Heading out again shortly. Quick report from yesterday. It was inconsistent for us. That's probably because it's my first attempt on Vermilion ever after labor day. 4 of us spent our day vertical jigging with a little lead core mixed in. We kept 11 and had a couple 23-26" fish. We never really found a big pod. Almost everything was caught jigging. Trolling was tough although i know it's been a good trolling bite yet. Depending on the spot we fished 24'out to 40'. I'll have another report tonight.
Hudson area report. Fished yesterday morning with a buddy from 8:30 till 2:30 and found some active fish. Water temp was around 54 degrees. Speed right around 2.2 mph. Same program of snap weights and scatter raps. Caught around a dozen eyes/saugers, 1 surprise 18 smallie, and 1 white bass. Keeper eyes/saugers went 15, 16 17, 19 and one around 20. Best water seemed to be between 24 and 27 feet of water. Good luck out there.
This site has really tanked, and I haven't been on here for about a year, but I felt compelled to fill some of my old duck blind buddies in on the latest happenings in NW Minnesota.
From what I can see we've really hit that Late October lull time. The vast majority of our local birds pulled out with that big full moon, and the cool clear nights last week. I've been back and forth across the countryside quite a bit, and I'm seeing very few migratory waterfowl in the area.
With temps being what they are, and now that everything has dried out quite a bit up here, the majority of our farm fields have been cultivated and turned up black. Pretty balmy now for this time of year. I wouldn't expect any kind of big migration over the next week or so, but I'd imagine a few will start trickling down out of Canada here and there.
I hear things are going pretty well out in the Dakotas. Prolly smart to head over there if you really wanna get into birds. Just not much to speak of at all right now in Northwest Minnesota.
Fished alone today. 26 fish total. Biggest pike 36" and stuffed full of bait, biggest walleye 26", Biggest bass 19" - 4.03 lbs. If I had landed the last three fish I hooked, it would have been a great day. All felt like BIG walleyes but they chose not to show themselves before departing. Got one pike on big musky crank, everything else on soft plastic. Lunker City Swim Fish got the biggest bass and walleye. LOTS of boats out fishing - don't they know it is hunting season?
Trailer still blowing fuses - arrrgh!
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