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  1. He doesn't post here much anymore, but I want to give a big thanks to Cliff. Most of you don't know, but I volunteer as the director of the Minnesota Outdoor Adventure Foundation. We are a 501c3 non-profit that provides fishing & hunting adventures for kids & young adults with life-threatening illnesses, as well as combat disabled veterans. Cliff has donated a day on the water to our annual fundraiser every year. In addition, we just provided a Vermilion fishing trip for a young man that is battling cancer for the 2nd time and going through a very difficult treatment. Cliff was one
    22 points
  2. Hey guys! Thanks, I really appreciate it. The response to this fish has been completely overwhelming to me. I never expected it to get so much attention. USA Today, FoxNews, Reuters, BBC, New York Post, ABC, just name a few. Then to see it on the top fold of the front page of the Strib was crazy, not many outdoor stories make that section. Although I said I think i'm done Ice fishing in the video, I know there are bigger ones out there and guess who was out on the ice until midnight again last night. :) I just love being out there and spending
    22 points
  3. This cold spell has really slowed things up this spring. The past several days have had non-stop wind, rain(all day yesterday), and cold. Miserable conditions for people who wait 6 months to enjoy the soft water. Today, however, the wind let up, the rain stopped, and the temperature was more hospitable, and those boats that were so prevalent on the opener, well, maybe not quite as many but, they're back! The water temp has been holding pretty steady at 48.9-50.9 degrees. I'm hoping the warmer weather that's coming will bring the water temp up to at least mid to high 50's. I've got a bucket ful
    20 points
  4. 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
  5. Here is a 32” eye I pulled out of vermilion last Monday. The bite has been good. Just waiting to get my ice castle out there.
    19 points
  6. The fish Gods smiled on me last night.
    18 points
  7. For the past few days, I've been fishing alone because of the chilly inclimate weather(or so she says). Whenever I don't really "have to" catch fish to keep my wife enthused or we want fish for a meal, I like to "explore" and fish places I've never really tried before. Such was the case yesterday. Actually, I had in mind where I wanted to try, and when I pulled into the little bay, I had the area all to myself. Water depths ranged from ~28' at the mouth on up. The water temperature was 51 degrees with a gusty west wind. When I got my first hit, it kind of took me by surprise and nearly pulled
    18 points
  8. 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
    17 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. A buddy of mine pan fishing on an west metro lake last week.
    16 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. We arrived at the lake late afternoon the 26th and decided to wait until the next morning to start. We found lots of biter walleyes in 21' to 27' of water. They were mostly located on mud bottom adjacent to terrible snaggy structure. We observed huge baitballs and large schools of walleyes in close proximity. We caught 23 walleyes, 3 bass, 1 northern, and 3 jumbos. Countless fish were missed and hooked and lost. The weather was cold and the wind was negligible. I used crawlers exclusively and my companions used pike suckers. We did equally well. Saturday was the nicest day we fished and we end
    15 points
  15. Cliff's point about the spawn are true, more Walleyes spawn out in the basin and in other locations on the lake than in Pike bay which represents about 5% of the total eastern basin spawn. That means that all of the spawning Walleyes on the west end are unaffected by the hatchery on Pike bay. Years of over fishing and stocking freezers has had more effect on Walleyes on the west end than the Pike river hatchery has. The DNR test nets in the fall showed Walleye on Lake Vermilion are well over the state average on both ends of the lake and the numbers have improved on the west end over the last
    15 points
  16. Last week while visiting friends in Ireland I had the pleasure of fishing for pike on the Middle River with a friend of my host & friend Cirian. Beautiful hand made wooden boat and a real pleasure to fish out of! This is my once-in-a-lifetime (fishing before the opener) opportunity! We caught and released 12 pike that weighed from 4lbs. to 12lbs. Cliff
    15 points
  17. I went out from McKinley this evening. I found a solid 4 inches of ice all the way out to where I fished! Fished from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. in 16 f.o.w.. Iced 7 walleyes and lost at least that many more. Kept my limit of 13" to 16" fish. Very steady bite! Used 1/4 oz. Rattle Spoons in perch/white glow and gold with a shiner head on them and also a dead stick with a shiner. Both presentations worked about equally well. Good to be back on the ice again! Cliff
