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5 hours ago, FishinFreak17 said:

My son and I are heading  up to Vermilion Thursday morning and plan on sleeping out in the insulated tent.  First time up this winter, should I bring the snowmobile or the Side by side? I did see a plowed road, but did not see how far out it went, could just trailer all the gear out in the Highlander.  Snow load issues? Night bite?.  Going out of McKinley, any advice welcomed. Thanks

I went out of McKinley today, road is just fine for regular traffic, if you have a truck you can make your own way for the most part.

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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

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

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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Every hole we checked this weekend on vermilion we had about 14" of great ice.  East side

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Tlund

Is anything else experiencing a terrible bite the last week or week and a half? Have tried moving the ice castle several times. Tried rock. Tried sand. Tired mud. Different depths. My buddy did decent last weekend 60 yards away from me in his castle on deeper rock. Moved to his spot after he headed back home. Fished it two days and nothing. Over last weekend we did notice a lot of bugs down there when we dropped the camera down. Thinking there is some kind of hatch that is taking place. Couple of our houses in our group did get some slots and nicer fish but they were at night. Seems like this slow fishing is taking place all over the lake. Know quite a few people out there being a local and the report is the same for all. 

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Bbobber

I have been catching quite a few northerns this week. They were In 9 feet of water, on sucker minnows and big rainbows.  Most of them were in the slot the biggest one was 46 inches. I also caught a 21” walleye last night

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2 hours ago, Bbobber said:

I have been catching quite a few northerns this week. They were In 9 feet of water, on sucker minnows and big rainbows.  Most of them were in the slot the biggest one was 46 inches. I also caught a 21” walleye last night

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Awesome, glad to see someone is having success. 

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CigarGuy

Nice job Bob! Did you catch the walleye in front of your place or out where we were fishing Monday? After watching you drill holes with your new Strikemaster, I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on one. Just trying to figure out how I can hide the purchase from my wife😀

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Bbobber

 I had another good day fishing 

We got several northern and crappies, and saved a few for a mealWe got several northern and crappies, and saved a few for a meal. Caught them all right out in front of the cabin. 

9 fow on the edge of weeds

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CigarGuy

Cool, you staying up for the wknd? I think I'll give it a try tomorrow. Start at my place and see what happens. What time did you get the crappies?

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I caught them between 4 and 5

Going home on Saturday. We are you going out early tomorrow morning to your spot

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On 1/5/2021 at 2:50 PM, BrianF said:

Jim Curlee, I’m considering trading-in my Yamaha Venture for a Skandic.  How does it perform in the deep snow and slush?  Anything you’d do differently?  I wanna make this my last snow machine purchase. 

We have a couple of them that are used for search and rescue. They are studded. They work very well in slush and deep snow. We were across Crane and over into little vermillion a couple weeks ago. Several spots had pretty bad slush. The skandics had no problems, the other sleds with us struggled in several spots. We like the skandics a lot better than the venture we had.

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Had 5 terrible days of fishing out of McKinley Park since December 28, including last Thursday, January 7 when I did not have a bite from sunrise to sunset.  Finally bit the bullet and took the portable out several miles to get away from the crowds.  Although fishing wasn't awesome, it was much better.  Ended up catching 6 walleyes, including 17" and 18" eaters.  Possible reasons for the tough bite out of the Park: (1) extremely heavy vehicle traffic, (2) very heavy fishing pressure, (3) bug hatch possible, (4) bad weather patter - but 2 weeks? (5) I am a lousy angler.

 

Although the fishing was not good, it was great to be out on the ice.  Sunrise/sunset on Thursday was awesome and the frost was beautiful on Friday.  Won't be up again for 2 weeks, but will move my permanent away from the crowds if the bite hasn't improved.

 

Had 14" of ice in the new location and I didn't hit any slush traveling across Big Bay.  I did see several spots where people had hit slush, but it had frozen over.  With the low snow cover I would assume most slush has frozen.  Water didn't come onto the ice in either location I fished.  Took the side-by-side out for a run in untouched areas and didn't get stuck.  Good luck, and be careful.

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Thursday to Friday morning- Well, we caught four walleye, only two keepers (15, 16”).  They wanted a dead stick and plain hook, lots of lookers while jigging, just wouldn’t bite.  Started in 29 fow and moved up to a 14’ flat structure for overnight camp. All fish caught in 25-31 fow. No marks in 14’.  The big surprise was waking up to -3 degrees vs the forecasted 14 above for the low. Frosted the insulated hub a little bit.  Nice time, just need to find the active fish!

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Drove by McKinley Park yesterday, looks like a small city out there. 

I've never seen that many ice houses in one area, NO it wasn't awesome.

While we sat there it was a constant parade of vehicles driving out on the ice, and lots of vehicles just "cruising" around.

Good luck catching more than a buzz out there. LOL

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Fishing was terrible again this weekend. It is getting ridiculous out there with people. I have never seen this many people out on the lake before. I have people driving snowmobiles, side by sides, and wheelers right next to my ice castle when they could easily go always away from it.  People setting up 20-30 yards away from my house and other houses we have in our group. These people are on snowmobiles or four wheelers. If you know anything about fishing you would take advantage of being able to go anywhere you wanted on your sleds or wheelers and get away from the crowds. Had one guy on a four wheeler drive 15 feet away from my house right at dark. He was not going slow either. 

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Fished this past weekend. I was able to use the sled to stay away from any crowds. However the fishing remained slow for me as well.  Maybe I'm just a bad ice fisher as one evening I went 0 for on icing my few quality fish bites! Oh well the frost was beautiful and weather was mild- hopefully next time they'll stay on.

 

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I always drive to drive away from shelters/fishermen when I see them. I am firmly in the "do one to others as you have them do unto you" category. However, I have noticed that when someone motors by me in a boat, it often triggers a bite. I am not advocating for it, but sometimes I try to keep it in perspective that sometime those inconsiderate people actually help me out. I still don't like it though!

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It blows my mind how clueless boaters can be on this lake-guess you could say this about most lakes. When I'm out fishing, they'll cut between me and the shoreline when I'm only a hand full of yards from shore. A lot of them are fellow fisherman who should know better. I also have to mention the pleasure boaters who just wave at ya when they buzz you🤔. 40,000 acres...have some courtesy! Before we bought our cabin, I used to fish the St. Louis river a lot and that was worse.

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Spent the weekend up finishing the boathouse on the east side of LV.  I installed ~1,350 sq. ft. of knotty pine t&g while the kids fished on Saturday. Small waldos, burbot, a few nice jumbo perch, and of course tullibee.  Good times!

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1 hour ago, TomWehler said:

good to help others n post fun pics but then please do yerself a huge favor an don’t whine about the outcome you receive late in reality.

Well stated Tom.  I have had people track me down both winter and summer.  I know because they told me they saw me on the fishing forum.  Not like I am a good angler, or that I am on the hottest spot for fishing on the lake.  I just spend a lot of time wetting a line and sometimes have luck.  Best option is to move if ya don't like being followed; I have not yet had somebody follow me from one spot to another.

 

Love your Goldens.  We have a golden/great peyrennes mix who looks like a golden except she has black fur (part black lab also).

 

Stay healthy and enjoy life.

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I like your new additions to the family there Tommy. That last one is clearly asking you why the hounds get to be inside, but she has to stay outside!

 

Due to inflation, I think that you should charge $10 for autographs. Smiles are free.

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