Cliff's point about the spawn are true, more Walleyes spawn out in the basin and in other locations on the lake than in Pike bay which represents about 5% of the total eastern basin spawn. That means that all of the spawning Walleyes on the west end are unaffected by the hatchery on Pike bay. Years of over fishing and stocking freezers has had more effect on Walleyes on the west end than the Pike river hatchery has. The DNR test nets in the fall showed Walleye on Lake Vermilion are well over the state average on both ends of the lake and the numbers have improved on the west end over the last few years. So don't blame the DNR if you are struggling to catch Walleyes. Stop fishing your memories and try something new, either location or presentation, because the fish are there. I have been fishing Vermilion for almost 50 years now and in my humble opinion the Walleye fishing has never been better than it is right now. Ad to that a world class Muskie fishery, giant Pike, excellent Bass fishing (Both species) jumbo Perch, panfish and the shear Beauty of Lake Vermilion. What is there to complain about? Count your blessing Vermilion anglers because it doesn't get any better than this. JMHO.
This is a really tough time to put fishing information on anywhere. There is some pike fishing and sturgeon excursions going on and they are a big deal for the avid participants. FYI the big Zippel Bay Pike Fishing Derby is this weekend and they will have 80 teams entered so it is a solid event.
LOW Tourism hits it pretty hard most of the year. Just coming off the sports show season maybe they are just taking a couple of weeks off to catch their breath before the onslaught of the big opener and long open water season. I know that I havent been putting a ton of stuff on lately either. I am looking out my window and 3 inches of snow and slush and water in the yard and it is hard to get excited about boat fishing AT ALL! ( it is making me crabby),
In the next week or so, after the snow is gone again and the opener looms closer, things will kick into high gear and the info will flow again. I know I will hit it harder than ever with fishing and condition reports on our favorite body of water.
I dont know why tourism reports would show up on other sites. It is easy enough to copy and paste......
See you soon