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Wheres_Walter

I was near the point adjacent to the long sand beach.   I think we got a little lucky.   We were moving around and hooked up once.  Dropped in a waypoint and every fish we caught was within a 20 foot radius of that waypoint.  

 

I go as small as possible with jigs, 90% of the time I use 1/8 Oz.  I like the standard Northland jigs, no bells or whistles.  Chartruese, chartruese/orange, and pink.  Keep it simple.   Fish were often hitting on the drop.   

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chucker1101

We fished Sat-Tuesday, off and on, depending on rain and some cabin projects. Probably put about 6-8 hours on the lake. Walleye fishing was tough early, seemed to get better by Tuesday. About 15 walleyes, kept 7. Biggest was 17", most in the 14-16" range. We fished both crawlers and minnows using Lindy rigs. Crawlers out-fished minnows. While we weren't getting a lot of walleyes, it seems for a while we got every other species in the lake: smallies, perch, rock bass, and sunnies.

 

We finally hit the bluegill schools everyone has been talking about - first bluegills ever on the V for me. Found a big school and landed about 10 in 10 minutes. Including 3 over 8" and one green sunfish (see pic) at 9.75" and 1 lb 1oz! Looked it up later, that is pretty close to state record ( 10.25" and 1 1lb 4 oz). Maybe there's a record there somewhere :)

 

 

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Pat McGraw

Chucker 1101,

 

Any bay, depth, structure, time of day, etc. for the bluegill?

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james_walleye

That's a bluegill not a green sunfish. 

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chucker1101

Okay, then its not close to a record :) My sunfish species identification skills are a little sketchy.

 

Pat, it was on a mid-bay hump, about 8' at top, in the middle of a sunny day. fish hugging sides of the hump. We threw worms, tube jigs, spinners. They hit everything. Biggest fish were caught with lindy/worm at the very bottom. Smaller fish with bobbers and jigs higher up.

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james_walleye

Haha I wasn't trying to be rude.... hoped you wouldn't take it that way. I'd love to run across those myself. 

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redlabguy

Frazer Bay has a great future class of fish coming up. Lots of 12” walleyes lately! I’m using chubs and pike suckers these days and those little guys even go after a pike sucker half their size. Once in a while you get a keeper but they’re rare.

RLG

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DLD24

Any word on the bite in Big Bay? Debating on coming up for the day.

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redlabguy

It seemed like we hit the fall bite today. Fish were hungry and hitting the minnows hard. I fish Frazer but similar to Big Bay. Near structure, 17-24 fow. I use chubs on a lindy rig.

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Cliff Wagenbach

We caught lots of walleyes today (40) but no quality fish. Only kept 7 that were 13.5" to 16".

Crawlers and minnows on lindys. 16' to 21' depth.

Cliff

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Stephen L Johnston Jr.
On 9/15/2018 at 3:44 PM, redlabguy said:

Frazer Bay has a great future class of fish coming up. Lots of 12” walleyes lately! I’m using chubs and pike suckers these days and those little guys even go after a pike sucker half their size. Once in a while you get a keeper but they’re rare.

RLG

 

We have caught a ton of 12” Waldo’s in big bay and east. Good to hear it reaches to Frazier.

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DLD24

Tough day of fishing for this guy today, ended up with about dozen eyes kept a limit of 13.75"-18"ers... I must have drove around for 2 hours before I even wet a line...Pretty sure I zippered every rock reef in big bay and to the east... I finally found some fish in a 30+ foot hole next to a sand hump... I found my best spot a couple hours before I planned on taking off (of course it was .5 mile from the access) 21-24ft sand/rock transition right by an island. I was surprised with how many people were out for a weekday in the fall.

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partyonpine

You guys catching them on pike suckers or chubs?  Hopefully the wind dies down this afternoon.  Coming up with a big group to help me do the docks and 2 of the hoists.  I have the requisite adult beverages need to get them some fish for the frying pan.

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Cliff Wagenbach

Both types of minnows are working. Crawlers are still getting most of our fish in some locations.

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partyonpine

Any smallmouth reports?

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Carp30

Cliff, my family and I will be making a weekend trip next weekend to try for some walleye's for the first time at lake vermilion. Any tips as to what technique to use? I hope we are coming up at a decent time. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much we shall will report back.

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Cliff Wagenbach

Carp30,

Vermilion is starting into the fall transition period now that the water is cooling down. The bite can be either great or tough during this period.

Yesterday we caught walleyes as deep as 44' and as shallow as 10'! Location and time of day is the key!

We caught walleyes deep using short snell Lindy rigs,( 2 ft.), with minnows, The shallow walleyes hit best on the same rigs using 1/2 crawler.

Sand and rock mix or transitions are the key areas right now.

Necked down areas that have deep water and adjacent sand flats are almost always good now.

Cliff

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sheephead2

We have been up since Saturday and all we got are small walleyes. 

Very windy today. 

Hope wind goes down

 

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mbeyer

Just got back from five days on the lake. We were fishing for walleye in the end fun with limits already taken. We are on an island and the dock bite was very good. Slip bobbers with either rainbows or chubs. Also, walking the island and casting tubes was also productive for larger walleye. Off the point of the island, under dock, near rocks. I guess that means we caught most of our fish shallow. Wind was our friend, to a point. Didn't like some of the gusts but wind blown shore and points were key. Follow the wind.

 

Smallmouth were not shallow. We did work some shoreline but did not find those fish up shallow. We did run into some smallmouth on the points, etc deeper while fishing for walleye.

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Carp30

Any recent reports? We have been catching a few but the walleye's are making us work. Are you all Lindy rigging or vertical? FOW? we are getting most of ours jigging. Thanks

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Cliff Wagenbach

We caught a lot of walleyes yesterday rigging with minnows in 22' to 32' depths.

Nothing big but limits of walleyes in the 13" to 16" range.

Fished a deeper hole close to a rocky shoreline.

Started at 9:00am and quit at 1:00pm.

Boated 37 walleyes.

Cliff

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delcecchi
On 9/28/2018 at 2:13 AM, Carp30 said:

Any recent reports? We have been catching a few but the walleye's are making us work. Are you all Lindy rigging or vertical? FOW? we are getting most of ours jigging. Thanks

Mark posted a good detailed report in another thread of this forum, if you missed it.

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outdoor1

Is anyone still catching any fish on lead core on the east end?  I had been doing well with #5 raps in 15 to 25 ft on gravel, sand, mud transitions for over a month and one day last week the bite quit.  It did not slow down, it just quit completely.  Have caught some fish lately rigging but was curious if anyone was still trolling or had a similar experience.  Fall colors are awesome right now and the lake is beautiful!!!!!!!!

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Cliff Wagenbach

Lead core is still working in 26' to 30' depths over mud from the reports that I have had this week.

Cliff

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JerkinLips

Fished a few hours morning and evening Friday-Sunday with decent success.  Caught quite a few small walleyes, plenty of 14-19", and Saturday morning I caught these 24" walleyes which is all I caught that morning.  All caught on pike suckers on a plain hook in 15 FOW.  Tried night crawlers after I caught my limit on suckers and couldn't get a bite.

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