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wizer

Greetings,

We have a fishing trip planned for Sept. 20-25 on Lake Vermilion. We are from southern MN and have not fished Vermilion more than 2 times at the most.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to fish and what to use for bait/presentation this time of year? It appears that there will be no moon for that time period.

Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!!

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Cliff Wagenbach

Wizer,

By that time of the year the walleyes will be hitting mostly minnows.

Use either a jig or a lindy rig.

I fish mostly the deep holes in the fall, 30 feet and deeper, up to 55 feet at times. Use the same type of presentation as you would use in the spring, (slow and right on the bottom)!!

Good fishing!

Cliff

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sue

what about if your fishing for the other breed...(musky and northerns) I go the 16th..thanks confused.gif

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jkrash

Sue

one word

WEEDS

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shocked.gif

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Cliff Wagenbach

Sue,

Sorry, but I do not fish for gators so can not help you there! grin.gif

Cliff

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sue

I usually go closer to the beginning of september..whens theres still alot of weeds..but someone said alot of the weeds will be dying or dead by the later of the month..is this true or not true...I always fish the weeds..I just want to make sure my fave spots are still productive as they are in July... grin.gif...any change in my lure presentation..I also heard go bigger at this time of year confused.gifconfused.gif

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wizer

Thanks for the info Cliff. Any suggestions on colors or rigs?

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Cliff Wagenbach

Wizer,

I use a plain #2 or #4 red or green hook on my lindy rigs.

I like to use multi-colored jigs most of the time.

I use mostly Angel Eye jigs in: Perch, orange/chartuse, green/chartuse, blue/white glow, and pink/white glow.

At times a florescent orange, hot pink, black, and plain lead jigs will be the ticket. I use mostly 1/4 oz. and 3/8 oz. jigs.

Hammered gold and hammered silver spinners baited with minnows are also working well this week.

Cliff

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Automatic

Cliff,

I am curious about your use of angle eye jigs in the fall. I have used them in the winter jigging them 6"-3' off of the bottom but I have never heard of them used dragging the bottom in open water. Do you use the treble hook and if so how do you hook your minnow to mantain a quality presentation. Any other tips you have discovered on that technique would be greatly appreciated.

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Cliff Wagenbach

Quote:

Cliff,

I am curious about your use of angle eye jigs in the fall. I have used them in the winter jigging them 6"-3' off of the bottom but I have never heard of them used dragging the bottom in open water. Do you use the treble hook and if so how do you hook your minnow to mantain a quality presentation. Any other tips you have discovered on that technique would be greatly appreciated.


I am refering to Angel Eye lead head jigs. tongue.gif

I have also caught walleyes by vertical jigging Angel Eye spoons in the fall! smile.gif

Cliff

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wizer

We are staying at the Vermilion (Contact Us Please) Lodge. Is there any good fishing near the (Contact Us Please) itself? Have there been any changes in patterns over the last few days? I am very excited to get up there and fish! How has the weather been up there temp wise? Cool in the monrings and evenings?

Thanks again for all the advice!

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upnorth

Good question...I have no idea where "contact us please" is tongue.gif

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wizer

The site must do that. (VDL) The place up by the (Contact Us Please). Sorry about that.

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upnorth

I am really not familar with that part of Big V. I know a bit about Big Bay and Wake em up bay but that is about it. Sorry frown.gif

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wizer

Greetings,

What can I say? The weather was awesome when we were up fishing! It rained on Fri and the rest of the days were just plain great!

The fishing was not the best however. We caught several small walleye, a bunch of perch, one pike and a couple sunfish & crappies.

We didn't get very far into the lake because we were fishing some spots nearer to our lodge (VDL). If we come up again next year I think we will definately explore the lake a little more. Didn't do much deep water fishing. Fished the channels with a mimmic minnow jig w/live minnow and picked up a couple that way. Otherwise the rest were caught on crawlers with bottom bouncers.

Other than the slow fishing, everything else was great. Our resort was great (VDL), Ed sure is a nice guy! We noticed that during our stay there we ran into a couple different groups that were up to fish muskie. That must be very popular on Vermilion. The scenerey was great with the fall colors and the eagles! Very nice lake from what I saw! I look forward to fishing it again!

Thanks again for all your tips and info.

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