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Pat McGraw

Have walleyes been queuing up outside sallower weedy bays to feed on spawning baitfish yet?

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JerkinLips

Fished Thursday-Saturday this week and caught only 12 walleyes in 2½ days, half as many as I caught two weeks ago.  Fishing was quite slow for me, and the walleyes were biting very light.  At least this week there were some decent meal size fish as only 2 were dinks along with 3 slot fish.  Caught another 26" walleye pictured, and this one weighed 5#-11oz, 1oz more than the one I caught two weeks ago.  Maybe it was the same fish and added another ounce.  Weather was nice today and it brought out a lot of boats as shown in the second photo.  Fishing wasn't good enough to deal with this crowd so I quit early.  Good luck fishing, and enjoy the fall.

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FishinCT

We fished Thursday-Sunday as well. Didn't do fantastic but ate fish all 3 mornings and all 4 of us went home with a limit. Kept 8 on Thursday and Saturday and 7 on Friday. I didn't fish Sunday morning but they picked up a few more then too. Size was very good. Most of our keepers were 15-19 inch fish. Got a 23 and a super fat 26" for slot fish. The 26 had to be an 8 pound fish-never seen one that fat on vermilion. Also ran into a 37" northern and a couple nice bass and perch. Thursday and Friday was exclusively an afternoon bite for us. All keepers came after 2:30pm. Saturday they bit all day. Lots of skinned minnows from short bites, probably 3:1 missed to caught ratio. 

 

We did most of our damage in 26-30 feet off the edges of reefs in big bay and Frazer. Tried to drift or troll around 0.5-0.7mph. Usually like to go slower but wind made it tough at times. A longer leader on the lindy seemed to be the key. About 5 feet long compared to the usual 3. Couple of the guys threw a spinner on and that was the ticket at times as well. Not fast enough to spin but I think the fish were really hugging the bottom and maybe a little flash or stirring the mud up got them to go. Also found light biters but the larger the minnow the harder the hit. Ystore was out of pike suckers Saturday so we got light northern instead and the walleyes were smacking those hard.  

 

All in all another successful trip. Somehow the October weather cooperated! 

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Fish Head

I had similar experience to everyone else. I found my hook up percentage was a little better with jig and pike suckers then rigs and light northern. Lots of skinned minnows. Even if I give them a long time they wouldn’t have the whole minnow in their mouth. Most fish in 28-30, but did real well in 40' hole also. Lots of husky eaters and a fat 26. not many small fish. It’s been a great fall.

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SkunkedAgain

Fished zero hours this weekend, but did get the dock raised and took care of a bunch of other projects. Snow shovels are out for my next trip! I'm hoping to find open water in November for a final trip, but know that it's not likely!

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JerkinLips

BrianF - good to hear.  I was up last weekend with the wife and puppy so I didn't have much opportunity to fish.  Snuck out for a couple of hours Sunday morning and only caught a 13" walleye, 13" perch, and 25" northern.  Missed a couple other nice walleyes that stripped the back of the minnow like others have noted.  Going up Tuesday-Thursday this week to close the trailer for winter so I hope to have better luck fishing (and reporting).  Water temp was 43F in Stuntz Bay.

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Fish Head

I'm headed up friday. This might be my last weekend as the forecast looks absolutely brutal going forward. Anyone still fishing?

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delcecchi

Seems early.... or is it my imagination?

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JerkinLips
38 minutes ago, delcecchi said:

Seems early.... or is it my imagination?

Would be much earlier than normal, and may be the earliest I can ever remember.  Normally Thanksgiving is early to be out.  Last year Big Bay froze on November 18th and I was ice fishing on Vermilion on November 29.  But the weather looks very cold for the next 10 days and the lake has already started to freeze.

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BrianF

We were ice fishing Niles Bay last year on Nov. 18th, with the ice being 4.5” thick.  Will be up the weekend of Nov. 16/17 and hoping for a repeat.

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Fish Head

Last weekend (especially Saturday) was brutal.  I brought the boat home and it's done for the year. It's going to be a long winter.  

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Kettle

Buddy of mine went to hunt pelican yesterday and told me that it was locked up so it's coming fast. 10 day forecast on the range shows highs in the mid 20s and lows into single digits. Guessing I'll be on smaller water in a week and a half or so

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Spearing Machine

3-4 inches of ice on Pike Bay. Good clear, hard ice. 

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JerkinLips

SM - good to see that Pike Bay is building up good ice.  Looks like Big Bay is still open so I was way off on that prediction.  May freeze over tonight, but more likely Monday of Tuesday next week.  Won't risk fishing there next week.  May try out Stuntz Bay however if I have luck deer hunting.

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SkunkedAgain

I'd be worried about pulling my rig up the icy landing.

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Spearing Machine

4-6 inches of solid clear ice on Pike Bay. Unfortunately, that will be about it for ice making for now looking at the extended forecast. We've got 1-2 inches snow on the ground and about an inch on the bay with maybe a little more on the way for the weekend. 

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elyfishunter

3 guys or gals fishing out of mckinley yesterday

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walleyemaster08

Has anyone been out lately? Just curious how the fishing has been and how much ice is out there? I’ve been out a couple times so far on a smaller lake near by vermilion. I had 5 to 7 inches consistently everywhere I checked. 

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    • bowhuntingboy1
      That's why I said it's very unrealistic. 
    • kelly-p
      If that was tried I would guess that the Band would be in court very fast to get the boundary dispute settled. Then all of URL could be Bands waters. If you're going to poke a sleeping bear better be prepared for him to wake up.
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    • bowhuntingboy1
      I feel it would be best to shut down commercial fishing from red lake and simply have the natives follow the same regs as everyone else. You could say this is unrealistic, but you asked for what I think and this is my opinion. Another alternative I see is let the natives have lrl to do whatever they want with and compromise so everyone else gets access to the entirety of url with the same regs for everyone and a closing to commercial fishing. Then we see 20 years down the road how each lake is doing. This is obviously also very unrealistic, but I'd love to see it happend. 
    • leech~~
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    • islandmn
      Looking for ice conditions on the west end around Taylor and Schmidt's islands, hoping to get out there around the holidays. Thanks 
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      I wish I could tell all of you I got a big one, but I talked myself out of it due to the deep snow.  Where I go up there there is no plowing, and I figured I had enough with a deer from Wisconsin and one from Michigan already.  Maybe next year!  
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