    15 points
  18. A few interesting pictures from the trail camera last weekend.
    14 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. I had my last official guide trip Monday and Tuesday and we fished for Smallmouth bass. It was one of my regulars that I have fished with for over 10 years. George and I have caught 100's of Smallies over the years and this year was no different. We boated around 65 bass in two days in less than perfect conditions. Most were on topwater baits of one kind or another and the rest were taken on crank baits. I wasn't able to fish to much so George caught most of the fish. I know I will miss guiding and the friends I have made over the years. I guess I'll just have to fish more to get over all the
    14 points
  22. I was up at Vermilion with my family last Saturday - Friday. We stayed at Everett's Bay Lodge and also Glenmore. We had an absolute blast. Because I had my two young boys with me the walleye fishing was basically limited to the evening bite. It didn't disappoint and we caught lots of little ones with plenty of eaters mixed in. We mostly used slip bobbers with leeches in 2'-6'. We had a surprise catch while bobber fishing. A BIG musky clamped on to one of the walleyes that my son was reeling in and we actually got her in the net! My boys were thrilled. After a quick photo she was released.
    14 points
  23. Caught on opener, 28 inch 8.5 pounds. Big Marine Vikinig his biggest ever, went back in the lake
    14 points
  24. Finally a nice day to get out on the water! My clients and I left the dock at 8:30am and returned at 4:00 pm today We boated a total of 70 walleyes, 3 pike, and 3 perch. My clients kept their limits of 14" to 16-1/2" walleyes. 3 slot walleyes, 21-1/2, 20-1/2, and 18-1/2 inchers. All 3 pike were in the slot. 26" to 32" fish. Only one perch was big enough to keep, a fat 12" fish. All fish came out of 26' to 32' of water. We used leeches,chubs, and pike suckers on lindy rigs for all of the fish. With the weather forecast for the next few days, the bite should get even better! Cliff
    14 points
  25. Walleye fishing for me was similar to 2 weeks ago. Would catch 4 perch for every walleye. Also had a hard time keeping the crayfish off the crawlers again. At least I did catch one decent size fish, albeit unintended. This 20.5", 5#-1oz bass is my PB. Was a fun fight bringing her in.
    13 points
  26. 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
    13 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Isaiah 9:6 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    13 points
  33. Finally made it up to Vermilion to ice fish. I saw numerous ATVs and snowmobiles running around out of McKinley Park so I took my snowmobile out. I found 9" of ice just outside the bay. The top 1" was white but the rest was good and dark. There was 3-5" of snow on the ice and there was a lot of slush. There were a couple of fish houses out by Birch Island. Fishing was very good but they were small except for the 20.5" eye in the picture. Couldn't shrink that fish enough to keep it. Taking the permanent out tomorrow for comfort. Good luck fishing and be cautious for ice conditions.
    13 points
  34. Might not be huge but He wanted a musky! So....before I could get here yesterday afternoon. He got one off the dock. I cannot even explain the joy on his face when I got here. Pretty cool.
    13 points
  35. Had a great time with the boys fishing over the weekend.
    13 points
  36. Met up with 2 friends yesterday to put the smack down on some awesome blue gills. The quality of fish in their secret Lake X is insane. They blind folded me on the ride there so I have no idea where it is. Got my PB gill and also PB on fish over 10 inches in one outing. Russ and I had a double on over 10 inchers. Gulp one inch minnows worked perfect and jig color didn't matter. Honey worms worked dandy also.
    13 points
  37. Long time follower, first time posting. Despite the cold front and high pressure, the fishing has been good. A lot of small fish, but let my buddy take my tip up and turned out to be a 30 1/4” Walter.
