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lucky

I just got back from a week long trip on sand. It took me a while to find active fish but this is what i found out. most of my fish were between 18 down to 11 inches and that's good to see. I never tried minnows just leaches and crawlers with the crawlers being favored. when i started in the week the water temps were as high as 73.4 but two days ago it was low as 67.2. It took me a while to figure them out but when i did it seemed like the fronts moving through did not affect them. 13 to 14 FOW with weed lines were key for me and i caught more moving rather then anchored. Although one spot that had a pile of rocks and weeds nearby could be fished anchored easily. GL all

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gunner55

Hey Lucky,I was up there too & came back 6/30.Stayed 3 weeks grin & found fish my 2nd day.We got most of ours from the weedline out to the first break,which where we were fishing was 13'-18'.On the days with very little wind we even got some on the break to deep water(18'-24').The best spot for us was also a mix of weeds & rocks with most of our fish got rigging leeches.A lot of 10-12" fish(that went back)but a couple of 17's,an 18 & 19, plus 2 20's.All but 1,that was hooked deep,of the big fish went back too.I was in a 02 Crestliner FH with a 115 Yamaha on it usually by myself.What kind of boat do you have?Where did you stay?We are on the SE end of the lake close to Lakewood Lodge

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lucky

Gunner55. I stay at driftwood resort. I have been going up there for years with the guys in the spring and this was the first time we took a family trip. I fish out of a white with green decals Warrior. Do You have a place up there?

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gunner55

Yeah,I've been fishing Sand since the mid 60's when my grandparents bought the place,that's when Grandpa retired.We are on the SE end of the lake a little north of Lakewood Lodge.I think I know where Driftwood is,my parents are friends of 1 of the previuos owners.It's close to the channel where you go into little Sand,isn't it?I don't get up to that end of the lake very often.I'm usually fishing the south side of the islands back down to the narrows.Maybe our paths will cross out on the lake sometime.We're getting ready to head up again next week sometime.Do you get up there more than once a year?

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Mike_Bennewitz

I have been up at Lakewood Lodge since last Saturday and plan to be here until this coming Saturday. So far the kids and I have had a blast catching pike off the docks with bright colored spinner baits (not a difficult task on this lake and fun on Med. action gear). We plan to head out for Crappies for an evening or two before heading out, and have seen plenty of other resort guests hauling in near limits of walleyes rigging the outside weed edges with leeches and crawlers. I had a massive pike smash my brand new Northland Reed Runner spinner bait the other night and it not only straightened the wire, it pulled the twist out of the line tie point too!

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gunner55

Hey Mike,I got up here on Monday pm & didn't fish until Wed.Managed to find 2 eyes rigging leeches on a wind blown weed line.1 would of been a nice eater but I didn't want to mess with just 1 so C&R.The other was just a baby but did find a couple of crappies early this morning.We have our own place on the lake & we're just a few doors north of the resort.What are you fishing out of?I'm in a 02 Crestliner FH/Yamaha 115,maybe see you on the lake.Tight lines!!

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gunner55

Finally found some eyes & figured out how to get them to bite.I been fishing a rock bar that connects 2 other pcs of main lake structure.The fish are anywhere from 14-30 fow,even spotted some in 35.My best results have been 16-24 on the hard bottom edge.Rigging crawlers & leeches has been the go to method but did have some action on spinners/leech.A lot of 10-12" fish going back but did have a 22 last week,a 16 yesterday,& a 17 today, all C&R.Did find a few crappie a week & 1/2 ago so had a meal of fresh fish with my sister & BIL

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gunner55

Was out Sunday am for a bit & after 2 days of lots of wind,some rain the surface temps were 53-55.We found a few crappie but didn't stay very long.

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With very little wind yesterday for a change we gave it a shot.Still found some fish relatively shallow,15-25',very early & they weren't there very long.When it started to get more light & wind they went deeper.

