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Lets hear about your summer

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Since it is so quiet on the DL form, how about some stories from this summer. Fishing for me around the DL area was excellent this summer. I caught walleye from opener right through August. The only two sour spots were my trip to the BWCA and LOW. The BWCA was a struggle with 7 people fishing for 4 days and just scratching by to eat fish. The trip to LOW was short with 4 hours of fishing and only 1 walleye before the tornado hit and wipped out our campers. But I cant complain about my sweet spot this summer, about 50 walleye this summer, the biggest being 6LBS. Had a blast.

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Boundary waters for me was good. Newfold, when were you there? Rainy River and Lake was good also. Ottertail was hit and miss for me. Some days good, some days not so good. Thats why they call it fishing I guess. We definately had water temps peak earlier than average and the way the fall has been lately, we will have hard water earlier than average too. Gotta love Mother Nature, always throwing curve balls.

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Had probably the best walleye fishing season that i have ever had. Caught lots of fish and released a lot of fish. Many lakes were hitting good early and later in the year. Crappie fishing was good. And the highlight of the year was my first ever muskie caught on Big Detroit.

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Well, my summer started off pretty slow. I had an ankle injury that kept me off my feet until the start of summer. I was still able to join my wife and family on fishing opener on lake Lida. It was interesting fishing off a wet dock with one foot in a cast. Still good times.

My brother and his family moved back to MN (Lake Lida)this spring and this allowed me to spend some quality time with my nieces. My dad finally retired and treated the family to the purchase of a new pontoon. My boat spent more time on land while I gave the girls rides around the lake on "grandpa's boat". I was able to give them a good time on the 4th of July with the Lida boat parade and my home made firework show at dark.

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My wife and I were able to enjoy our one week vacation to lake vermilion. I saw a lot of nice muskies but couldn’t get one to bite. We spent our time with good friends and were able to bring home good memories.

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Lake Vermilion from our campsite area.

I am sorry to say that I only put my boat in the water one other time..and was able to catch a small muskies....good times.

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Oh, where has summer gone...........

Cant wait for the hard water season to start.

Good luck.

Cliffy.

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walleyegod

I was up in the BWCA 2 weeks after opener, we were north of Fourtown lake. We started out at the Chain Saw Sisters.

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Newfold, we were up in July. Was real good then. Actually our favorite time to go is the 3rd week of June. Been up there in June, July and August over the years and that 3rd week of June really shines.

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We used to go up for opener, but it seemed to always snow on us. We would always fish Gabro and the fishing was good. About 4 years ago I caught a 25 pound northern on opener. I would post a pic if I knew how.

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Nice fish Newfold. I have not been up there in May. Anytime you can go is a good time to. Great experience.

WG

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Better than last year but not the best I've had. Only golfed twice and that freed up a lot more time to stay with the walleyes. White Earth, Big Cormorant, Star, Tulaby, Big Sand, and Lizzie were all generous with the walleyes. Caught more five pound plus bass this summer than in all my years combined. $3.00 gas kept me a little closer to DL. Only made a few trips over to Big Sand.

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Hiya -

Mine was sure different than other summers... I usually spend a lot of my summer running around chasing muskies. I spent most of this summer working on a new cabin on Crystal though, and it really cut into my fishing time. I probably fished less overall this summer than, well, ever probably. (About mid-July my wife said something like "wow - you really get crabby when you can't go fishing don't you?" No kidding... grin.gif). So on the one hand that was a major downer.

On the other hand though...the fishing that I did do was really something special. Because I only had a few hours here and there to get out morning and evening, I stayed a lot closer to home. It was really a back to the future kind of deal - I fished some lakes I hadn't been on since high school. I spent more time fishing the lake my cabin's on since I don't know when, and I did more multi-species fishing than I have in years. I really went on a bass kick for a while, and I'd almost forgotten how much fun largemouth can be. I started to figure out Lida for smallies (something that's definitely high on my list for next summer) and had a blast fishing crappies and gills with my girls. Caught a 20 1/2" largemouth on Crystal so I kept my streak alive - at least one bass over 20" out of there for 16 years straight... Between the cabin and a few weeks where the water got too hot to fish for them my muskie numbers are down a little, but 6 30 pounders in the boat (a couple of them from Canada) with a couple weeks yet to go, so I can't complain too much.

