The Timberjay recently had a typical article about the Hatchery in operation in Pike Bay. It reminded me that they did not strip eggs last year due to Covid, and there was some discussion about how this would affect the lake's walleye population. I did a little digging last night into the annual growth of walleye in Vermilion and found that it takes somewhere in the 3-4 year range to reach eater-size range. That means that the "covid experiment" won't be real noticeable until the end of this season when walleye start reaching double-digits in length but most likely 2022 when those walleye are in the 10-14 inch range.
From the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Management Plan (https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/fisheries/special_reports/183.pdf
Besides abundance, differences between walleye captured in East and West Vermilion are most evident in age and size structure. Overall, walleye in West Vermilion tend to grow faster and live longer than walleye in the east basin. For example, by age-5, walleye captured in East Vermilion average about 16 inches compared to 18 inches in West Vermilion. Walleye on Lake Vermilion can survive to age-8 or older, however older walleye (age-7+) tend to be more abundant in West Vermilion.
I figure that Lake of the Woods is similar in latitude to Vermilion, so probably similar growth rates.
From the Lake Of The Woods section of the DNR website: (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/baudette/low_walleye.html#:~:text=Generally%2C walleye in Lake of,male walleye are sexually mature.
Generally, walleye in Lake of the Woods reach 12 inches long when they are three years old. Male walleye start to mature when they are 12 inches long, 3 years old, but it is not until they are 16 inches long, 5 years old, that all male walleye are sexually mature. Male walleye longer than 24 inches are extremely rare.
Female walleye grow faster than male walleye, after they are three years old. Female walleye start to mature when they are 4 years old, 15 inches long, but all of them are not sexually mature until they are 7 years old, 20 inches long. Generally, female walleye which are 25 inches long are about 10 years old, and 30 inch females are in the range of 20 years old. The oldest Lake of the Woods walleye we have aged was a 23 year old female which was 30.3 inches long.
Hello I am looking for a weight system to help me catch more fish. I am torn between Snakebite Snaps and Offshore Snap Weights. They are 2 very different clips. Anyone know anything about either? Was looking to grab some here soon.
What is the best chip option for Vermilion. I am getting a new Lowrance HDS and need some guidance.
Are Minnesota anglers aware of legislation currently in progress to lower the statewide bag limit from six to four? I sure don't hear much discussion about it.
Fished Lake of the Woods yesterday during this tropical heat wave.. I'll tell you what, if you're planning on fishing in these temps, bring backup gear for your essentials (Heat, Auger, etc). Doing this was key for us yesterday when the buddy heater hose was acting up due to the cold. We had a fun day! Check out the video below:
Just wondering when jigging for eyes in the winter, why is the standard to tip a jig with a minnow head and not the whole minnow or the minnow tail? Would seem like a more natural presentation to tip with the tail and not the head. Anyone experimented with this?
Has anyone had any luck on the jefferson chain by cleveland or any of the lakes by Madison lake
Can't seem to ever get a sled ride together anymore on the other side of the wall.
Any guys with a sled and porty want to get together for a meetup and fish somewhere some weekend for the day or weekend if way up north?
Mill Lacs, Brainerd area................? The more the merrier, safety in numbers helps if someone needs a pull or getting out of slush.
Not a big plan. Meet at a lake. Stare at the lake map, mark a spot or spots on the gps and head out.
Not really worried about a cookout, but we could just cuts into fishing time. Bring our own lunch, bait and pop or?
Don't want to count out wheelers with portys but hope you can hang if its deep or slushy. 😕
Oh forget the Public service announcement: Portys must be fished at least 6' feet apart or more!. Wearing a mask is a good idea on a cold sled ride. No talking about Trump, Biden or God will also keep us safe from each other! 😆
So again, no big complicated plan. Meet up, check map, go fishing! 👍
House was new in spring 2018. Spray foamed top to bottom. Extremely Light weight, all aluminum construction 1300-1400 pounds. You can easily pull with atv. with little tongue weight. Foldable and removable bunk, we used a cot for 2nd bed.
-6 catch covers w/ sleeves
-Nuway furnace, needs no electricity to operate manually, also hooked up to thermostat
-12V low amp draw circulating fans -30A 115v to 12VDC power converter/battery charger with gen/power hookup
-battery box with 12VDC-115v inverter, and battery meter (newer 31 battery negotiable)
- LED hole light and beverage holder above every hole
-LED interior and porch lights
-Tv/dvd combo on swing wall mount
-Pioneer stereo with 4 speakers -Loose spare tire (white steel rim)
-Window Air Conditioner
This house can go all weekend on a single battery without a generator. No exterior damage anywhere, tires great. Looking to possibly upgrade. Located 20 miles north of Rapids. Thanks!
Leech Lake. I am wondering what to expect. I think I might go out on Boy bay using the public landing on Sugar Point. First are there any safety concerns, ice conditions to worry about, Landing safe? Second what can I expect for fish? Kind of looking for some nice panfish during the day and a stray walleye or two towards evening
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By gimruis · PostedAbsolutely. Although they are technically considered a "rough fish" by the DNR, they play a critical role as a food source for many game fish. In lakes and rivers that lack tulibees, they are often the top forage for muskies too. Additionally, they are native to our state whereas the carp species which look similar, are not.
By SkunkedAgain · PostedI remember counting just shy of 50 boats in Black Bay around Memorial Day last weekend. It's more than I've ever seen even at Fishing Opener when the spawn is timed perfectly. What I love about Black Bay is that once the walleye and crappie runs finish up in the spring, the fishing pressure calms way down.
By DonkeyHodey · PostedBrag Alert***: Got a PB white sucker. With tail pinched it was just at 26 inches. 1.) This Fish is almost certainly a post spawn female (she was pretty flattened out in the egg section). probably 20-30 years old (maybe more). 2.) A big fish drops ~10,000 eggs per spawn (give or take 5000). With that said, this lovely lady has probably (through her babies) directly provided >200,000 fish meals for the predatory fish (and birds) in the river. 3.) Many of her offspring will have grown up to spawn and continue the process; If a mere 5 of her babies grew to spawn for 20 years then Statistically >1 million baby suckers will have come from her to feed the game fish in the Mississippi river! However, playing the statistics/numbers game: if ~0.1% of her babies grow to spawn and their babies (with a similar 0.1% chance) grow to spawn, you are looking at 100 million baby suckers descended from this one fish! Next time you catch a nice plump Smallie or Wally in the river, realize that they grow and thrive because of "grocery getters" like this. Preachy Alert***--Too many "fisherman" think these are trash fish and fail to recognize their critical role in a healthy fishery... NEVER throw these on the shore! (notwithstanding the fact that it's also illegal...)
OutdoorMN News - Campers and off-road riders beware of very high fire danger (published May 13, 2021)
By Rick · PostedDry conditions mean very high fire danger persists in north-central and northeastern Minnesota. Spring outdoor recreation activity is increasing, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges outdoor enthusiasts to limit the use of campfires and use caution with off-road vehicles that could spark and start a wildfire. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.