wife's best walleye for the day. She wanted me to say that, although it may look like it, she DOESN'T have "man hands" The second picture is my best for the day.
  36. 11 points
    My name is Chris 48 years old. Grew up in Cold spring met the love of my life 25 years ago. Got married bought a house moved to Richmond and started a family. Been living in Richmond for 20 years and am raising two beautifull daughters Alyssa 16 and Kendra 14. Currently we have a yellow lab , Zoe 5 years old house pet part of the family and a pheasant hunting machine. Always owned a hunting dog since I was 12 .Been working road construction for 26 years as a heavy equipment operator and lead man. I'm a avid outdoorsman. Some of my passions are fishing, hunting and trapping. I hunt deer in 3 states with a firearm and bowhunt and muzzle loader strictly mn. I own 40 acres in Pine river so my fall time is spent a lot up there in a stand. Other hunting interests are waterfowl,especially spring snows, others coyote hunting with hounds,and my favorite pheasant. I ocassionaly get a urge to run a trapline . So once in a while ill set a trapline to bring back memories as I did it a lot in my youth. Fishing is one of my greatest passions. Started fishing rivers as a kid hip boots and duck boats were the tools of the trade in my youth. Bought my first boat at 16 and it was game on. I would say my passion is trophy panfish. I search for them all over especially the NW tiers of the state open and hard water. The miles I put on a vehicle in a season will show the passion I have for these species especially the true trophys. My other interest is Walleyes. and I go after them just as hard! The Horseshoe chain is definitely my specialty been on it religiously fishing for 36 years and know it like the back of my hand. The people that know me know that Im a Diehard Ice angler. Its nothing to burn up 4-6 gallons of gas a season in my auger always looking for a hot bite. Been on FM for a long time 13 years and love it, Met some great people through this site
  37. 11 points
    Haven't posted in a while I see, I've been fishing and it's been good! only going to get better.. Here's one of several nice fish we caught the last couple days, my sons biggest for this afternoon. Casey
  38. 10 points
    Deck is so empty without my Moe Rock. Sure do miss that boy. His bro Polar Bear Boy likes fishen just not as much as Moe. Loves being in big black boat but likes to SLEEP most of the time. ZZZZzzzzzz! : ) Saturday morning out alone 8 to noon I found some Wally fishes roaming the 22' & 18' boulders picking off breakfast. Stick n Shad lures did nothing so.....Switched up as no live bait. Caught a few nice 19"er wallys and a mess of 14"s. Kept this one for lunch. Wind was fun, stirs everything up so lake was ALIVE until noon then all were full I guess an no bites. DNR guys came by mid morning for a check but it turned into a mini talk & laugh fest. Good guys. Made me smile out of the blue in that wind and our DBL boat control was a hoot. Expert tag team. : ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`` Late afternoon after island chores, Bonnie an Bear Boy joined me for fun, snacks and big smiles. Hit lake to that morning spot, marked nothing. Tried a bit all over 100 yard oval...ZERO! Moved two miles east, hunting,laughing, searching, having treats......."HEY ....FOUND SOME FISHYS".....fished area size of a football field till dark. Couple nice wallys waiting fat & hungry about 18" first few drops. Then nothing, I could see them but no bite. Kept at it until found a pack of hungry really nice fat fall Smallie Bass 100 yards away packed tight in a 18' boulder pile. This spot few miles away from other one fished that morning but lays out same East, West n medium deep. Boaters zooming around me an wave, never a one stopped to talk or borrow anything. : ) Fun stuff. All going to the next hot bite spot, not know I was on one just having a blast. Bonnie is a great next chix. : ) I think in total we boated 8 nice fat bass, 1~ 36" pike fish an the wallys all in same 100 yard stretch on windy side of that little pile. No LIVE BAIT. Released all but one wally for lunch. Good Stuff. All on medium BIG rubber thumpers of different kinds in my stash over years. Plus one simple Whistler Jig n grub. Trick was to keep boat moving about 2.5 MPH or close an kind of old school RIP JIG an DROP ever 15 sec or so. KABLAM! Get'n it on... Fun junk we do. Good thing I forgot the Minnows when I gassed up an got milk in Virgina eh? : ) Rain Sunday sucked as spent two hours cleaning one boat to take out. I was more wet than it. : ) Have a great week, we be at it again Thursday after hit Doc Uttleys office for TWO YEAR cancer eye check up. Ohhhhh Boy that really is a fun visit. Hit Reds Savoy hard after...Mmmmmmm power munchies. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  39. 10 points
