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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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    • CigarGuy
      My neighbor at my cabin recently bought several acres adjoining his property and another neighbor had posted part of it-thinking he owned it.  My neighbor was planning on having it surveyed, so for the heck of it, I downloaded the trial OnX hunt map.  Only one pin on my property is visible in the winter, it was right on the pin.  We went and checked his property lines out and the neighbor that posted it, didn't own as much property as he thought he did. The OnX map property lines were fairly close to the actual lines, which were verified when surveyed.  If there are indeed pins or some kind of stakes in the ground, this should get you close enough to use a metal detector. 
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      ok, now that I have a phone that takes pics, I'll post some when summer comes. Just call me Dime, cuz I be dropping some.