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Lake Vermillion: Northerns and Walleyes...

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Hi everyone,

As our fishing group gets older some of the members are desiring a destination closer to home, and others require medical facilities be in close proximity. We would like to camp too. This lake seems to fit the bill...I have never been there so I have no clue what we would be dealing with. The trip would consist of fishing for walleyes and Northerns. How is the action for these two species in Mid June? We'd be looking at a trip from June 12th - 17th.

Not wanting any spots...just an overall idea of how well the lake produces. I am sure there are days where things can be slow, but we don't want something that will be so slow we don't get into anything...

Can some help me out on this? The help is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance..

Steve

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Steve, if you haven't already, also post this in the Vermilion forum, you should be able to get answers to your questions.

That time of the year should be great for walleyes, depending on weather and mayfly hatch.

You also shouldn't have any problem finding numbers of northerns. Work any weed edges you can find with a large spinnerbait (I prefer white) and hang on! You are also likely to happen upon a surprise musky or two cool.gif

The great thing about this lake is if the wind decides to howl you can always find a quiet spot, yet still be able to find some fish.

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I'd been to Vermillion several years ago, then was back there a couple years ago for a tournament. I'd forgot what a great lake it is, very scenic, very fun to get around on, and the fishing was fabulous. We were targeting walleyes and caught a bunch of them, and caught a bunch of other fish too -- pike, smallies, bluegills, I think a largemouth or two, and saw a couple of muskies. It's definately on my list of lakes to try to get back to sooner rather than later. Interesting scenery on the lake, a mix of undeveloped forest, to super-nice luxurious lake-homes, to "average" lake homes, cabins, resorts, etc. And there's a handful of clubs and pubs you can boat to, as well as the casino.

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Lots of fish available. Lots of rocks available too.

The weather can be unpredictable that time of year. You shouldn't have a problem finding fish.

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Steve,

Last summer that time period was very slow for walleyes on most of Vermilion for most people, including me. frown.gif

But, last year was not a normal year either! The mayflys were staged in the upper water column and because of the cool weather and water temps they just would not hatch! This lasted for almost 3 weeks! tongue.gif

The worst part was that I could see tons of walleyes suspended in the mayfly clouds but they were so keyed on the mayflys that they refused to bite anything else.

The good news is that the smallmouth and pike were biting like crazy during that period.

Cliff

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i was traveling alot during that time last year.......with very little payoff....as cliff said it was tough...to hot too soon i think....but this year we can hope it will be better because it usually is....all it dependent on the old weather...glad to see some snow for all you sledders...and also for some runoff....some is better than none....

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I haven't been to Vermillion in close to 20 years, and I was only 4 or 5 years old so I don't remember it very well. I hear in the summer it can be quite a zoo up there with boat traffic. Do things drop off quite considerably after labor day? How's the fishing in september?

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Thats the nice thing about Vermilion, plenty of space to hide from the crowds if thats what you want. If you decide that you want to fish in one of the Narrows, yup, its going to be crazy and maybe even a little dangerous. But there is plenty of places to get back away from the traffic and enjoy some great fishing and peace and quiet.

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The holliday weekends can get a little hectic alright!

The rest of the year is not to bad and as stated by Shamrock7, you can always find a quiet spot to fish.

The fishing in Sept. is great!

Cliff

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I really like the fall fishing on Vermilion, more fish, less boats. What more could a guy ask for?

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Unfortunately I'm all booked up already for the summer and fall, so I'll have to wait until '08 to get up there. How is the ice fishing though? Maybe I could hit it in december. How late did it take this winter to get 8+ inches?

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Vermilion was really hot all winter. We caught walleyes right up to the last day of the season. Good numbers and nice size with lots of "put backs". As always, to try to predict when we will have 8" of ice is a science that I have not yet learned. If I was to give out a SWAG, I would say that you should be close to 8" by Dec. 15th but ......... ya never know till you walk out there and check yourself. Might be a early as Nov 15th or as late as Jan 1st.

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just to add about the pike....good size suckers on a wind blown point will work well....as will trolling some big lures in deeper water through some bait fish.....the weeds will produce some pike also...but depending on the weather up til then ...they may be on the smaller side....but we do have a good pike population....smallies and largemouth should be going good also....the crappie will be tailing off...but the gills will be going strong....so there should be plenty of action......the muskie may be in post spawn or spawning as far as i know....they can be hard to hook that time of year....but of course not impossible.....enjoy and set that hook!!!!

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I really like the fall fishing on Vermilion, more fish, less boats. What more could a guy ask for?


An understanding boss, and the entire fall off from work. grin.gif

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I really like the fall fishing on Vermilion, more fish, less boats. What more could a guy ask for?

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An understanding boss, and the entire fall off from work.


Yep...you got me there grin.gif

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