    Anyfish2, The fish we have been catching so far this year do not look thin at all. They are of average weight for their length--nothing like great lakes walleyes feeding on open-water forage, but healthy. Maxpower117, Not even going to try to predict the future, just reporting on the good fishing now and the techniques to use. With the interesting management factors involving Mille Lacs, the future of walleye fishing could be bright, or dark. Things are good right now and sport-fishermen certainly are doing what they can with catch-and-release fishing, no walleye fishing during the hottest part of the summer, and then no walleye fishing in the fall. Thanks for correcting the misinformation added into this thread by Nhamm. Nhamm, My intent with this thread is to give current, accurate fishing reports that hopefully help people enjoy Mille Lacs and catch more walleyes. I do not intend for people to use this to attack others, including me, with inaccurate assumptions and misinformation. The walleyes we have been catching from eight to thirty-four feet of water on live bait rigs, slip-bobbers, and crankbaits have all been hooked in the outer part of the mouth, not any deeper, and their swim bladders have not shown. They have been handled as little as possible, carefully, and have been gently returned to the water very quickly. I was there--you weren't--so I know the condition of the fish and you don't. I can't guarantee that they all survived anymore than you can guarantee that they all died. I can, however, guarantee that your assessment of how the fish were hooked and what condition their swim bladder was in is completely inaccurate. How fish are fought, the time of year and water temperature, how fish are handled, and how long they are kept out of the water determine a fish's chance of survival after release far more than the fishing technique used to catch them.
  40. 10 points
    Back to fun pictures and the reason I love coming to the Tower/Ely area! There's just an amazing difference in the environment up here. It's something I miss pretty much every day I'm not here. And when you have as beautiful of a Saturday as we had yesterday, I just gotta say "Ahhh, this makes everything else worthwhile." And when I go back through my best fishing memories, SO many have been made here, and yesterday I added another. These girls in consecutive casts:
  41. 10 points
    Took my daughter ice fishing with Eye Guy!! He's not kidding ... you catch woppers!!
  42. 10 points
    I really did a stupid job measuring the Sauger....It was so big I just got goofy....Sorry
  43. 10 points
    2 does came in I watched them for awhile then this guy pops out had no real good shot then one of the does ran off and he turned to go run off with her giving me the best shot scenario for where he was facing me at a little angle. Whacked him with a slug to the chest to the lung went about 30 yards. Took the doe in the back of the pictures as well broad side shot nailed her in the pump room she jumped in the air and took off into an open field i watch her through my scope she got to the middle of the field then dropped hard.
  44. 10 points
    Well the musky fishing has been tough. But i did connect with this 53" last night. Just an amazing fish.
  45. 10 points
    Made it out Sat morning on a lake in the area. Ice was wet, sloppy and slick with no more snow. When we were leaving, I noticed the anchors of my shelter were all pulling out on their own as the ice was melting.. Little branches and leaves that were blown onto the ice were starting to slightly melt into the ice. Saw some dead fish that floated up under the ice too which was interesting. Still 14" of ice where I was at, but it was fairly easy to drill through. Trucks were coming out in full force nonetheless. Saw some younger guys in a grey Subaru making donuts and trying to drive fast all over the lake. They should be more considerate of the folks who were out on the lake with their kiddos. I was one of them. Safety was definitely not on their minds. My boy got into some nice perch though Took some home and made perch fingers and fries!!
