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

BigVwalters

I would watch the reports as it gets closer to 6/13.  I'm heading up this weekend and fishing the west end.  I'll post back after the weekend.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 2.5k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Cliff Wagenbach

    205

  • delcecchi

    143

  • 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

I just returned home from a sweltering 4 day trip on Vermilion. In all of the years that I have fished Lake Vermilion, I don't ever remember it being so hot for so long. We had no top on our boat and

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

Posted Images

norwaybay

Fished the past weekend Norwegian bay.  Friday was great with minnows on a Lindy with three nice 18 inch walleyes in 45 minutes around 9pm.  Tried same spot Saturday with no marks on sonar.  Water temperature 63 degrees and fished in 13-16 feet.  Friday night sonar was full of marks.  Speed drifting ( 0.5 mph) and a red bead were the ticket Friday but not a bite Saturday.  Only difference was a nice breeze blowing in Friday. 

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

Speaking of nice breeze, I wish the howling wind would let up.

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
CigarGuy

Me too. Just got up here and want to go out fishing!

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

Well I think the fishing would have been great all weekend but the wind would not let up.  Went out early on Saturday morning and tried a spot in wakemup narrows.  Did get one decent eater and no others.  So then moved to a different spot in shallower water (11'-18')on a nice break and caught 4 more keepers and a couple smaller ones.  Tried Saturday night and Sunday morning with pretty much nothing to speak of so we casted for northerns and bass and caught a couple.  That east wind was not helping our cause.  Pretty windy most of the weekend.

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

A nice musky can easily make up for a slow day searching for walters. Nice catch and pic

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/1/2020 at 6:38 PM, Rivergroup said:

I'm in a group of 5 that heads to Vermilion once a year.  We'll be on the West end starting 6/13.  We're open to traveling but will be looking for walleye primarily.  I'll keep an eye on the message board, but any input for success would be appreciated.  In the past, we've had luck with crawlers and leeches, but not much with minnows.  We've had the most luck with lindy rigs and slip bobbers.  We'd like to get ahold of some crappies too if anyone has any pointers.  We're used to Mississippi River fishing so we're kind of at a disadvantage when it comes to Vermilion.  Thank you in advance!

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anybody have any advice to find Sunnies on the lake??

Heading up to Vermilion for the weekend and usually chase Walleye, but my son wants to get some fishing action.

We usually chase panfish together for the excitement and numbers (always fun to watch the bobber go down )-

Is there anywhere that a guy can look to find sunnies on Vermilion?? I've never heard of it so I'm worried that may not be an option..

 

We are on the south side of Big Bay near Pike Bay / Everett Bay road, but can boat to where we would need to!

 

Thanks!!

-Cobber

Link to post
Share on other sites
CigarGuy
3 hours ago, Cobber said:

Does anybody have any advice to find Sunnies on the lake??

Heading up to Vermilion for the weekend and usually chase Walleye, but my son wants to get some fishing action.

We usually chase panfish together for the excitement and numbers (always fun to watch the bobber go down )-

Is there anywhere that a guy can look to find sunnies on Vermilion?? I've never heard of it so I'm worried that may not be an option..

 

We are on the south side of Big Bay near Pike Bay / Everett Bay road, but can boat to where we would need to!

 

Thanks!!

-Cobber

Lots of spots on the west end, just find weeds. Wakemup Bay and Partridge River. Can't help you on the east end. Probably, just find some weeds.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Any bay should with weeds. Was there two years ago and found them in 7-12 ft water with weeds. Bonus bass and northern as well. Good eating size and bigger. Get a Fishing Hot Spots map and it will show you some areas to try. We stayed near Frazier Bay and went towards St Mary’s Island. Lots of bay areas there. Good luck. I envy you. Hope to get there this year or next. Definitely a fun lake. 

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Rivergroup

We’re here on vermilion now. Caught some beautiful small mouths. Any current walleye report for the west end?

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
delcecchi
2 hours ago, Rivergroup said:

We’re here on vermilion now. Caught some beautiful small mouths. Any current walleye report for the west end?

Up 3 posts, if you consider thursday current....

  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, delcecchi said:

Up 3 posts, if you consider thursday current....

Last Thursday was much cooler than this up coming week. We are heading out tonight to give west side a try for some walleye just how CLOTAGAMES said he did. Does anyone know how the walleye will respond to the heat increase this week? The fish here act differently than what we are used to so we would love some insight. Thanks in advance! 

Link to post
Share on other sites
james_walleye

My guess is the heat increase right now will bring on some big hatches and keying in on that will be your answer. 

