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  1. Personal best this year. A very healthy 29 1/4” walleye. Safely released to thrill another fisherman.
    15 points
  2. This wouldn't fit on my previous post and I wanted show my cousin releasing the 29 inch walleye. The 28" was also released.. MarkB
    13 points
  3. My cousin, good Friend, and myself just returned from a short 4 day visit to my favorite lake. We enjoyed some absolutely spectacular fishing! During the 4 day trip, we boated 190 walleyes and either missed or lost at least 100 more ! About half of our boated fish measured 12"-14". We caught a few of the 10"-12" dinks, but we also caught lots and lots of 15"-17" walleyes with a few 18"-20" and a 22", 28", and 29". We caught them on both minnows and crawlers with all of the bigger fish coming on big minnows. Suckers and shiners accounted for probably 80% of our catch. We found the fish in my traditional fall spots. The walleyes were on mud flats in 20'-27' of water early in the mornings until around 9:30. We then switched to adjacent rock piles and that is where we caught all of our fish over 17". We only caught one jumbo and 3 bass during our trip. All of the bass were ~17" and were caught while fishing for walleyes. The water temperatures varied from 58 degrees when we arrived to 62 degrees when we left. Cloud cover made no difference on this trip and the winds were light and variable throughout our stay. During the Friday monsoon we caught as many fish as any other time. The bite itself varied at times from very light to jerk the pole out of your hands strong. Saturday was a particularly light bite day and we put on stingers to enable a hook set when we felt the first nudge. This method helped us prevent gut hooked fish and it's also why we missed so many hits. The boat traffic was negligible most of the trip and non-existent on Saturday. It was very nostalgic watching the baby loons getting in some last minute meals and watching Bald Eagles flying around pestering the gulls. Lake Vermilion is truly a paradise and I pray that it can be preserved for future generations. In the meantime, we reserved our allotted time periods for 2022 and look forward to returning to that wonderful Lake. Below are a couple pictures of our fishing party holding their best fish of the trip. Top to bottom is my cousin Tim, then me, and lastly our friend Greg.. Good fishing, MarkB
    10 points
  4. Walleyes and Muskies biting in Head o Lakes and Wake em Up. I’ve had best luck finding Muskies in the old favorite cabbage spots that are near rocks. Doesn’t seem to be enough of them though.
    9 points
  5. For those who think that fishing etiquette has gotten worse, I took a snapshot of the tv this morning. My 9yr old daughter loves watching old cartoons. In this one, the guy catches a fish the size of a minnow and then every boat on the lake zooms over to fish his spot. This has been happening since motor boats were invented!
    9 points
  6. Walleye fishing really picked up this weekend. Had to move around to find the fish but when I did locate them, they were schooled up in a tight cluster. If I drifted more than 30 feet from the cluster the bite would stop. Don't know if this is typical of fall fishing but it was sure fun. Biggest eye I caught was the pictured 23", then the next biggest was only 17" (I think others are really targeting the 18-20" fish). Pike suckers on a plain red hook were the best, but when I ran out of them, they still bit on chubs (although the fish were smaller). Stopped at Fuel & Food Saturday afternoon and they were out of pike suckers and chubs, so I just used the last of my small chubs the last day. Never did try the crawlers that I bought because the bite was good enough on minnows. Enjoy the fall fishing and the beauty of the lake, and be courteous to other anglers.
    9 points
  7. I took my 7 yr old son out Saturday morning. Wasn't a long hunt, only lasted till 0730. But I only had one goal. I wanted to shoot a wood duck with my great grandpas 1929 browning A5 16 gauge. I was able to get a nice young drake woody and my son was super excited to watch and help retrieve it. Just fun to take the young ones along.
    7 points
  8. Fished Monday-Friday this week in between a painting project and duck hunting. Fishing was both slow and hot for me. Tuesday evening was the hottest, catching 12 fish in one hour, including two 25" eyes. Overall I caught 8 slot eyes, three of which were 25" which is my biggest so far this open water season. All other eyes were 10-15" except for one 18" fish. Started fishing with pike suckers on a plain hook, but was missing several bites so I switched to chubs and had much better hook success. Pike suckers seemed to produce bigger fish, but I did catch a couple of slot fish on chubs and even crawlers when I ran out of minnows. They were willing to bite anything when in the mood. 13-16 fow. Didn't have time to remove my camo face paint for the pic of a 23" eye. Much better pic of a 25" eye. Beautiful weather this week and great to be on the lake. This weekend weather looks bad, but enjoy the lake and the fall season. Good luck and be courteous to other anglers.
