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Sturgeon Report Apr 24-25


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Well since I wasn't able to join in on the fun for the sturgeon excursion, a few friends came up from Nebraska for a weekend stay at Schusters this last weekend with me.

We dropped anchor around 9:30 am on Friday after traveling from Bemidji and it didn't take long to get the ball rolling. I quickly boated 2 small ones when Chris set into a solid fish within the first half hour of fishing. After 35 minutes he landed his personal best at 61"!

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Shortly after this fish was boated, he hooked into another one that hung under the boat for several minutes before heading downstream spooling 200 yds of 50 lb braid off his 5500 Abu, leaving our boat in udder disbelief... You hear stories about it, but never really expect it to happen, at least not that fast...

We caught fish on and off throughout the day never leaving our spot. We had multiple doubles both Friday & Sat

Here's a low 50 and mid 30.

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After a quick dinner & checking in to Scusters, we headed back out for the evening bite to the exact same spot.

We landed 4 over 50 Fri evening.

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By about 11pm, we were sore & tired so decided to end day one (even though the fish were still biting)

The tally for the first day was 25 fish boated! Myself with 13, Levi with 3, and Chris with 9.

Day 2 started off slow with the east breeze, but after 1/2 hour getting the anchor right back on the spot, we waited them out and were rewarded with another personal best for Levi at 57 1/4"

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The overall size was down on Sat, but we caught a lot of fish again. The evening bite only yielded 6 sturgeon - and not nearly the quality of the night before.

Believe it or not, we boated another 25 fish on Sat for a 2 day total of 50 fish!

The final tally was myself at 21 fish - largest 51 3/4"

Chris with 18 - largest 61", and Levi with 11 - largest 57 1/4"

I used my lakemaster to find a small secondary break in 33 fow that seemed to have fish piled on top of it. We had many people come and go fishing within 20 feet of us that couldn't connect with any.

We had to use 8 oz of weight to stay on the bottom. We saw lots of guys using less and they weren't boating fish (there is no way they were keeping the bait down with only 3-4 oz of weight & the debris). Also the bites were light - most were caught while holding the poles - if they were in the rod holder the fish were gone by the time you could set the hook.

Definately the best weekend of sturgeon fishing I have experienced in the 4 years I have fished up there!

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Those are some fine specimens. Great job
    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • 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.  
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