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  1. Just don't keep any 12-13" walleyes. Can't wait to visit your bay and catch some crappies. Tomorrow, Is my last day working, I'm officially retiring. I'll be chasing them all spring. Then on to the walleyes!! Can't wait....I better add that I'll be practicing c/r, if I'm lucky enough to catch a few
    11 points
  2. Someone had to kick things off. I caught some shrimp at the grocery store over the weekend. I'm hoping to see some spawning walleye this weekend. Who knows where they will be in a month when we are all allowed to actually fish for them!
    9 points
  3. 8 points
  4. My son and I have had an awesome season son far. He tagged out friday, I tagged out yesterday. He also helped a friend this morning with calling, and his Buddy got his first Tom.
    8 points
  5. I hope you guy's aren't chewin on me, because we don't keep them either, 14-18"s are perfect for filleting, the rest of them go back in the drink. 13s are a bit short, but I've been known to fillet-em, just depends on if you want a fish fry or not. lol Like Raven77 said, 12"ers are legal, actually I don't think there is a minimum size for walleye. Maybe there is, I don't have a clue, nor do I give a $#%*! Think about it, a guy drives from the cities to Lake of the Woods. It takes him roughly 6-8 hours to hit LOTW. He just spent how much getting there
    7 points
  6. First outing this spring turned out fairly successful. Not consistent action yet but enough to stay interested. Nothing bigger than 12 inches though. All were released fully alive to complete the reproductive process.
    6 points
  7. Looks like the ice is off Vermilion! Start your engines....
    6 points
  8. West end of frazer and smartz bays look to be ice free,
    6 points
  9. inconsistent weather patterns have made things challenging this spring. Found this big female after the rain yesterday
    5 points
  10. Getting a little bigger but still not the 16 incher I'm looking for.
    5 points
  11. I’ll go! Finally made it up and braved the cool weather. Manick has my dock in already and only a few mice made a winter home in the camper. Fished Saturday from about noon to 3 in Black Bay and had some fun action. Crappies were big and active but not tons of numbers. A fair amount of boats and water temp was 46-47. heard a UTV buzzing around so that must be you Cigar Guy! I’m in a Red Lund Impact. Here are a few pics
    5 points
  12. And just a few days later, I got my first 10inch bluegill of the season. Same body of water Royce got his from, but clearly a different shaped hen bluegill. As always, trophy size fish get released VID_20210418_110303001~2.mp4
    5 points
  13. Engine already started and tested....just need to get my boat and motor in the water! Bring it on
    5 points
  14. Dipped the boats into the lake this weekend. Was great to be out on the water again. Even got us a few for the fry pan.
    4 points
  15. If we could only get some stable, warm weather These up and down temps the last two weeks has made finding a consistent bite a challenge. One day the fish will be shallow and biting good, and the next they pushed back deeper and aren't as willing to bite as well. I have been taking advantage of the days when the wind lays down, and the rare occasion when that bright thing in the sky comes out...lol. Been finding lots of smaller fish in the local boat channels and shallow back waters. The best bays have been the ones with deeper pockets within the bay for fish to take cover during col
    4 points
  16. Well I got two big projects going and they are taking longer than planned. Putting in new flooring throughout the upstairs and redoing the walkway.
    4 points
  17. Congrats! I've got another 5 or 6 years to go before retirement. Plan to spend half the year at Vermilion and half in Hawaii. Already saving up for a saltwater fishing boat.
