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  1. We returned home today from a short 3 day fishing trip on Vermilion. The weather was chilly most of the time and windy during our entire trip. All of the fishing took place on the east end of the lake and we fished from Daisy Bay to Armstrong Bay with many stops in between. The fishing party included myself, my cousin, and a very dear friend. We bought pike suckers and nitecrawlers for bait. We used jig/minnow, bottom bouncer/colored hook and beads, and lindy rigs. We fished water from 15' to 30' and targeted rock reefs and holes. The water temperature varied between 57 and 59 degrees dependin
    9 points
  2. Lead core was on fire for us on Saturday on both the east and west end in 22-30' of water. Five of us in two boats boated over 70 fish on Saturday. A lot of 10-12"ers but enough keepers to fill 5 limits. Biggest was 25". We did great Sunday and today as well although not as hot as Saturday. The only live bait fishing we did was with minnows on Lindy's. Caught a few but honestly did not spend much time live rigging as the lead core bite was so hot. Stomachs on most fish we cleaned were empty. The ones with full stomachs had mostly small crayfish and minnows.
    9 points
  3. Had an amazing fall fishing day on Saturday. Ended up with 25 total walleyes. 26, 25 3/4, 19 3/4, 18, 16, bunch under 16. Also caught 3 crappies. 13 3/4, 13, and 12.5. In the 21 years I’ve fished Vermilion I had never caught a crappie. Attached are some photos.
    7 points
  4. Hi everyone been awhile since I’ve posted on here. Was up in gods country the past 4 days and we caught alot of fish but size was challenging. We fished lead core without much success so switched to minnows and crawlers. Fishing was slow on jjgs and good on rigs for numbers but most were 11- 13 1/2” then late afternoon the stars aligned and got a good one pictured below. 29 1/2”. A single white bead did far better than a plain hook for us. Most fish caught on or right off of rock ledges 12-22 fow good luck out there everyone
    7 points
  5. BVT, we fished the same areas and found fish - just couldn’t find a great way to get them to react. Probably just poor angling on our part. Caught a few, nothing special. We switched over to smallies each day in the late morning. The bite was overall pretty good. Did a lot of experimenting and it paid off in a strong pattern that we were able to replicate over much of the lake. So, we learned a lot and had fun. Even caught a bonus musky. Oh, and we came across another bear swimming across the lake. Second one this month.
    7 points
  6. The most encouraging thing to me is the number of 10-13" fish we caught and released. Really bodes well for the next few years. Here's a pic of my buddy's fat 25"er.
    6 points
  7. We were out yesterday evening. It was plenty warm for sure. Bugs not bad by us. Isaac saw 2 does 3 fawns and an 8 pt. He harvested a doe in his first ever sit with the bow. Eli saw a doe and a fawn, passed. I saw watched squirrel's.
    6 points
  8. It is killing me to be stuck down here in Texas when I want to be fishing humps on the Canada side of Rainy for battling Bronzebacks. Late fall has always been my most productive time on Rainy but ain't going anywhere with the Pandemic. All I can do is post some old pictures.
    5 points
  9. We got beat to our primary spot - and nearly every other spot today. More than double the boats on the lake than last year. Tons of shooting for the groups in the prime spots. We were not in a prime spot; except for mosquitoes! Missed several opportunities at teal zooming through while swatting and waving skeeters away. The Battle Coot debuted with a pair retrieved; one lost in the thick rice for me.
    5 points
  10. well fellas.......my last official day of employment today.........from here on out i'll be retired and plan on spending way more time up that direction!!!!!!!! LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!
    5 points
  11. On Sunday our trip up to Lake Vermilion started great, and the fishing that evening went pretty well. Luckily the walleye we caught helped us have a fantastic fish fry on Monday as that day on the lake was horrible. The cold, the rain, and the wind never stopped us, but mother nature just turned the fish off. We got a grand total of ONE that day. I was humbled. But Tuesday cheered right up again, and we ended the evening with 8 walleyes in the cooler, and with many lost fish along the way. We even managed to come in on time to have the restaurant cook up another batch of fish for us. Wednesday
    5 points
  12. Finally got out fishing this season, long weekend on Ottertail, Vacationland resort. Lots of wind Fri & Sun, Sat fairly calm. Marked lots of fish but slow bite with a few walleye & perch. Crallers, raps, suckers, shad. Day 16 - 19 FOW deep side of weeds and 6 - 9 FOW shallow side of weeds after dark. 61 to 62 deg water temp. Lots of bait balls at 17 - 19 and suspended at 20 - 25 ft in 40 - 150 FOW. Much needed fantastic weekend. Pics, multi helix 9 SI - DI - Sonar, cabin lake view, Son, Grandson. Hard to believe the monster perch hit a 3" Sucker.
