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West End bite

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Hello Everyone,

I am heading the Lake Vermillion in the AM and want to know how the west end eye bite has been.

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Just wondering what the fishing pattern is looking for the next two week? Reefs, hups, bays? What seams to be the bait that they are enjoying the most?

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We were there for a couple days last week and found some walleyes by the bay mouths, nothing on the reefs and humps for us. Half a crawler on a lindy rig did the best(if you could get it down past the sunnies and bluegills).

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I was just up on the west end for 2 weeks, Aug 5-19. I'm no expert fisherman, and am learning this lake, but here's my report:

Caught walleye trolling #5 shad raps in the mouth of bays, and along rocky shorelines, in 9-17 ft of water....morning and evenings. Usually got 2 or 3 keepers, usually 2 were too big. A good walleye fisherman at the resort tipped me off on this pattern. Prior to that, I was fishing points after dark with a Lindy rig/leech from sundown to ~ 11pm to catch 1 or 2.

Caught lots of northern, casting in weedy bays with bass spinnerbaits. Fought an 18-20 lb fish for ~ 5 min, and it got off in the weeks. Ugh. Next time, I'm gonna horse a pig like that in...had 50 lb powerpro and could have done that. Caught it ripping a Shallow Invader through the weed tops in a weedy bay, about 10 ft deep. That was by far the biggest fish I ever fought, I hope I get another chance someday.

Caught about 15 largemouth, more than usual, mostly fishing for pike. Did catch a few on senko's under docks while trying to catch a smallmouth. Only caught 3 smallmouth, couldn't seem to find them on rocky shorelines with a senko worm, and got a few under docks but nothing to brag about..

Caught bluegill anytime I wanted in weedy bays or rocky points that were close to 10-13 rock flats.

Tried for musky, couldn't get any as always, did get a 20 inch baby while fishing for northern. Did have a 10 lb'er chase a bucktail to the boat, and raised what looked like a big one in shallow rocks with a bass spinnerbait- I think he/she was just protecting their turf.

That's the report - had a blast on this beautiful lake as always, and learned a few new tricks and spots as always.

Oh - and I was unable to defend my 2 time family fishing tournament because I couldn't catch a walleye that morning mad.gif. It's a multispecies tourney - caught perch, bluegill, largemouth, smallmouth, northern...but no walleye, musky, or crappie. Actually caught a 13" crappie the night before, my one and only Vermilion crappie.

This was my 4th trip there, and I'll be back up for a week next August.

Good fishing, and thanks to all who post their reports here - it keeps me going until my next annual trip grin.gif

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Got to fish vermilion sun for about 4 hrs and if you guys find fish and can't get them to go on crawlers( I couldn't) try crankin them with reef runners. You wont be dissapointed smile.gif

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