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This is going to be my 3rd time to lake vermilion this year and still haven't got a muskie in the boat. Have had a few follows but nothing has striked yet. Hired a guide back in august and we fished lots of rock structure and points off islands just wondering if thats what we should be fishing next week or if the skies go deep or in the shallows what should we be throwing and not looking for any secrets just a little helpThanks

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Hey, my first post....Well Walleye977, I just got back from Lake Vermillion for 4 days of throwing the big heavies and lighter stuff for muskies. I did see a few fish, I fished around Oak Island and into Fox and Wolf Bay. I did see fish in the channel NE of Oak Island. I was using an old SHannon Musky Twin Spin Orange (read posts about using the unusual haha). I hit Smart Bay, points nw Frazier Bay, rock piles and points (Black bucktails, cranks and some surface), Blackduck Island and around mostly north of it, bars, points and islands, Greenwood bay, southeast of Swenson Island points and bars around Birch point and Moose Island and into Daisy Bay alittle.......nothing. The only interesting spot was the narrows into Wolf Bay, several bars, 50 foot holes and baitfish and walleyes, did troll deep divers in and around with no luck, but should have bump the walleye fisherman out and bucktailed the bars hahahha.....well sorry no Hotspots, just eliminated alot of dead water???

Good Luck and let me know what I did wrong??!!!

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Sounds like my last few trips I can sure tell you where the fish are not, I've heard rumors in the fall when the white fish spawn where ever that is on the lake the big muskies come up to devour them. I think 6 mores trip i should have casted most of the lake never really tried trolling but might have to try it. Thanks for the help i'll let you know how we do.

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Look at old threads in this forum from last fall.

I think they come into shallow water to spawn in late fall. So I suppose reefs and shorelines in general.

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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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