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  1. Pretty slow walleye weekend for us around Moccasin Point area compared to what we usually do. Managed to put together a fish fry and bring a couple home but had to settle for 14" - 15" to get them. Did get a couple in low 20" range and I managed to pull in this 31" beauty. Biggest walleye of my life.
    19 points
  2. Finally got out fishing at McKinley Park today. Missed the morning bite but still got plenty of bites up until 3pm when they shut off. Catching was another story. They were biting nice and solid but missed about 70% of the bites. Did end up getting a small meal. Chubs were twice as good as pike suckers. Fuel and Food didn't have rainbows or shiners so I may go to the Y tomorrow to see if they have any. Good to be out again.
    16 points
  3. 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
    16 points
  4. I just returned home from a sweltering 4 day trip on Vermilion. In all of the years that I have fished Lake Vermilion, I don't ever remember it being so hot for so long. We had no top on our boat and once that sun got overhead, it was game over for us. The heat was just too unbearable. We heard that a couple of people were hauled off in ambulances due to heat stroke. But now, for the fishing report. During the 4 days that we fished, 2 were great and 2 were not so great. We fished the same spots basically, all 4 days. Nothing changed weather wise and, except for the heat, conditions seemed idea
    16 points
  5. My son and buddy tried fishing Vermilion yesterday and didn't do well. I got up here today and we decided to try a different lake for some panfish. We checked out some lakes on Navionics we've never fished before and went north a bit in search of some fish. We found about 7" of ice, caught approximately 30 crappies up to 12", a couple of small walleyes 31" pike and some smaller sunfish. Kinda sad, we have a place on a 40,000 acre and had to go to a different lake to get some safe ice and fish. We kept some crappies for a nice dinner. A fun day on the ice!
    15 points
  6. Fished this Morning on a area lake on the Horseshoe chain and it was a crappy kind of Day. Got out before daybreak to get setup to be in position as I found this pod aka school of fish couple days ago and the bite window is early and late. Midday bite has been non existent with this school of fish as they move into a different feeding area. Cant stress enough how location plays such a huge role in a day of success. This summer walleye fishing I came across a perfect transition area and I made a note and GPS it to investigate this winter. To my good fortune its been holding some nice pies r
    15 points
  7. A few interesting pictures from the trail camera last weekend.
    14 points
  8. Left the lake at 1pm today. Added 1/2" of ice (now have 6.5") from Tuesday to Thursday; pretty good considering how warm it was. My fishing holes from yesterday evening had 1/4" of ice on them this morning even though it didn't get below freezing last night. Pictures are from McKinley Park when I was leaving. If we don't get much snow before it gets cold next week the ice will be great for vehicle travel. Fishing was another story. Went to the Y-store Wednesday morning and the only minnows they had were light northerns and crappie minnows. I took a dozen light northerns for e
    14 points
  9. Morning everyone one! Prayers do work my wife was able to get ahold of unemployment today in 2014 someone attempted to use my wife's info to get benefits it was denied because it was incorrect. The person helping her said she should get her check on Friday and they took care of the issue. Here is hoping We have been looking at our boat like Wile coyote waiting to eat it. So I don't want to get to personal or to much info but please bear with me. In 11th grade I was thrown out of the house I was homeless during this time somehow managed to graduate and go to post secondary school
    14 points
  10. Interesting posts about crowds or people. more people use lake nowadays n buying cabins n giant homes so they look for free info. Over the years this board has been a HINT type board for spots or how to fishy info. let people figure out on their own type stuff. then bout five years ago became a chest pounding or look at me type of forum. Tell all n show all. Silly but was predictable to see that more an more people would find you n fish by you in winter summer or fall. Easy n Free is the new way of fishn. No Whining about crowds now as will do ya no good. over zea
    13 points
  11. Tried the south side of Wake Em Up bay for a few hours last Saturday AM with leaches along that shoreline. A few very light bites but that's it. Saw a few getting caught but didn't have minnows. Felt like the bites were the small perch just harassing it. Was fishing between 18-30 FOW. Sounds like they are up shallower? Anyone pulling crawler harnesses on the west side? Did end up musky fishing the rest of the trip and hooked into this 45", so that made up for the slow walleye.