    4 points
  18. Where's your "science"? Here's a piece from the DNR suggesting that keeping fish under 12" will not increase the population of larger fish https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fish/walleye/management.html. The answer to catching more large fish is to keep the smaller fish and let the larger ones go. That's the case with walleyes and panfish. This is proven scientifically and the basis for slot limits. I agree with Jerkin Lips that "a person stopping at four 12-14" fish would probably be better than fishing all day to catch four quality eaters". If I want a meal for my family or guests
    4 points
  19. Calling fishermen "pathetic" for doing something that is legal and ethical does none of us any good. If you have an issue with the regulations take it up with the DNR. One could argue that trophy fishing is less ethical than keeping dinks as it is inevitable that some of those breeder fish will die from hooking loss. There's a good reason we aren't allowed to keep 20-26" fish. I agree with others here that when people come from far away they want to have a meal of fish and if all they can get is 12"ers they are not going to damage the fishery by keeping 4 fish of that size. We should all
    4 points
  20. I fished LOW back in February - same thing. The kid running the bombardier even told everyone to use the bucket as the quick way to measure. The only consistent bite was from small sauger/walleye with the biggest my group caught being 21". I saw lots of small sauger and walleye coming back in the buckets to be fileted. My general opinion is not based on any hard data, but I feel that the part-time anglers are the ones wanting to justify a trip to the lake with some kind of meat. If all they are catching is small fish or large fish - they are going to keep something. I definitely ag
    4 points
  21. Went out tonight by myself for 2-1/2 hours. Caught over twenty crappies, kept six smaller one's for dinner for my wife and I. I'm going to practice more c/r from now on, especially with crappies, too valuable of of resource, all we need is a meal or so a week. Regarding walleye's, never really a problem catching too many for me. Once the crappie bite ends and walleye season starts, one meal a week and two will take care of dinner.
    3 points
  22. well, another trip in the books, headed up thursday, about 3 miles north of deer river i seen a bog ole bear cross the road!!!!!!! he was sitting at the edge of the road when i got to where he crossed, been a long time since i actually seen that happen, about 10;soish in the morning. all the maintence work is done, so it can be play time the rest of the summer. i did wet a line from shore on a few lakes but no go!!!!!!! i got all summer!!!!!! also seen that hayslips has a meat raffle on friday nites. guess the place has new owners.
    3 points
  23. I hear that to catch suspended crappies, it is best for the fisherman to be suspended as well. I suggest crawling out to the end of yours!
    3 points
  24. The Suckers are running! (White Suckers are very active. Redhorse are just staging) Kids had a blast on the Mississippi river this weekend. Water is quite high, very cold. Always fun to be casting again.
    3 points
  25. Oh my! Those brown fish will be roaming the shallows soon.
    3 points
  26. I was awakened this morning by the sweet sound of a 2-stroke plodding through Black Bay on the crappie hunt. It's a much better wakeup sound than a whiney snowmobile motor, that's for sure. I should find an alarm clock that sounds like an old outboard plowing through the lake waters....
    3 points
  27. If you guys hear of someone that lost some stuff please let me know. I know if I lost what I found I would be sick!
    3 points
  28. Beach at our campground on Edwards lake by Nisswa, MN. Worst ice push up ever!
    3 points
  29. I like it too Tim and that's why I posted the link. However, I'm not sure it will have a significant effect on the number of fish kept. Having a cabin on LV I'm lucky to be able to fish a lot and catch a lot of walleyes. I love to eat walleyes, but one meal a week is plenty for me and my usual fishing partners. Got to mix it up with steaks, pork chops, smash burgers, brisket and so on. The number of fish we keep will not change based on this request. The wild card is the number of non-local fishermen coming here because the Canadian border remains closed. Not condemning or stereotyping
    2 points
  30. I love the fact that it is a voluntary request. I think most people will respect it and feel like they are helping our lake be more sustainable. If you want to keep more, so be it and it isn't like you are some evil person, but if even 50% of people keep 50% less fish, that has to have a positive impact. Not to mention, here we are talking about it so there will start to be community awareness and thought before blindly keeping everything. Knowing the great Vermilion community, this is the perfect solution in my opinion.
    2 points
  31. "Thoughts?" per Raven77 OK. Everyone here in SW Wisconsin was thrilled when the deer population reached 80 per mile^2. Then we got CWD. Everyone wants to maximize their own interests. I have no problem with only keeping two, but then i'll be there much more than your average vacationer. Voluntary efforts like this are great, but mandatory should be left to the biologists.
