Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Recommended Posts

StateofHockey

Anyone else getting excited about some open water walleye fishing starting this Saturday? I'm expecting Vermilion to be quieter then a "normal" opener and the forecast looks cold but it will be fun to be out in the Lund with my wife chasing willy walleye none the less.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Yayyyy 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 2.5k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Cliff Wagenbach

    205

  • delcecchi

    140

  • james_walleye

    117

  • MarkB

    116

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Pretty slow walleye weekend for us around Moccasin Point area compared to what we usually do. Managed to put together a fish fry and bring a couple home but had to settle for 14" - 15" to get them. Di

We returned home today from a short 3 day fishing trip on Vermilion. The weather was chilly most of the time and windy during our entire trip. All of the fishing took place on the east end of the lake

Finally got out fishing at McKinley Park today. Missed the morning bite but still got plenty of bites up until 3pm when they shut off. Catching was another story. They were biting nice and solid but m

Posted Images

FishinCT

Fishing license sales are up 45% year over year. I wouldn’t bet on it being a slow opener on the lake just yet

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

My guess is that sales are up because it was one of the few outdoor activities that the governor specifically encouraged people to do during the lockdown. Most people are still skittish about traveling very far from home. Some plan to be respectful of communities that don't have the resources to deal with virus issues.

 

With Vermilion being more remote, I fully expect the boat traffic to be quite a bit less than usual. I expect that lakes in the metro will be inundated with fishermen who might otherwise have traveled to rural lakes and resorts. That's just my projection.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
FishinCT

I tend to agree with that but will be interesting to see. If the weather was forecast to be 70 instead of 40 it could be a much different story. 

 

Lakes have been packed so far out here so I’m still not putting it past anyone regardless of weather. 

 

 

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

True. I hadn't even considered the weather. It's opener weather!

 

I'll be out there but with a MUCH smaller group than usually comes up.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Big Stone Lake all spring so far.  People be goin’ fishin’.  Time on their hands and stimulus cash in pocket; would we really expect it to be quiet?

EBA98636-117D-4679-AEBC-9D5AD3128998.thumb.jpeg.c0049243dc90929c6606d6e62f2fcec4.jpeg

 

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
FishinCT
2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Big Stone Lake all spring so far.  People be goin’ fishin’.  Time on their hands and stimulus cash in pocket; would we really expect it to be quiet?

EBA98636-117D-4679-AEBC-9D5AD3128998.thumb.jpeg.c0049243dc90929c6606d6e62f2fcec4.jpeg

 

Exactly what I’ve seen around me. And I haven’t even gone to the busy lakes

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Pat McGraw

StateofHockey, Welcome! What part of the lake are you on? We're on Frazer Bay.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Pat McGraw

I'll 2nd SkunkedAgain's sentiment regarding the safety of the smaller communities. When we visit Cook and Tower establishments we will be wearing masks and maintaining distance. Best of luck all and be safe.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
BigVTim

Hey Everyone! New to the forum and Vermilion area. I'm on the west end in Larson's bay. Thanks for all the good info. I'll be up there this weekend and looking forward to some crisp air. I've been out on the St Croix in Hudson and it has been very busy down here. Water temp already around 60. Walleye bite is great down here on minnows and a simple Lindy with a hook with a bead. Hoping the cold front doesn't turn everything off. Packing a Steak just in case... Tight lines! I'll share any reports as hopefully they start biting on the V.

 

Tim

  • Thumbs Up 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

Welcome newcomers. There is a TON of information on the Vermilion forum from some of the top guides and fishermen. There is more than a decade of great fishing information to read if you've got the time. Feel free to post and join the online community. 
 

Larsons Bay is right by Ludlow's, correct? You're in a great spot with quick access to Wakemup Bay or Wolf Bay. There is a lot of fishing in your future.

Link to post
Share on other sites
BigVTim

Thank you Skunked. Yes sir. Easy access to all parts of the lake. Thanks for the welcome. I've been up to the lake just visiting since 2015 but finally bought land. Hired a guide a few years back in late season and was surprised the productivity of lead core trolling. I've heard it's hard to beat a slow moving Lindy this time of year or trolling shallows, so that's what I'm trying first.