All in all this summer really made me appreciate the place I grew up all over again. Also reminded me that if all I do is fish muskies, I'm missing out on some awesome fishing for everything else. I fished muskies less than I have in 15 years, and I didn't miss it all that much. Already can't wait for next summer. First nice weekend after ice out I'll be over on Lida with a GPS and an underwater camera looking for new rock piles smile.gif

Cicada - funny stuff about the tree. I shattered a rod there setting the hook into a log a few years ago. Sure feels good for a second...

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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You never did take me out to your sweet spot this summer. Maybe this winter?

Bret

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    • SkunkedAgain

      Posted (edited)

      Maybe there is a market out there for higher end food on Vermilion. If I were in the restaurant business and felt that way, I would probably operate that restaurant on the other end of the lake where it stands out from the competition and benefits from the higher population density and bigger cabins/wealth.

      In my mind, what the west end has always wanted is a fun place to hang out, get a beer, and swap fishing tales. You don't need $20 bloody mary's to do that or $12 burgers. Most people would be happy with a Heggie's pizza, some wings, or nachos with melted cheese....accompanied by a mug of Schells/Leinie's/Bud and your occasional can or bottle of something more fancy like a Surly. No need to make this a high-end sushi joint or something that it's really not.

      Those seeking a fancy meal will seek it out as necessary. The masses will just avoid the joint if it isn't to their liking.

      Edited by SkunkedAgain
    • BSLNORTH

      Posted

      We did pretty well duck hunting and I thought there was a lot of shooting around. Spent a few hours in the woods checking stands and didn't see one grouse. Lots of deer sign.

    • rundrave

      Posted

      I think you need to go back to basics. What you are trying to do doesn't have to be reinforced in just the boat.

      You need that dog to obey and listen to each command you give. If you are trying to get her to sit/stay then that's what you need to work on.

      You can practice and work on that command every time you open the door to the kennel to let the dog out. You tell her to sit/stay and you open the door. If she doesn't you know close the door and repeat.

      Every time you give your dog a bowl of food don't just give it to her make her sit/stay before she get its. There are  varieties of situation that the sit command can be used for. Start with small exercises and work your way up to bigger more complicated tasks, repetition, repetition repetition. Be sure to praise and always try to end work on a positive note. 

      I think the most important thing is don't give a command you cant reinforce.

    • Musky hunter 82

      Posted

      I made it out last night, saw a small buck and a nice doe at 20 yards but to quite to hear them and since I'm in some really thick stuff I didn't see them until they were on top of me.  Also saw another deer 40 yards away but couldn't tell what it was, then spooked something behind (not the direction the deer normally head to in the evening) me as I was getting down.  Almost had a Coyote in the CRP grass when I was walking out, big sucker and the second one see in two sits now (one by my wife and now by me), the land owner said that they are coming up on to his yard now.  I've hunted this ground for 12 years and this is the first year I've seen a coyote while hunting.

      Here's a couple of views from the stand, going to move it to the edge of the CRP field that is about 30 yards behind me.

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    • paceman

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      Made it out for a very short sit Saturday Night. Thunder storms had my son and I scrambling for the truck. Our view. Lots of good deer sign in area. Early SE Corn.JPG

    • 750 this week only Im losing money on this but would rather have someone be able to use it than for it to just sit around. After this week I am going to winterize it and it will no longer be for sale.

    • How is she on the sit command?  That is the basis of everything.  She needs to learn to sit still and wait until the next command.  I don't even teach my dogs "stay" because it isn't necessary if they are solid on "sit".  Every dog has the ability to be steady, it is up to you to teach them.  A lab that isn't steady in the boat is not only annoying, it is potentially dangerous with loaded guns and the potential to capsize a boat in open water. 

