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Im heading up to the grandparents cabin for the thrusday through sunday and plan on hitting Rush,Dead,and Walker. Last year we tried shallow but really didn't get to many walleye. More crappies than anything. The weather last year though was not the best. Anybody know any good locations to look for the walleye a little deeper on these lakes?

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I will probably hit up east battle, stuart, west battle, and eagle... that's a lot for two days smile

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we will be heading to lake kronis i thought i would try a southern lake this year hoping that it will be warmer water then the lakes around home

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All be hitting West Battle, and OT and lake X, so anyone want to make a wager if its going to rain on opener. Can anyone remember the last opener that it didn't rain ?

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Tonka, my grandparents have a cabin on Eagle and I've fished there for many years. It seems that the walleye fishing has been getting better over the last few years. I have never been able to find any sort of pattern or specific location where I can catch more than 1 or 2 at a time though. It could be just the time of year and the conditions of that particular day as I don't get out there as often as I would like. If I may ask, what has worked best for you as far as consistency in catching walleyes on this lake and keeping the sunnies off your hook?

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My and my wife's Mother's houses instead of Ely.

Eh, who would really want to go to Ely next weekend anyway.....

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Tonka is infested with those pesky 25" fish... grin Wifey has to work on Sunday and we are having the little man's bday party that day as well..those fish up there will be right where I left them..

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Tonka, my grandparents have a cabin on Eagle and I've fished there for many years. It seems that the walleye fishing has been getting better over the last few years. I have never been able to find any sort of pattern or specific location where I can catch more than 1 or 2 at a time though. It could be just the time of year and the conditions of that particular day as I don't get out there as often as I would like. If I may ask, what has worked best for you as far as consistency in catching walleyes on this lake and keeping the sunnies off your hook?

Eagle all you need is a hook and a minnow/leech! Just remember that it is really clear and not to spook them... smile

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I'll be up the following weekend for 4 days. I'm looking forward to it. If anyone will be out on Little Pine that's where I will be Sunday - Wednesday.

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    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I had a good start to the season on opener. Fishing was slow but consistent. I had four eaters in the box by lunch dragging perch raps. Crappies were biting. I haven't been up since so don't know how things have changed since then, but I'm sure the walleye continue to migrate out into the main basins.
    • redlabguy
      Let’s start this by congratulating Brianf and son for winning their second City Autoglass Walleye Classic last weekend. These guys know how to fish.  We just got to the lake for the season. Chores are almost done and I’m ready to fish.  red(new dog is more yellow)labguy
    • Jetsky
      I tried starting a 2024 Lake Vermilion Fishing Report topic but it doesn't show up on this board.   Maybe somebody else knows how to do it?
    • Mike89
      then use the BB gun after catching them!!!    and then enjoy rabbit dinner for revenge!!!   
    • leech~~
      Yep crazy. 🤪 I played goalie in HS and my two grandsons play hockey now.  
    • gimruis
      Hockey gear in general is very expensive.  I was in a Pure Hockey last month to get my skates sharpened and while they were doing it I looked around at gear.  A new pair of CCM/Bauer customized skates can easily top 1000 bucks.  Then you need everything else.  It would be several thousand before you had everything.  And then your kid grows like a weed so you need to buy bigger gear.   Then there's goalie gear.  That's enough to buy a small boat.   Nothing cheap about that sport by any means.
    • leech~~
      That's a good idea Mike.  But, my sweet wife who's never killed anything in her life, wants them all dead and their skulls on poles! 👹  🤣
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