Link to post
Share on other sites
JerkinLips
On 5/6/2020 at 8:43 AM, StateofHockey said:

I'm expecting Vermilion to be quieter then a "normal" opener and the forecast looks cold

 

Lots of boats being towed around in Soudan Wednesday and Thursday.  Driving between Soudan and Cloquet 9-10pm last night I would guess that 1 of 3 vehicles I saw going north were towing boats.  I think Vermilion will be very busy on opening weekend.  I haven't fished Vermilion on opening weekend in over a decade to avoid the crowds and think this year will be worse than normal.  And it will be quite cold up there also (20s for lows plus windy).  Good luck fishing to those that make it out, and practice social separation as best as possible.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
StateofHockey

I'd say about average number of boats. Fished near trout river this morning and boated a few. Nice sunshine if you have some protection from the wind.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
delcecchi
On 5/8/2020 at 8:43 AM, BigVTim said:

Thank you Skunked. Yes sir. Easy access to all parts of the lake. Thanks for the welcome. I've been up to the lake just visiting since 2015 but finally bought land. Hired a guide a few years back in late season and was surprised the productivity of lead core trolling. I've heard it's hard to beat a slow moving Lindy this time of year or trolling shallows, so that's what I'm trying first.

If you read some of the older reports, Cliff the famous was big on jig and minnow in deep water this  time of year as I recall.

Link to post
Share on other sites
CigarGuy

We ended up with only 1 walleye (over) for 5 guys and 27 crappies. Weather was definitely more tolerable today. Yesterday was miserable.

Link to post
Share on other sites
james_walleye

Nice BW! Honestly it was the worst butt kicking I've taken on this lake. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
StateofHockey

Wind and cold made conditions tough but we did alright on numbers, mainly in 30 fow. Size ran small, caught some 6", biggest was only 15".

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
BigVTim

Well the weather was definitely a test this weekend. Still beautiful nonetheless. Ended up slow, but some action. Lots of boats in Black Bay and Norwegian bay all the way back. One nice 23+ fat female in the channel. Sunday brought a few more fish, caught on wind-blown shorelines (south) in about 19 FOW on Lindy and a fathead. Sounds like rainbows are the ticket. No luck jigging but maybe I wasn't deep enough. Also- Saw a Coyote forging Norwegian bay out in the middle. What a sight and quite the swim.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

Four of us got two walleye Saturday, both caught dragging raps. I caught a nice 13" crappie on a rap which was a nice surprise. Lots of pike. We never ventured to deep spots but ran lindy's and slip bobbers in the 10-20ft range. Tough opener but that's why there is a long fishing season.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
chucker1101

4 walleyes on Saturday - (2 17", 2 13")

7 walleyes on Sunday, and one huge Perch - ( 6 12-14", 1 dink)

 

All fish caught using lindy rig with rainbows, somewhere in Big Bay :)  Fish were deeper than i expected, most coming in 27-32' of water. The two 17" bigger Saturday fish were at 20'

 

Coldest opener i can remember, though i've skipped a few due to lateness of ice out date. Sunday especially reminded me of late fall fishing - cold, windy, cloudy

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Did anyone try fishing shallow and have any success. Vermilion seems to have my number and I typically fish deep, so I want to mix it up and try shallow 12ft and under. The girlfriends dad puts on a little tourney this weekend every year, my ego cant take another last place finish ;).

  • Yayyyy 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
RoosterMan

I thought minus the cold on Sunday.  It was a great opener.  We filled out with nice eater fish for the four of us. We even had some giant jumbos.  I have not seen jumbos this big in Vermilion in many many years.  Had two 23”s as well.  Glad to be back on open water.  Caught fish from 6’ to 32’ of water. Jig and minnow.  The smaller minnows worked best we discovered in our boat.  

AA506F58-F959-4431-A1DB-3232CCB834F0.jpeg

  • Thumbs Up 2
  • l Love It 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

Great photo of the little guy. The smile says it all.