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

Bite is OK right now if you can stand the wind Saw first minnows at my dock so reefs should get better soon Crawlers by far best bait for me, but leeches work also.Cant say if minnows are good .Quit messing with them. Agree with James,should see bugs soon. Not many yet

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
chucker1101

Made a decision to fish minnows this weekend, and didn't do well - two or three small walleyes and a couple of nice perch. Reports i'm hearing are saying crawlers are working best. Wind was a PITA all weekend.

 

Saw my first mayfly hatch on Saturday night, off our dock on South Pine Island.

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

Any advice on getting the right rod, reel and line for trolling later this summer?  I haven't done it before and plan to take a shot at it.  I have no gear right now so if anyone can offer suggestions I would appreciate it.  I'm planning for trolling shad raps and other baits like it.  What rod action would you recommend?  Do you use a reel with a line counter?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hockeyboys,

I take it you are talking trolling leadcore. I do not do that but I know that linecounter reels are a big part of the game. It's all about repeatability and the ability to get down 25 ft.

 

Good Luck I will be waiting to see what is recommended.

 

Steve

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
muskie-mike

I use a 7 to 9 ft Shimano rod,Okuma line counter reel,Suffix 832 12 lb test leadcore with a 30 ft mono leader...

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
BirchPtMike

My setup is similar to Muskie Mike use 17 lb Advanced Suffix Lead with a 15' Flurocarbon leader Rod and reel pretty much the same

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Raven77

I use Shimano Talora 8' trolling rods and Shimano Tecota line counter reels spooled with 18# Suffix Advanced lead core.  You will need a 15' leader as well.  Most people use flourocarbon but I prefer braid.  You can skimp a bit on the rods but buy high quality line counter reels.  Also, it makes it easier if everyone in your boat is using similar reel and line setups .  Do an internet search and you will find all kinds of good info.  Can be a very productive way to fish, especially late summer when fish are scattered on the flats.  Good luck!

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
arctic_scrap1

I'm heading to Vermilion some time the middle of next week to try for my first muskie. My plan is to stay at Wakemup campground for 2 nights and fish the west side. I'm gonna try to stick to structure/weeds in under 10ft of water and tossing some small to midsize baits. Does that sound like a decent plan? Do I have a chance for smallmouth in the same area muskie are hanging out?

Edited by arctic_scrap1
Link to post
Share on other sites
CLOTAGAMES
45 minutes ago, arctic_scrap1 said:

I'm heading to Vermilion some time the middle of next week to try for my first muskie. My plan is to stay at Wakemup campground for 2 nights and fish the west side. I'm gonna try to stick to structure/weeds in under 10ft of water and tossing some small to midsize baits. Does that sound like a decent plan? Do I have a chance for smallmouth in the same area muskie are hanging out?

Sounds like a good plan. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
delcecchi
12 hours ago, arctic_scrap1 said:

I'm heading to Vermilion some time the middle of next week to try for my first muskie. My plan is to stay at Wakemup campground for 2 nights and fish the west side. I'm gonna try to stick to structure/weeds in under 10ft of water and tossing some small to midsize baits. Does that sound like a decent plan? Do I have a chance for smallmouth in the same area muskie are hanging out?

I get smallies in more rocky areas which can have muskies too.  Weedy areas seem to sometimes have Muskys but I don't get smallies in weeds.  Largemouth sometimes though.     

I also see guys fishing Musky out over deep water especially in head-o-lakes along west side of schmidt island.  Not sure about what time of year or lures involved.   Both casting and trolling.     Nothing like coming in near dark and almost running over some guys side planer. Those things can be sort of hard to see at low light.   

  • 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...  On the lake, the focus is on the May 15, 2021 Fishing Opener for walleyes.  There is much optimism as fishing in the Rainy River this spring was excellent and reports of good fishing from the spring season on the lake was also good.
      The limit for walleyes and saugers during the open season is a combined limit of six fish, up to four of the six can be walleyes.  There is a slot limit in which all walleyes 19.5 - 28.0 inches must be released.  One can be kept over 28 inches.  
      Pike anglers are still catching fish in back bays. The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River.    
      On the Rainy River...   Sturgeon anglers are enjoying catch and release through 5/15/21.  Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21.  Harvest season opens up again on 7/1/21 - 9/30/21.
      Good numbers of sturgeon have been running in the Rapid River near Clementson just east of Baudette this past week.  These fish are incredible to see up close, but are also very much protected and respected.
      Anglers looking to this weekend and the opener.  Typically, there is some good walleye fishing in the river early in the season, such as this weekend.
      Up at the NW Angle...  A few anglers fishing pike in back bays but most looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener.  The go to walleye spots come the opener will be shoreline and island structure and underwater points.  The technique, a jig and a minnow!
      With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


