Great tip Big A. Was in exact scenario and picked one up myself. Right after ordered the universal Lowr. pack from cabelas. Had a 597 on old boat that sold, loved the unit for ice, excited to see how Lowrance is this time around. Will sit next to the Garmin in boat for GPS, not a big fan of the Lakevu
There are certainly areas on the West end of Vermilion that walleyes can spawn at.
Quite a few years ago walleyes were tagged at the Pike River Hatchery and some of them were caught on the West end a couple of weeks later! So walleyes will certainly travel full length of Vermilion to spawn also!
Walleyes are known to travel very long distances to spawn. Lots of tracking studies done on other bodies of water show annual spawning movements of 50 miles or more commonly being made. That puts the entire lake well within range for any given walleye that wants to make a long spawning run.
My question is this...are there spawning grounds on the West end of the lake? Or, are most of the walleyes - includng those found most of the year on the West end - traveling to the East end and running up into Pike Bay to spawn? Has anyone caught West end walleyes dripping in eggs or milt early in the season?