    4 points
  13. Out twice last week for a total of about 5 hours on Big Bay and Daisy Bay. Four people fishing and the bite was pretty good. Used jigs/minnows and lindy rigs (my wife prefers the lindy ). Jig/minnow was the hot ticket in the holes on reefs and points. The Lindys found a few smaller fish and lots of nice bass along the gravel/mud transition at the bottom of the reefs and along the shoreline points. Biggest walleye was 22" and only two under 13". Most of the fish were perfect for dinner, between 13" and 18". Saw a number of boats pulling wooden minnows and they seemed to be getting the n
    3 points
  14. Well I dropped two Finn got one and the other took off down the brook. Finn is beat and I am ready for a nap.
    3 points
  15. Spent a few days in the Marcell area. Fishing was nonexistent! Fished Turtle, Wabana, Spider, and Caribou lakes. Everyone I talked to at each lake weren’t catching anything either. First 2 days the weather was hot, sunny, and not a hint of breeze...how do you catch fish in lakes that exceed 20 feet in clarity, when the water looks like a sheet of glass? Next 2 days were cold front conditions, gray and gloomy. Didn’t even catch 20 fish total! Still a fun trip though. Fall colors were at their peak. Had nice sleeping weather in the tent. And I accidentally ate pine sap might be the worst tasti
    3 points
  16. My biggest fish of the trip. Only 4 pike caught in 21 days. I would highly recommend Rainy Lake RV for anyone who can't make it into Canada. Cheers !!
    3 points
  17. O man!! Duck season is so close I can taste it!! I got enough shells for a war and that is what I am declaring to all wood ducks Is war!! Finn is in peak shape and my shooting has been pretty good.
    3 points
  18. Hey guys!! Here's a video from earlier this summer up on Vermilion
    3 points
  19. Fished a few hours Saturday with a buddy. We fished deep breaks. Pike suckers and jigs. Kept a 14,14.5,16 & a 18” and threw back a 25”. Seems like the fall bite is finally starting. Anyone else live bait fishing having success with minnows?
    3 points
  20. Update on the fluro leaders: they are effective. I tied 20 pound Seaguar fluro in about 12 inch lengths to the braid and then the fluro to the lure. I still caught bass and when a pike showed up I didn't get trimmed off either. A couple of pretty decent sized pike over 30 inches couldn't cut through it. The key is to inspect it regularly. If there is a nick or kink in it, time to re-tie. Thanks Wanderer
    3 points
  21. Ford or Chevy? KFC or Popeyes? Mary Ann or Ginger? You'll get lots of opinions but generally there are more walleye but smaller on the east end. There are less walleye but bigger on the west end. That said, you still have to find them and there are many spots to go to for walleye. Eaters to the east. Slot fish or trophies to the west. Of course, I caught my trophy walleye on the east end and catch most of my eaters on the west end. Confused?!? Perfect.
    3 points
  22. I've been trolling Pokegama lately for crappies using line counter reels and Bandit lures. Been doing well, some have been around 11 - 12 inches. Lots of schooled up fish in the deeper areas, they suspend around 8 - 12 feet mid lake.
    3 points
  23. Fished the Rum out of Isanti today. This stretch has some potential, but the water was about a foot low. That, plus my lack of ambition prevented me from going too far upstream. Caught 3 pike and 2 smallies. Had several hits, and a follow from a 30 inch pike under the bridge.
    3 points
  24. I mostly fish the east side (Ely, Cherry, the sister, JB, etcJ. The eyes are there and becoming more active. Still in that 20’ area. When slow, don’t be afraid to troll slower for suspended crappies and jumbo perch. The smallies are on, but never really shut off. Hug the rocky shore point. Always a fun catch.
