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Pat McGraw

Anyone know of a good ice fishing lake near vermilion? Perhaps something with a hot panfish bite.

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Is Pelican Lake close enough to Vermilion?  Prolly the best panfish around the area.  

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monstermoose78

There tons of little fish lakes around that area. Just a quick search and you can find them.

Pelican is a drive.

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:34 AM, monstermoose78 said:

There tons of little fish lakes around that area. Just a quick search and you can find them.

Pelican is a drive.

Maybe 25 miles from cook so maybe 40 from tower.   

 

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IceHawk

Have to agree Pelican would be my choice for panfish, top notch pannie lake with some quality in it. 

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monstermoose78

There are so many little untapped panfish lakes up there. I know pelican has some big fish but it gets much more pressure than the little lakes. It worth the time to use the dnr lake finder to see if lakes have gills and crappies in them. I spent 5 years in that area and caught plenty of big crappies and trophy sized gills. I never once went to pelican lake or elephant. I never was skunked when ice fishing for panfish up there. 

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Wanderer

Seems like it could be good for gills.  No crappies in it though.  Interesting comments about the depth being greatest by shore.  It’s fun reading up on some new lakes.

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Had a fun trip on Elephant.   Not much pressure when we fished it.  Nice crappies.

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Pat McGraw

Thanks all. FYI I'm located on Frazer Bay on Vermilion. Give a shout out if/when you may be on the water up there. I may give the Pike River Flowage a try tomorrow or Saturday. I'll provide a report if I go. Thanks again.

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Capt. Quicksteel

If you want to get in there by snow mobile or walking over, Wolf Lake is worth a try.

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BASS LAKE is on the east- n/e side of Vermilion and is a short ride through the woods by snowmobile.  Went there last year and caught nothing but dinky perch ( fished the mid-south shore... deeper area).  It was a fun trip and a beautiful little lake.....  DNR info :  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showreport.html?downum=69044600

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Took a trip into Wolf this weekend and didn't mark a fish. Had holes between 5' and 15'. Not the results we were hoping for!

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Cliff Wagenbach

JFitz,

Did you fish the deepest water that you could find in Wolf?

That is probably where the pan fish are at.

Cliff

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We checked a half dozen areas and only found one with +8' of water. The DNR survey says max depth is 10' so we were pretty excited to find 15'!

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Pat McGraw

JFitz,

 

Did you have a group ski in Friday and out Sunday across Frazer bay? I saw a group do so and wondered if they may be heading that way.

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Hi Pat - we actually snowmobiled in from Wolf Bay. We did a lap around the lake and saw some old snowmobile tracks but not much more activity than that. Very remote and beautiful on Wolf!

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I comments I have heard about Wolf have been similar to JFitz's report.  It is a fairly easy trek and a fun excursion but you are likely not to be wowed by the catch.  

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