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Pat McGraw

Let's kick this off! Who's fishing Vermilion on Opener? Who's so excited they're having trouble sleeping? Hope to see you on Frazer bay. Be safe!

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PSU

Funny Pat, was thinking of starting a new thread today as well! Hoping to be up there Opener as well and will definitely be in Smarts Bay / Frazer area!

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Fish Head

I'll be there!! Nothing could keep me away from the opener.  Except I won't be on Frazier Bay, I'll probably be on Big Bay. 

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SkunkedAgain

Remember that there are new rules for pike. Return all pike 30-40 inches with a possession limit of two, one over 40 inches.

 

Also, the latest LVA newsletter had an interesting report on the walleye status. It sounds like the tables may be turning a bit in terms of more eaters on the west end and less on the east end. See below:

 

Walleye The DNR’s 2018 annual fall gillnet survey had a lakewide walleye catch rate of 11.6 fish/net, falling below the 25th percentile of all surveys dating back to 1984. This was the 3rd lowest catch rate observed in the previous 25 years. The low catch rate was primarily driven by low numbers in East Vermilion that can partially be attributed to a weak 2017 year class. Additionally, anecdotal information from anglers indicated favorable walleye catch and harvest rates over the previous two open water fishing seasons which may have reduced walleye abundance. Finally, a strong cold front during netting on East Vermilion may also have impacted our catch rates. The East Vermilion walleye catch rate of 11.8 fish/net was the lowest catch rate observed since 1994 and fell below the historic 25th percentile. In comparison, the West Vermilion catch rate of 11.3 fish/net was above average for that basin. The average length of walleyes captured in 2018 was 14.5 inches which was above average. Average length has increased since the implementation of the protected slot regulation in 2006. Historically, fish in East Vermilion have run smaller and their increase in average size over time has not been as dramatic as fish in West Vermilion. Below average numbers of walleyes from 11 to 15 inches were sampled lakewide in 2018. However, above average numbers of walleyes over 16 inches should provide harvest opportunity. In particular, catches of 12 to 15 inch fish were below average in East Vermilion, but average numbers of fish over 16 inches were found. For West Vermilion, catches of fish from 11 to 13 inches were below average, but catches of walleye over 14 inches were well above average.

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BWpineisland
4 hours ago, Pat McGraw said:

Let's kick this off! Who's fishing Vermilion on Opener? Who's so excited they're having trouble sleeping? Hope to see you on Frazer bay. Be safe!

It’s hard not to get excited, especially after this winter. I can’t wait to get back up and wet a line!!!

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Raven77
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Bring it on!  Will be on LV for opener and most of May/June.

 

Skunked, you can't believe everything you read.  I do not put a lot of stock in the creel surveys.  Too many variables.  And those of us on the west end know there are no walleyes here. :)

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trolloni

 Real excited stayin in pike bay after a 2 year absence,tried the west end last couple years  did alright ,but wound up runnin down east a lot ,long ride .

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PSU

Official Ice Out was yesterday, April 30!!

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PSU

For those folks on the lake, how does the water level look?

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EBL

Using our usual water mark on a rock on the shoreline, it is above that line by 4 inches.

 

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MN BassFisher

I am excited to get back up there! We will be out on the East End of Vermillion for Opener. Hoping for some steady and decent temps!

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208ProV
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Going to be interesting to see where everyone will be fishing... week earlier than last year and the cool temps should put them pretty close to same spots as last year !

 

 

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Fish Head

I like the new pike slot. The under 25" size is not a very big northern. Now being able to keep one under 30" is a lot better.  I don't keep pike very often, but this makes more sense to me. 

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SkunkedAgain

I don't mind the new pike slot either, although I never had an issue with filleting a two foot long gator.

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vermilionfox

I won't be up for the opener, but will be up at the end of June for a week! We'll be up over the 4th of July week. Missed getting up there for a longer trip last year because of a record 4 surgeries for me, but did manage a long weekend in August. Won't be long now! I like the new northern limit, but they probably could have kept it at a three fish limit. I don't want to open a big can of worms though!

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SkunkedAgain

I would have liked it there was a higher limit on pike possession under 25 so that you could keep a bunch of small ones pickled.

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RoosterMan

We will be up for the opening bell!  Agreed after this last winter some time on the open water will be nice again.

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Wheres_Walter

Sons birthday is this saturday so we'll do our "opening weekend" next weekend.  He turns 12 next year, which is the age that the boys can join us for opening fishing, so hopefully this is the last year his birthday conflicts with opener.

 

Good luck this weekend.

 

Matt

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Raven77

Just got to my cabin.  Water level is really high.  Going to be an issue for docks.

 

Good luck everyone and be safe!

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CigarGuy

WeatherBug says could get 2-5" of snow tonight ☹️. Sounds like a rainy opener! We'll be out Saturday am, one way or another.  Give us a reason to check out The Landing for something warm! Chad, do you think the water is higher than last year?

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JerkinLips

Soudan forecast is only calling for 1" of snow.  Temps for the weekend are not too bad, but quite windy on Saturday (18mph).  I'll avoid the rush and wait until Tuesday evening, but good luck to the openers on Vermilion.

