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Roseypike19
2 hours ago, DLD24 said:

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 ;).

 

What are the tournament rules?  Do slot fish count?  If so, cast jerkbaits (x-raps/husky jerks/lucky craft pointers/etc.) on shallow rocky points, near shore rock humps, and island saddles.   You'll win! 

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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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Each boat is aloud 2 slot fish. That's my plan is try jerkbaits (no confidence) Jigs and plastics and slip bobbers.

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Hockeyboys

We're new to Daisy Bay --- We fished last weekend and only had a little success during the day on Sunday in 30' of water with jigs and minnows.  We got 2 nice 19" fish from shore at night though.  Last night I caught about fifteen 12-14" fish from shore in about a 20 minute period right after sundown.  I haven't figured out how to fish the Daisy Bay area yet so if anyone has advice please let me know.

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EyeWannabee
45 minutes ago, Hockeyboys said:

We're new to Daisy Bay --- We fished last weekend and only had a little success during the day on Sunday in 30' of water with jigs and minnows.  We got 2 nice 19" fish from shore at night though.  Last night I caught about fifteen 12-14" fish from shore in about a 20 minute period right after sundown.  I haven't figured out how to fish the Daisy Bay area yet so if anyone has advice please let me know.

Do a search on Mark B previous posts.  I believe he lived in daisy Bay Area and posted many times throughout the years on that area.  I’m only a vacationer to the lake but learned a lot about techniques and areas to fish from past reports

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SkunkedAgain
3 hours ago, BobT said:

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. Did get  a couple in low 20" range and I managed to pull in this 31" beauty. Biggest walleye of my life.  

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BobT, it looks like you need to change your avatar to this beauty.

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Roseypike19
18 hours ago, DLD24 said:

Each boat is aloud 2 slot fish. That's my plan is try jerkbaits (no confidence) Jigs and plastics and slip bobbers.

 

If you get a chance to practice off the dock with a jerkbait, do it; you'll be able to see how to manipulate the bait with different cadences.  But more or less it's just jerk-jerk- pause/jerk-jerk-pause/etc.  Pause for a second or three and get it moving again.  

 

Keep it simple with baits as well - a perch colored X-rap is all you need - though I will say I love the Lucky Craft Pointers and my buddy out fishes us all (back of the boat) with a perch colored Strike King KVD jerkbait.  So they all work.  

 

The biggest problem with the early season jerkbait program is keeping the smallies off your line 😉.  

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RoosterMan

Hockeyboys welcome to the bay.  Where are you located in the bay? 

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18 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

BobT, it looks like you need to change your avatar to this beauty.

Good idea, thanks.

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Hockeyboys

We're on Daisy Island.  Last night was awesome off the dock.  Had a little shelter from the rain and made many mad dashes to the dock catching fish.  No reason to leave shore when it's like this.

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3 hours ago, Hockeyboys said:

We're on Daisy Island.  Last night was awesome off the dock.  Had a little shelter from the rain and made many mad dashes to the dock catching fish.  No reason to leave shore when it's like this.

Shoot you don’t need anything more than a rowboat to catch fish all year long. That’s an awesome location. MarkB mentioned banana island a lot and that’s the island(s) just to the west of you. 

 

We’ve had some of our best days within shouting distance of your place. Spring summer and fall. 

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SkunkedAgain

Vermilion is such a big lake with a lot of great fishing spots, but most of the time you don't need to venture far from your dock to catch fish. They are everywhere.

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Sculpin

I had friends that did well trolling cranks in relatively shallow water in Pike Bay, lots of small fish, but they put up a good bunch of fish 14/18"  easy fishing, throw them out and drive...lots of consistent depth water back in there around Duffy Island, etc.  Good luck.

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BigVTim

Well, put in some good hours this weekend and had trouble finding fish at first. Nothing was producing except the really deep water bite. Was marking and catching fish in 32-37 feet of water on rainbow chubs. All pretty small fish. Frasier bay seemed to have more active fish vs further west. Water temps were in the 50s now. Tried leadcore in 20 FOW bays too but not a thing. I hope some were able to find some sizable fish!

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BigVwalters

What a great weekend!  Was up Thurs night - Sunday.  Pretty good fishing over all.  Fished around big bay Friday morning and Sunday morning and caught a lot of smaller walleyes but was able to get a three man limit of sizable eaters after throwing quite a few 10-12 inchers back in the lake.  All pretty deep water 20- 30'.  With this weeks temperatures fish should start moving shallower as the water temp begins to rise.   

