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I you think about how many walleye are hatched there are bound to be a few abnormalities. I have never seen a bump under the skin but I have seen a missing fin like that. Oh by the way, his name was "Lefty".

Last year I caught a walleye on Mille Lacs that had an extra fin in that location.

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The lump I can't explain, but then again we get lumps too!

 

The fin most likely was bit off, unless that walleye was a machinist who had a workplace accident.

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Any updates on the lake level with the rain last weekend? I know there was less on the arrowhead than in the cities, but hoping even a little bit will help. Looks like a few 1/2 inch soakers this week.

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BigVTim, I saw a post Monday that Head-O-Lakes had received ~1.25" since Friday. It appeared Frazer Bay was up something close to an inch. At least enough to temporarily stop the freefall. 

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One thing to keep in mind is that even with a decent rainfall, the soils are so dry that a lot of what would normally run off into the lake will be soaked up before it gets to the lake right now. An inch of rain is good but it probably won't have the same effect as an inch during a non-drought year.

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I will be coming up Thursday with my brother and nephew and they want to fish for smallies.Where would be some good places to look for them? weeds rocks deep shallow I usually don't  fish for them. Any advice would be appreciated.

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51 minutes ago, Bbobber said:

I will be coming up Thursday with my brother and nephew and they want to fish for smallies.Where would be some good places to look for them? weeds rocks deep shallow I usually don't  fish for them. Any advice would be appreciated.

In front of my dock?

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15 hours ago, Bbobber said:

I will be coming up Thursday with my brother and nephew and they want to fish for smallies.Where would be some good places to look for them? weeds rocks deep shallow I usually don't  fish for them. Any advice would be appreciated.

 

We picked up a fair number of smallies using jigging raps in 27-32 feet of water last weekend. They were deep, right off big drops.

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Find the wind, find the fish. Fished this last weekend and hung out mostly on wind-blown shorelines or pulling spinners in ~20 FOW off shore a few hundred yards. Did good on walleyes. Fished for about an hour for Musky on a rocky wind-blown point and had three follows. One bit and jumped on a figure 8 but lost it. Things seem to be heating up! Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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I don’t chase the muskelunge but that’s my experience with walleyes, too. I’m going a little shallower- 14-16’- but hey, maybe I’ll troll down to 20’.

 Spinners help eliminate the crawdads. I get a lot of small walleyes but usually find some keepers, too.

RLG

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1 hour ago, PSU said:

Live bait recommendations for walleye? Still half crawler or are some using rainbows now?

I only used crawlers last weekend so I can't speak for minnows, but was getting good action still on crawlers. Water is cooling fast, so it doesn't hurt to start trying minnows. I believe leaches are done for the year at most bait shops.

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Hi all,

I'm coming up to the west end of the lake this weekend for a last minute trip and was wondering specifically how the fishing in Head of the Lakes bay and Wakeup Bay has been.  We are going to target walleyes and may try for muskies one night.  Tried to hire a guide but being last minute, no availability.  Been reading up on all the posts over the years and my general plan is to fish the wind blown shore with Lindys with crawlers and scatter raps in 14-20 feet of water. I do have side imaging to try and find structure/drops/transitions areas.  I'm gonna try the east side of Taylor's island, Center island, the southern humps, and around merry-go-round reef. Only the third time on Vermillion (all on the west side and still trying to figure out the lake).  I'm not asking for anyone's honey hole but any general guidelines would be much appreciated. 

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14 minutes ago, Badgervet said:

Hi all,

I'm coming up to the west end of the lake this weekend for a last minute trip and was wondering specifically how the fishing in Head of the Lakes bay and Wakeup Bay has been.  We are going to target walleyes and may try for muskies one night.  Tried to hire a guide but being last minute, no availability.  Been reading up on all the posts over the years and my general plan is to fish the wind blown shore with Lindys with crawlers and scatter raps in 14-20 feet of water. I do have side imaging to try and find structure/drops/transitions areas.  I'm gonna try the east side of Taylor's island, Center island, the southern humps, and around merry-go-round reef. Only the third time on Vermillion (all on the west side and still trying to figure out the lake).  I'm not asking for anyone's honey hole but any general guidelines would be much appreciated. 

