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

Really having some challenges finding fish in the Smarts Bay / Frazer Bay area. Do minnows seem to be the ticket now? What depths are folks finding fish?

 

Thanks in advance as I have two friends coming up today

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 2.3k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Cliff Wagenbach

    205

  • delcecchi

    134

  • MarkB

    116

  • james_walleye

    114

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

StateofHockey

Fished on and off Thursday to Saturday, from Frazer to Big Bay, caught a few in the 15-19" range. best success was in 28-32' FOW drifting with bottom bouncers and spinners.  Bigger suckers out performed smaller rainbows.  If any one knows where to get some larger rainbows, that would be nice to know.

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

Slow on leadcore for me,4 small fish a day...Frazer and Big Bay...

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Rivergroup

My daughter and I will be fishing the west end Saturday afternoon, Sunday, & Monday.  Any tips would be great.  This will be her 3rd time on Vermilion and she's anxious to catch some walleyes!  

Link to post
Share on other sites
BigVTim

Rivergroup, I'm not a doctor, but sounds like if you just pay Raven and hop in his boat, that's the ticket.

  • Yayyyy 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
TrueNorth
On 9/21/2020 at 4:31 PM, Raven77 said:

Lead core was on fire for us on Saturday on both the east and west end in 22-30' of water.  Five of us in two boats boated over 70 fish on Saturday.  A lot of 10-12"ers but enough keepers to fill 5 limits.  Biggest was 25".  We did great Sunday and today as well although not as hot as Saturday.  The only live bait fishing we did was with minnows on Lindy's.  Caught a few but honestly did not spend much time live rigging as the lead core bite was so hot.  Stomachs on most fish we cleaned were empty.  The ones with full stomachs had mostly small crayfish and minnows.

That's a phenomenal day on Vermilion.  Particularly this year since the lake has been pounded so much.  Anyone take a photo of the 25"?  

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Rivergroup
3 hours ago, BigVTim said:

Rivergroup, I'm not a doctor, but sounds like if you just pay Raven and hop in his boat, that's the ticket.

I think you're on to something there!  😆

Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

Anybody out over the weekend? Is the lead core bite still holding on? Heading up for next few days so any tips appreciated.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Out twice last week for a total of about 5 hours on Big Bay and Daisy Bay.  Four people fishing and the bite was pretty good.  Used jigs/minnows and lindy rigs (my wife prefers the lindy 😬).  Jig/minnow was the hot ticket in the holes on reefs and points.  The Lindys found a few smaller fish and lots of nice bass along the gravel/mud transition at the bottom of the reefs and along the shoreline points.  Biggest walleye was 22" and only two under 13".  Most of the fish were perfect for dinner, between 13" and 18".  Saw a number of boats pulling wooden minnows and they seemed to be getting the net out occasionally.

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

Does it get any better?!  Looks like my idea of an awesome fall day! 😎

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

Thanks for the posts all. I've been monitoring this forum for a bit and it had gotten quiet so made me worried the fall bite was off to a slow start.

 

Glad to hear jig and minnow bite is going as that's by far the most fun way to get em!

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Muskyhunter73
1 minute ago, Wishin4Walleyes said:

Thanks for the posts all. I've been monitoring this forum for a bit and it had gotten quiet so made me worried the fall bite was off to a slow start.

 

Glad to hear jig and minnow bite is going as that's by far the most fun way to get em!

I forgot to add all our fish were on a lindy rig with a medium sized rainbow

  • Thumbs Up 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

Well, day 1 was a grind. 2 boats, 3 guys we ended up with 3 eaters and 4 smalls. Threw back 1 23". The keepers were good quality (18, 19).

 

Lead core bite was dead. Jig and minnow got our fish. Today gotta try something different as the spots we fished just weren't holding many fish.

 

Gonna burn some fuel today and try to find em.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish Head
13 hours ago, MarkB said:

eserved the same time slot for next year. I think we hit the fall colors at it's peak and it was spectacular to say the least. 

