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Report of my first trip to URL 17-19 feb.


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My bro and I made my first trip memorable. He had contacted Pete Olson and told him we'd do some scouting for him if he plowed us a path. We did bring our own house, but figured it be easier to get around on a plowed path vs fighting the snow. So he put us out about .5 miles northeast of the main body of houses out from Hillmanns. 6.5 miles out then .5 miles NE. We fought the cold to get set up but got fishing by 4pm friday. My bro had 2 in a matter of 15 mins. and I missed 3 or 4 in that same time frame. I missed atleast 3 or 4 more in the next 2 hours Until my bro suggested I go bigger. I am use to fishing in southern MN so I was using #8 and #10 lures. So I switched to #4 and #6 plus used several angel eye jr. Well that made the difference, but by then the big rush had slowed. We still had 6 in the bucket by 7 and I was pleased with that for my first time. Nothing would take anything on a dead stick. Everything landed was on a bobber. And believe me it was sure tough to find a bobber big enough in my tackle box to hold up and angel eye. Red blue and orange were the colors that worked for us.

All said and done, by 9 am sunday, with out moving around we ended our trip with 14. Largest being 15.5". Plus we had 12 to 15 walleyes to keep us entertained as well over that same time frame. If I'd have had my, you know what together earlier, we probably would have had our linit of 20. Will make the trip again for sure. The 14, 13 3/4" to 15 1/5" crappies we caught sure made the almost 7 hour drive worth it.

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Great to see you had good luck. Two of us fished Red on Friday out of Westwind. We were all alone and had a nice day. We iced 10 keepers and tons of eyes. Pink seemed to work the best for us. We managed a to have a great day and also enjoyed a few of August Schell's finest!

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I'll bet you a paycheck that by next weekend the spot you just pointed out will rival the population of Waskish, Kelliher, and Blackduck combined. shocked.gif Good job on finding the fish.

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Ya, Olson moved 2 of his in sat. afternoon and one in on sunday morning. A couple others moved in as well on sunday. All were more than 100 yds away yet when we left, but I'd bet the same money as you that by sunday afternoon one got moved right on where we were.

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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
    • Dash 1
      50 in 6 hours is great. Boat issues really put a damper on a great day though. Hope you get it fixed quickly.  
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