    6 points
  9. Leech~ it was great to see the old names again. It inspired me to cast a little longer tonight!
    6 points
  10. Today ended a truely epic Vermilion trip. Best smallmouth fishing I've ever experienced. They are definitely getting bigger, getting fat on all the rustys. 3 lb fish were the norm with several 3.5 - 3.75. I got three over 4 including a 4.56 yesterday. Lost a 5+ right at the boat, what a tank, ran alot of drag and took me for a couple laps around the boat. Thought I hooked a muskie until I saw it. Speaking of muskie I fished more muskie this year and did not even see one (unusual) and only caught the big pike I posted earlier... Until today. I was throwing a 3/8 spinner bait for bass and watched a good sized muskie come from side and kind of nonchalantly grab it. Fortunately I reflexively set the hook between my jaw drop and eyes ?. Taped out at 47". Don't worry despite not having a net and having to grab it with the boga I never hung the fish. It was fully supported with my other hand under it when I pulled it from the water for a quick measurement and pic. She swam away to grow to 50+ for next years trip. This was the kind of trip that will be hard to top. New personal bests in smallmouth 3 times, pike and muskie. Can't wait to come back though.
    6 points
  11. Nope, not water tight and half filled with mud. My Buddy dumped it all out and rinsed everything off. The wallet and other stuff was in a top compartment in the lid so it wasn’t muddied too bad. I told him after washing it all up it could’ve been the guys ashes in there. His face dropped! I’m sure it wasn’t though with the SS card and DL. Oh, and $20.
    5 points
  12. Didn’t catch 28 or 29 inches but my 4 days were incredible walleye fishing 3 days managed 150 or so fish lot of 15-20 but we concentrated on 16-22 feet. Did try leadcore in 32 feet and caught our slot fish that way and more than a few. Caught them north side of pine, big bay, comet. Everywhere we went there were walleyes. Sunday night we ran out of minnows! Spot locked and the fastest walleye fishing in some time. I used smaller minnows then mark. I am up next weekend and will be sure to get bigger minnows. Best part my dads birthday and we got to spend it whacking walleyes all night. Old goat is 74
    5 points
  13. I used the DNR lakefinder website to do a little analysis of Lake Vermilion water levels last night while I watched a somewhat boring Monday Night Football game. Unfortunately, they are missing a lot of data from the last two years. It's possible that is due to Covid, but the daily measurements tapered off in 2015 and all measurements stopped in August 2019, with only one measurement in July 2020 and then they started mostly regular readings again in June/July of 2021. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showlevel.html?id=69037800 Here are a few of the interesting stats from the website: Period of record: 10/03/1950 to 09/07/2021 Highest recorded: 1359.32 ft (05/17/2008) Highest known: 1359.94 ft (06/06/1913) Lowest recorded: 1356.07 ft (11/16/1976) Recorded Range: 3.25 ft Ordinary High Water Level (OHW) Elevation: 1358.4 ft I put this quick table together to show the median/average water levels by month along with highs and lows. What I generally learned is that the lake generally fluctuates about 1ft between spring and fall. The Recorded Range above shows that it can fluctuate up to 3.25ft. (Nerdy note: I generally used water levels from the first of each month for the analysis below, which is why the high water level in blue of 1,358.92ft is lower than the highest known/recorded highs in the table above. It was the highest number in the data set that I grabbed but not the all-time high which happened on a day in the middle of the month) Below are some graphs that I put together:
    4 points
  14. Well we did hardly get to shoot bummer! But it’s still great to get out hunting with friends!!
    4 points
  15. In addition to low water level, it has occurred to me that this maybe the windiest year also that I can remember. Hard to fish and I didn’t go out for lots of days because of the wind. It’s no fun fighting the wind- ok for awhile but it gets old quick.
    4 points
  16. congrats on the new pup moose, hopefully it still lets you get some sleep at night I always stagger my dogs. The amount of stuff the puppy will learn from an older seasoned veteran dog will outweigh the tormenting. Also in this pandemic dogs have been pretty hard to come by. With everyone stuck at home more now they are buying dogs. If this is the new normal for a while you may have a hard time getting a pup from a litter. I would be devastated if I had to put down one dog and didn't have another.