    3 points
  25. Some nice fish, just before we were blown off the lake. Better days are coming.......................,eh ?
    3 points
  26. Wife came with this weekend so I only made it out for a couple of hours. Fishing was slow but at least they were decent size eyes (16, 21, 23, 24). Looks like the fall pattern might be starting even though the water was still warm (69°F). Can't wait for my next trip up, solo.
    3 points
  27. 20 lb flouro is your best defense. Anything lighter and it doesn’t hold up. Anything heavier and it’s too hard to tie and kills the action too much. You can either tie on to your braid with a barrel swivel or tie direct with one particular knot I can’t remember the name of. That flouro leader has been saving me money for years. Yes, on occasion it will still get cut but I’d guess it has a 90% success rate for me.
    3 points
  28. I was at the parking lot at 5 am and walked in. 8 minutes to shooting time here comes the same wonderful guys from the year before with 5 more people. They walked with in 10 yards and I said are you close enough. His response was I can hunt where I want. All in blaze orange some with 22 rifles some with shotguns. They shot at ducks with the 22 and some low powered shotgun shells. I called the local CO. A friend of mine heard a call for back up from the local CO on the scanner as he was seizing guns, cars, decoys, and more. That made me smile.
    2 points
  29. Headed up tomorrow for the next couple weeks and the fall closedown. Hope to get some fishing in . Last time we were up fished a couple days with not much success. Couple of small walleyes but did get into some nice crappies. They were suspended off a deep weedy point. What a strange summer for us all. Hope next year we can get back to normal. If I have any luck I'll post the results. Go Twins.
    2 points
  30. I fished a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. No wind, blue sky, and warm. Marked a few big fish but overall didn't see many on the graph. Caught one very nice small mouth and a bunch of 6" perch riggin a lindy with a crawler or fathead. Nothing more. Going back up first week in October.
    2 points
  31. This past week, we had two different sightings of golden eagles while fishing on the west end. They must have had a 7’ wingspan. Huge raptors! At one point, the golden soared into bald Eagle territory and a mid-air confrontation ensued. The bald eagle was so much smaller and more maneuverable that it was no contest. We also watched a bald eagle swoop down to grab a fish early in the morning. The fish was too big to pluck from the water so the eagle crashed down and started a long 300 yard swim to shore. Took about 15 mins of breast strokes, but it made landfall and proceeded t
    2 points
  32. On the south end... Anglers are pulling in nice catches of walleyes with some big trophy walleyes mixed in as well. The MN Tournament Trail Walleye Tournament just finished their championship with the winning team putting up 80.99 lbs for 10 walleyes! Water temps have dropped to the upper 50's, shiners are running and there is a lot of bait adjacent to shorelines, fall is here. The jig bite has picked up tremendously, but pulling a spinner with a crawler or shiner along with trolling crankbaits is still effective. Along shore try 10-16' and out on the mud 22-28'. Gold, glow and orange are
    2 points
  33. Hennepin has a very nice reef/spine that heads north. It gets deep on the east of it and a huge rocky flat on the west. The reef turns northwest at one point. That's a good spot.
    2 points
  34. The water temperature dropped 10 degrees in a week. It was 74 when I was out there last week and it was 64 when I was out there this past weekend. The fishing was still pretty good.
    2 points
  35. I've seen people catch them in the spring in front of the library. I could see them from where I used to sit and study. They were jig fishing. Walleyes, rivers and jigs all go hand in hand no mater the season
    2 points
  36. Slow "keeper" fishing for me. Managed to get a bunch of 8-9 inchers in various spots in Smarts and Frazer. Used Lindy's and crawlers at depths ranging from 12-28
    2 points
  37. Wife and I fished west end of Wakemup the last 3 hours of each day over the long weekend. Got a few smallies and one crappie each of the last 3 nights-right when it was almost too dark to see the float. We marked a ton of fish, just couldn't get them to bite. Skunked, did you see my cool American Flag all lit up on my cabin?
    2 points
  38. My daughter and I got our 8 trolling big bay Saturday morning. If I were to give a piece of advice it would be don't get completely locked into shad raps. I typically run shad raps and flickers but I'll switch it up if needed. They produced nothing for us Saturday. I use a whole mix of things. Stick baits. Jointed floating raps. Bomber long As. Storm thin fins. Spoons. Jigs and plastics. Color makes a huge difference for me as well. They are going somewhat but don't be stubborn about switching baits.
