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LAKE VERMILION FISHING REPORT - September 14, 2018
What a confusing time out here on Vermilion, for the fish that is! Cool nights and warm days have been forcing temperatures throughout the water column into a jumble. That being said, once fish are found the bite has been strong.
Walleye - The last few days my boat has had some stellar shallow water bites in the 6-13ft range, and on the flip side as deep as 35ft. Quality fish have been found all over. Casting plastics, paddl...e tails, jig minnow combos has been a staple in the shallow stuff with a nice bag of walleyes and jumbo perch being found in wind blown bays and coves. For your deeper bites, windblown rock structure adjacent to sand has been key. We have a nice class of perch fry on many areas of the lake and they have been seen balling up in these areas. My favorite method of take here is snap jigging Shiver Minnows or Jigging Rapalas. Jig minnow combos will also produce in this deeper water, as will trolling leadcore with Flickershads and Shad Raps.
Bass - As with the walleyes, I have found larger smallmouth in a wide array of depths from 8-22 feet of water. Most have been coming off of secondary structure. Large, singular boulders atop this structure is key. I like to look for smaller pieces of structure rather than fishing your large reefs. Live bait rigging or jigging large suckers has been best for your larger football smallies.
Musky - With prefishing for the PMTT occurring for much of the week, consensus reports have been of some tough sledding in this department. Lots of followers, some biters, but few and far in between. With some cooler temps projected next week, I expect musky action to finally pick up come the backend and going into the next week.
All fish were released unless designated by an asterisk (*).