    • MNwild21
      By MNwild21
      I will be in the area camping in a couple of weeks. Wondering if these two lakes are any good for shore fishing for kids. Been trying to do research but there hasn't been much update on the lakes! Would love to catch a few trout for the kids to enjoy. Any tip/advice would be great thanks!!
    • Mata Eveleth
      By Mata Eveleth
      Illegal entry into CANADA. If you fish the boundary waters Minnesota and Canada. and you usually cross imaginary boundary between Canada and Minnesota DO NOT DO THAT THIS YEAR. I am goin go trip to Crane Lake 22nd-29th of May 2021. Looked into buying non resident 8 day to cross boundary to fish in Canada have been doing it for years. Well if you cross that boundary today your truck, boat, trailer will be confiscated and you and anyone else in boat with will be detained. Also there are HUGE fines with this criminal entry illegal entry into Canada. If you have your doubts you can call  U.S. Border Patrol International Falls Minnesota at 218-285-3423 or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Falls Minnesota at 218-283-2541 and last Canada Border Services Agency...at 800-461-9999. There is no mention of this in Minnesota's DNR Fishing Regs for 2021. I am afraid there might be a lot of people unaware of this.. I was not until I did a little digging and made some phone calls.. ok be safe out there.. 
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Pike anglers catching fish in back bays. Deadbait on a quick strike rig under a bobber, spoons, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the go to presentations.  The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River.    
      The pike limit is 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40" allowed.  Most practice catch and release with a nice photo on big fish, and there are a lot of big pike being caught.
      On the Rainy River...   Sturgeon anglers looking to keep a sturgeon have through May 7th.  After that catch and release kicks in again.  Catch and release 5/8/21 - 5/15/21.  Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21.  Harvest season, 7/1/21 - 9/30/21.
      A 3-5 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18" snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the most common setup.  
      Good numbers of fish, all size ranges, being caught.  Sturgeon have been active.
      Up at the NW Angle...  A few anglers fishing pike in back bays but most looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener.  The go to walleye spots come the opener will be shoreline and island structure and underwater points.  The technique, a jig and a minnow!
      With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  

    • CJH
      By CJH
      Anybody been out or heard any water temps on the Le Homme Dieu Chain?  The weather has been so up and down, kind of curious where they are at.  
       
      Thanks much!!
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Most attention right now is with sturgeon and pike with anglers looking forward to the May 15th walleye opener.  The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River.  Backwater areas and back bays are all over LOW and the Rainy River and are where pike are being caught.  Deadbait on a quick strike rig under a bobber, spoons, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are all working.  
      The pike limit is 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40" allowed.  Most practice catch and release with a nice photo on big fish, and there are a lot of big pike being caught.
      On the Rainy River...   Sturgeon fishing is in full swing and fishing is good.  Now through May 7th is the sturgeon harvest season (45-50", or over 75")  Catch and release 5/8/21 - 5/15/21.  Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21.  Harvest season, 7/1/21 - 9/30/21.
      A 3-5 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18" snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the ticket.  Local bait shops / resorts have rigs and bait available.
      Find a deeper spot or hole in a stretch of the river, anchor up and still fish the bottom.  Your bait sends a scent trail the sturgeon will find!  Some huge sturgeon being caught in excess of 70 inches.  
      Up at the NW Angle...  The NW Angle is ice free and everyone is looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener.  There are many ways to access Angle resorts.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  A complete list of lodging and fishing packages available in Baudette, on the Rainy River, around Lake of the Woods and up at the NW Angle at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging

    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Lake of the Woods is ice free!  Walleye anglers are looking ahead to the MN Fishing Opener on May 15th.  Based on the big fish in the Rainy River this spring, there is a lot of excitement!
      The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River.  Backwater areas and back bays are where pike spawning activity is taking place.  The pike limit is 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40" allowed.  Most practice catch and release with a nice photo on big fish, and there are a lot of big pike being caught.
      On the Rainy River...   The spring walleye season closed with good success.  Despite varying clarity and some spring rains pushing debris into the water, hearty walleye anglers still pulled some very good fish last week.  Now looking toward the walleye opener.  
      Sturgeon fishing this past week was excellent.  Sturgeon of all sizes being caught which bodes well for the health of the fishery which is very strong.  Sturgeon catch and release season through 4/23/21.  Keep season 4/24/21 - 5/7/21, (45-50", or over 75")  Catch and release 5/8/21 - 5/15/21.  Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21.  Harvest season, 7/1/21 - 9/30/21.
      A 4-6 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18" snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the ticket.  Local bait shops / resorts have rigs and bait available.
      Find a deeper spot or hole in a stretch of the river, anchor up and still fish the bottom.  Your bait sends a scent trail the sturgeon will find!
      Up at the NW Angle...  The NW Angle is ice free and everyone is looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener.  There are many ways to access Angle resorts.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