    2 points
  39. On the south end... A lot of walleyes caught this week on Lake of the Woods. For many of the AIM tournament anglers, a lot of huge walleyes were caught this week. Charter boats and guides doing a nice job of finding good schools of eater walleyes as well as the slots and trophies. At times, eaters might be in a different location vs the big walleyes. Walleyes are being caught in 14 - 36' of water. Two main patterns, crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Best spinner colors, hammered gold, pink, glow white, glow red or orange. Shiny or brighter colors are good starts for crankbaits. It is
    2 points
  40. Thanks guys! Super excited to finish off this work day and head over there in the morning. I'll be sure to post a report when we get back!
    2 points
  41. At I Falls since Monday eve and on the water Tuesday afternoon. Wind has been a big issue and at times, driving rain. Bass were easy Tuesday, but the wind yesterday was a bear. Today is a waste with wind gust to 40. It all has to get better. Stay safe and cheers !!
    2 points
  42. We really struggled to get them to go this weekend. Finding them was not an issue, getting them to bite was. fished all over big bay, best results came on leadcore with a blue size 6 flicker minnow in 30 fow. Had one of the walleyes spit up about 7 minnows, but we couldn’t get anything on a jig n minnow.
    2 points
  43. Hungry Jack Lodge. Great place! I think they allow pets. Kids can catch sunnies from dock, and walleye after dark. Swimming beach...sunnies and beaches are rare in Grand Marais. There’s 2 hiking trails nearby, one goes to Moss Lake. Leo Lake is just down the road, and is good for rainbow trout from shore. There’s a little community on the gunflint trail at the turn off to hungry jack...trail center restaurant, a gift shop, bait shop, etc. Hungry Jack itself is best quality bass lake up there.
    2 points
  44. Went up this weekend and tried a few tactics for Walleye. Mostly fished Niles/Wolf/Smarts/Frazier Bays. Tried lead with not much success. Switched to wind-blown primary shoreline breaks and started doing a bit better. Catching fish between 15-22 FOW with a bottom bouncer and crawler rig. Water temps were still 72 degrees but finally the water was warmer than the air and the cool nights will bring us into the 60s soon. Anyone else having mixed luck?
    2 points
  45. I have seen those light fluorocarbon leaders might work better then wire or if you just took some heavy floro and tied it to your braid I dont really know how that would hold up but if they use em on leaders Im thinking they might work good??
    2 points
  46. Just got back from a camping trip on the Sawbill Trail we stayed at Crescent Lake windy conditions made it a bit challenging in a canoe but we did fine over all boulder lake (connected to crescent was better but not great I caught two 14-15 chunky smallies some smaller pike one good eaters in the 5 pound range crescent we caught probably 100 8-10 inch bass and none of any size no walleyes also stopped at sawbill and took the portage in to alton we only caught two pike in my experience late summer can be pretty hard up north to find fish of size and walleyes the people we talked to seemed to ov
    2 points
  47. The pike are on a rampage. The last several times I have gone bass fishing I have been trimmed clean off by ravenous teeth. Once in the river and twice in a lake. 30 pound braid too. I have tried to use leaders on some of my setups but there are some lures that just don't work properly with a leader attached so then I don't catch any bass either. Its only gonna get worse here as the water cools too. I need to do something about this, I can't keep tossing $12 lures into the water. Dang things
    2 points
  48. There are a few spots around St Michael that offer a mixed bad if cats, smallmouth, walleye and carp/suckers.
    2 points
  49. Hello. We fished LWF last weekend and caught 2 - 22" walleyes, 4 - 24-28" northern, and 1 18" smalley. 2 adults and 3 kids fishing for about 4 hours. Kids caught all the fish :-). All but 1 of the fish were caught on rigging minnows or jig. I personally tried crawler most of the time, and caught a lot of perch. Feels like bait fish are abundant so minnows are best option from here IMO. The fish we caught were in 20 - 25 ft close to deep weed beds. Slow fishing. I marked very few fish; leads me to believe they aren't very active yet. But that will change. I hope to fish 3-4 days next week. Cool
    2 points
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