 

Great to have you post again Mark. It sounds like a fantastic trip back to Vermilion. Take care!

Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

Yup - the fall colors have peaked and will be gone very soon. My maple dropped all of its leaves since Sunday. The birch are still holding on but losing them slowly.

 

I hope to add a fishing report after this weekend. Nice work MarkB

  • Thumbs Up 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I know this question is tough to answer, but any thoughts to how the walleye fishing is setting up to be the next two weeks starting Sunday? We were almost shut out (except for a few 14"ers" from the 21-23 of September and I have a couple of friends coming up on Sunday (Frazer Bay/Smarts Bay). Usually for me this is the absolute prime of the year, but again the 21-23 was tough, perhaps due to the flat water, sunshine, and 70 degrees.

 

We usually fish many of the common areas in Smarts/Frazer using either a Lindy Rig or jig with a minnow. 

 

Any thoughts would be welcomed!

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

Two days of fishing monday and Tuesday were really tough. Day 1 I posted on previously. Day 2 I covered a lot of water checking structure on side imaging for pods of fish. I couldn't find em. Spots I did stop and fish only netted 1 nice crappie, several rock bass, couple small eyes, and a fat smallmouth. I did best trolling lead core in big bay for a couple hrs. Got a couple smalls and a keeper eye doing that. Water temps were 58-60. I never got a pattern figured out.

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

Sorry To hear you guys are having trouble connecting with eyes.  Do you think the guides know better spots or are they just off their feed?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Raven77

No expert here but IMO the cold front that came through this week cooled the bite down.  We were hammering them on lead core from 10/19-29.  Most of the fish had empty bellies.  The last few days have been tough.  Yesterday, in one spot I marked more fish than I've marked all year.  We fished it with crawlers and minnows on jigs and rigs for over an hour and caught 2 dinks.  I'm hoping the bite will turn on in a day or so.

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

Black Bay was slow for crappies tonight, only caught 3 in about 2 hours. A few other boats were out and didn't see any of them landing any fish.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
kaparzo

Fished yesterday afternoon/evening. Caught a dozen 12-13” walleye in a channel in 21’ between big boulders.  Most fish came in a 45 minute flurry. We could only catch them on a jig with a crawler. We used a whole crawler and hooked it 2-3 times so a ~4” tail was hanging out.  We fished a lot of spots this weekend, East and West ends. Tried jigs, jigging raps, lead core and rigs.  We found a few fish with each technique in 15-35’. Of course, the biggest 2 fish our group caught were off the dock near main lake weeds. 22” eye and 32” northern. 
 

There are always several patterns going for Vermillion walleye. Don’t get stuck on one pattern/depth/presentation.

  • Thumbs Up 3
  • 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...  It's fall in Minnesota.  Dress warm and catch walleyes!  That is the theme with good fall fishing this past week.  The colder weather has walleyes snapping.  Most anglers anchored up and jigging with an emerald shiner.  Walleyes are relating to bait in anywhere from 15' - 23' of water.  Structure, areas of the lake adjacent rivers / streams and areas in front of bays holding good numbers of fish.  Pike continue to be active in bays and along shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits continues to catch anglers a mixed bag.
      On the Rainy River...   Some commenting this is one of the best runs of emerald shiners up the river in years.  The river is still low, current slow.  More and more walleyes are coming into the river each day.  Best depths anywhere from 7-24'.  Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners.  Pink, glow and gold combo effective.  The fish are moving often, try different current seams, flats or holes until you find them.   When you find them, action can be fast.  Don't be afraid to pull crankbaits over flats where fish are spread out and you can cover water.  Four Mile Bay holding walleyes in 10-15'.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Nice smallmouth bass being caught by walleye anglers.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      A nice walleye bite this week up at the Angle.  Jig and a minnow on points and areas with current all good places to start in 13'-26'.  Gold, pink, and glow colors great choices.  Some big pike caught by walleye anglers jigging.  Pike and muskies in bays and off of rock points. 


