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Looking for some help with this. Does the sunny days weve been having affect the day time walleye bite on Vermilion? I was catching walleye on the cloudy days we had all day long but cant seem to find them as of late during the day...any suggestions?

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walleyes are low light feeders. its mighty tough to find em on a clear lake on a sunny day. Cloudy and/or windy days are best. Althoug I have found that in rivers they will feed all day long, often regardless of the weather

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Depends on how stained the water is but if it's stained you can generally catch them all day long. A good chop helps out on sunny days also. Try out deeper in 25 FOW or deeper in the daytime and go back to your spots early morning and later in the afternoon/evening. It's worked for me before on the Big V.

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Thanks guys..yea i tried going to deeper structure and steaper breaks during the sunny calm days but just seems they shut off. Most of the Big v is low clarity water but ... I guess thats why they call it fishing and not catching..lol Going to fish the Big V all weekend pretty hard and try find some new spots thats always challenging. Any suggestions on where to go toomuchfun? Been fishing the cook end alot and have been striking out so thinking im going to try tower end this weekend. Maybe go after a couple pike thats always a good time and give me something to do if the walleye bite is slow during the day.

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Go to Grassy Point and Frazer bay more in the middle. They should be producing just fine. You should be able to pick up Perch and Walleyes over by Grassy. The narrows are pretty hoppin at night also.

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Head to a deeper wind blown shoreline. I have found that the wave action tends to help the bite a lot when it is very sunny out. This is especially true if you have a couple of days of steady wind from the same direction. Unlike earlier this spring around opener, when it was windy from a different direction everyday, as the summer finally gets going here, the wind tends to stick mainly from the west. Find those shorelines where the waves are crashing in hard, and you will find the fish day or night. I've found that fish move in shallow in small groups even during the day on sunny days. It seems to be very hit and miss at times, like they are coming in occasionally in small schools or groups. Even as shallow as 4ft of water on a steep shoreline, I have caught nice fish during the middle of sunny days. I tend to pick up a couple of fish, then nothing for a while, then a couple more. It seems to come in intervals. While snorkling I have seen this on Vermilion, small groups of walleyes in the shallows in places you would never expect. These fish seem to be aggressive fish as well. You can try immediate drop off areas with lindy rigs, jigs with minnows etc. That seems to be the spot they are biting at when they are not moving in shallow for a quick meal. When the suns out bright and there is little to no wind, I head for midlake humps or transition flats. Don't be affraid to go shallow, even in the sun. Of course, all of this changes once the water hits in midsummer temps in the upper 60's, as I have not had this type of success in the later part of summer, but it has been a good pattern to try until late June/early July on Vermilion. Hope this helps!

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Then again, my biggest walleye ever on Vermilion was caught on a bright, sunny day with no wind in the middle of summer. Success rate seems to be better with low light but it doesn't mean that you need to give up!

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I have had great luck on Vermillion walleyes during mid day in July on bright sunny days. I fish bottom bouncers with leeches and crawlers on harnesses on mud flats on the north end. The great days have always been very windy. Windy enough to drift downwind and motor back up and drift downwind again.

I too like the wind blown shore and look for inside turns in the weed line and pull up just as the weeds get thick.

With the wind and sun at high noon your face turns to leather, but you can still catch fish. Hans

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All great tips. I too have had plenty of luck on V during sunny days. The stained water keeps light from penetrating too far, and I'm generally around 20 to 35 feet down where I fish.

But if the wind dies completely and it's flat calm the fishing drops right off for me. On days like that, even a 5 mph breeze that springs up and riffles the water will get the bite going again.

We almost never get on the water before 9 a.m. or stay out past about 6 p.m., and even on slow days we've been able to scratch enough fish for some meals. Most days if there's any kind of breeze the daytime bite is just fine.

With us it's generally bottom bouncers, six-foot leaders and minnows or leeches, though half a crawler often works really well and can get you some walleyes during the tough mayfly hatch period.

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Dead calm, clear, and surface temps at 75.5 degrees today and my clients and I still managed to boat 63 walleyes! There is always an exception to the rules! Just a great bite today and hungry fish! Tomorrow may turn out a lot different though! ??? Walleyes are really hard to predict!

Cliff

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I was out ther as well yesterday and did Very well I boated 54 walleyes from 9am to 4pm I used some of the tips and went deep around a couple jagged bony reefs and rock piles and had an absolute BLAST!! Have fished there before in same conditions and couldnt catch not a one so ill go with the fish bite when they want to bite theory...lol Like stated earlier my face and arms are like leather but...Well worth it. Thanks

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