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Reid Saarela

Toddrun,

You are correct. It seems as if it’s still larvea down there in big bay. Have seen very few , if any mayflies in the air. 

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roony

That is great, thanks for sharing the pics. I miss the days when my three boys were young and in the boat with me. I hope to have the same good times when my grandchildren get a bit older.  

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BrianF

Snagger, nice report.  Wondering...Did you happen to get a measurement on that ski?? The length seems to go on forever. 

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snagger

In my rush to get her back into the water I didn't measure. Some guys that have seen the pic think she's well over 50"....may 54"-55". But, I cannot confirm that.

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james_walleye

Did that musky have a crook in its back? 2 years ago I caught a 53" not far from there that had a crook in its back like that one seems to. 

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james_walleye

Different coloration I guess

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BrianF

James, hard to say if they are the same because there’s no way to match-up the markings of the two fish since different sides are being shown. Color is variable and will change depending on where the fish is holding.  The marking won’t change as they are like fingerprints. I kinda feel like they are different fish mostly because of the fins.  They don’t share the same splits.  Interestingly, we once caught a massive girthed musky of 51” which was caught seven years later by a local Vermilion guide who posted her photo on social media.  Several unique anomalies were apparent confirming it to be the same fish.  I had wondered over the years what became of her and now had the info.  In seven years she only gained another inch and was much leaner than when we caught her in her prime.  Btw, she was caught just a short distance down the shoreline from where we caught her seven years earlier.  Pretty cool to see her again, knowing she was alive and giving other anglers the thrill of a lifetime. Congrats on the 53”! 

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dgdg
18 hours ago, snagger said:

I was up at Vermilion with my family last Saturday - Friday. We stayed at Everett's Bay Lodge and also Glenmore. We had an absolute blast. Because I had my two young boys with me the walleye fishing was basically limited to the evening bite. It didn't disappoint and we caught lots of little ones with plenty of eaters mixed in. We mostly used slip bobbers with leeches in 2'-6'. We had a surprise catch while bobber fishing. A BIG musky clamped on to one of the walleyes that my son was reeling in and we actually got her in the net! My boys were thrilled. After a quick photo she was released.

I also spent a fair amount of time chasing smallies and did very well once I figured out the cover that was holding the most and biggest fish.

Great trip.....wish I was there right now.

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Paul - We enjoyed hosting you and Maria and your boys.  Love how serious they are about their fishing, and glad they could enjoy a little pool time too.  Look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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redlabguy

Nice bunch of photos! That’s a happy boat!

My brother-in-law and I caught our limits of 14-17”-ers in less than two hours this morning in eastern Big Bay. 28-30 fow with leeches. He also caught a 22”. First time I’ve been over there this year... too busy cutting up a bunch of downed trees from the early June storm. We were lucky- the first two spots I wanted to fish had boats on them but the third spot was great.

and PSU, as we left the dock, I saw hundreds of dead mayflies that had blown into our little Bay. I noticed they look a lot like hundreds of dead minnows if you aren’t real close. I’m hoping that’s what you saw and that it wasn’t evidence of spiny waterfleas.

Dick

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PSU

Yes, I looked at them pretty closely Dick and I was pretty sure they were minnows, sort of skeleton-like...It was weird because they were very noticeable on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and then didn't see another trace on Thursday, and I was out on the water fishing quite a bit. They were pretty evident in The Narrows and deeper spots in Smarts and in Frazer. Hopefully it was just some sort of short-term anomaly and not evidence of anything to be concerned with....

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5 hours ago, PSU said:

Yes, I looked at them pretty closely Dick and I was pretty sure they were minnows, sort of skeleton-like...It was weird because they were very noticeable on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and then didn't see another trace on Thursday, and I was out on the water fishing quite a bit. They were pretty evident in The Narrows and deeper spots in Smarts and in Frazer. Hopefully it was just some sort of short-term anomaly and not evidence of anything to be concerned with....

Do you know what decaying Mayflies look like when they are in the water floating ???

i would put money on it that you were just seeing Mayfly carcass in various state of decay , they do kind of look like minnow carcasses , skeleton like..

As for your here today gone tomorrow , the wind and/or current will blow them around and pile them up in certain areas .

i will assure you that they are not Young of the year Perch minnows that are possibly choking on Spiney Water Flea .

Goodness !!!!

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Cliff Wagenbach

They could have been young-of-the-year perch but my guess is that they were the husks of May Fly larvae

that the adults had shed when hatching. They look very close to being dead, decayed minnows!

Cliff

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FishinCT

My amateur opinion only but I don't think there are enough water fleas yet to cause that kind of problem. I've hardly seen any on my lines the last few years. When I fished the great lakes a lot I would have to clean my line off every 15-20 casts. I just don't see that on V. Maybe others do?

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PSU

Yes, my first thought was that it was mayfly carcasses as I do know what they look like (been on the lake many years)and tried to look closely from my boat. They just didn't appear to be, but from the feedback it appears that's what they were. They were very prevalent, thus I am sure if it was something more concerning (dead minnows from fleas as my friend commented), another poster more experienced in lake ecosystems than I would have mentioned it..... 

We can now return to fishing reports as we are looking forward to coming up next week!

 

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delcecchi

Launching my buddies pontoon at access near the landing... smelly for some reason.   Looks like a bunch of dead mayflies along the shore... That could be it. 

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schmitty3

Pretty quiet here lately... hope that doesn't indicate some poor fishing!  Mayfly's still pretty prevalent? Expecting another big hatch? 

Headed up Thursday evening for a few day, will be sure to report back.  When we were up a few weeks ago we did well in shallow water (2-5'), my question is do you all see fish staying shallow year round?  Obviously only 1 way to find out, but seems like everyone overlooks a great shallow water bite once June hits.

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Cliff Wagenbach

There was a large Mayfly hatch in Big Bay yesterday. Huge slicks on the downwind shorelines but the fish were still biting in a few areas.

Cliff

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james_walleye

I've found the past couple days that those pods of fish that were tough to go in the mornings bit much better in the afternoon. I went out about 430 this afternoon and kept 4 nice 15-17" fish and let go a dozen smaller fish in an hour and a half. 

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james_walleye

I took my nephew out about 1:00 for 3 hours this afternoon. We really got into a nice bite. We caught ~25 eyes and kept our 8. Not quite as high end on the keepers as yesterday as all 8 were in that 14-15" range. All crawlers for us.... leeches turned nothing. 

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ANYFISH2

Great report! Thanks.

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Wanderer

Dandy!  Good job!

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ANYFISH2

Nice fish!!

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