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Wakemup52

Anyone catching fish shallow as of yet? We are planning to head up this weekend but lots of work to do around the cabin so was hoping to wet a line off the dock! 

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Wakemup52

Excellent! Thanks for the update Pat. Anyone who is fishing shallow finding better luck in minnows or leeches? Hoping to watch a bobber for a while.

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MasterBaiter

Have been fishing pretty hard since last Thursday. Primarily fishing with Rainbow minnows. Have tried Lindy Rigs, jigs, jerk raps, shads, bobber fishing, you name it. Have fished East and west lake too. Have caught one large perch, one large crappie and one small Walleye. Water temp has rose about ten degrees in the last week so hopefully the bite picks up. If anyone has had better luck than our group, please let me know what we are doing wrong. Beautiful lake and beautiful weather at least!

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Roseypike19
6 hours ago, MasterBaiter said:

Have been fishing pretty hard since last Thursday. Primarily fishing with Rainbow minnows. Have tried Lindy Rigs, jigs, jerk raps, shads, bobber fishing, you name it. Have fished East and west lake too. Have caught one large perch, one large crappie and one small Walleye. Water temp has rose about ten degrees in the last week so hopefully the bite picks up. If anyone has had better luck than our group, please let me know what we are doing wrong. Beautiful lake and beautiful weather at least!

 

Sorry to hear you've had bad luck MB. 

 

1.  Maybe just troll around with #5 shad raps until you contact fish.  Pick a nice bay or shoreline where the wind is blowing and go at it. Follow that wind!   2. Low light (dawn and dusk), you should be able to find a lot of fish shallow.  Again, work shallow bays until you find fish.  Or fish slip bobbers/leeches on fishy looking points or shallow rock humps.  If anything, find a couple buoys connected together indicating a shallow reef and toss the bobbers out.  If no bites in 20-30, try the next reef.  3. Have you tried the backside of Pine Island?  It fishes pretty small, it's gorgeous back there, and you should be able to go down any shoreline and catch fish either casting or trolling.  The bays are easy to spot as well and there is some good weed growth in them.  4. Tie on a twistertail or white spinnerbait and just cast anything shallow that looks good.  Chances are you'll run into bass and pike (and walleyes) and boost your confidence a bit.  

 

Something that always stumps me is why anglers won't switch to other species when the walleyes are tough.  Vermilion has great bass, pike, and panfish, and often by switching gears you also learn a little about walleyes along the way. 

 

Good luck to you MB!   

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SkunkedAgain

There are walleye in this lake?? Totally agree about fishing all species. Folks are still heavily chasing the crappies. I know that the walleye are out and smallies are moving towards shore to spawn. I haven't hit a pike since opener, but haven't targeted them specifically yet. They are all out there just waiting for us.

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MasterBaiter

Thanks for the replies guys. I personally don’t love Walleye fishing but was under the impression that is what “is biting”. Going to see if we can find some bass and northern using lures. Haven’t had much luck on the East part of the lake so maybe going to try our luck on the west end. Hopefully reporting back this evening with better luck. Confidence has taken a hit, but I know you have to keep your head in the game and that’s what I’ll do!

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EyeWannabee

Don’t forget to try some jerkbaits this early and work em slow and if the bite is slow.  Soft and hard bait jerkbaits

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CigarGuy

Does anyone one know if Manick's been down the Partridge River putting in lifts/docks?

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CigarGuy,

Manick has dropped most docks in the area. Boat lifts were in in Ritchie Bay last night. So far they have not got the lifts in our bay. I am expecting to see or hear the barge go by sometime today.

 

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Back to the Fishing Reports-

Water temps on the West end last night were 60 degrees. I picked up 1 19" Walleye on a leech and slip bobber right at dark. Had another bite off of a pike or muskie on a shiner- never felt any resistance on the hook set. I just arrived last night and only had an hour or so on the water.

There are signs of life in the shallows now. Schools of perch and other minnows are swimming in near the docks. It should be a good weekend of fishing.

 

Good luck

 

Steve

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SkunkedAgain

It was a refreshing 60 degrees when I jumped into the lake around 7pm!

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SkunkedAgain

Cigar Guy - as of 5pm today your dock and many others are still out of the water. 

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4 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

Cigar Guy - as of 5pm today your dock and many others are still out of the water. 

Thanks.  got up here about 7pm and saw that...bummer. I bought an electric winch, so I can do my dock.  I take back what I was told about them not trying to sell the barge business. On a good note, I fished off the neighbors dock tonight and got a 23-1/4 walleye and a nice crappie. I suppose I better say, we released them both.

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