    4 points
  17. Thanks. It's nothing fancy. 97 Polaris Indy Classic touring. Been working on it for a few months. Was kind of a mess when I got it. Seems to be working pretty well now. I'm trying to get a back rack I got for it. But its proving difficult due to some creative welding from previous owner. I want to hang a 35gal tote on the back for gear. I also want to try to mount some brackets I have on the front for auger. It's all still a work in progress. My primary concern was to get it mechanically sound before I started getting it hardwater fishing ready.
    3 points
  18. Fished Sep 17-23. Tornado warnings one night, high winds most every day. Was able to pick up 4 walleyes and one northern while fishing White Iron with Mike Stark of Ely Fishing Guide Company - highly recommend him if you're looking for a guide.
    3 points
  19. Always good to find a shed! Time to use this meme finally. Went through nearly a full box today to put down 5. Mallard, wood ducks and teal. I was picky with my shots. Trying a different set tomorrow. Hoping to get some ringers added to the mix.
    3 points
  20. I dunno if I can say much better. We’ve been averaging upper 80’s/100 on sporting clays this summer but alla sudden decoying geese became hard to hit last weekend? We’ll see how she goes. Battle Coot is ready.
    3 points
  21. Spent the weekend at Vacationland, Otttertail. Lake level down almost 3 feet so only one landing with enough water to launch a boat. With 20 to 30 MPH winds and 3 to 4 ft. waves we chose to fish surrounding smaller lakes. Had great time Catch & Release Bass fishing. My prise money fish was a sunfish. My giant "Ottertail Money Sunfish" he looks sorta small cause I have very large hands and I held him a long way from the camera. He did put up a good fight. He is still swimming.
    3 points
  22. You can't make this up anymore. 37 yard kick for the win and he pushes it right? Somewhere Blair Walsh is laughing at us about this.
    3 points
  23. Finn and I hiked the river in Sherburne and only saw 5 swans. 1000 cranes and not one duck or goose. Saw some guys looking in the grass and they said they dropped a woodduck and Finn found it for them. Boy Finn was mad when I gave them the duck.
    2 points
  24. Kind of a similar thing and how I got into hunting. It was more of a forgotten item though. I went fishing the St, Frances river by Zimmer with my dad when I was about 16. Some duck hunter had forgotten his hunting ammo box-seat packed full of shells. I didnt have a shot gun but my buddy had an old H&R single 12g. We went up by Cambridge and spent a good part of the day blowing up a few $100s worth of shells at trees and craap!
    2 points
  25. In the rocks on a point we chose to set up on. The point has been under water for years but with the draw down and then drought I’m figuring it finally was exposed. Honestly surprised we were the first people to open it for how much it was exposed.
    2 points
  26. The only thing that I can think would be leaking out of the exhaust would be unburnt 2-stroke oil, maybe leftover from someone oiling the cylinders for the offseason?
    2 points
  27. That should be your new avatar picture
    2 points
  28. The handle didn’t give it away? Welcome @TheClassicyIndy! This leech guy does know a few things about sleds though and can help you out. I may actually have a lot of time this winter to play. We’ll see how things shake out.
    2 points
  29. I know this is a old post, but I just picked up a sled to ice fish with and would love to travel a lake with some others. Especially as this will be my first time trying it. Maybe if and when we get some hardwater that works, we try this call out again? Thanks
    2 points
  30. It’s been a slow duck season and scouting to find a duck has been tougher than normal. How are you all doing? Hazel is growing like a weed and goes to the vet Monday. I will update then for her progress.
    2 points
  31. Get on the shallow food shelves in current. If you’re already there for the smallies, fish closer to the edge to deeper water for the walleyes. I like the Rapala line up and swimming shads on a jig head. I really couldn’t tell you anything about the muskies except they should have the feed bag on and their best food are those fish on the food shelves. Throw bigger stuff and don’t rule out top water ( I’d pick something slow). Halloween colors for October . I’m assuming the water has been clear but maybe a little dirtier now after the rains? Just telling you how I’d approach it based my experience. Good luck!