 

We mostly fished shallow to mid-depths thinking that the walleye were still holding in the warmer waters. It sounds like they might have headed deeper and that's where people were having the most success. I'm just going by what I've read here. We never dunked a minnow deeper than 17 or 18ft so that might have been our problem. It's supposed to warm up this weekend so those wacky walleye may be up to something totally different! Embrace the chase.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
RoosterMan

Skunked. He definitely was pumped. His skill level from last year to this has been a quantum leap.  Definitely fun.  

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the shallow water bite was definitely off due to the Cold Front of the Decade! I expect the Shallow bite to pick up as we start to stabilize and warm the waters. The water temps up in black bay were easily in the 55 degree temps around Friday and by Sunday evening they were down to 52. It definitely affected the crappies and Walleyes were very tight lipped.

I got setup and started trolling just before 5 AM Saturday and boated my first walleye of the year at 5:02 a feisty little skipper of a walleye all of 10" in length.

I thought as I headed away from the dock that morning that it could really suck but catching that fish so quickly fooled me into thinking it was game on. WRONG! That was my only walleye of the weekend- however with reports from several friends and relatives that were fishing I was very comfortable sleeping in on Sunday and getting some jobs done around the cabin. I fished Saturday and Sunday evening for Walleye and both afternoons for a few crappies. There was a bit of a window on Saturday afternoon where guy's picked up a few fish trolling shallow.

I saw a grand total of 1 walleye netted. My friends who fish hard caught a total of 5 walleyes for weekend. All in all it was a very tough bite and will certainly pick up as we start warming up.

 

Good Luck

 

Steve

 

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
FishinCT

The shallow bite was definitely not off this weekend. They weren’t everywhere shallow but they were there and the size was nice. Saturday we got a dozen-kept 7 between 14-17” threw back 3 13s and got a 21” apiece. Ate some that night then went back out Sunday and finished the limit with 4 16-17” fish and added another 21”. All slip bobbers in 3-6’ of water. Wind blown points. Did some exploring after that out deep. Nonstop action in 30+ with a lindy or jig but size is just not great out there unless you really want to sort. 

  • Thumbs Up 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Fish houses can be on the ice through March 31st.  Walleyes are open through April 14th, pike never close.  A good week of fishing despite a number of temperature changes.  A variety of walleyes, saugers, perch, pike, tullibee and eelpout being caught in 29-33 feet.  Jigging spoons with a glow stick or rattles tipped with a piece of minnow for the jigging line.  On the deadstick, a colored hook with a live fathead has been effective.  Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish.  When suspended fish are spotted, reel up quickly before fish swims through.  When your lure is 2 feet below the fish, reel up to the fish slowly so you don't spook the fish.  The suspended fish have been larger walleyes overall. 
      Big pike being caught on tip-ups with a quick strike rig and either live sucker or large dead baitfish in 5 - 15' of water.     
      On the Rainy River...   Morning / evening bite continues to be the best.  Remember, March 1st - April 14th, catch and release only for walleyes on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River.  The snowmobile trail on the river from Baudette to Wheeler's Point to the NW Angle staked and groomed.  
      Up at the NW Angle...  With the border closure, there are four ways to travel to the NW Angle without crossing the border.  1.  NW Angle Guest Ice Road from south shore up to the Angle.  2.  Snowmobile trails across the lake.  3.  Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (bombardier).  4.  Lake Country Air flying service.
      A good number of walleyes caught this week up at the NW Angle.  Walleyes in 24 - 31' of water.  Jigging with a lure producing noise with rattles is effective.  Tip jigging spoons with minnow head, tail or whole minnow.  Experiment until you figure out what the walleyes want.  Plain hook or a glow jig with a live minnow on deadstick.  Communicate with your favorite NW Angle resort for specifics.  Ice fishing on LOW through March.  Remember, a new MN Fishing License is required March 1st. 
       