 I was on Vermillion for the first time a couple weeks ago and the rental place told us Potato Island was where some walleyes and bass were getting caught. We didn't try it out because it was super windy and 1-2' waves kept us in the protected bays on the south end of the lake but if the conditions are decent that may be a good area to try.

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3 hours ago, Badgervet said:

Hi all,

I'm coming up to the west end of the lake this weekend for a last minute trip and was wondering specifically how the fishing in Head of the Lakes bay and Wakeup Bay has been.  We are going to target walleyes and may try for muskies one night.  Tried to hire a guide but being last minute, no availability.  Been reading up on all the posts over the years and my general plan is to fish the wind blown shore with Lindys with crawlers and scatter raps in 14-20 feet of water. I do have side imaging to try and find structure/drops/transitions areas.  I'm gonna try the east side of Taylor's island, Center island, the southern humps, and around merry-go-round reef. Only the third time on Vermillion (all on the west side and still trying to figure out the lake).  I'm not asking for anyone's honey hole but any general guidelines would be much appreciated. 

Badger- I haven't heard much for those two bays in particular, but have trolled leadcore deeper in Wake-M-Up west of center island and bagged a few. If you are willing to go a little further east, I'd recommend Wolf bay basin or the south and south east shoreline drops in Niles bay with spinners. Good luck

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By the way, I just saw the new state record musky C&R came out of Vermilion in July, 57 inches.   Way to go... Beat the old record also from Vermilion...

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Had no problem catching 12" and smaller walleyes the last few days on a jig and minnow. 

 

Looking to change it up and look for musky. Any tips on where to start if you only have 1 day? I planned to start deep, but heard they might have started to move up a bit recently.

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Smallie fishing has been nothing short of incredible (East side). Numerous 3 to high 3's and two over 4# (pics).  Deeper rocks and shallow both have been good. 

 

Pike have been tough with the warmer water. Not finding 30" plus fish in the usual weedy spots.  Not sure where to find consistent fish.

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18 hours ago, tarpon6 said:

Smallie fishing has been nothing short of incredible (East side). Numerous 3 to high 3's and two over 4# (pics).  Deeper rocks and shallow both have been good. 

 

Pike have been tough with the warmer water. Not finding 30" plus fish in the usual weedy spots.  Not sure where to find consistent fish.

 

 

I could tell you but then.......

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Update: water temp was 67 degrees, the bite was quiet on the west side of the lake.  Got one 16 inch walleye in about 15 feet of water around Center island.  Tried a few reefs, drop offs, transitions, didn't mark much and only got a few decent smallies, rock bass and perch.  Tried main basin, Norwegian, Niles, Wolf with crawler, rainbows, rapalas. Even made the trip into Frazier bay though it was a little choppier than my boat liked and did not get a single bite.  No muskies though I only tried for a few hours over the past few days.  Hopefully who ever is fishing has better luck than we did. Not too many people at the resort we were at were getting any walleyes or northern though the boats/guides that went all the way east did decently.  Color is changing and at least the view was great.  

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Heading up this weekend, staying near the casino. Targeting walleye but wouldn't mind getting into some crappies. Reports sound kinda tough right now, but any tips or reports would be appreciated.

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Just got back from a Thursday-Monday trip and best walleye fishing all year for me. Was in the Fectos, Smart's and Frazer Bay area and caught most of my fish on crawlers and Lindy Rig in 12-14 feet of water. 

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I am a west ender and it doesn't look that different from a bunch of places.   As for Nords, I have gotten them trolling big raps over rock reefs in the fall at like 4 mph or even more.   

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I’m getting good walleyes, too, (15-16” after you sort out the 12-13s) at 14-16’ trolling spinners with crawlers. Trolling eliminates the crawdads. Frazer is my home ground. We have to be getting into minnow season any day now. Worth a try. I’ve been hearing some good fish on pike suckers but I like rainbows early. I usually only fish an hour or two a day but a friend is coming tomorrow and we’ll fish hard. I’ll try to report.

