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Fishing was different last week.


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I fished the North arm June 2 trough June 9. We hoped to hit the bass spawn, but it was hit and miss. At the start of the week the water temp was around 60 and warmed to mid 70s by the end of the week. We found spots where the bass were on beds 8-10 feet early in the week, then mid week we found them shallow. We found one bay that had 38 big empty beds. Most the fish we did catch on beds were 2-3 1/2 pound males, but some females full of eggs. One thing I never seen before was 10 inch bass on the beds. We found one bank that had all small bass in beds that were only 12-13 inchs wide. I think the bass spawn was spread out over a few extra weeks this year because of the crazy weather and early spring. We had a great trip overall. Between my dad amd I we caught 60- 70 fish a day. When the bass were not hitting we went and did the walleye thing and did pretty good. We caught 5 walleye over 28 inchs, with the biggest being 29 1/4. We did not caught as many walleye as most years, but we caught bigger ones, most being 21-24 inches.

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It was fine. It rustic, but the cabins do the jobs. The cabins have cold water and the drain goes to a 5 gal bucket, but there is a clean shower house with hot water and ok pressure. The docks are in good shape. We took the logging road from 502, it is like 17 miles from 502 to camp. The road was in good shape, but I didnt have the tarp on the boat so it got a little dirty. We seen a bear everyday from camp, a couple were in the yard I believe was your dads.

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We also just fished Rainy the 2nd - 8th and caught 60-70 smallies per day. Most were between 3-4 lbs in 2' water or less. As the week went on we found new spawners in the 4 and 5' zones on beds. Water temps in redgut were already in the mid to upper 60's early in the week and were reading low 70's by weeks end. Swell and Seine has a little deeper water and we found high 50's early and by weeks end had warmed into the mid 60's. Most of our sucess came from Swell and Seine. I think redgut was a week ahead of what we experienced in the other bays. Best trip I've had in a long time. Couldn't have asked for better weather.

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    • travis_td
      Hi there, I am making sure that this is the location that folks will be posting updates for Ice Fishing on Lake Vermilion this winter (2022).  I think so but want to make sure as I plan on trying to get out next weekend, December 8-11.
    • smurfy
      thanks wanderer.......even reports from lakes like leech gives me a pretty good idea of what the lakes i want to fish will be like. lot of past experience helps, and no doubt wheelers will be used soon.    we had a retiree.holiday union party last night. buddy said that his kid was on little Winnie with about 5 inches of ice and there moving all around the lake!!
    • Wanderer
      Leech lake has been 100% capped for about a week, I think.  Before you say that’s not a small, underfished lake, it’s just an example that you could prolly drive wheelers on your kind of lakes by now. 😉   I’ve been seeing a lot of 5-7 inch reports going into the weekend.  Sadly I haven’t cut a hole yet.  Still working on repairs and updates on our houses.
    • leech~~
      Here's some throw back for yea. Lets your candy azzz E-cutter battery do this!  🤣    
    • Tom Sawyer
      Oh I didn't say I don't own several versions of Teslas, just that until this hell frozen over state changes I'll always find a use for the ice diggin' anchor. Will be a great post hole digger in it's next life use too
    • leech~~
      Yep no puzzy Tesla auger for me until they pry it from my dead hands!  😆
    • Tom Sawyer
      Still waiting for global warming to ditch my Lazer Mag, always in the truck for thick, virgin ice.    Don't know if it's possible, or advisable, but thought I would throw a 8" K drill bit on it to lighten it up. Should be an adapter for such a conversion. Careful what you wish for, probably rip my arm off with a shredding combo like that 😂    
    • rundrave
      Leech I still have my old jiffy gas auger mainly for sentimental reasons. I haven’t used it for 3 years now. The only time I start it up is in the garage just to hear that pop pop pop sound lol   I will never go back and have no regrets going electric. Huge weight saver and with an extension will go through any thickness of ice. Starts first pull every time lol    we were fishing 2 weeks ago Swiss cheesing a slough here in SD on 4” of ice when someone else tried to fire up their gas auger and my buddies and I looked at each other almost in disbelief that someone was still using a gas auger.   pros and cons for sure but I think electric has more pros than cons with advancements lately     
    • smurfy
      any ice thickness reports..........especially on smaller not heavily fished lakes???????   chances are i wont be up till after christmas anyway, but............
    • leech~~
      Let me know when you go again.  I'll being my crossbow and take out the Deer when you kick them up!  😁
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