    • Sue Baker
      By Sue Baker
      I am new to this site and was intrigued by some of the conversations.  Sounds like a good time gathering in Richmond, wish I could be there but I am in Missouri and wanting to come up for one more ice fishing trip this coming weekend. ( Mar 5-6, 2021) I fished at Cedar Lake in Faribault with my son about a 3 weeks ago and had a blast.  I can sneak away one more time this weekend but would like to know what the ice conditions look like now.  Can any of you offer me any suggestions as to the thickness and conditions?  Looking forward to one more trip to MN this season.  (We just do not have good ice in Missouri, will not even hold up a mosquito!!!!)
       
      Thanks and enjoy your adventures.
    • smurfy
      By smurfy
      any idea when the tullibee might star biting off stony point on leech............i'd sure like to give that a go again.
    • Bryan P
      By Bryan P
      Been awhile since I posted. Hope everyone had a great season ice fishing. I have been chasing pike mainly with the Aqua Vu this year and trying different baits. Pulled out the 5 of Diamonds to end the season. Who remembers this one. Anyone use it ice fishing. Thought I Share.
       
       
    • Luzaich
      By Luzaich
      It’s coming fast! I’m guessing March 26th for birchdale
    • Hookmaster
      By Hookmaster
      A little long winded but I'm excited to share.
      Got out on Tonka 4 times this week. Yes, I'm retired. 😀 Bought the Milwaukee 2803-33 and put it on a 6" lazer hand auger that I've had for 20 years but have never used it since I have a gasser too. Very impressed by that set up. Also gave the LiveScope a good work out.
      Monday afternoon found the sunfish and crappie suspended over a 40-foot hole. Saw fish with the LiveScope with the first set of holes and drilled a few more to get on top of them. Kept 3 of each for fish sandwiches.
      Tuesday afternoon in the same hole but near the ridge that connects shore to an offshore reef. Mostly sunfish there but a few crappie too. All released.
      Yesterday started an hour before sunrise and fished a small 12 foot-hole that I started fishing around 1970. Caught sunfish, crappies, largemouth and lost an ~8# carp at the bottom of the hole. Had it played out and laying sideways at the bottom of my 6" hole. Trying to get it started up the hole and my 4# test line broke with a new 4 mm tungsten glow wonder bread jig in its lip. Looked at the flasher and they was another fish. Grabbed the other rod with a 1/16 oz jointed pinhead minnow on it and fired it down the hole to be immediately consumed by a 12" crappie. All fish released.
      This morning fished the small hole again at the same time. Sunfish and crappies. Largest crappie was 11 7/8. No sunfish over 7". Just drilled 3 holes in the spot with the most fish from yesterday. Two for fishing, one for the LiveScope and set the house up. It's fun seeing fish creeping in from 8 feet away and you can definitely tell the different sizes of fish on the LiveScope.
      Reminisced on some of the times I've fished this hole over the years with friends and family.




    • papadarv
      By papadarv
      Son and I decided one last trip before ice melt on Rush. Lots of slush at access, probably unpassable by next weekend with 40 to 50 deg. temps next week. 25" ice with 4" packed snow on fishing area. No hot spot just area with 30 so wheel/skid shacks. Drilled a few around orange marker found nothing, flasher lit up at blue marker suspended 15 to 28 ft. 36 FOW. Bite non existing put everything down, colors, plastic, variety. Got 3 at 9 to 11 inch. Talked to several anglers, same results. Love the floor I built for the flip no water/slush everything dry. 



    • gimruis
      By gimruis
      If you intend to fish past Sunday, you'll need a new 2021 angling license.
       
      Additionally, the deadline to remove permanent/overnight fish houses is Monday in the southern half of the state.  If found unattended over night beyond the deadline, enforcement officials can confiscate the house itself.
    • 7sixes
      By 7sixes
      Hey all...I am a noob ice fisherman and want to be as safe as possible...
       
      The lakes around my area have about 2 feet of ice and the warm weather the past few days has me nervous driving my Ford Ranger on the ice...

      I am assuming that I should not be concerned yet BUT I just wanted some reassurance before I go this evening.
       