RLG

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12 hours ago, BigVTim said:

Only got one this weekend, but it was a dandy. 41” pike. I’m sure the west enders recognize the background 


Beautiful fish BVT!  
 

As for recognizing the background, if you just panned the camera a little bit to the left you’d see my cabin.  That is my next door neighbor’s dock in the back ground.  It’s a good spot!

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9 hours ago, Brianf. said:


Beautiful fish BVT!  
 

As for recognizing the background, if you just panned the camera a little bit to the left you’d see my cabin.  That is my next door neighbor’s dock in the back ground.  It’s a good spot!

Brian- funny! I knew Nancy and Mel Luloff when they were there. Fond memories… beautiful part of the lake. 

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      Various schools holding shallower, over rocks or sand, based on bait options in that area.  Reefs are still holding fish, normally on the sides and base where rock meets the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are still very effective for catching walleyes this week.
      As we approach mid to late September and October, the jig bite will fire back up!
      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
      Some anglers trolling crankbaits to cover water.  Oftentimes, walleyes won't show up on electronics if they are laying in a depression in the river bottom.  Only way to know is to fish the area.
      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


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    • gimruis
      I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday.  It was not very good.  Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.   I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years.  By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.   Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore.  That's just the reality of it.  Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil.  Retirement is still 20+ years away.  But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt.  After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.   I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.   I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting.  Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.
    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
    • smurfy
      To the original intent of the post, I fished about 10 days ago and now done. Time to play with guns. Got the home front and cabin pretty much all set up for winter. Next up go get dat turdy pointer.
    • smurfy
      I hear ya bud, just pulling your chain a bit .😉
    • smurfy
      My in-laws used to live just down from morning star. They weren't on the lake but they supposedly had access to the lake near morning star, some lake easement for residents living on the opposite side of the lake.
    • deanbaron1990
      One last morning on the water this past Saturday before we took the docks and lifts out in the afternoon. Trolled the Morning Star bay for crappies. It was slow with just 2 or 3 crappies, although they were big ones. We could have kept them but chose to release. Also got a couple of northerns. I got skunked but my girlfriend got a good size northern. Biggest fish that any of the four of us caught on Saturday.
    • leech~~
      Well, actually going on family life expectancy.  Not many man on my dad's side made it past their late 60's.  On the other hand my wife's side most lived to late 80's into 90's.  So again, I really don't want to leave me wife in an area she is unfamiliar with or know anyone.  If she should pass away before me for some unknown reason.  Yes, they will find me dead in a cabin in the woods. 
    • ozzie
      Well I had to go north this weekend with the predicted weather and boy did it not disappoint!   What a great weekend of perfect weather!!  Hit up Gull Lake Saturday afternoon equipped with a dozen lite pike minnows and a plan to move until we graphed fish and move if they don't bite.  First stop we searched and found one spot with bait balls and a few fish but nothing was biting so we went searching.  Searched alot of ground over the next hour and half and didn't mark a fish, so we went back to the spot with fish marked and as we pulled up there was one boat right on the spot...catching a fish!!  We trolled around with this boat exchanging information and catching fish for the next 2 hours.  We ended up catching 9 throwing back a 25" and keeping 8 from 13" up to 23" that was gut hooked.  Fished in 20-32' of water using lindy rigs with lite pike minnows.  Some fish we would give a lot of line to and they would have the bait swallowed and other times we would give line and find the hook just barely in the lip!  Missed a lot of hook sets but could not beat what was possibly the last fishing trip of the year for me...GOOD LUCK 
    • ozzie
      I have been gearing up getting ready to walk again after 10 weeks!  I have been lucky enough to get out fishing a few times and can't wait to get out in the deer stand...bad thing is I have a basketball tournament for my 4th grade son on opening weekend of deer season and I am the coach!  Oh well I have used enough patience getting this far, what are another few days!  Otherwise not much for me to do...
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