      If she knows sit but just needs some reinforcement, it may just take a couple trips where you don't even bring the gun along and let others shoot while you handle the dog. 

      If she's real bad, I would recommend going back to the basics. It will be tougher with an older dog versus a puppy but is definitely worth it. Check out the retriever training DVDS by Bill Hillman. They are spendy but definitely worth it.

    • easyrider25

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      Looking for advice on keeping the dog focused and quiet in the duck boat.  Was out today and we shot enough ducks to keep her busy, however my dog is such a hyper hypo that it's a  little annoying.  Either whining or jumping back and forth from the front and back of the boat.  Do I just need to establish the expectation and keep on her till she finally gets it or is this how some dogs are in the boat? This is her 4th year duck hunting and she has continued to improve each season.  Overall I am happy with her work, especially with the limited amount of hunting I do.  We were out today for 3 hours, shot 8 birds and she did great on the retrieving end and is pretty much focused on the skies, but if something is not constantly dropping from them I feel like I have a screaming baby on my hands.  It's not really that bad, just very annoying.   I would just like her to sit in her spot, stare at the skies and wait for my command.  Is this to much to ask?

    • On 9/24/2016 at 3:30 PM, ZachD said:

      she's getting big

      She's up to 38 pounds at a few days short of 5 months and does not stop going 100 mph. She got exposed to a lot of feathers this weekend at duck camp. She retrieved dead ducks and geese in the yard after our hunts. The goose was a bit big so I chopped a wing off and worked with that after she picked it up and barely made it back a short distance to me. 

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    • delcecchi

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      Maybe that is how they can stay in business 



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    • SkunkedAgain
      Maybe there is a market out there for higher end food on Vermilion. If I were in the restaurant business and felt that way, I would probably operate that restaurant on the other end of the lake where it stands out from the competition and benefits from the higher population density and bigger cabins/wealth. In my mind, what the west end has always wanted is a fun place to hang out, get a beer, and swap fishing tales. You don't need $20 bloody mary's to do that or $12 burgers. Most people would be happy with a Heggie's pizza, some wings, or nachos with melted cheese....accompanied by a mug of Schells/Leinie's/Bud and your occasional can or bottle of something more fancy like a Surly. No need to make this a high-end sushi joint or something that it's really not. Those seeking a fancy meal will seek it out as necessary. The masses will just avoid the joint if it isn't to their liking.
    • BSLNORTH
      We did pretty well duck hunting and I thought there was a lot of shooting around. Spent a few hours in the woods checking stands and didn't see one grouse. Lots of deer sign.
    • rundrave
      I think you need to go back to basics. What you are trying to do doesn't have to be reinforced in just the boat. You need that dog to obey and listen to each command you give. If you are trying to get her to sit/stay then that's what you need to work on. You can practice and work on that command every time you open the door to the kennel to let the dog out. You tell her to sit/stay and you open the door. If she doesn't you know close the door and repeat. Every time you give your dog a bowl of food don't just give it to her make her sit/stay before she get its. There are  varieties of situation that the sit command can be used for. Start with small exercises and work your way up to bigger more complicated tasks, repetition, repetition repetition. Be sure to praise and always try to end work on a positive note.  I think the most important thing is don't give a command you cant reinforce.
    • Musky hunter 82
      I made it out last night, saw a small buck and a nice doe at 20 yards but to quite to hear them and since I'm in some really thick stuff I didn't see them until they were on top of me.  Also saw another deer 40 yards away but couldn't tell what it was, then spooked something behind (not the direction the deer normally head to in the evening) me as I was getting down.  Almost had a Coyote in the CRP grass when I was walking out, big sucker and the second one see in two sits now (one by my wife and now by me), the land owner said that they are coming up on to his yard now.  I've hunted this ground for 12 years and this is the first year I've seen a coyote while hunting. Here's a couple of views from the stand, going to move it to the edge of the CRP field that is about 30 yards behind me.
    • paceman
      Made it out for a very short sit Saturday Night. Thunder storms had my son and I scrambling for the truck. Our view. Lots of good deer sign in area.