    13 points
  12. The truth is, how can you single any one or two members out...the list loooong... Love reading the Red lake reports, Kelly and the guys always have some good stories to tell. The Vermillion area too... Cliff adds some good stuff.... Prinston area, well if it wasn't for Moose there wouldn't be a whole lot going there... Jb adds all kinds of good content in a few areas. Smurf is just funny, but the place wouldn't be the same without him... Ozzie, he adds his insight and wisdom when needed... Pappadarv, can't say enough good things about what he brings... Wander, great guy with tons of Knowledg
    13 points
  13. Another season of big game fishing has came to a end. Its never been easy for me to call it a season as I really have loved working on the lake. This year because of my car accident I did not get to have that enjoyment. Yes there 's time where you ask yourself wtf. Have cuss words been used? yes. Fighting mother nature can be so brutal. The only way to have a chance against her is to try and plan ahead, which is easier said then done. The equipment takes a beating. Trying to track down parts for trucks that are pushing 40 years old is always a challenge. This year our son jonny boy had to
    13 points
  14. I was sitting on the lake the other day and this thought crossed my mind. With all the social media, forums, face book groups now a days you have to wonder how are anglers judged? For instance how are anglers judging other anglers? Are they judged on there fish pics, there success catch rate? I would say in todays industry unfortunately yes most throw judgement on how good of a angler you are by how good your day on the ice was. Well I want to tell you there's not one Angler out there includeing myself that hasn't got a good butt kicking and struck out from time to time . Unless there ego won
    13 points
  15. Got back out again today. Headed South toward the Clearwater lakes area. Started my initial search in a basin flat, bottoming out around 30 ft deep. Didn't take long to start marking fish... but these are not the ones I was after. I don't really care to fish in deep water as survival of the ones let go decreases even if the smim away looking fine. I use these deep fish as a reference point, because sometimes there will also be fish relating the closest weedline or shallow flat nearest these basin fish. Today this pattern paid off, I found scattered pods of fish roaming 14-19 feet , close to
    12 points
  16. Finally found the fish. Set up near Everett bay narrows and caught a few eaters think we kept 8, released 2 dinks and nice slot fish which we released. 28-30 fow. Stop signs seemed best.
    12 points
  17. With Tom's post in mind, it looks like he's living the life... except for the heart problems! I'm one of those out-of-towners that comes to LV once or twice a year. My dad brought be to stay on Ludlow's as a kid. We fished for whatever we could catch, which wasn't much at the time, out of a rowboat. He's been gone awhile now, but I have never forgotten how beautiful the lake is. Fast forward, a group of guys and I started coming to LV once a year in the fall, about 2009 or 2010. We had a blast and made it a yearly thing. My best friend that helped me plan the trip, is gone
    12 points
  18. Well got a text from Borch about a hour ago sounds like everything went real good today for him with his surgery. Actually better and a easier surgery than was first expected Jeff will be recovering for a few days but I'm sure will chime in sometime in the future. Just thought I would let everyone know how everything went. Rooting for you bud wont be long and you will be back in the saddle.
    12 points
  19. Was out of the shack hole hopping for crappies till I got cold. Came back in and dropped the Slender Spoon (same one as pictured in the Good and Bad thread) with a crappie minnow head down the hole. It stopped falling and there was a nice red bar on the Marcum so I engaged battle. 8 feet down. Not what I expected. Fun fight on the Northlander custom noodle rod and 4 lb test!
    12 points
  20. This morning me and a bud decided to hit a Wilmar area lake we both like to fish in search of some Pies. We met at the lake access pre dawn enjoyed a cup of coffee and discussed our game plan. We looked over my Lake insight chip and some of my previous waypoints from years past and decided on two different target areas. Being it was Midwinter I suggested we target two underwater points with steep breaks and deep basins close by. We both grabbed augers and made some grid patterns off the tip of the first point and started the search. Didn't take long and we both were marking. Fish were suspend
    12 points
  21. Got the itch to get out of my cave for a couple hours today. The sunshine and no wind made it just about nice enough out to tolerate. I started drilling holes outside the weeds in 12-13 ft. Had fish looking at my bait almost right away. Took a little work, but put my fish couple small bluegills topside. Decided to try a little deeper as I had some better marks out there when I first drilled holes. But found much the same thing, 4-6 inch gills with a ok one mixed in here and there. Time for another move.This time shallower... I used my handy little aqua view 4.3 to find a small openi
    11 points
  22. In the past year my goals have gotten very simple. Get up in the morning, wash my face and than see that old man in the mirror smiling, giving me one more day, If not on the water fishing, at least doing fishing related things. I could shield the video cables in camera further reducing video noise, re-string line on 4 more reels I haven’t had time to do, rebuild my failing 2ah M18 with battery cells that arrived from Samsung South Korea 2 weeks ago. if it warms up I could replace the broken spring on my wheelhouse or just study contours on a new lake for future fishing spots. When I again get
    11 points
  23. As many of you have probably noticed some of the frequent posters FM regulars with tips reports pics etc have moved on or rarely log in post anymore. I'm still in contact with many of them and we still share the ice together so there all healthy and things are going well. And trust me there's still a pile of fish getting caught among the group! Sadly I have decided I won't be contributing as much either and will be moving on. In case anyone was wondering why I haven't been active. It's just been to hard frustrating and time consuming to try and keep things moving forward, Yes I'm still
    11 points
  24. Yup, that was me. I had to make a few stops on my way up Thursday so didn't reach the lake until twilight. I boated up to the ice in the river, crunched through some of it for confidence and then circled out. I watched football and the Landing, swallowed a few beers, and slept in my boat that night. Friday morning I pushed through the river. Your neighbor was watching so I gave him a wave. That ice was about two inches thick and relatively easy to get through...about 15 minutes to get into Black Bay. Once in Black Bay it took 2.5 hours to get to my dock. Lots of running up on the ice edge and
    11 points
  25. Found the walleyes during the afternoon today. Wind blown rock reef. 8 feet of water. Bobber and leech. All the walleyes had perch minnows in their bellies. We caught 11 and kept our 8. The one pictured was 23 inches.