    • BigTrucka
      By BigTrucka
      Hey all, just moved back to MN where I grew up after living in the PNW for a long while. I became addicted to fishing rivers and streams out there and have started to check out the offerings in the NW section of the state as of yesterday’s opener. Wondering if anyone has experience in this area and can give me some pointers or just tell me if I’m wasting my time since that’s what I’m wondering right now since I didn’t find any signs of fish. I’m using a spinning rod with Mepp’s and Panther Martin style spinners and went through a bunch of color combos. I started yesterday morning at the Clearwater River in western Beltrami County essentially on the border with Clearwater County where the state has some land and a pretty lengthy easement. Probably a well known area. Beautiful area to walk through. Found multiple holes, but yeah no fish at all. I waded for a bit and decided to leave. I went south since I live closer to Moorhead and stopped at Felton Creek. I’ve read a DNR study about this creek having a decreasing population of fish, but it’s still considered a trout stream although not “designated”. I understand the channelization of creeks in this region ruined fish habitat over the last 100 years, but still find some DNR material as of the last 5 years that reference Felton Creek as a spot for trout. Walked the stream for a bit before I left and headed to Lawndale Creek south of Barnesville. I waded through the AMA on the Atherton WMA expecting to find some brook trout since the DNR has stocked it as of at least 2017. Nothing through the entire stretch besides frogs and minnows. Are there actually fish in these places? The Clearwater and Lawndale are designated trout streams. The Clearwater is stocked annually and Lawndale is supposed to have wild brook trout. Anyone have any experience in these spots? Should’ve just drove down MN200 & 71 to the obvious spots in Becker/Hubbard?
    • SkunkedAgain
      By SkunkedAgain
      Someone had to kick things off.
       
      I caught some shrimp at the grocery store over the weekend. I'm hoping to see some spawning walleye this weekend. Who knows where they will be in a month when we are all allowed to actually fish for them!
    • Coleman
      By Coleman
      Has anyone been on the water of areas lakes?  Kinda curious what the water temps are hovering around?  
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • gimruis
      Absolutely.  Although they are technically considered a "rough fish" by the DNR, they play a critical role as a food source for many game fish.  In lakes and rivers that lack tulibees, they are often the top forage for muskies too.  Additionally, they are native to our state whereas the carp species which look similar, are not.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Thanks, I definitely will check those guys out.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I remember counting just shy of 50 boats in Black Bay around Memorial Day last weekend. It's more than I've ever seen even at Fishing Opener when the spawn is timed perfectly.   What I love about Black Bay is that once the walleye and crappie runs finish up in the spring, the fishing pressure calms way down.
    • DonkeyHodey
      Brag Alert***:  Got a PB white sucker.  With tail pinched it was just at 26 inches.   1.)  This Fish is almost certainly a post spawn female (she was pretty flattened out in the egg section).  probably 20-30 years old (maybe more). 2.)  A big fish drops ~10,000 eggs per spawn (give or take 5000).  With that said, this lovely lady has probably (through her babies) directly provided >200,000 fish meals for the predatory fish (and birds) in the river. 3.)  Many of her offspring will have grown up to spawn and continue the process;  If a mere 5 of her babies grew to spawn for 20 years then Statistically >1 million baby suckers will have come from her to feed the game fish in the Mississippi river!  However, playing the statistics/numbers game:  if ~0.1% of her babies grow to spawn and their babies (with a similar 0.1% chance) grow to spawn, you are looking at 100 million baby suckers descended from this one fish!   Next time you catch a nice plump Smallie or Wally in the river, realize that they grow and thrive because of "grocery getters" like this.    Preachy Alert***--Too many "fisherman" think these are trash fish and fail to recognize their critical role in a healthy fishery...  NEVER throw these on the shore! (notwithstanding the fact that it's also illegal...)
    • Muskyhunter73
      Cliff was guiding last year. Did he retire this year?
    • Pat McGraw
      Getting so excited for 2021 walleye season!  
    • CigarGuy
      Ya, not much you can do about it. Still enough lake to get away from most of the crowds. My son and buddies will be all weekend, we'll be following each other around. They're were about 12 boats in Black Bay last night and didn't have to play bumper boats.
    • leech~~
      Might be able to do some shore fishing by the boat launch on near by Trout Lake as well.  Good Luck!  
    • gimruis
      With Canada closed and the covid crowd still out there in force, even a far northern MN lake is going to see added pressure now.
    • jkrash
      Go talk to Bill at the parts store in Cook, he has a shop behind Northwoods auto.
×
×
  • 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.