      *There is no major flow in the lake FYI*
       
      Thanks for any help and sorry if this is asked too much!
    • lakesareaoutdoors
      By lakesareaoutdoors
      Coho Salmon are unlike any fish I've ever targeted. There's not a ton of opportunities to catch these fish through the ice, so to be able to do that makes it that much cooler. Went went out on Lake Superior near Duluth, MN. This was on Sunday. Such a cool experience! 
       
       
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • gimruis
      When the resource gets depleted and there aren't anything left but stunted panfish in our lakes, the anglers responsible for this will start barking at the DNR, claiming that they didn't do enough or barking that the muskie or catfish ate all of them.  When in reality, the only people to blame are standing in the mirror.  Just a matter of time...
    • ozzie
      I have kids.  I take them fishing and taught them that the point is to enjoy your surrounding and the time had rather than the meal that could be.  I rarely, maybe once every couple years do I keep a meal of sunnies, and as for crappies I will keep a meal occasionally, but when I do I do not keep anything over 12.5" and try to stay between 10-12.5"  all over and under go back to keep growing.  I certainly am glad they are regulating panfish more but I wish they would have placed a slot on bigger sunfish and crappies...something like 1 over 9" on sunfish and 1 over 13" for crappies.  Just a thought.
    • Hookmaster
      From Vados Bait's website for waxworms:   Check and remove any dead every other day at a minimum. We recommend storing your waxies at about 43-49 degrees. When fishing try to keep them about the same temp and out of the direct sun light.   For Eurolarva/spikes/maggots: Very easy to keep. Refrigerate at about 33-35 degrees. In general this might be a little cooler than most people keep their home refrigerator so you may want to use another refrigerator that you can dial down a little colder. Check the bait every two to three days, pick out and throw away any dead.
    • rschmidty
      Royal Dutchman just went live on FB like 15 minutes ago at what appears to be the Pelland or maybe it was Coot's? They were 9 miles west of IF's. Open water extends west. Not sure how far though. Looks like small boats could be pushed out.  
    • Wanderer
      Don’t let them freeze.  Easier said than done.
    • Wanderer
      Now remember, you said I could give you a hard time! 😉   So much of the pressure these days is recreational, not subsistence.  I’m gonna assume most consider their catch a bonus or treat rather than a need these days.  Most spend more money to catch their own than it would cost to buy it.  Again, most...   Done keeping at 5 doesn’t mean they have to be done catching. 🙂
    • eyeguy 54
      The group released about 150 so far 😁🐟🐟
    • ozzie
      well i finally pulled the trigger and found a strikemaster lite flight 8" and will paired it with a milwaukee fuel m18 2804.  the set up came with 2 5amp batteries so hope that gets me what i need!  going to get out tomorrow and rip this around the lake and hopefully make swiss cheese of it!
    • Fishing DA Range and nort
      so much for feeding the family, you all seem to be in the boat of just keep a few.   Well i got 6 kids who gotta eat to.   So if I'm by myself, you can bet its in the pail if I can legally keep.   Give me a hard time if you want i dont care i follow the laws/rules/slots.   After talking to a DNR fishery personnel, a 28" walleye most likely not even spawning anymore, but the 22-26 inch ones are supporting the fishery, so releasing the giants only helps 1 fish.   Much less if i have kids with, try telling a 5 or 7 year old you have to throw that back, specially sunnies.   5 sunfish is ridiculous, let the kids go on the dock of some lakes and then tell them 10 minutes later, you are done because you got 5, time to play xbox.   No wonder less people are fishing, i used to go mil lacs once a year, but cant even justify the cost of fuel if you cant keep a fish.   But keep increasing the license cost, more regulations its confusing and makes me wonder if its worth it.     
    • rundrave
      I buy the big butter dish sized containers every year full of waxies. The one I have now I bought in December and I am  still using the same waxies out of that same purchase. The only thing I can think of is the little small plastic containers are too air tight and they die?   The butter dish I have has several holes poked in the lid so maybe they can breath better in that dish and end up lasting longer? I get a few that went bad on me but for the most part the entire container is still usable. Its a much  better deal to buy in bulk and use them the entire year than buy the little containers each trip.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.