    11 points
  26. Were up over Memorial Day and the wife and i had the time of our life fishing walleyes on west end one night. Dropped in a leech on a Lindy rig about 8 and went about 25 feet and wife hooked a nice 25 Incher. Got situated again and over the next hour I caught 6. A 23, 24, 24.5, 25, a 27 and on the last pass of thee night a 30 to tie my personal best. Next night, same time and spot and not a bite.
    11 points
  27. Archerysniper filled his South Dakota tag yesterday with this beautiful Merriam's. I'm still hopeful as we had at least a dozen gobbling all around us last night at fly up. Had one close this morning, but not quite close enough.
    11 points
  28. My Health and Family!! As a Kidney cancer survivor I cherish everyday being able to walk this fine earth we live on there was a time I wasn't sure I was going to be able to. The appreciation I have for the small things in life now are unimaginable. You soon learn the importance of the material things in your life and that is zilch. I will tell you from experience It doesn't matter how much money you have or if you own the biggest house, boat etc. The only thing that really matters is your Family, your friends and the most important the Good Lord. My family has always been the most important
    11 points
  29. What a difference a day makes. Caught 8 walleyess yesterday including 6 between 9am and 11am. All were 10-14" except for the 19.75" pictured. All caught on chubs on a plain red hook. Can't get a fish on suckers. No bites yet today in an hour of fishing. Got a late start today because I took a snowmobile ride out to Mud Creek bay to clear snow off of my sister's cabin roof. Was a very cold ride with high winds and low temps. Wind was very strong Friday and Saturday but has calmed today (-2F now). The road out of Stunts Bay drifted completely over yesterday. Don't know when they will open it up
    11 points
  30. Had a few free hours this bright and cold afternoon. Decided to hit one of those comunity type lakes where you know the fish aren't real big, but they will be where they should be. After scouting around for the first hour picking up mostly small sunfish, I stumbled apon a some better bluegills and a few nicer crappies mixed in. I was fishing the edge of a basin area, finding these fish in roughly 17-18 feet. Any shallower or deeper it seems I was finding only smaller fish. Most of my better crappies, and I say better as in 10-11inch fish, versus the 6-8 in variety... anyway, my bet
    11 points
  31. Cool everyone OK with my post an you GET IT! : ) Humor n honesty...it works. We all do it for what ever we do it for so I post only to share an have fun watchiing others smille. Enjoy thee posts n pic's just like a lil edge to the posts formy tatse so people learn rather than just seek n get n move on. Nothing gained nothing learned no memorys just a greasy plate. : ) Nice to see names I do not know . Not the norm on most old school fishn Grin n Grab info sites an this sight n crew is by far one of the very best for years now. Yeah, I dont get paid as I
    10 points
  32. The camping worked great. Had good crappie bite and quite a bit of smaller walleyes. picked off a really nice metro walleye during the afternoon.
    10 points
  33. Talked to someone at McKinley Park Wednesday and they said they were catching a lot of tullibee. They said they were catching them near the bottom using medium size minnows on walleye-sized hooks. Don't know why I haven't caught any this year, and only caught 2 all last winter. Interesting sighting at McKinley Park this afternoon as I was leaving the lake. This older Ski-Doo was ready to tow a canoe. Also saw a power auger sitting outside an empty truck so somebody must have been having equipment problems. Fair bite from 8:30-11:00 today with the pictured 26½" comin
    10 points
  34. Fished a few hours each day Monday thru Wednesday this week. Catching was a little slow but did end up with a good number of 14-16" walleyes in addition to a few dinks and 2 slot fish including the pictured 25". The bites I did have were very solid and the fish were fighting like they were 25% bigger than they were. Seems like the fall bite has begun. Wednesday evening weather was quite interesting with high winds, sporadic showers, a nice double rainbow and beautiful sunset. Worth the trip out. Water temps were 50-53°F. Going back this weekend with the wife so I don't know if any fishi
    10 points
  35. After several months of Chemo treatments, bi-weekly lab and Dr. visits my Leukemia cancer went into complete remission allowing my first time on the lake this soft water season. What a joy it was to wet a line again. My son picked up a 2019 18 ft. Tracker, Helix 9 Si/Di, Lakemaster Chip, Minn Kota Ulterra 80 W/pilot auto Stow/Deploy. What an awesome rig. After ½ hour or so trying all the Helix 9 and Ulterra features we turned on “follow the contour" at 19 FOW on the Lakemaster contour. Sonar water depths varied 14’ to 22’ tracking the 19’ contour. I turned on my Navionics boating app track to
    10 points
  36. Thank you for posting this. He did get his wallet back. He had a Lifetime membership card in his wallet so, whoever found the wallet turned it in to Lifetime and they contacted him. It returns a feeling of good about people when this happens and especially because it had to be a person enjoying the outdoors and Lake Vermilion.
