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james_walleye

Well I'm up for this week and snuck out for a short time this morning. My findings are similar to some others. Caught some very nice 17-18" fish on lead this morning. East end flats, 27-30 feet. The bite fizzled after about an hour at noon. I'll be out earlier tomorrow no doubt and will have a better report. Before I went walleye fishing I tried my hand drop shotting some smallies. Caught some fish. Darn fun. Only hit a few spots but caught multiple fish on each. 9-12 feet wacky rigging a senko. I think if a guy really put the time in you could put a load of fish in the boat doing that. 

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Wheres_Walter

I gotta give credit where its due.  I have not fished Vermilion in 4 weeks, so I was starting from scratch.  I love that I can get an idea of what live bait/presentations are working currently so that I can narrow some options before I even get there.  So thanks to everyone for their contributions.  I fished Th night and fri morning with lindys and half a crawler with limited success in some of my normal frazer bay late summer spots.  But after reading some posts above about fish being off the reef and about lindys with a red bead working, I switched locations and bead color on my rigs.  I started catching lots of eater sized walleye (13-17") along with a lot of dinks.  Probably caught 5X more fish on saturday and sunday than earlier in the weekend.   All at 17-18 FOW.   Was able to get my kids and my nieces and nephews to boat some fish and we fed a family group of 17 people on Sunday.  So thanks again for all the insight!

 

Matt

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Wheres_Walter

James,

I've been thinking about drop shotting smallies.  I can find them and catch them early in the season when they are up shallow and I can cast senkos wacky style.   I wonder if you'd share what kind of bottom structure you were fishing?  

 

Matt

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james_walleye

I was fishing big boulder points off mainland or islands. 

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side_laker

Thinking about heading up vermilion for afternoon tomorrow fishing in tower end. Any advise on minnows/crawlers and depths. 

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Pat McGraw

Side-laker,

Three hook crawler harness with hammered brass blade. 0.5 to 1mph, 0,68 seemed optimal for me. Some reports of fish on 16-22' structure. Also 24-30' sand or mud flats. Been hearing mostly crawlers or leeches. A couple weeks ago my neighbor was still getting a late night bite off the dock. He's on a pretty steep gravel/rock break in Frazer (no weeds). Wonder if the crawfish were a target of those eyes. Have a great time. Anxious to hear how you do.

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Cliff Wagenbach

Side-laker,

There is a very good lead-core shad rap bite in the mud going this week in Big Bay.

I do not do that myself but the guys that are using it have been having good luck in 24' to 30' depths.

Cliff

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side_laker

Thanks for the pointers guys. Looks like it should be a decent day if my weather app is right. 

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side_laker

Fished yesterday from 2-830 pm. Fished 16-35 feet of water. It got 2 small walleyes, 1 small northern and a handful rock bass. Still was a great afternoon out on the lake. 

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james_walleye

My week at the lake is done. The walleye fishing was decent for me. The lead core bite through Tuesday was much better than later in the week. It wasn't bad,  just inconsistent. Inconsistent size....numbers.... dialing in on the color and size of crank..... bite windows.... you name it. The bite was 23-30 feet all week for me. I had about 6 areas I would run through. 1 day to the next I would never know which area would be hot or cold or if an area did have fish was it all 12" fish or a better mix of nice eater size. What was more consistent for me was the evening trolling bite. About 630-9 in 10-14 feet generally along shoreline breaks. The fish were mostly nice 15-16" fish. 

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james_walleye

Hey VG how deep did you find your fish? 

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VermilionGold

17-18’, bite was tougher today.  To hot to fish anyways.

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Wheres_Walter

Looking for a recommendation for the best product to seal around an after market intake for a live well.  Aluminum boat that has been sitting on a trailer for a 4-5 years.  Old epoxy fell right off.

 

If you have a product you like the best, I'd love to hear it?  Lots to choose from....

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Cliff Wagenbach

Use a good brand of MARINE silicone sealant.

Most marinas will give you the right stuff!

Cliff

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delcecchi

Isn't 3m 5200 the traditional choice?

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mbeyer

3M 5200 is the right answer. You can buy a cheaper product but you can't buy a better product.

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BWpineisland

I’m looking at a Crestliner fishing pontoon with 23’ floats and 60 hp. It will be used for family fishing, cruising on Vermilion. Any thoughts pontoon guys?  

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Wheres_Walter

Thanks for the tip on 3M 5200.

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Andy Locken

Anyone have current reports on the west end of the lake? Heading up there tomorrow. Gonna lodge at polleys so I'd prefer the west end. 

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Cliff Wagenbach

Andy,

I have heard that Frazer Bay is still going good!

Cliff

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Dr. Bombay

What about Black Bay or Norwegian Bay?  Smallies?   

 

Dr. Bombay

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Andy Locken

Awesome cliff. Thank you

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MNBIGBEAR

This past week I have spent quite a bit of time on both Frazer and Big Bay. I have been finding good action in both areas with both leadcore and lindy/crawler presentations. Depth has varied depending on the time of day I have been out. Anywhere from 18-38' of water. We even picked up some bonus large bluegills on the crawlers in about 25' of water in Frazer Bay. Plenty of eater eyes so we let them go but was some fun action for the kids. Also buzzed up to the west end a couple days ago for awhile and found a few nice walleyes on the deeper weed edges. Found a couple areas where the graph was loaded with small perch/baitfish and a #9 jigging rap did the trick. Good luck out there! 

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vermilionfox
20 hours ago, BWpineisland said:

I’m looking at a Crestliner fishing pontoon with 23’ floats and 60 hp. It will be used for family fishing, cruising on Vermilion. Any thoughts pontoon guys?  

I personally think the tube diameter is a bit small, when you laod it up if your balance is off some waves can be dicey on a boat with smaller tubes. Crestliner makes a good boat though. What kind of motor?

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