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Spalj

What is the status of the Mayfly hatch on Vermilion?

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Spalj

Reports on the status of the Mayfly hatch would be appreciated.

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Capt. H (Ret.)

I was there June 15-22 and it was minimal but I think if it warms up they will pop. I think everything is behind this year due to water temps. All of the smallmouth that I caught were still full of eggs except for one and I think it was a male. Walleyes were post spawn and I found them in the 8-12 foot depths on nightcrawlers.

Mike

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NilesBayHusker

The mayfly hatch is still quite minimal. I saw a few more this AM and some fish were surface feeding on the calm water, but it is still not at all like last year at this time.

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Cliff Wagenbach

There have been a couple of small hatches in Pike Bay.

Not seeing much in Big Bay area yet.

Cliff

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Williamdean

Any updates to this? I'm heading up July 13th and hoping the hatch is well over by then.

Thanks!

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Fish Head

There were a lot of them all over the dock near moccasin point last weekend.

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delcecchi

Nothing much in Head-o-Lakes or Wakemup yet.

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chucker1101

Looked to be just kicking off in Big Bay on Monday. I would guess the next week will be pretty heavy.

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MarkB

Fished Big Bay this AM and didn't see any sign anywhere of mayflies. Eventually worked around to the east end of Frasier Bay and there were some fairly substantial slicks in places. Water temps were 70+ everywhere. Pretty good indication of how far behind everything is when mayflies are just now really getting started.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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PSU

LOTS of humming tonight in the trees here in Frazer/Smarts Bay...or maybe that's the cold ones...

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redlabguy

Did you do any good in Frazer, Mark? It has really slowed here for me. In fact, I'm taking a day off to avoid getting too frustrated. We are seeing mayflies here. Not the big hatches yet, but more every day.

RLG

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PSU

Not that I usually limit out or anything, but I was skunked this morning in Frazer, The Narrows, and Smart's Bay. I guess I need to do some weed cutting.

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MarkB

RLG

Yesterday fishing was slow. Actually, that's where(Frasier) my Dad got the 17" that I referred to in a post. 4 walleyes yesterday in the east end of Frasier. It was worse today! Only got one hit, BUT, it was 20" and my Dad got that one also shocked. We've been fishing around Potato Island and points on east. It's really slowed down for us pretty much everywhere. A fish here and there and that's about it for us.

It'll get better.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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redlabguy

Thanks for the encouraging words, Mark. I won't give up, except today and maybe tomorrow while the wind makes life difficult. Fishing is fishing....last week we were boating fish in the twenties. This week its a lot tougher. Mayflies dont help. I tried some spinners yesterday but that didnt do it either. I have a houseful of women ( daughters are here for the holiday) and the dog and I would like to get out for a while!

And enjoy time with Dad. My dad would love to be here but he's to the point he doesn't like leaving home.

RLG

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Casey Sunsdahl

It was very slow today. We managed 8 I think with three nice keepers and the rest were between 19-23. Definately worked hard for them!

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Williamdean

I'm heading tomorrow morning and was wondering what the status of the hatch is? Big bay, Daisy Bay?

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Cliff Wagenbach

There was a fairly large hatch in Big Bay Yesterday. Saw lots of larvae swimming just under the surface also. I do not see that very often so suspect that there was probably a large hatch again last night.

Was a very tough bite yesterday until noon then I found a pod of hungry fish and we boated 20 and kept 12 in about 2 hours.

Nothing big!

All keepers were 13-1/2" to 14" fish.

Cliff

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Birch PT Mike

Still lots of mayflies on the windblown shores, but not as many hatched last night in Daisy Bay. All fish cleaned have mayflies in stomach. I am sure fish in the rocks are still eating crayfish. Hope we are near the end. Fishing is OK,but many marked fish do not bite. Full stomachs?

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Pherris

Big hatch last night in Big Bay. full-378-35084-image.jpg

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Fish Head

That looks like my cabin near moccasin point a couple weeks ago. That can make for some challenging fishing.

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