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    • smurfy
      well...........i'll be up for round #2 wed morning!!!!!!!! look out fish. last time was mainly work. did get a bit of fishing in but i was limited.
    • Roseypike19
      Hi Squirt,    The previous tips are all good regarding pike on Vermilion.  Find some shallow reeds/weeds and you will find some nice sized pike (Average = 20-30" with a bigger fish at times).    What is your definition of a "big" pike? The shallow program is fun and that's how I do most of my pike fishing, but overall that is not how you will find the biggest pike on Vermilion.  I'm talking East Vermilion as that's the basin I fish.  By now many of the biggest pike are suspended and feeding on ciscoes in deep water.  They will make occasional forays into the shallows to follow food (think windy days), but they spend much of their time suspended over the depths.     Several really good areas very near you have this potential: 1. The narrows between Moccasin Point and Pine Island.  You can't miss this area on a map.  There is BIG pike potential here.  2. The deep water break on the east side of Isle of Pines.  I have literally seen giant pike chasing ciscoes out of the water here (also a fantastic muskie spot).     Those two areas are a literal stones throw from your place.     How do you fish the deep water?  IDK!  Like I said, I'm a shallow pike program guy.  The few times I've done the deep suspended thing we found the bait and big hooks on sonar and then jigged 1 oz hair jigs and/or 1 oz lead heads with a white fluke.  It worked, but it was technical and tough.  If I ever do it again (maybe later this summer), I'll troll big plugs at the depth just above the fish.     Last week we had a lot of fun catching many nice pike in the shallow weeds, but our two biggest fish (including a 40"er), came on a very windy, cloudy day while fishing shallow rocky points adjacent to deep water.   Coincidence?  I think not.  So definitely take advantage of those windy, cloudy days if you expect to find a giant.  In my experience, those conditions provide your best shot a true trophy pike from shallow water.  (Of course there are some exceptions and any cast on Vermilion could land a big pike!)   Otherwise, ply the suspended depths and report back what you find.    Good luck.    
    • Roseypike19
      Hope I'm not too late on this report.  We were up last week (23rd-30th), and overall we had fantastic smallie fishing.  We had to adjust a bit as they were definitely more in spawn mode than most Memorial day weeks, but that just meant moving from points and secondary points towards the spawning bays and banks.  I really enjoy pre-spawn smallie fishing because they are often schooled up on the points leading into spawning areas, they are fat as heck, and they are very active - and while we had some action in this regard - we had more overall action on the banks and in the bays and saw a lot of spawned out females compared to previous years.  So I'd say about a 1/3 of our fish were pre-spawn, a 1/3 were spawn (males on beds), and a 1/3 were post spawn.  T'was all fun.     The whole month of June = awesome shallow smallie fishing, so whoever is up, good luck!  
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    • bfisherman11
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    • 97procraft
      Spent all last week on the lake.  We fished on the east end all week.  We found the water temps on the east side, Armstrong Bay, was in the low 70's and on the west side, Daisy bay, was in the low 60's.  Kind of a wide range.  We found walleye shallow, even caught quite a few of the dock, 5'-9'  We found pike in the weeds, perch outside the weeds in the bays.  Pike would hit a swimbait or fluke worked through the weeds.  We caught the perch on a small 1/8 oz spinnerbait.  The smallmouth were making beds in the warmer water and staging in the cooler water.  The fish on beds are easy to catch, the staging fish would hit a medium size red squarebill crankbait.  It did help if there were rock present, volleyball size or bigger.  Pike and smallmouth fishing should only get better in the weeks to come.  We did see a dozen or more musky cruising the shallows.  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • 97procraft
      I was just there last week.  Pike were a little slow, but they should be getting better.  Find the weeds.  Throw unweighted swimbaits or flukes close to the bank and work them out through the weeds.  Stop working them at the edge of the weeds and let them sink.  If you don't get hit in the weeds, there is a good chance they will hit it on the fall at the edge. 
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