Tried a shallow pothole lake today that didn’t have slush!!! For real!
Landed on some bass before I found the crappies. Caught 3 before the last one broke my line and made off with my micro rippin rap. Dang! Hope I can find another one. I’ve been leaning on that bait for scouting. Fish like to look at it and bump it but not usually hook up unless it’s eelpout, pike and now bass. All I’ve needed was for them to show themselves and maybe hit the closest set line.
Those are good eaters in the winter.
Found the crappies and had a good bite going just before dark and then they got lock jaw. 30.24 barometer didn’t help and hole hopping at 15 below just isn’t as fun as it used to be so I loaded up. To be continued another day.
Few people were out fishing today. Reports I saw said the ice was up to 5 inches thick, and making lots of noise! Saw a few fish pics too, some cohos and lakers. Sounds like the wind is going to shift tonight though, so all ice could very well be gone tomorrow 😢 keeping my fingers crossed that the ice field keeps expanding and getting thicker!
Vermilion is a weird lake. I've probably caught 12 -15 fish that measured 26.5 inches. My family has seen the same thing amongst relatives. It's like they hit that size and stop. I've caught one 27.5, and seen a 28.5 and 29 caught. That's it for real big fish over the slot. I know there are still a bunch of 30 inches swimming in the lake, I just never seem to catch them. Bumping the slot to 28 would be okay. I'm not really for it or against it. I still don't like having to toss back fish that are likely to die. Bigger walleye take more time and effort to get in. While I have zero plans to eat a walleye over 20 inches, leaving a dying fish for the seagulls and crayfish seems silly.