Had an amazing fall fishing day on Saturday. Ended up with 25 total walleyes. 26, 25 3/4, 19 3/4, 18, 16, bunch under 16. Also caught 3 crappies. 13 3/4, 13, and 12.5. In the 21 years I’ve fished Vermilion I had never caught a crappie. Attached are some photos.
Out twice last week for a total of about 5 hours on Big Bay and Daisy Bay. Four people fishing and the bite was pretty good. Used jigs/minnows and lindy rigs (my wife prefers the lindy 😬). Jig/minnow was the hot ticket in the holes on reefs and points. The Lindys found a few smaller fish and lots of nice bass along the gravel/mud transition at the bottom of the reefs and along the shoreline points. Biggest walleye was 22" and only two under 13". Most of the fish were perfect for dinner, between 13" and 18". Saw a number of boats pulling wooden minnows and they seemed to be getting the net out occasionally.
It is killing me to be stuck down here in Texas when I want to be fishing humps on the Canada side of Rainy for battling Bronzebacks. Late fall has always been my most productive time on Rainy but ain't going anywhere with the Pandemic. All I can do is post some old pictures.
We got beat to our primary spot - and nearly every other spot today. More than double the boats on the lake than last year. Tons of shooting for the groups in the prime spots. We were not in a prime spot; except for mosquitoes! Missed several opportunities at teal zooming through while swatting and waving skeeters away.
The Battle Coot debuted with a pair retrieved; one lost in the thick rice for me.
Spent a few days in the Marcell area. Fishing was nonexistent! Fished Turtle, Wabana, Spider, and Caribou lakes. Everyone I talked to at each lake weren’t catching anything either. First 2 days the weather was hot, sunny, and not a hint of breeze...how do you catch fish in lakes that exceed 20 feet in clarity, when the water looks like a sheet of glass? Next 2 days were cold front conditions, gray and gloomy. Didn’t even catch 20 fish total! Still a fun trip though. Fall colors were at their peak. Had nice sleeping weather in the tent. And I accidentally ate pine sap 🤢 might be the worst tasting thing ever!