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Cliff Wagenbach

Lake Vermilion 2017 open water fishing reports and related information.

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Thanks to bassbouncer, spent the afternoon yesterday on frazier bay.   My walleye non-success continues.   Hit a number of spots at various depths, leeches and crawlers.... Total, 1 walleye (BB), 1 lake herring (me) a couple gills, and a perch or two.   

 

 

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Everybody OK?   On the radar, looks like niles bay and points east got clobbered pretty good.  

 

And of course, the places on land on down 53...

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No damage in my neck of the woods!

Cliff

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Had some nickel size hail and a lot of rain. Spent the evening in the basement watching the radar and listening to the scanner. I guess they saw some rotation and a funnel that didn't touch the ground about 10 miles from my place. Had my wife and daughters a little nervous but everybody is ok.

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Was the Frazer/Smarts Bay area hit hard at all?

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We're at the south end of Frazer this week, just got some heavy rain and lightning, but no hail...

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For all you jigging rap fans out there are you generally jigging those vertically or on the move.   I seen some discussion earlier on the front hook and one thing that I have heard about that hook is a lot of people do take it off in order to prevent snags. I have donated quite a few jigging raps in the past to rocks on the big V I have donated quite a few drinking wraps in the past to rocks on the big v

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For winter jigging with Raps I cut off both front and rear hooks and upgrade one size on the middle treble hook.

Cliff

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I've been trolling at about .5mph while using a jigging rap. This way one guy can still drag a lindy. I keep the front hook intact but my boat has contributed about half a dozen to the lake so far this summer. Im still working on getting the hang of it. If I know I'm in a rough area I will attempt to keep the jig from hitting bottom which still seems to be effective. I did pick up a couple off brands that don't have a front hook that I want to try. This is just what I have been toying around with, I'm definitely not an expert at it.

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Thanks cliff and lb I have actually had better luck with the puppet minnows from northland but I have mainly jigged them vertically definently is a fun way to fish 

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Captain Acorn,

I fish Jiggin Raps quite a bit on Vermilion, have for several years now.  I Cast em, fish them vertical and move around and cover ground at a good pace with them.  I am not sure there is any key to getting snagged less, other than knowing your spots. They are certainly an effective and a great way to catch fish.  I personally do not remove either the front or the back hook.  Believe me if you fish these your going to donate a few to the depths, just part of the game. 

 

Good luck!

- Roosterman

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Was up for the weekend with the family and got out a little bit. Fished for about 2 hours in the morning and evening each day started out great on Friday nailing a 24" first fish but but over all fishing was slow for me. Saturday I zeroed but switched to spinner rigs w crawlers  Sunday and got into some nicer walleyes all 16 to 22" fish 1 mph perch colored spinners with the hammered looked to them with orange and green beads on a sand to rock transition. Sure was marking a ton of bait fish on the screen it looks like the lake is loaded right now.  How did everyone else do? 

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Tough weekend fishing for me.  Caught only 5 walleyes.  I didn't see anybody else find a good bite around me.  I couldn't keep the crayfish and perch off my crawler.  I must have caught 20 crayfish and 10 perch for every walleye I caught.

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Good advice! I appreciate it. And good to hear from you. I found fish over the weekend on reef tops with few if any bites. I should've moved on but 11-12" fish made me think better ones might come. The good fish I did find were on the sides of reefs.  I'm off the water for family business, but hoping for a good August!

Dick

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