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mofisherman

Hey Cliff thanks for the great job of guiding. We caught lots of Walleye after fishing with you. You guys have a great lake, very pretty and lots of fish. We had a great two weeks,,,will be back next year. Anybody looking for a great Walleye guide Cliff is your guy. Thanks again for an enjoyable expereince

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Cliff Wagenbach

Thank you! smile.gif

Very glad that you had a good vacation on Vermilion!

Hope to see you again next year.

Cliff

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SledNeck

Cliff, do you guide for bass? I know your specialy is walleye.

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Cliff Wagenbach

SledNeck,

I do not guide for bass. Sorry!

There are some good bass guide out there though. E-mail me if you want a couple of names.

Doesn't sound like you really need one though! grin.gif

Cliff

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SledNeck

I was just curious, because I was interested to hear what people from out of the area think of Vermilion as a bass lake...like how the fishing compares in their opinion. Cause I really think that (especially after this year) Vermilion might be one of the best smallmouth lakes in the midwest.

Im not saying Im above learning a few things. But I do well enough to stay busy catching big fish all day long being my own guide.

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Mr. Pike1

Sled, I used to be a diehard walleye guy but am now what I could best describe as a multi-species angler. I go through cycles of fish of choice. The last 3-5 years I have really been intrigued by small mouth bass and slab crappies. I love the sporting fight on ultra light equipment. The two top waters I have fished for smallies are stretches of the Mississippi and the Big V. The last few years on Vermillion the bite has only gotten better and the size has improved as well. It is not uncommon to have 25-50 fish days on Vermillion and a good percent in the 17-19" class. The 20" plus fish are still a challange. But those 18 and 19ers will soon become the 20-22 inch trophies. My next trip I am going to use the topwater a bit more then I historically have on Vermillion. Locally I have been having great success on the smallies and largemorth on the Heddon topwater baits with a prop. It is great to see them explode on a top water.

Speaking of multi-species I have got into a few Musky on Vermillion the largest a bit over 50" mark and thick. Anyway on a local lake her by home I have been getting into Tiger Musky on topwaters. I had a 4 fish day recently on a glass calm day and am now getting hooked on the Tigers. They are a beautiful fish and talk about a topwater hit and a great battle. Wow !!!!

Anyway short answer in my opionion Vermillion is a world class smallmouth fishery. I think the crayfish infestastion on the East side combined with most small mouth being catch and release continues to improve the quantity and size. I love those bronz backs !!!!!

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SledNeck

The 20 plus fish are out there. I found a few fishing dead water away from structure. I'd love to hammer them top water, but I feel its a waste of time when other things are catching them just fine. I would rather catch them with top water, dont get me wrong...but compared to other they just dont hit top water much at vermilion (compared with other methods)....Maybe they are programmed to hit crayfish or baits that have similar action.

I like fishing for monster pike topwater, probably my favorite type of fishing....as for muskies Id probably like them better if I could boat them consistanly as I do big pike. I grew up fishing walleyes too, and I suppose walleye fishing is better than sitting at home.

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      Thanks, a day well spent with a good person for sure. Thanks again for the work you put in at the end of the trip!  Your fishing needs to get in better shape I think!😓
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