    10 points
  37. We did really well for walleyes as well. I share the same as James. If the wind was blowing the 15-20 inchers were biting. If it was calm the shorts were biting. Saw a few muskies but I don’t think they are fully on the rocks yet. The smallies are still in the shallow rocks. I did catch my personal best 40 inch pike Friday morning.
    10 points
  38. My new personal best for length 10 3/4".
    10 points
  39. Fished June 6-12. Focused on walleye primarily but my group caught just about every species the lake had to offer. We have been coming to vermilion for over a decade now and can say this was our best year for quantity and quality for walleye. Group landed a 29”, 26” and 25.5” as well as numerous 17-19.5” eater eyes. The bass were there but I think the main spawn was a week earlier as we caught many that were flat bellied. Managed a 20” and plenty of 15-19” small mouths. Walleye technique primarily lindy rigs with leeches from 18-30’ depending on the area but slip bobbers did take some fi
    10 points
  40. Talk about dropping the ball. Wow what a crazy 6 months it has been. Will start with opener. She was a bit chilly but that did not keep the fishermen away. The public access was the busiest I have ever seen. Since opener the public access has been full or near full every day, with the weekends packed. All of our guest since opener have had good fishing, the covid did change some plans for some of our guests this year. Our big crew on opener and the week after was quite a bit smaller this year. I have also not spent much time visiting. I'll break down the first month as be
    10 points
  41. The New CEO. A new CEO takes over at a struggling company and decides to get rid of all the slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO notices a guy leaning on a wall. He can't believe this guy would just stand around on the job. The new CEO walks up to the guy leaning against the wall and asks, "What are you doing here?" "I'm just waiting to get paid," responds the man. Furious, the CEO asks "How much money do you make a week?" A little surprised, the young fellow replies, "I make about $300 a week. Why?" The CEO quickly gets out his checkbook, hands the
    10 points
  42. Today I am thankful for answered payers. God continues to amaze me every day. Also kinda thankful for unanswered prayers. He knows what’s best.
    10 points
  43. I'm grateful for the chance to spend time with my youngest. She was on her way to being a Senior at UMD. She has a year round job there and it's 3 hours away. She was well on her way to living an independent life and my time with her limited to phone calls and the occasional visits. I may never have had this opportunity again. Now I have the privilege and joy of building a different kind of relationship with my adult baby. More as a friend than a Dad.
    10 points
  44. Went to a local lake this afternoon was slow at first but from 6pm-730 non stop crappies used a drop kick jig and orange glow roadside minnow plastic. Fishing in 8fow landing was still in good shape tonight had over 20" of ice with very little snow on top.
    10 points
  45. Hit LOW and fished all day Wednesday and Thursday. Fished west of Morris point a bit. Got 10 sauger. 13.5 was biggest. Crazy slow. That whole area has been slow I hear with a dandy now and then. Was on a vets event at Fred’s Beds. Great people and set up. He runs 36 houses. Our group had 6. Got 2 on different pink jigs and all the others with pink hook and flathead. Tried many different jigs and tough city to get those little buggers to bite. Still fun tho. We got your 6 outdoor adventures. Check them out if you are a vet. Great organization.
    10 points
  46. Sometimes it's those brief moments that make a whole day. For the most part todays fishing adventure was lack luster. While the fish were biting, it wasn't exactly fast and furious. Throughout the morning I was picking off a good one here and there, but working very hard for them. Around noon or a bit after I was starting to get a little hungry, about time to call it a day I was thinking. About then I noticed a couple snow flakes starting to fall.... figured I would give it 20 more minutesto see if I could scratch out one or two more keepers. Well, this brief snow fall kept me on the lake for
    10 points
  47. I know the only way to get on is thru coleraine bovey or taconite. Ice is good out there but lots of slush. All these pictures are from this season so far
    10 points
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