    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      What’s the status of small lakes in the arrowhead? I’m going to Grand Marais this weekend, and the forecast looks pretty miserable 😩 I have a feeling I’m going to be busting through ice to launch my boat. But is it at all possible that some of these little designated trout lakes could be locked up completely? 
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      DNR has a proposal to remove the dam on the Grindstone River, in Hinckley. The reservoir, which serves absolutely no purpose, is about 27 acres, and is nothing but mud and silt. I’m in favor of any and all dam removals! They’re taking comments via e-mail until November 12. If you want to write the DNR, subject e-mail “Grindstone EIS” to [email protected]
    • Hawkem9
      By Hawkem9
      Hey guys, 
       
      Looking for some opinions from those of you who fish the lake consistently.  We take a fall trip every year and have been on the cass chain the last 5 years.  Planning on heading to Vermillion this year.  We have two dates in mind being either the 18-25 of Sept or the 9-16th of October.  Love to be somewhere in the middle but it wont work this year.  We will fish Smallies/wallys the majority of the time and planning to stay on the east side.  Would any of you suggest one of those times over the other?  I am seeing the current weather up that way and its making me a bit nervous about the later dates, but if the fishing is better by mid october will certainly risk some colder weather.  Thanks for any input!
    • evinrudespeed
      By evinrudespeed
      So the weather really tanked!! I was hoping to fish until November before winterizing the boat.
       
      Anyone been out...either reservoirs or up Hwy 53? Any idea of when landings start pulling docks...probably on DNR site huh?
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Great fall fishing this past week.  Walleyes were active with most anglers anchored up and jigging with a minnow.  No surprise walleyes are relating to bait in anywhere from 9' - 27' of water.  Good reports around the lake.  Structure and current areas holding good numbers of fish. Good walleye reports from Four Mile Bay in 10-15'.  Pike continue to be active in bays and along shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits will catch you a mixed bag.
      On the Rainy River...   A strong run of emerald shiners this past week brought more walleyes into the river.  The river is low, current slow.  Anglers reporting groups of fish from Wheeler's Point to Birchdale.  Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners.  Pink, glow and gold combo effective.  Try moving hole to hole until you find fish.  Change the angle of your jigging using different weight jigs.  Pull the jig forward against current, let it fall back and bang bottom.  Trolling crankbaits over flats where fish are spread out also effective.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Good reports of smallmouth bass again this week.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      Walleyes active this week up at the Angle.  Jig and a minnow on points, areas with current, and bay mouths where there is bait all good places to start in 8'-24'.  With the many islands, lots of spots to fish.  Gold, pink, chartreuse and glow colors great choices.  Crappies in mix, 15-30' adjacent to structure.  Pike are active.  Muskie anglers reporting action trolling cranks or casting jerkbaits in cabbage weed bays.  


    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  The traditional fall pattern of a jig bite for walleyes continues on the big lake.  There are various schools of walleyes located across the south shore.  A good place to start is 9-15' or 22-29' adjacent to rivers, creeks and bays.  Anchor up, jig over the side of the boat with a frozen shiner or fathead.  Anglers reporting going through numbers of small walleyes and saugers to catch nicer eaters.  Decent walleye reports also from Four Mile Bay in 10-15'.  Pike are active in bays and along shorelines.
      On the Rainy River...   Anglers catching nice walleyes in the river, not the big numbers yet.  Current on the river and the river itself is low.  Most anglers are jigging with frozen shiners, although trolling crankbaits to find fish still effective for some.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Good reports of smallmouth bass this week.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      Jigging with a minnow on structure with a bit of current in 8-24' effective for walleyes.  Gold, pink, chartreuse and glow colors great choices.  Some crappies in 15-30' adjacent to structure.  Muskie anglers reporting action trolling cranks or casting jerkbaits in cabbage weed bays.  Water temps in the mid 50's. 
    • evinrudespeed
      By evinrudespeed
      Heading out to Leech in the cold temps...hoping to stay at least dry. Any reports or bait suggestions? I’ll keep you posted.
    • Snogan
      By Snogan
      Just wondering if anyone else that fishes the Root (especially below Lanesboro) has ever patterned or had any luck targeting sauger/eyes. This is my first year trying for them after hearing whispers for years and I've been surprised with my results. So far I've caught 5 sauger and 4 eyes out of the Root this year, a 17 inch Sauger and a 22 inch eye being my biggest so far. I know the river is a lot better known for trout but if anybody else has had any luck targeting other species I'd love to share reports or tactics. 
    • papadarv
      By papadarv
      Finally got out fishing this season, long weekend on Ottertail, Vacationland resort. Lots of wind Fri & Sun, Sat fairly calm. Marked lots of fish but slow bite with a few walleye & perch. Crallers, raps, suckers, shad. Day 16 - 19 FOW deep side of weeds and 6 - 9 FOW shallow side of weeds after dark. 61 to 62 deg water temp. Lots of bait balls at 17 - 19 and suspended at 20 - 25 ft in 40 - 150 FOW. Much needed fantastic weekend.
      Pics, multi helix 9 SI - DI - Sonar, cabin lake view, Son, Grandson. Hard to believe the monster perch hit a 3" Sucker.

