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East end or west end?

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I am looking for recomendations on resorts on Vermilion?

My Girlfriend and I want to spend a week fishing vermilion( well I want to spend a week fishing grin.gif). We're looking at a couple of the more reasonably priced resorts one is west out of cook and one is east out of tower.

I am not a big muskie fisherman, prefer walleyes and smallies to the ski's, but if I did catch a muskie it would be a bonus.

What end offers the better fishing for walleye's primarily?

I have a 16' lund with a 40 merc so getting around the lake won't be much of an issue.

Thanks,

WW

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I have fished the west end for the last 30 years...great walleye and smallie fishing. Use to stay at VDL until we bought our place a few years back. Plenty of spots for you to fish on the west end and your rig will work just fine. If it is your first time on the lake...make sure you get good advice from your resort owner, and certainly not a bad choice to hire one of the guides on the west end for a day to get your bearings...

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Thanks for the info.

I like to try new lakes and alwasy get as much info from the resort owners as I can.

With the technology available to angelers now the learning curve is much quicker then it was in the past.

Which is the more accurate chip for the lake? Navionics or lakemaster?

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On the west end, take a look at Spring Bay Resort. I have been going there the past 6-7 years and really enjoy the place. There are new owners this year but they are Lake Vermilion natives and know the lake pretty well. One of the nice things about this resort is that if you are a guest at Spring Bay, helping you get started fishing Lake Vermilion is included as part of your stay, at no additional cost. Obviously, its not an all-day guided thing but it should help you get started.

The previous owner, Doug Wintle and family, were wonderful hosts. As I said, these are new owners, but it was a nice surprise to get a phone call from Joe last month just to let us know that they were there. Sounds very sincere and will probably be just as good of hosts. Also several improvements are planned.

I'm sure that there are many other great resorts around the lake. I would encourage you to surf the various sites and then ask here if you see some that you are interested in.

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If you are fishing the early season either end will produce plenty of fish. If you are fishing from July on I believe the the East end has a more consistant bite.

Check the Lake Vermilion site for resort listings on both ends of the lake or drop me an e-mail.

Cliff

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We haven't reserved anything yet but we're thinking about Voyager's Cove. Looks to be a nice place on the web.

I have looked at the resort association web site and have been very impressed with the quality of most of the resorts in the area. We are on a budget so the high end rsorts are out.

Cliff I might give you a shout as we make our final arrangements and book a half day with one your guides as I can always learn a few things from someone who fishes the lake every day.

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On the west end my recommendation would be Life of Riley Resort. Reasonably priced, great people and great service. Dock boys, fish cleaning, all included. The resort is not fancy, but Rock and Lee Gillson who own the resort are the best at making your vacation the best it can be.

On the east end I'd recommend Forest Lane Resort on Big bay, or Shamrock Marina & Resort near Greenwood Bay. Good folks at both places. I've enjoyed my stays at both resorts immensely. The evening bite of the docks at Forest Lane can be phenomenal. Being close to the Greenwood Bay area at Shamrock puts you on some great multi-species action.

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Thanks for the plug, Fox. You far enough south to escape all the snow or are you in the middle of it. Sure could use some more up here.

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Shamrock,

You're welcome! The family really did enjoy our stay there! Good folks always make for a good time!

We have not escaped the snow this year. We've had a couple of 10 inch storms, and a couple of smaller ones. Last week we had a freezing rain/sleet storm. Got about three inches of sleet cover along with several waves of freezing rain. Early last Sunday morning 2 inches of snow (a surprise) and this morning 2 inches of snow (another surprise). It's been a lot for us this winter in frozen precipitation! We've also had rain, so we've had a wet winter overall! Seems like most of the snow we've had has happened when I've been out playing music!

Wish I could send some your way!

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I also got a phone call from Joe Amundson of Spring Bay Resort and have been chatting with him for the last couple weeks. I just booked a trip for later this fall in hopes of finding a trophy muskie. I am most likely heading to the Minnesota Muskie Fishing Expo in Blaine this coming weekend where Joe and Steven will be there.

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I have stayed at the Retreat Lodge in the past. It is a small quiet family run place. It is located close to the west end and east end and it is close to good smallie fishing. I am a smallie nut. I have stayed at Voyageur Cove and V Dam. I prefer Retreat. Its still a run on black top away from Cook in case you need more groceries.

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We have decided to book at Spring Bay. TT Joe for almost an hour. He seems like the type of guy that is willing to earn my business. Can't wait for July now.:)

Seeing as they are the new owners they really want to make this resort a quality family place to go.

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hi guys im new to the vemilion forum but not new to vermilion we just bought a resort on vermilion and we are very excited for the upcoming year i dont type well but this forum looks fun hope you dont mind if we join you all spring bay joe

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Welcome to the group. Glad to have you. Let us know when the snow is gone, please.

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Joe,

Welcome to FM and the Vermilion Forum!

Lots of great info. in this site and we welcome any info. that you will be able to provide on the West End bite.

Cliff

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Welcome Joe,

Looking forward to staying at your place in July.

Bill

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Welcome Joe!

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Got any free stuff Joe?

Bags O money or gold?

If you can buy a resort ya got to be loaded...spread it around some is da code round here.

Spread it on thick to it seems at times.

Can't take it with ya so give it up eh Joe.

I got to get my own cable TV show...wait already have one on Playboy TV.

\:\)

Good luck with yer new venture Joe...how bout some FREE GAS?

Tommy

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playboy tv... Is that channel 11 or 13? Those are the only two we get in wakemup.

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