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The 2017 Fishing Season is Here!!!

Don't forget - fishing licenses need to be renewed on March 1 this year

 

 

LAKE VERMILION FISHING REPORT - May 16, 2017

 

 

 

Another opening weekend on Vermilion is in the books and the fishing has been awesome! Lots of hooksets, double-ups, smiles, and good times this past weekend. Catching between 20-40 walleye an outing is not an uncommon site at this time of year.

 

 

 

Walleye - Fish's appetites are growing after an earlier spawn this season. Most of the fish boated this weekend were all done with their business minus a few immature, confused fish. At this time of year you will find fish anywhere. I don’t use this word lightly either, I mean ANYWHERE. We have caught fish in as shallow as 7 feet and as deep as 38 feet of water. The most action has occurred in the 18-28ft range, however the shallow water casting bite should pick up here in the following weeks. I cannot stress enough the importance of using your side-imaging to find transitional areas. All of our fish were found right on structure near or right on the mud. Sand to mud and rock to mud transitions are the ticket right now. Add in windblown first and secondary points, and you will have a solid formula for locating fish. For the most part, the bite has been light due to the rapid fluctuations of weather we have had this spring. This however should change very soon as water temperatures are warming every day with yesterdays high found coming in at 58 degrees. fish can be caught using any tactic however Lindy rigging chubs and smaller suckers has been the most productive method of take. Snap jigging Jigging Raps also has been catching a number of fish. On flatter days as fish begin to disperse due to lack of concentrated baitfish, leadcore trolling Berkley Fishing​ Flicker Shads at slower speeds over mud flats are a good option.

 

 

 

Northern Pike - Most of your pike will be found on your shallow rock bars of 3-8ft and fast warming back bays. Finding early weed growth is key to catching the toothy critters now. Casting bigger chubs on 1/8oz Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle Live Bait Jigs with a short stinger in these areas is your best option. Trolling Rapala F11’s over rocks has also been productive.

 

 

 

Crappie - Crappie fishing has been great lately on the west end of the lake. Your shallow fast warming bays are holding the most fish. Use your side imaging to locate giant schools of crappie. Most fish have been found in the 4-7ft range. Casting small plastics and presenting them vertically with a float has been the ticket as of late.

 

 

 

There are only a few openings  left for the rest of May, while the remaining summer months are filling up quickly! Good luck and tight lines!

 

 

 

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Lake Vermilion Big Fish Report

All fish were released unless designated by an asterisk (*).

Species Size Reported On Name City State Resort
Crappie 12" 05-21-2017 Bruce Vrieze Kasson MN Glenmore Resort
Muskie 40" 05-21-2017 Rob Brecht Red Oak IA Pike Bay Lodge
Muskie 22" 05-21-2017 Brad Brecht Ames IA Pike Bay Lodge
Northern 39.5" 05-21-2017 Jim Gardiepy Lakeshore MN Head O Lake Resort
Northern 36.5" 05-21-2017 Daniel Davids Stillwater MN Pike Bay Lodge
Northern 34" 05-21-2017 Jake Doherty Hibbing MN Everett Bay Lodge
Northern 24" 05-21-2017 Brian Vrieze Pine Island MN Glenmore Resort
Smallmouth Bass 20" 05-21-2017 Daniel Davids Stillwater MN Pike Bay Lodge
Smallmouth Bass 19" 05-21-2017 Brad Brecht Ames IA Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 31.25" 05-21-2017 Dan Doherty Hibbing MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 27.5" 05-21-2017 Bob Geiselman Loretto MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 27" 05-21-2017 Marco Avila, 12 yrs. old Edina MN Glenmore Resort
Walleye 27" 05-21-2017 Phil Sullivan Duluth MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 27" 05-21-2017 Jeff Sullivan Hibbing MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 26.75" 05-21-2017 Bill Rickert Eagle River WI Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 26" 05-21-2017 Tony Wald Little Canada MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 25.5" 05-21-2017 Terry Schultz Burnsville MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 24.5" 05-21-2017 Phil Priest Duluth MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 24" 05-21-2017 Randy Oppelt Apple Valley MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 24" 05-21-2017 Don Boegemon Prior Lake MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-21-2017 Tyler Glad Pengilly MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-21-2017 Brett Sande Brainerd MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 23" 05-21-2017 Bill Sutherland Eden Prairie MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-21-2017 Ryan Millner So. St. Paul MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 22.5" 05-21-2017 Jake Doherty Hibbing MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 22.5" 05-21-2017 Howard Sahli Marine St, Croix MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Shane Holmen Hibbing MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Eric Noyes Chanhassen MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Matt Arnason Blaine MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Terry Schultz Burnsville MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Randy Oppelt Apple Valley MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 22" 05-21-2017 Michael Kramer Duluth MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 21.5" 05-21-2017 Gabe Fetzek Brooklyn Park MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21.5" 05-21-2017 Dave Boudreau Brooklyn Park MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21.5" 05-21-2017 Don Priest Minnetonka MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-21-2017 Steven Geiselman Eden Prairie MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-21-2017 Lee Gilbertson Apple Valley MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-21-2017 Eric Noyes Chanhassen MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-21-2017 Steve Tanzer Maplewood MN Head O Lake Resort
Walleye 21" 05-21-2017 Dan Davis Hugo MN Pike Bay Lodge
Walleye 20" 05-21-2017 Dave Opatz Little Canada MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 20" 05-21-2017 Wayne Welsh Miami FL Everett Bay Lodge
Northern 28" 05-14-2017 John Kerr Grand Rapids MN Glenmore Resort
Smallmouth Bass 17" 05-14-2017 Kyle Boden White Bear Lake MN Glenmore Resort
Smallmouth Bass 16" 05-14-2017 Jack Boden White Bear Lake MN Glenmore Resort
Walleye 27.5" 05-14-2017 Ryan Johnson Minnetonka MN pehrson Lodge
Walleye 25.5" 05-14-2017 Matt Nigon Lindon Hills MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 25" 05-14-2017 John Freeman Balsam Lake WI Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 24" 05-14-2017 Tyler Glad Pengilly MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 24" 05-14-2017 John Santer New Richmond WI Glenmore Resort
Walleye 23" 05-14-2017 Brian Ohnsorg Bloomington MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-14-2017 Tyler Glad Pengilly MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-14-2017 Tyler Glad Pengilly MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 23" 05-14-2017 John Kuehn Eden Prairie MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-14-2017 John Kuehn Eden Prairie MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 22" 05-14-2017 Dewey Benson Wyoming MN Glenmore Resort
Walleye 22" 05-14-2017 Dick Nigon Wayzata MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 21.5" 05-14-2017 Lance Lind Barnum MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21.5" 05-14-2017 Tyler Glad Pengilly MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-14-2017 Tom Puehl Plymouth MN Everett Bay Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-14-2017 Dick Nigon Wayzata MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-14-2017 E. Scott Thatcher Edina MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-14-2017 John Kuehn Eden Prairie MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 21" 05-14-2017 John Kuehn Eden Prairie MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 20.5" 05-14-2017 John Santer New Richmond WI Glenmore Resort
Walleye 20" 05-14-2017 Dave Kuehn Columbia Heights MN Pehrson Lodge
Walleye 25.5" 05-07-2017 Ryan Johnson Minnetonka MN Pehrson Lodge

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