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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.
Stayed on the west side last week. Perfect weather for most of the week. Light winds, cool mornings and 70-80 during the day. Plenty of sunshine - no rain to speak of.
Of the ~20 Walleye we caught, 60% of them were in the 10" to 14" range. Everything else was 22" to 26". Trolled plugs but mostly fished spinners slow w/ Crawler and Leeches.
Fished mostly deep reefs all over the main basins. Kept moving. Biggest take away was a large scale bug hatch going on (not mayflies) and the largest small perch population I've ever witnessed. Both of these lit of the electronics with pure clouds... 4-6" perch literally everywhere. Pretty amazing to be honest.
Every fish was very healthy...stuffed full. Gonna be fun in a few years. Also caught several nice Bluegill, Small and Largemouth Bass and a few Pike. All larger than past years. 1 50" musky stopped by to say high in calm weather middle of the day.
Did make it to the East side a few days with little success but the timing of the day didn't help. Definitely marked plenty of fish off deep reefs in 16-30 mainly in Big Bag. No bug hatch there and not near the bait fish population.
If I was there this week, I would fish reefs near deepest water adjacent to defined points. That's my 2 cents.
The most interesting thing I've seen on the lake is loons flocking up to fly south. Saw this on Norwegian Bay October 9, 2018. There had to be at least 200 of them, including some clearly too young to make the trip.
I've been having good luck with lead core as well. I use Suffix 832, with line counter reels. Each color is 30 feet of line. As a rule of thumb, every 1 foot of depth requires 5 feet of line, so if you are fishing at 30' FOW you would let out 150' of line, or 5 colors. Trolling speed affects how deep your crank is running as well (slower is deeper). I usually run between 2.2 and 2.5 mph. As a check, you can keep letting out line until your crank starts bumping bottom and then reel up 10' of line.
I hear ya on the difficulties fishing any lobe of Whitefish on the weekends! Just have to get up and be done before 10am or go back out after 6pm and the lake settles a little. We trolled "lower" WF on Thursday evening and only caught 1 northern. Didn't appear to have as thick of a gathering of fish...
We went back out on Saturday morning to try our luck on Whitefish for Whitefish and in 2 hours caught 1 3.5lb'er and missed a few bites. Wow can they be fun to pull out of 50-70 ft of water. We use jigging raps but wow do whitefish bit lightly but put up a good fight...and there are plenty of them on the big lakes!!! Good fish on the smoker too!!
I sent fish them suspended in the basin areas. Do get a few any off bottom near weed edges and suspending near flats that drop sharply. Like Bobt I have had good results trolling cranks over and around weeds. Also, midlake humps with spinner rigs/crawler or jigging raps can be very good.
Panfish can be awesome. However I had trouble pinning down many nice ones today. So even they are not a guarantee. Maybe I will have a better report soon as I will be up through Thursday evening.