  46. 10 points
    I gave up on the walleye bite on Vermilion last week! I decided to give Vermilion crappies a try this morning and I am glad that I did! I went to one of my GPS marks and drilled a hole to see if anything was there and to check the depth. I thought that I saw a couple fish on the bottom so quickly dropped a Hali jig down with a small minnow on it. 1/2 hour later I had my limit out of that one hole! FUN!! The depth was 32 feet and the crappies rushed up to 15 feet to hit the jig. Cliff
  47. 10 points
    Just came off the lake and the ice looks good. Hillman's main road is now out to 5.4 miles and Buddy says that the next 2 miles look real good for extending the road. Beacon's is now out 5 miles. I could see Westwinds plows extending their road further to the west south of Hillman's road. Beacon's and Hillman's main roads are running parallel straight west and staying 1 mile apart. It is working out good for the fishermen on both roads as there are not any ugly crowds. On a side note I took my Granddaughter fishing Saturday. For only her 2nd time ice fishing in her life she did OK. In 1/1/2 hours she hooked 7, lost 3 of those, put a 14 inch back and kept her 3 walleyes. We set up the shallowest of everyone on Beacon's road in 9 1/2 feet of water. Not a single bite on a bare hook, only 1 bite on a deadstick. Everything on big rattling flyers or big spoons and jigging hard high and pounding the bottom.
  48. 10 points
    went out yesterday afternoon looking for eyes but all I could find was these guys! the crappies were nuts from 4 to bout 4:30 iced about 20 and lost a big one on the transducer, lesson learned. then the bite slowed but they got a little bigger switched from red impulse to minnow head on a #10 glow tung as soon as it got dark. that's when the eye hit. the crappies liked it too but u really had to work them. all caught in 18fow. crappies were up about 2 feet up. pretty sure I was marking eyes on the bottom but just didn't seem that interested. Didn't get pics of some of the bigger crappies but I didnt want them to freeze, plus wanted to get back down there quick. 2016 fish.htm
  49. 10 points
    My Dad is here this week and I've been having problems getting him into a good bite Finding fish has been absolutely no problem but getting the biters separated out remains the dilemma. The walleyes are loading up on perch minnows now and whatever depth you find the bait balls, the walleyes aren't far away. The eaters I've been cleaning are stuffed with tiny little perch minnows and I envision them charging into a bait ball with their mouths wide open A sloooooow presentation is the only way we are able to get a hit. Misses are common and, for us, the bite is mostly tentative. Today, between my wife and my Dad, they lost a half dozen hooked fish halfway to the boat! The bright side is that nice sized eaters are available and biting and we are still catching a normal catch percentage of slot fish. My wife lost a really big fish today right beside the boat(as did my Dad). Pictured is my Dad's best landed fish of the day...... Good Fishing, MarkB
  50. 10 points
    Well, now that the new Fishing Minnesota is up and running smooth, I figured maybe some of us could introduce ourselves. I would like to hear from the newer members, the regulars and the guys we haven't heard from in a while You don't have to go all indepth or anything, just a simple hi my name is..... or you can tell as much as you would like to share. Thank you to all who reply My name is Rick, 40 yrs old, I grew up here in good old St. Cloud. I live on the South side of town with my girlfriend Andrea (whom I spend countless hours fishing with), three cats and my somewhat loyal hound DakotaMost wold say Andrea is the better angler, I think she was taught well and learned fast I like watching the Twins, some fishing and hunting shows and classic movies And shows. Favorite actor is The Duke, favorite artists are Neil Diamond and Bob Segar. Love spending time in the woods, at the river, and just being outside in general. Durring the odd times I find an unplanned moment, I like looking for agates, crossrocks, raspberries and all kinds of edibles. Life is pretty darn good most of the time I have been working as an installer of ice rink cooling systems and mechanical insulation for the past few yrs. My job has alowed me to see a good part of this great nation I fish just about every chance I get, I think of the Mississippi as my home water, Horseshoe chain a close second. I remember even as a small child, this need and passion to catch that next fish. Am I addicted? Lol, yes I am!!! That's what brought me to this great site! Information and the abbility to connect with fellow fisherman is what I like best about Fm. So many great folks I have met throuh Fm, even a few I figure will be life long friends
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