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Hello everyone

This July, my finace and I are heading up to Lake Vermillion as part of honeymoon. We're going to be staying at the Fortune Bay resort by the northwest corner of Pike Bay and the southern area of Lake Vermillion.

I'm a pretty avvid walleye guy and I'm hoping to catch a few while we're there. I'm taking my own boat there so I'll have the depth/fish finders and all the other toys I normally have and probably wouldn't with a rented boat. Anyway, I've spent some time searching the web for topo maps of Vermillion to try and help me when I get there.

I was hoping someone here could maybe help me out on where the best places might be with structure and typical fish hideouts. Again, I'd like to mainly target walleye, either by lindy's and jigs or trolling spinners. Also, I'd like to try and find some a few smallies. But, my fiance is going nuts over catching a walleye so I'd really really like to have a game plan when I get there.

Can anyone lend some advice on where we should maybe start and what depth and presentation the eye's might be looking for the first two weeks of July?

thanks a million!

-scott

Feel free to email at snootalope-at-yahoo.com - I'd be glad to buy anyone a beer while I'm there for helping me!!

OH! Also, we'll be spending a few days at Ceder Lake, west of Aitkin. If anyone has any advice for that place I'd be happy to hear it!

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snooter....yes to the lindys ,etc.....the walleyes may be 20-60 feet....or they could very well be near weedlines....also on the rock piles...or very close to islands....we have alot of structure up here to work with....the patterns will most certainly be whatever the weather throws our way....being on the east end...wich is where the casino is....you may want to concentrate on a little deeper water out on the big bay area....if you like to slip bobber fish....the little islands and some small rock piles will do you well...ecspecially in the eve....weed lines are mostly up on the west end............confused enough?im for hire!......just kidding,but try and have a game plan and break the lake down into ares you will fish....once you have it figured..stay with what works and stay in your spot.....thats it ..oh yea...we use worms alot ...and you will have a good marina at the casino to get bait and leave your boat and such....have fun

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Snooter,

Gary pretty much covered all of the bases as to where you may find the walleyes!

As he said the weather and water temps will dictate where the walleyes will be during July!

On most years they will be in 17' to 36 ' of water but may move as deep as 60' if it is a hot summer.

Lindys and crawlers or leeches are usually your best bet at that time of the summer.

Unless you are fairly confident that you can find the walleyes I would do as Gary suggested and hire a guide for at least 1/2 day as early in your stay as you can.

Good Fishing!

Cliff

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Thanks guys!

shocked.gif walleyes in 60'?!? Deepest I find them in Iowa is 20, tops!! crazy! I'm gonna have to respool everything.. How the heck do you fish 60' anyway? Just lindys and jigging i'm guessing? it'd take a serious amount of weight to troll 60' I think.. What am I looking for when I get out in those bays? Do you think I'll be able to mark fish on the finder, or should I just go off of what I see as far as structure like piles, step drop offs, weedlines, flats?

What about the smallies? Are they just kinda scattered here and there? Shallow and deep, just depends kinda thing?

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I use anywhere from 3/8oz to 2oz. of lead, depending upon how windy it gets.

1/4oz and 3/8oz jigs most of the time.

Sometime you will spot fish, but many times you will just have to fish the area to see if they are there.

Cliff

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yes 60!.....sink the lead!....best to let one of us show you if iowa is only 20 feet deep!!! but nice pheasants!!!!!

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Another hit is to go look at old postings on this board, like from last summer or the summer before.

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Another hit is to go look at old postings on this board, like from last summer or the summer before.


Yeah, I did that before I posted this.. There's a ton of info there, but just thought I'd post again to catch anyone new on here that might have some extra advice.

Oh yeah, one more thing and I'll leave ya alone. grin.gif Like I said, I'll be bringin my own boat, which is properly registered in Iowa, do I need to purchase anything like a temp license for it so I can legally take it on Big V? I thought I heard before that a boats registration is good nation wide.. not sure if that was a rumor or not.

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Your Iowa registration is good in Mn.

Good Fishing!

Cliff

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snooter....you will have fun and good fishing...so enjoy

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Snooter, was up the last of July last year, my best shot at a "bigger" fish was pulling reef runners 30 ft deep around the small islands out in the big water. By the way congrats on the marriage..... how much you want for the boat!!!

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Yeah, congrats on the marriage and honeymoon!

Go to Cabelas website and search for Reef Runner. Nice deep running baits.

pulling crawlers and cranks, can't get anymore fun than that.

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Had a chance to look at the map, more specifically I spent most of my evenings out by potato and that chain of islands. BTW try 6,8 lb fireline we get a reef runner to bump 30ft. have fun

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