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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

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I changed the pace and targeted bass on the west end for 2 hours this morning. Caught 3 smallies (15 - 18”) on an underwater rock point in 7-10’ using tubes. If you’re fishing on the rocks, don’t forget to monitor your line condition for abrasions from rocks/snags. Had flouro and braid wear and break several times. Also caught one on a chatter bait over rocks in 4’. Water temp was 55 degrees. 

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Had some friends come up a little over a week ago and went out with Cliff and they were real happy about all the crappies they caught and the size of them.

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On 10/4/2020 at 9:58 AM, Big Perc said:

Whats water temps up there right now? Coming up Wednesday

53-55 degrees in Big Bay

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My buddies wanted to fish Fectos Point, so on Friday and Saturday we froze our way over there to catch dinks. We caught lots of 10-14" walleye, the biggest perch I've ever seen, and a few deep crappies. We wasted time at a few spots Saturday afternoon before ending up back at the islands between HOL and Wakemup. We boated a handful of 18-22" walleye. All of us jigged, with 3 guys using rainbows and me using crawlers. The minnows were slightly more successful crawlers but not by much.

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Fished hard all day Friday. Great weather but fishing was actually slow. Caught a couple 12-14” eyes then landed a 26” hog. Nice warm breeze most of the day. Hoping for better fishing tomorrow. 

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15 hours ago, JerkinLips said:

Fished a few hours each day Monday thru Wednesday this week.  Catching was a little slow but did end up with a good number of 14-16" walleyes in addition to a few dinks and 2 slot fish including the pictured 25".  The bites I did have were very solid and the fish were fighting like they were 25% bigger than they were.  Seems like the fall bite has begun.  Wednesday evening weather was quite interesting with high winds, sporadic showers, a nice double rainbow and beautiful sunset.  Worth the trip out.  Water temps were 50-53°F.  Going back this weekend with the wife so I don't know if any fishing will be involved.

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Anyone having any luck with jigging raps yet? Coming up next weekend and with highs in the upper 30s I’m not sure how much I’m going to want to handle minnows

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20 hours ago, FishinCT said:

Anyone having any luck with jigging raps yet? Coming up next weekend and with highs in the upper 30s I’m not sure how much I’m going to want to handle minnows

Jigging raps are crushing it right now, especially in the 18-25 depth.

 

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Tough forecast for the weekend but we will be out there. Guessing we will have the lake to ourselves for the most part. Anyone been braving the weather the last few days and have a report?

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I fished the last two weekends. Who knows how it has/will change by tomorrow? Two thoughts:

 

1. Walleyes have generally been deeper than you might expect for time of year

2. Jigs have outperformed bait/lndy rigs this year. In some situations, bait rigs shut down while jigs still caught fish. First time in last six years i'd say that jigs have outperformed live bait rigs.

 

Good luck, FishinCT. Interested in hearing how it goes.

 

 

 

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In our area (Frazer/Smarts) it was challenging to find any size. The numbers were fine, but very many 8-10 inchers in 30-35 feet using Jig/minnow

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40 minutes ago, PSU said:

Closed the cabin yesterday, glad I did. What a good season spending COVID time on our beautiful lake.

 

View from our deck facing ENE at the Sourhern Point in Smarts Bay . I know where the end of the rainbow is locates 

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Ah, reminds me of our daugter... Her birthday is in May...We saw a double rainbow out fishing one evening.in July.   Back in the day.,... 

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3 hours this morning dragging large sucker minnow on bottom - only 1 bass.  46 degree water temp.  Very windy and miserable.

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We fished this past week, Oct. 12-17th.  Probably the most brutal weather we’ve ever endured in a boat.  All-day rain, all-day snow, cold, and relentless strong wind every single day.  Being of strong wills and weak minds, we gutted it out through all of it.  Water temp started at 53 on Monday and had dropped to 42 last night on our final spot.  
 

We targeted smallies in the mid-day hours and walleyes early and late.  Most days we caught 15-20 bass up to 4 1/2lbs on deep rocks using MN compliant umbrella rigs, jig/craw, and swimbaits.

 

As for walleyes, the morning bite was tough, but the evening bite was reliable with as many as 22 caught and as few as 8 (last night), but typically around 15 fish.  Most were in the slot, but we seemed to catch a few ‘overs’ every evening with three 28’s being our biggest.  

 

Looking at the forecast and my social calendar, this may be it for my open water season on lake V.  Last year, we were walking out to ice fish in mid-Nov.  Looks like a possible repeat?

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Fished Saturday through Monday on the east end. As Brian said it was brutal weather. Wind wasn’t so bad but the wet snow Saturday and below freezing temps Sunday and Monday made things difficult. Didn’t do well until Monday when we put together a 30+ fish day. Caught more than a limit worth of 14-17” fish. Kept just a couple for a meal. Lots of them in that 10-13 range which bodes well for next year.  

 

Nothing special on the tactics. Caught most of them in one spot. Fish were scattered all over a big mud flat in between islands at 30-35 feet. Jig and lindy caught about the same number of fish. Jig caught a few more of the keeper size fish. 

 

Fish were coughing up what looked like mayfly larvae. Is that common this time of year? Maybe it was something else?

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I had planned on doing some fishing as I took out the dock last weekend. Not so.  Ice caused some hindrance. 

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I was wondering if the landing is still frozen in..    I was hoping to get out tomorrow and catch a few eyes before the ice sets up.  any info on what depths the eyes will be in would be appreciated.  Finding them I'm 4-10 FOW here in Duluth.

 

 

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Jigs and Lindy w rainbows, both equally effective.

Nice to be out, was surprised at how few boats were out

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