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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!
Looking for recommendations or feedback from anyone that has used any of the drill adapters with a hand auger like StrikeMaster has vs using a dedicated auger like the pistol bit. I can see there is some weight difference between the two but you can get a set up for half the cost if you are okay with the weight.
I have a Good condition eskimo Hc40 10 inch auger runs great, I am selling as It is bigger than what I need at the moment. I am asking 300 but i may be able to work a little lower. I live in the west metro area just for reference
We're still OPEN & fishing up at the NW Angle!
Fishing on the Minnesota side continues to be best early morning and from sundown to dusk. Work deeper edges of the break line in the morning and afternoon, moving up to the flats and points for an evening flurry. With low pressure coming for the weekend expect fishing to be excellent.
On the Ontario side, Crappie action was really good this past weekend in 30+ feet of water. Lots of fish over 14."
Lake conditions have drastically improved as water making slush has receded below the ice or has frozen over in most areas. Caution should be used in areas of high current or between islands.
Hard water fishing ends April 15th!
Areas of slush on trails in Minnesota are refreezing overnight and are still in good condition if well-traveled. Walleye action is getting better every day, with mornings and late evening being best. Rippin’ raps and buckshots are enticing violent strikes; 18-22 ft of water is key. Big northern pike are hitting jiggin’ spoons and tip ups with large baits.
Anglers venturing into Canada continue to find schooled Crappies and big walleye deeper into 30+ feet. A slow presentation is most effective for catching crappies.
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Minnesota snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape. The Baudette trail is great north of Knight Island. Walleye action heats up in periods of stable weather. The best catching is happening in 21-25ft, with the most productive method being a dead-stick beside an actively jigged rattle bait such as a buckshot or rippin’ rap. Glow white/pink is out producing other colors. The late ice bite can be phenomenal on Lake of the Woods, ice permitting we will have houses out through the end of the month!
Canadian fishing is recommended via snowmobile as they are light enough not to drop into the slush as easy as other track vehicles. Crappies are still filling buckets and walleye are actively feeding on reef break lines and points. Walleye season is open through April 14th.
Seven specie day today. Live bait not required! Couple of things of note... I caught eight nice crappies this morning on a deep rock reef, along with a bunch of plump gills. Seems odd, but I’ll take it. This afternoon, I targeted ciscos and whitefish out over the basin. Success! Was happy since I now know whitefish can be targeted year round, not just thru the ice. I also enjoyed the challenge of a different species that not many folks know about. Was a unique and fun experience. By the way, everything I caught was immediately released.
Our week (7/25-8/1) wasn't greatly productive fish wise but I could never really get a pattern to work. I usually use a lindy rig with a half crawler. When we did try jig/minnow not much either. The start of the week the wind was tough to hold on a spot. Later we had no wind and high temps. I marked some surface temps that were like 78 deg, that's pretty warm.
I went down to Brule narrows one day, never been before. Picked a reef and caught a 19" eye pretty quick and then boat control got to be an issue.
Might try a week in Sept once I am retired (Friday is my last day) but I sure miss the ability to fish north of the border.
What is the best time of year for brookies. I've tried spring but waters too cold, summer, bugs bad but fishing good. Never tried fall but I am think that might be the ticket. Usually use worms but sometimes spinner. Is there a special trick to keep the chubs away? Lots of them in my creek.
Good luck with your toilet. LOL
Let me know how it works after a weekend when the kids and grandkids are there using it?
Not sure how the Biolet works, we had a top of the line Sun Mar.
There is a tray in the bottom of the unit that is supposed to hold the extra urine that goes through the compost material.
After a weekend with 5 females, and 3 males using it that tray would be full to overflowing.
Wouldn't have been a problem if the girls would have cleaned it out.
They didn't, I had to.
The whole bottom of that unit would have an inch of urine in there, that is GROSS!
Oh yea, there's an overflow tube on the Sun Mar.
This would fill up with the fine compost material, and plug up, now where do you think the overflow goes?
And yes, I had 2 fans in my exhaust pipe, no it didn't help it dry out any faster, but they did help keep the smell down.
The only thing I can say about ours is that there are plenty of people out there that wanted to buy it when we were done using it.
They do keep a good value, especially up here.
If I was you I'd check out more than one brand, and one user.
I'm guessin if you posted a question on facebook, you might get a variety of user opinions.
We hated ours, maybe you'll love yours.
I'll just leave this topic alone, and wish you good luck. lol