       

       

       

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      Same latitude as your turf but at the western end of the state yesterday.  Water temps are around 40 on the big water but the small ponds are freezing or capped already.  Birds are on the move big time including light and dark geese and swans.   Some small ponds that were partially open had a few birds on them that appeared to mostly be hooded mergs.   We had a spoony shoot with a few others mixed in. GWT and BWT (loner), gadwall, and buffleheads.  We saw blue bills and golden eyes but no shots fired on them.  3 man limit.  
    • Coleman
      Anyone been on the Chain or Big Birch within the past 3-4 days?  Just curious what the water temps are hovering around.  
    • billrider80
      Wesco Jobmaster, more here https://bootsgeek.com/wesco-boot-review/. This purely American boot Co, with more than 100 years in the business, has a well-earned reputation for quality and durability.
    • BigVTim
      Yikes! Looks like it would be hard to launch and load with the ice on the ramps.  
    • JerkinLips
      McKinley Park parking lot is plowed regularly but is often quite busy.  Fortune Bay would be another option but I assume the parking lot is for guests (or customers).
    • monstermoose78
      Had fun diver hunting but my partners sucked at shooting worse than me. First flock I let them shoot and I dropped one it was a ringer and Finn chased that suck way out in the lake and around. Ended up with one merganser and my hunting partners never touched a duck.
    • SkunkedAgain
      In years past, Jack and other owners of the Landing used to keep the boat launch plowed next door. The last owners of the Landing didn't do it. I've asked several times while frequenting the Landing this summer/fall, and it sounds like they do not plan to keep the lot open either. Are there any other public launches on the lake that are regularly or semi-regularly plowed for people to park sled trailers?
    • monstermoose78
      Good luck I heard a report today lots of lakes are frozen
    • BobT
      Wow, I posted that information almost a decade ago. Those definition points I posted are not my opinion but if I remember correctly, I believe they came from the Hunting Handbook. As I posted.... • Crossbow hunters may not party hunt with firearms hunters. • Crossbow hunters may party hunt with archery hunters if they possess an archery license with a crossbow disability permit.   I'm not aware of any change in the law since then. 
    • JerkinLips
      Made it out for 4 hours yesterday and all I caught was this 25" walleye and a 22" northern.  Didn't have a bite in 2 hours last night and didn't see the people fishing by me pull up a fish.  Water temp was 37.4°F and there was a lot of green globs floating in the water.  Maybe that was from the water turning over (heaviest at 39.16°F).  I will blame that for the poor fishing rather than my lack of fishing skill (which I know I have).   Hoodoo point landing (2nd photo) had a little shore ice and McKinley Park (3rd photo) was totally clear as was Stuntz Bay.  With low temperatures in the teens the next 3 mornings I would expect ice to start forming along some shores.  Pulled my boat out of the water but could easily put it back in if the lake stays ice-free and I get my buck early.
×
×
  • 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.