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2006 Cass Lake Vacation Report

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Windy City Walleye Hunter

Heeeees Baaack!

It is the world famous Windy City Walleye Hunter reporting from the beautiful south side of Chicago. Sorry this is a week late but I had a snafu with my computer switching from dial up (ugh) to high speed broadband (sweet) and lost use of the ole puter for a few days. Our two week trip was a rousing success with everybody bringing home their limits of walleye and I have to say that I was really impressed with the quality of the fish we caught. I had only two or three throwbacks (12-13") in two weeks. It seemed like every Walter we caught went between 16 and 19 inches. My best was a 20 incher though my 19" weighed more, by far. A real fatty. Brain took out my self, my father in law, my step dad, my son and his girlfriend, my other son and his wife and my daughter and her boyfriend and everybody brought back some nice additions to the family freezer. Fishing was tough and you really had to put your time in on the water as the temps teetered near 100 the first week of our trip. Ciscos were floating belly up everywhere on the lake and the fish really had to be coaxed to bite.

Second week was better with temps dropping to normal. We loved our new cabin at Wishbone Resort, they have almost replaced their entire resort with fine new cabins. Some have A/C and all have ceiling fans everywhere, sun decks, screened porches and kitchen cooking islands. High class living to be sure.

Brian was, once again, the ultimate guide. Teaching the "newbies" while putting the veterans on the fish. Only one problem with my step dad who was fishing for the first time and with three lines out trolling crankbaits his lure managed to catch both the other lines. I think Brian had to cut off about 150 feet of Fireline (ouch). Sorry Brian, hope the tip will cover a new spool. My wife won about $150 at the casino in Cass Lake and I won about $300 playing Texas Hold Em at the Northern Lights in Walker. I would have to say this trip was a huge success and like my 5 year old grandaughter says, "This was the greatest day of my life". This was the 7th year for my 6 year old granddaugher who came up for the first time when she was only 5 months old. Cass Lake and Wishbone Resort is quickly becoming second nature to all 4 of my grand kids and next year will be our familys 20th Year Anniversary, we are already planning tee shirts. Like Tigger says, Ta Ta For Now!


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    • gunner55
      We'll be making a trip in to GR again. in the next couple days. See what it looks like then.
    • TomWehler
      Hi I don;t know really if there is a list or not? Hmmmmm. good question? How do ya find out? I do know House boats tie up n camp to some of the smaller ones. So guessing fair game for campers also?? Fast simple way to find out those islands n locals might be to call Vermilion Houseboats n ask a few questions or drop by with a load Hoogies.  That 4 sure get some answers... KEEP OUT, PRIVIATE PROPERTY signs, Boat Lifts, docks ~ cabins n Reputation and of course GUNS n DOGS take care of the lite work for rest of us island owners. : ) 15 years ago Bonnie n I were going fishen an teasing Marauder crew of our hounds NO BOAT TODAY!  We jumped in boat on back dock, told them to have fun, be back soon. Driving around front of island to tease them an pick up front docks we see a boat pulling in to east side of island. I motor over an I ask if I can help them. Two dudes, kind of laurel n Hardy type couple. They say hey man, you a lake cop? Were on vacation an don't want no trouble, Go %$# @#$%^ an back off we are here 1st an need to take a dump. Before I say anything Bonnie says, well bud yer on private property an if you like staying healthy you should get back in yer boat really fast or you gonna know why in 10 seconds. : ) "Yeah well no one can own an island so just back off.....this aint nothing to do with you" That is when the four hounds turned corner of shed full blast in silent sneak attack mode.  : )Guess they were wrestling or chasing frogs or simply in shock that we did not let them in boat cause it took them about 1 minute to react to the voices. But maybe they were just waiting for right moment to GET IT ON! Becky arrived 1st....Buddy, then Barney an then Bailey....... One united big bark turned the dudes heads an you never seen two guys leap into a boat so fast just shy of four mouths full of teeth.... : ) Fat guy flew over the lil guy what seemed like 10 feet right into the bow of boat. Lil guys legs moving so fast to climb into boat an move it off show at same time all while screaming top of his lungs........HELP HELP HELP!!! Bonnie just says as I motor along to front docks to get hound pals.  "Talk to the hounds, this aint got nothing to do with us ~ remember" Fun couple of minutes! Later out on lake they apologized an asked info on places to camp an were sorry for being real DICKS. Told them to maybe got to DNR office in town an ask them about island camping as at the time I had no idea. Actually got to know them pretty good an laugh about this online every summer when they come to lake or when see them on lake once in a while. : ) Keep on rocken! T      
    • Hoey
      Yesterday there was open water, half way from the bridge to narrows used for netting and stripping.  It won't be long now.  The gates are still locked too.  
    • Hoey
      I was able to get my ice to boat equipment and gear cut-over completed.  Only problem was the electric golf cart was a no go.  Finally got it charged enough to move.  I just found out that the charger needed to be replaced.  Over $300 - ouch. There were many out chasing pike.  Those fishing on the reefs and in deeper water were not doing as well as those fishing in one foot of water below the ice.  Sounded like you need to be willing to run your auger into the sand.   I put new blades on my auger and went out to see how well they cut.  Well, I drilled down 2 feet in less than 3 seconds as the ice was on the hard side of slush.  I did not drill any further.  The hole filled immediately with water.   The pike chasers indicated they found little to no hard ice remaining.  That is encouraging since hearsay from the DNR indicated we need 4 weeks of 70 degree days with above freezing temps over night to get the ice out.   Come-on 70s!!!!
    • Kettle
      For those interested in current conditions Red Door has a webcam and the north end typically goes the fastest or at least that is what it seems.  I'm all for a late ice out, similar to 2013 when the last really good year class of walleye were produced.   Kettle
    • Getanet
      I know there are more than 300 islands on Lake Vermilion, but I was wondering if most of them are private, or could a guy throw some camping gear in his boat and stay overnight on one (obviously one that is uninhabited)? If that's possible, does anyone know of any resources that identify which ones are private and which ones would be available for something like that?    
    • leech~~
      Trying to stay on Topic from what I read. Ice out by opener.......so
    • delcecchi
      Sounds like the record of May 23 is looking safe for another year... 
      Ice is going fast!  The sun is high and powerful, we're flirting with 70 degrees and the forecast looks promising. I'm feeling pretty confident there will be a lot more open water then most are expecting.  
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      There will certainly be some areas of open water to fish by the opener! Pike Bay ice is deteriorating fairly fast now. Other small shallow bays are probably not far behind. Cliff