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Raven77

Much higher than last year Bill.  Over the bottom rail of my dock frame.  Hope to see you this week.

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CLOTAGAMES

Is Moosebirds open under the new owners?

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CigarGuy
1 hour ago, CLOTAGAMES said:

Is Moosebirds open under the new owners?

Yes, sounds promising!

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CigarGuy
1 hour ago, Raven77 said:

Much higher than last year Bill.  Over the bottom rail of my dock frame.  Hope to see you this week.

darn, I had to ratchet strap my deck boards down last year so the waves wouldn't wash them away. Would be nice to run into you too! Anybody on our end of the lake know if Manicks has been out putting in lifts and docks?

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    • JerkinLips
      It may be unkind but I don't know how putting the snow back that you removed would be unlawful.  Don't shoot the messenger; I am just passing along what I have heard.  I travel by snowmobile so I couldn't care less about plowed roads.  To me they are just a hazard for sledding. That being said, the people that used the plowed road today were very considerate.  They pulled well off of the road and kept a fair distance from others. I took a sled ride from McKinley Park to Fortune Bay and encountered at least 6 patches of slush.  I saw a couple of spots were 4 wheelers drove through slush; looks like they had a hard time.  I saw several 4 wheelers getting stuck in the deep snow today.  They would back up and take another run to keep going.  Traveling is very difficult for most wheelers.  I did see one Jeep on the lake just outside of McKinley Park bay. Good luck fishing and traveling on Lake Vermilion.
    • eyeguy 54
      The rod silly. 😁
    • knoppers
      was planning on heading up to the cabin this weekend to do some snowmobiling, but since I had to ride across my lake I decided to wait. they had some good ice early, but then the warm weather, then 18 inches of snow, I would guess the lake is a mess. last report I had from a week ago, was no snowmobile or wheelers have been out on the ice.
    • monstermoose78
      It was good ice
    • Kettle
      Yea I definitely understand wanting to fish your "home lake." I'm the same way hence while a walked through the slush today, fishing was worth it and I didn't feel the need to exercise after getting home tonight. The conditions will definitely hamper a lot of people's plans. It's a bummer but thinking back it has been quite a few years of ideal conditions so I should feel fortunate for that!
    • eyeguy 54
      Like the black ice?
    • HunterFisher11
      Ok so let me start off with I don’t have a big truck with a V-plow, but did make one for my wheeler so I could get on and off with no help from any one else, and I can not tell you how many times I have helped people to get there stuff off the lake.. So long story short many years ago I spent 8-10 hours plowing a road (at that time just had a straight blade plow) and then set down the fishhouse and did not even drill a hole just to tired!!!!! Yep you guess it.... woke up and had a village around me, well that is the way it goes??? So a couple days later decided to move, well got my truck and fish house stuck and had to unhook my fishhouse and hand shovel to get my truck unstuck hook up a chain to get my fishhouse turned so I could hook up again, while there was two guys drinking coffee not more then 15-20 yds away that did not lift a finger to help, so went home got the wheeler and as I was coming back out they stopped me and asked if I could help them out!!!!!! Yep really!!!!!! So second story have a uncle that had his kid that has a plow to punch a road to his fishhouse so he did well one day he is coming off the lake and some one decided to put his wheel house right on the road!!!!! So he knots on the door and the guy told him well sucks to be you!!!!!!!! So you wonder why these guys get a bit upset????? Not to mention going out to my house and having holes drilled I don’t no inches around my house!!!!!!!!! Yep it is not you doing it but yep kind of really makes a person upset!!!!!! Man they need to realize that the guy that made that road is your life line to get off also!!!!!! So like JerkinLips said if you happen to see a person keeping the road open toss him some money or in my case some beer, will make your life a lot easier when you want to get off...
    • Rick
      Nice!
    • smurfy
      we are on a smaller lake by spring lake. there was 7 inches of ice already the 3rd weekend of deer hunting, at least where I checked. but there was no snow out on the lake at that time. with your report i'm sure there's more then enough slush out there. I've been fishing that lake since I've been 6 years old. 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Got out this afternoon for a few hours and found the landing parking lot to be a drifted rutted up mess. Was able to throttle my way in and barely not getting stuck. Found 6-7” of good hard clear ice. Fish were not lacking today that’s for sure.  I caught between 100-200 gills and crappies and a few perch mixed in. Gills ranged from tiny to 8” and crappies were all 8-9”. 4-6” of snow and no flooding going on. Fish were stacked and I was able to sit and catch one after other while staying nice and toasty in the otter. Fun afternoon and got to put the clam drill plate to use and all I can say is wow! That thing is the best auger I’ve used and definitely will change the way I fish. Should be able to use it all season besides drilling spear holes which I’ll leave to the solo. Fun trip! Tentatively planning on skipping next Friday and heading up north to do some spearing. Lake I’m gonna try has for sure 4” so good for walking but was hoping to take the new snowmobile up with me and use that for transportation so we will have to see if I’ll be able to or not. Back down to -20 tonight and barely above 0 tomorrow. 
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