    13 points
  38. I lost my good shallow water bobber bite earlier this week when the cold front moved in.? Good news is that the Lindy bite is back! We boated 29 walleyes this morning using Lindys with leeches, crawlers, and pike suckers in 17' to 32' of water. My client boated this beauty! A 30 incher!! Cliff
    13 points
  39. My buddy and I headed up to Mille Lacs lake on Saturday for some late season Pike on Tip-ups. We were setup in 9ft of water and were using 8-10" sucker minnows. Only iced 2 pike but one was an absolute Tanker! Didn't get a measurement but she was definitely eating good! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/CZhuYbVZuis
    13 points
  40. Trolling for walleyes and my son caught this muskie-just shy of 50". I took a picture that didn't show the whole fish, my buddy is holding the full length shot.
    13 points
  41. was out on a lake south of town yesterday. got out at 1 only a handful of people on the lake. found 4-5". tried to find crappie drilled all around 16-18 fow. no luck finally about 3:30 the bottom started lifting fig it was perch ended up being a nice walleye! landed 4 nice crappie and 1 more walleye after that. all really tight lipped and hanging on the bottom. had to jig em hard with a red impulse everything else seemed to scare them and every time I caught one had to switch holes for a bit. when I left at dark the lake was filling up and the fish were starting to come up a few feet. gonna
    13 points
  42. It's amazing how fast time flies when people,fish, and good times mix together perfectly My cousin and his Buddy arrived here last Saturday and, this morning, they left for home. I always get a bit edgy this time of the year in preparation for their annual outing: pre-visit fish location, most effective angling method, peak activity periods, etc. Fortunately, everything came together and they enjoyed what they termed as one of their 3 best trips ever! I found during the pre-visit fish location that the walleyes were located on reef tops. During 5 days of fishing, we fished reef tops ranging
    13 points
  43. My wife and I snuck out early this morning and it's a good thing we did for 2 reasons: first, the walleyes bit well early(for us); second, this post was titled Boats, boats, and more boats and truer words were never spoken! Let's start with the boats statement. In the areas that we were fishing, it literally became unsafe by 11:00. There were lots of site seers, pleasure boaters, wave runners, skiers, and fishermen. When boats began coming at us from 3 different directions at once, it was time to abandon ship! I'm not going to even get into the etiquette part but suffice it to say, my wife an
    13 points
  44. Took me about 3 hours of screwing around, but I got it VID_20210526_195221118.mp4
    12 points
  45. 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
  46. Doc was like a brother to me. We made many memories together over the years that will stay with me until it is my time to leave this earth. It was exactly a year ago when we were out pheasant hunting in South Dakota that he developed a sharp pain in his back and shoulder area. We cut our trip short, something unheard of for Doc, so I knew he was in severe pain. Two days later he couldn’t walk and was in a wheelchair . Diagnosis was stage 4 prostate cancer that had spread to his sternum, spine and rib cage. He made good progress in rehab and was walking again. As little as a month ago he
    12 points
  47. Just picked up my 31 1/2" Lake Vermilion Walleye from the taxidermist. Caught this big fella last June. I would have preferred to release it but after 30 minutes of trying everything in the book it was obvious I would have to have it mounted. It will hang proudly on my cabin wall.
    12 points
  48. Headed out on Friday with my "Little" (who's now not so little...) from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization (If you've ever thought about doing it, I'd highly recommend it--or if you have questions, just PM me. They're especially in need of male volunteers). I've brought him and his dad up to Mille Lacs six years now, and we finally got him a personal best. Last minutes of daylight, out on a flat without another car in sight, 50 degrees, what a way to end the 2016 season. The bite this weekend was the same as all year. Lots of active fish--we caught somewhere between 50 and 60,
    12 points
  49. Well made it out to a local area lake tonight. Was nice to fish some home water been on the ice a few times this year but in the Northwest corner of the state. Was happy to find 4-5 inches of good ice to one of my walleye spots. Managed to ice 13 eyes mostly shorts but managed 2 at 16 and one at 17 for a fresh meal. Caught fish on a slender spoon but the bigger ones came off jigging raps and they slammed it. Nothing on a dead stick to my surprise. Rick G walked over and talked to me he was on another section of the lake. Sounds like Eyeguy, Jeremy Campbell were with also. Sounded like they ha
    12 points
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