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I'm new to this forum and new to Lake Vermilion. We just purchased a cabin on the west end of the lake and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can as fast as I can about the lake.
I have snowmobiles and a portable shack so I can fish almost anywhere there is good ice. I also have a 16' wheel house that we have used extensively on Lake of the Woods. Does anyone on the west end of Vermilion plow ice roads to allow access with my wheel house?
Thanks for any info you can provide!
I'm planning a fishing trip to Vermilion this summer. It's been many years since I've been up there.
I have the Navionics + app on my mobile devices and have been marking spots that look interesting. One of the spots I marked was a nice hump surrounded by deep water. There was a big difference between the Navionics Nautical Chart view and the Sonar Chart view. It literally disappeared on the Nautical view but showed on the Sonar View. I then ran the map "update all" and from the Sonar view now it was gone from both views with my marker out in the middle of nowhere.
So I started to look around for other areas that showed a big difference between the two views. (Many areas however do look very similar on both views) I've attached a couple of screen grabs of a spot that has a huge difference. This is on the north side of Pine Island near Matson Island.
The first is the Nautical Chart view, The second is the Sonar Chart View.
I always thought that the Sonar Chart would be the most accurate, they look more detailed, plus according to Navionics the Sonar Chart is "constantly being updated by Sonar Logs contributed by million of boaters."
I'm not really sure if I can trust either?
To anyone who knows this part of the lake, are there really the holes and humps in this area? One view shows a 52' hole where the other has 15 FOW.
Looking for some recommendations for cabins or other good places to stay on Vermilion. Hoping to take my wife up for a weekend of ice fishing and then later this summer taking dad up for a while, so I am looking to see where the locals would recommend staying for either season. For the winter season it would be nice to find a place that also has ice houses to rent, or possibly someone who rents sleeper fish houses as I would love to get on some night bite action. For a place in the summer it would be nice to have either slips or a ramp onsite. Pretty open to ideas at this point.
Where is everyone headed?
I plan on doing the chain again this yr. Will be looking along shallow weed edges, and breaks just off the shallow feeding areas. Would expect to get all my fish in under 12 ft.
Good luck to all and be safe
The Smallmouth action was pretty good for us over the weekend. We spent some time chasing Muskies, however we spent most of our time pounding the Smallies. Docks were the most consistent locations, especially those with reeds near by. To my surprise, most of our fish were caught on spinner baits. We did get a few on sencos and I caught 2 on a Husky jerk. I did my best to find a few that would take a top water, however all I got for my trouble was about a 15" Pike. We did manage to boat 8 or 10 that were in the 18 and 19 inch range but most were 12 to 16 inches. One funny little tid bit is that we saw more Muskies while we were Smallmouth fishing than we did Muskie fishing.
I fish for sunnies but that's because it is the only thing my wife and daughter have patience for. Besides, it's actually fun with a super light action rod. I would generally suggest fishing near vegetation or fishing by a dock with nearby vegetation (I wouldn't fish a dock where the cabin owner is around though!). The west end supposedly has more vegetation so supposedly more panfish. I never pay too close attention to the weed situation the few times a year that I boat east.
As for walleye fishing, I enjoy it but often don't invest the time either (hence my name). I do fine at opener and good in the fall, so essentially when any fool like me should catch them. The rest of the year I seem to enjoy the other things about Vermilion, enjoy my time repairing and fixing things, being in the woods, and swimming in the lake. I'm as happy to spend a weekend cutting and splitting wood, or making improvements, as hooking a limit of walleye. There really is a ton to love about being on such as beautiful lake.
Right on. Sand lake Zebras were found in 2013 and now found 20+ miles up the Big Fork river through several lakes. Bowstring is only 5.5 miles south of Sand via the Bowstring river. Although going against flow, during most of the year flow rate is extreamly slow. DNR states wide area coverage of adault Zebras on north end. Adult females produce 1,000,000 eggs annually so most likely will spread over the entire lake by end of the year.
Stop in at Redding’s and ask if they can help. Or maybe even Emily Meats. Owned and operated by long time area residents. They might know if someone would be willing.
Any preference on lake or type of fish?
Beautiful day to be out on rainy lake today(Friday) Fished from 10am to 1:30pm walleye fishing on the north arm temperature about 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Had to check 4 reef before finding active fish. Caught 16 walleyes ranging from 22” down to 13”( only 2 -13”, 4 -14”-17”), 2 perch and a 33” northern. Fishing jig and minnow in 26’ with surface temperature at 75 degrees.