    2 points
  32. She is a sweet puppy and boy does she love that shed antler
    2 points
  33. spent the last five days up here in this super weather. Only complain could be it was a little too calm. Fishing was even better with a bit of walleye chop on a point, shoreline , etc..water temp was between 62-66 degrees. Most of the fish were caught in 18-25 feet of water but some in big bay came out of 40-50 feet. Most fish were just off the strictures out of the rocks.. we tried fishing top of the reef with slip bobbers with no success. Most of time, when we saw fish on electronics, we coughs the fish. Only occcassionally, did we find non biting fish. No fish over the slot, very few in the slot, most fish were good eater size. Most fish were mid day, didn’t have to get up early or stay past dark.. pretty easy….. dock bite was so, so.
    2 points
  34. Good luck to those going to chase ducks this weekend!! I will be out there with riverrat316 and Finn. I found a couple ponds way back in with some water and more wood ducks than I could count.
    2 points
  35. The mouth of the creek is quite a ways downstream from the landing, and you’ll have to cross several peoples’ docks. Entire stream is surrounded by private property. Sure, you can technically legally access the stream, but why would you want to bother with the headache of dealing with landowners that DON’T want you there? Stream is small enough to step across in most places, it’s very weedy, and lot’s of overhanging brush. Not to mention, below average at best numbers of small trout! You want easy access? Buy a Wisconsin license! Right across the river in Pierce County alone, there’s hundreds of miles of public easements on trout streams that are ten times better than anything Minnesota has to offer!
    2 points
  36. Got up Thursday evening to rain and pretty heavy wind Friday morning had us holding off on putting the boat in the water. Fished briefly Friday evening at sunset and picked up an 18" and a couple smalls. Fishing was decent Saturday morning but no real size, everything was 12-15". I had one that looked to be 17"ish flop off as I was trying to flip it into the boat. All the fish we caught were in 17-22'. We were fishing around about a 6' top but never caught anything on top. They appeared to be relating to the structure but not actually on it. Tried again Saturday evening for a couple hours and continued to pick up small walleye just like the morning. Sunday was windy again but we decided to slug it out for awhile and caught one decent perch and one small walleye. We fished similar depths and spots as Saturday but they weren't there. Marked them out in 35'+ but didn't feel like fighting the wind out in the big water so we called it quits around noon and never went back out(the wind never really did lay down or we may have tried again). Jig/minnow way outfished bottom bouncers/crawlers. Wish bottom bouncers would have worked better because it was tough to keep a jig down as fast as we were drifting and we never found a school to spot lock on.
    2 points
  37. Made it to the brothers cabin this past weekend. We hit 4 lakes. Crappie fishing was great. Lots of 10-12 inch fish. Walleye on Big wolf and Andrusia was fair. Nothing over 16 inches though. Small pike were very active as well. The river was 2-3 feet deep and manageable. Found walleye in depths from 12-20 ft and crappies were 6-14 ft near pencil reeds. Crappies bit on crawlers, minnows and gulp. Got walleyes on fat heads as no one in area had anything other than pike chubs and we only got northerns on them. Wind was bad on Friday and terrible on Saturday. Definitely need to update electronics and trolling motor to get spot lock. My brother has it on his and had 0 problems holding in the wind. Overall fun weekend with 2 meals fish and a burger night at Becida bar.
    2 points
  38. I forgot about them baby teeth ?! She is learning and I know why Finn is keeping his distance. Lol
    2 points
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  40. The people I talked to said from 6-9 years old as then you always have lab in it’s prime
    2 points
  41. Probably looks a lot like the 1995 Indi 500 Classic I got this past June. 2 cylinder + reverse. Ran good but modified the track/suspension a bit than sold excess parts.
    1 point
  42. so wanderer. i stopped at the access yesterday on my way home!!!!!!! couple vehicles there, assuming there where duck hunters. anyway someone threw an old couch/chair in the swamp!!!!! and a bunch of the new camo busch lite cans!!!!!! pigs!!!!!!! anyways.......had a good trip with the wife and friends. fishing was good, so was the beer and campfires!!!!! leaves are changing and falling, mostly the maples. sure is funny watching how much the leaves change from home to the cabin.
    1 point
  43. Crap I am feeling like an old man today. Hazel is not letting Finn and I take a nap, but it is getting Finn and I ready for duck season.
    1 point
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