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 LakeofthewoodsMN · PostedOn the south end... On the lake, the focus is on the May 15, 2021 Fishing Opener for walleyes. There is much optimism as fishing in the Rainy River this spring was excellent and reports of good fishing from the spring season on the lake was also good. The limit for walleyes and saugers during the open season is a combined limit of six fish, up to four of the six can be walleyes. There is a slot limit in which all walleyes 19.5 - 28.0 inches must be released. One can be kept over 28 inches. Pike anglers are still catching fish in back bays. The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River. On the Rainy River... Sturgeon anglers are enjoying catch and release through 5/15/21. Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21. Harvest season opens up again on 7/1/21 - 9/30/21. Good numbers of sturgeon have been running in the Rapid River near Clementson just east of Baudette this past week. These fish are incredible to see up close, but are also very much protected and respected. Anglers looking to this weekend and the opener. Typically, there is some good walleye fishing in the river early in the season, such as this weekend. Up at the NW Angle... A few anglers fishing pike in back bays but most looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener. The go to walleye spots come the opener will be shoreline and island structure and underwater points. The technique, a jig and a minnow! With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle. The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running. If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option. And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.
By ozzie · Postedi will be up in the area but not sure i will hit the chain. the history with me and opener on the chain has not been productive so this year I am finding a smaller shallow lake in the area and going to hit it for walleyes. I have not asked my father in law what the temps were but he has hit south cross and clamshell a few times and when fish are caught they have been on the smaller side. Good Luck to you!
By ozzie · PostedIf I snagged an anchor line I am pretty sure i would not ask the anchored angler to lift so I can get my jig back, but I am sure I would warn them that there is a hook now in there anchor line! I am that way fishing around docks...if I get caught on a dock I will always butt up to it and carefully remove my hook so they do not stick themselves or have a little kid get stuck from it. Amazingly I have had confrontations with people in this regard! And it is not like i am pitching bass jigs as I am usually crappie fishing around docks so i am using light line, small hook and cork bobber so I am not hurting a dock if i accidentally cast into it. Oh well...Good luck to all you Vermillion fisherman on opener and in the rest of the season!
By SkunkedAgain · PostedMy 1960 Johnson Seahorse is on the fritz. I did an overhaul the over the winter rebuilding the carb, replacing dry fuel hoses, fixing two stripped bolts (helicoils) on the powerhead, etc... This spring she only wants to run on one cylinder. I am assuming that it's the coil or something similar but suck at the electrical side. Great American Marine in Bloomington won't touch old motors anymore. Neither will Boat Motor Recyclers in Burnsville (1990 and up!). Does anyone up near Vermilion still work on older motors? I'll take a recommendation for somewhere near the lake or in the Twin Cities. Any input is appreciated.
By SkunkedAgain · PostedIt all depends. My go-to opener presentation is dragging a #7 perch rap when closer to the spawn. With the water temps as they are, I think that I'll be jigging and slip-bobbering with whatever works, but I usually start out with rainbows.
By ozzie · Postedthanks for the heads up! I think most, if not all of us are aware that the border is closed since it has caused a lot of trip cancellations! Hopefully they will find a way to let us fishing fools up into their country sooner than later, as I am sure their tourism industry is hurting and could use the money the foreign vacationers spend!