    2 points
  32. Always great to see the smiles on the kids faces.
    2 points
  33. Trolling bags. I have been happy with the Amish Buggy Bag. Attach one line to the front cleat and a second line to the back cleat. Adjust the lines correctly and the ride just under the surface along the side of the boat. When you want to move just reach over and flip them over the side of the boat. Way easier than a drift sock. I have the 18" for my former 17.5 foot boat with an F100 Yamaha. I may get a pair of 22" bags for my current boat 1875 ProGuide with a Yamaha F90 SHO. I've used the bags in 5-6 feet of water without spooking fish. They don't go nearly as deep as a drift sock.
    2 points
  34. The Timberjay recently had a typical article about the Hatchery in operation in Pike Bay. It reminded me that they did not strip eggs last year due to Covid, and there was some discussion about how this would affect the lake's walleye population. I did a little digging last night into the annual growth of walleye in Vermilion and found that it takes somewhere in the 3-4 year range to reach eater-size range. That means that the "covid experiment" won't be real noticeable until the end of this season when walleye start reaching double-digits in length but most likely 2022 when those walleye are
    2 points
  35. Buy a 3 prong grounded male plug, attach a 14ga. A/C wire to the plug (white wire to white tab, black wire to gold tab and bare copper to round tab.) Mount the wired plug inside a covered A/C box. Drill a hole through the wheel house wall, feed the wire through the wall hole. Inside, connect the 14ga wire to the outlet and mount outlet on the inside wall. Buy a 4 to 6 amp car battery charger with maintainer feature, $25 +- and mount on wall above battery connecting the D/C wires to the battery red wire to positive, black wire to negative battery terminals.. Plug the charger into the outlet b
    2 points
  36. Haven't been out yet. Keeps snowing. Did see several boats trying for panfish on a small weedy bay west of town.
    2 points
  37. You got it, bro! The secret spot is not so secret... Usually the beach is empty in April but it wasn't this past weekend (we planned to try Sun before lunch and there was no room, so we took early lunch, came back and thankfully then the prime beach spot was open! YES!) The high water is one thing; there's at least enough standing room and I could barely fit a folding chair. (but action was hot--we weren't sitting much at all!) The bigger issue was casting room. 80% of the time I spent fishing and 20% untangling line from the brush/trees.
    2 points
  38. Thanks for the retirement wishes! Spent the first official day putting in a new onboard charger in my boat and doing a little road maintenance with my neighbor. Just sat on the neighbors dock for an hour and got one crappie. Start of retirement feels great!
    2 points
  39. I fished north central Minnesota and the arrowhead for trout but never the northwest part. Thanks for posting and good luck!!
    2 points
  40. Awe man, I sure could go for a good old fashion legion smelt fry again.
    2 points
  41. It’s going on slim creek on burntside
    2 points
  42. I've found most cats to just be lazy....
    2 points
  43. All those little perch should be easy...
    2 points
  44. It's ok the owners got a cat!
    2 points
  45. Anyone else getting the itch for open water Crappies? Looks like the ice is going quickly.
    2 points
  46. Took a couple picture of the lake on Saturday April 3 at my dock. I’m guessing rainy lake will be ice free April 17 which is quite early Water is typically low this time of year and there has been very little run off from the spring melt so there may be a few more rocks showing if we don’t get any rain. Sorry about the video...still learning how to upload from my phone.
    2 points
  47. Eyeguy and I made it out Monday. Hit a local lake, when we launched the ice was still covering about half the lake. We ventured into a long narrow boat channel that offered pretty decent protection from the crazy wind. Action started very slow, but ended up finding fish in the very center of the channel where the water was deepest. I had my best luck on a 1/64 oz jughead tipped with a chunk of crawler. I was able to get a few on plastics, but not near the amount I got with meat... Saw a few crappies caught, but wasn't able to land one yet myself...lol. Felt good to be back out chasin'
    2 points
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