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Fish Head
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Trolling lead bite seems to be kicking in. Caught a nice limit of 17-19.5 last weekend. 

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mtheis

I am coming up there Sept 5 and staying a week.  I can hardly wait!  I want to get in on the trolling bite before it gets too late.

 

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PSU

Still a crawler bite for walleye, or transitioning to minnows? Coming up tomorrow

 

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LBerquist

Bring it all and be prepared. Last weekend we put fish in the boat with crawlers, leeches, minnows, jigging rap, and lead core....

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PSU

Thanks Jerkin!

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chucker1101

I'm going all-in on minnows this weekend. I'll let y'all know how it worked out on Tuesday :)

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Wanderer
10 hours ago, chucker1101 said:

I'm going all-in on minnows this weekend. I'll let y'all know how it worked out on Tuesday :)

 

Don’t forget the Rapalas!!

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james_walleye

Same story for us rooster! Really good walleye fishing. All lead for us. 25-30 feet. Fished 3 hours yesterday caught ~25 fish. Kept 8 real nice fish for one last fry for the year. Back to school. Fall baseball on the weekends. Docks are out. Labor day is usually the last hoorah for the year on V for us unfortunately 😒

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RoosterMan

James. You were definitely targeting deeper fish than we did.  We were primarily 16-20’.  Too bad about closing up shop.  I hope your shifting gears to the field for the fall. 

 

Also I wanted to give a shout out to Vermilion Gold for his cameo in the pike photo.  I know he pounded the fish this week as well.  

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james_walleye

Rooster I'll definitely be in the tree stand when I can. I also pick up my new Lund this week! I'll get to sneak to the river now and then to in the new ride! 

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chucker1101
On 8/29/2019 at 10:04 AM, chucker1101 said:

I'm going all-in on minnows this weekend. I'll let y'all know how it worked out on Tuesday :)

Didn't make it out fishing this last weekend. Instead, new puppy! Back on Sept 20. Glad to see everyone catching fish. Looks like it was a great weekend.

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DLD24

Vermilion is one lake that seems to have my number, I dont fish it a lot, but I seem to have more bad days than good when I'm out there. I have been trying to gain confidence with leadcore (complete newbie at it) and after reading your guys reports I thought I was going to be able to today. Not the case, we fished from the west side of Big Bay all the way over to Armstrong Bay with 0 walleyes pulling lead... We marked almost nothing on structure everything was off the edge in 25-35ft. Before we left we tried power bobbing for a little bit and a put few in the boat including a nice 25"er. One day I will catch a darn walleye pulling lead haha.

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james_walleye

DLD when I pull lead im no where near structure. Im targeting fish that are roaming the big mud flats. You will see the fish and bait balls on the graph. 

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RoosterMan

DLD.  We started pulling lead on Vermilion about 12 years ago.  I can tell you from my perspective.  Just cause you see em doesn’t mean there gonna bite.  Pulling lead is fairly simple if you can be consistent. Have good line counter reels. You definitely have to have your speed right, amount of line back right,  size and color can make a difference day to day. The ability to replicate what caught the last fish is very important.  James is right that big expansive mud can be great. However a lot of the spots we pull are near a lot of snaggy structure.  I still get my but kicked most days by my buddies on the V so I keep trying to improve my skills too.   I am probably done trolling for the year from here on out guessing jig rod will be in my hands next time I get up. Just my 2 cents.  

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DLD24

Ya I think I just need more practice at it.. I'm a structure fisherman through and through haha... I felt that our baits were in the strike zone and we were cycling color and profiles so it was getting very frustrating... I'll try and get my redemption later this fall :)

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Fish Head

You are definately right that just because you went over fish doesn't mean they are going to bite. There are many times I see them, but they don't bite. Ideally when pulling cranks you run your bait past many more fish so putting the odds more in your favor.  However always let the fish tell you what they want. I can assure you the crankbait bite isn't over. I'll pull cranks until Oct. 

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tarpon6

Up from Florida, been here since Monday (East side).  Smallies are on fire.  Quality fish too, larger overall than my first two trips.  Was near a muskie spot, thought what the hell.. Threw a medium - large silver / black spinner and had a lazy follow from a huge fish, tossed it a couple more times- nothing.  Went back 10 min later tried a larger spinner, glide, and large prop, nothing.. Ate a sandwich, went back with a brown / copper spinner got a charge and follow about halfway. Threw it again got it all the way to the boat and in a figure 8.  The fish stopped looked at me, said that figure 8 ain't good enough and swam under the boat and out of sight.  That got my heart pumping.  The adrenaline got the best of me though..  My figure 8 was too small and too fast..  Never met face to face with one that big.  Hope I get another chance.

 

One thing that has not been great is the pike fishing.  Last couple years if I could find reeds and cabbage I could count on some medium size fish.  This year there seems to be more cabbage,  but only two hammer handles so far.  Not sure whats up?   

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Quincy

I started lead core trolling a couple of years ago.  I dont do as much fishing as I would like so I am no expert.  It works but some days I have better results than others for sure.   One thing that is bit difficult in my experience is that you have 130feet of line out or so and it is hard to feel if the lure is running right.  It can get fouled by hooking stuff from the bottom, leaves etc. I dont know how many times I have reeled the line back in for a line check to find a small 6-8" fish on it that I have been dragging along for who knows how long.    So there is  a lot of line checking, reeling in and letting line out in this process.      

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