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Hello, I am bringing the wife and kids up to hoodoo point camping this weekend and was wondering if there is anywhere close to the campground to get the kids hooked into some walleyes? I am not familiar with Vermilion at all. Would a lindy and a crawler, leech, or shiner/rainbow work the best? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

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There are always some walleyes in Pike Bay but you would be better off fishing some of the Big Bay structure outside of Pike Bay. Tons of reefs, mud, points etc. to try in that area. Minnows, leeches and crawlers should all be good options. Don't be afraid to fish the deep water (30+) during the day. You can slip bobber or drag cranks in shallow water near shore in the evenings too.

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Slip bobbers and a leech work great off of the SW shore of HooDoo in the early morning and just before dark. Especially so if there is a South wind!

Try the mouth of the channel that runs into Tower also. Shallow but there are usually fish there. 5' to 7' depth.

Troll Rapalas anywhere in Pike Bay and you will get a few walleyes.

Pike Bay Narrows are also good early and late.

Lindys are a good choice if you are in the boat. All baits are catching a few fish now.

Cliff

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Cliff hit it on the head. SW shoreline of Hoodoo. I had the grand kids there with me last Sat. evening for not even two hours and both kids landed 2 walleyes each. I also got 2 and lost 2 and we kept 4 to eat.

Ticket was leeches under a bobber set at 3.5 ft deep cast out as far as you can. That was from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.

I watched at least a half dozen caught by others as well. Some of the best memories made ever watching the eyes light up on the kids (5 yr old and 6 yr old) pulling those fish in, and then watching the fish flop around in the bucket. They didn't want to leave..LOL

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Cliff hit it on the head. SW shoreline of Hoodoo. I had the grand kids there with me last Sat. evening for not even two hours and both kids landed 2 walleyes each. I also got 2 and lost 2 and we kept 4 to eat.

Ticket was leeches under a bobber set at 3.5 ft deep cast out as far as you can. That was from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.

I watched at least a half dozen caught by others as well. Some of the best memories made ever watching the eyes light up on the kids (5 yr old and 6 yr old) pulling those fish in, and then watching the fish flop around in the bucket. They didn't want to leave..LOL

Yes, great memories have been made there! Caught a lot of fish there when I was a kid also!

Cliff

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Loved fishing off shore! My favorite spot being from Soudan of course was big rock!

Capt.

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