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muskieswen

weekday and weekends

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I just got back from a two week vacation at my cabin and thought I would like to share with all of you an observation my wife and I made. Weekday people using the lake wether they are at resorts, camping, locals, wherever were in my opinion some of the best behaved and courteous people I have ever seen on the water. On the other hand, the wekenders, whew, you really need to look into the definition of respect. I know we all blow it once in a while on the water, it happens, but wow. I guess I never realized the comparison because I too am a weekender and never had the oppurtunity for the comparison. I sure envy you people that can not only enjoy the lake on weekends but are there also for the weekdays. Thought I would throw in my two week fishing report also. First week was too hot to fish so we did more partying with our friends who stayed with us that week than fishing. Second week we actually got serious on fishing and nailed the eyes, did very good on the smallies (18" was the biggest), Found big a$$ bluegills(10"-11") (yum-yum), cleaned (30) 10"-12" perch, landed a ton of 30" plus northerns while muskie fishing, did not land one muskie but instead will admit we screwed up 5 oppurtunities (really screwed up LOL), and last but not least we netted of the dock a dandy eelpout (yuk). All in all a great vacation on lake.

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That is why I usually only go to my cabin during the week,stay in the Cities on weekends. It's like Sunday night someone throws a switch and the lake is at peace again.My biggest gripe is the total lack of some boaters and giving the right of way on the water. They will cut you off when I have the right of way and will not even look at you,I cant believe that they don't see you or are just embarresed or just don't know the rules of the road. I usually just back off and giveup my right of way,but sometimes I get fed up and lay on the horn,they appear to be deaf also.

The smallmouth have been on a rampage..

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My family and I are headed up next week-during the week! First time to Vermillion. Muskiewen, if you would share some fishing info, it would be greatly appreciate-I'm a little intimidated with the lake at first glance. Feel free to email if you don't want to post here. Thanks.

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Which end of the lake? Where are you staying?

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lilwalter,

No problem with the info here. Most of the people here are usually pretty generous. We were finding walleyes in big bay around the islands in about 10-15 feet. Other spots we did good were again in big bay on the sunken humps. I can't remember the depth but it was not deep that I do remember. Full crawlers on a three hook harness. I was using brass blades and beads but my wife was using white blades and white beads and was really kicking my butt. Her blade even had a little pink in it. Just pick a rock pile for bass and pumpkin colored gulp worms. (Gulp worms were working on the walleyes also when we ran out of crawlers). Northerns we got fishing for muskies mostly on the deeper edges of the rock piles. Pick rock piles that no one has been on for better luck (ie off of the community spots). We also found a few nice northerns along the cliff wall at I think it is called St Mary's Island (over by Bystrom bay) using topwater and glide or jerk baits. They seemed to like the walk the dog motion better than the straight retrive (so did the muskies, unfourunatley you got to pay attention. Long story on that one, two, three, four, and yes five misses tongue.gif). Bluegills we picked up in where else but green wood bay although we got a few nice ones also out buy merry go round reef when we thought we would try the west end for some walleyes. Hope this helps a little bit. The lake is low again this year so be careful. Take your time and enjoy yourself. There are fish all over this lake you just need to drive around and look at your locator. I think you will be surprised. Good luck. smile.gif

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I really think a lot of that has to do with attitude. Of course the people that are there during the week are going to be a little more relaxed they are either on vacation or they are financially able to be there "whenever". The weekenders are trying to jam a vacation into a couple days and that has got to be stressful. No reason to behave poorly.

Not making excuses, but after a 5 hour drive (the worst of it from the south metro to the 35 split) on a Fri evening of fighting traffic, it's tough to have as much patience as the other guy that is unpacking for the whole week smirk.gif

I rarely come up anymore unless I can extend it to at least a 3 day weekend.

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We will be staying on the east end of the lake, using the casino as home base. Thank you very much for the info Muskieswen! We have 3 fisherpeople in the family and one not so much, so I have to try and appease them all while we are there. Lil fishing, golf, the mines, and day trip to the north shore are all on the agenda. I'll need a vacation after this. Speaking of golf-which course? Easy-short-kid friendly. Casino course looks a little out of our league.

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For kid friendly golf, you may wish to try the Hoyt Lakes public course or the Babbit course. Hoyt Lakes is only about 25 miles from the Casino. I'd recommend that course as being a bit less challenging. Good luck fishing!

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vermilion fairways just up 24 from cook. 9 holes. perfect for kids

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Thought I'd report back on our stay on Vermillion. We had a great time-fishing-golfing-seeing the mines-and eating at the Vermillion Club (what a patty-melt!)....As for the fishing. Fished Big Bay exclusively, 12-17ft, crawlers/lindys were best, jig/minnow got a few. Caught more protected slot fish than keepers, a couple at 24" were the big fish and several 18-20s----not complaining! We had our fish fry and took a meal home. First trip their-won't be our last.. Thanks for the pre-trip tips folks. It is appreciated!

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