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I am heading to Vermillion this weekend for a little R&R and a lot of fishing (smallie/walleye). I am camping on the east side of the lake. Can anybody offer me any insight on reports and tactics that have been known to produce as of late in that area? I run a little 14ft boat and don't have a depth finder. Will I still be able to find some fish this weekend to catch?



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Try trolling floating raps in the early mornings and late evenings along the shorelines in 6' to 10 ' of water. laugh.gif

The wind is usually down at that time and you can get some really nice eyes too!

Cast green watermelon colored tube jigs along docks and rocky shores for smallies.

My friend dave also said that rubber worms hook ed wacky worm style is also a killer for the smallies. grin.gif

Good Fishing!


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Cliff, have you had success on the East side around Jack Rabbit, Cherry, the private unnamed island for trolling cranks? I assume Ely island and the island outside of the the casino bay to be good options for this as well. I have a few spots that I have had very good success for smallies on tubes and Senko's. Have you ever fished any of three bays to the East of the casino. There is a lot of over hanging trees that I think would provide great shade for smallies but have not spent much time there. I have used mostly craw type colored tubes with speckle and done well. You mention the watermellon. I will have to give these a toss. Do you have much success with spinners. I have found white with a double silver blade to work in the past but last weekend this technique did not work.

By the way the bays I asked about to the east of the casino going concerning small mouth certainly hold musky. I was kyaking in that area a monster musky struck my paddle and gave me a couple of shakes. After almost getting capsized and screaming like a girl I was able to gain my composure. I know the spot the hit took place so I am going to toss some musky lures the next time I am up over the 4th

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I was out last night and managed alot of fish. Try pulling floating raps (perch) # 9 in 4-6 feet of water running at 3mph on the wind blown shore and look for mayflies and you will catch your fair share and they are all running 16" to 18" long. Last night most of our fish came between 9:00 and 11:00. Good luck and hold on tight!

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"After almost getting capsized and screaming like a girl I was able to gain my composure."

THX Pike... that made my day!! HA!!

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I have had good luck in the past trolling cranks in the first bay East of Everett Bay.

Have not tried it for smallies in years, but think that they have to be there also!

PS... I think I heard your scream!! grin.gif


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Cliff- Thanks for the feedbak. When you say cranks what are some of your go to baits. I troll mostly husky jerks. I personally like the strait silver, the clown, fire tiger, and the blue. What size do you recommend. I generally pull the larger huskies. I also pull the shads in #5-#7. I notice another post that states to pull the floating raps. I do not use many of the floating raps but if they produce I can certainly add a few to the box.

If the scream you heard sounded like a frightened adolecent school girl, then it was me smile.gif

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