Fising Report
RB's Guide Service
P.O. Box 303, Cook MN 55723
Cell: 218-780-7939

Submitted: June 18, 2019

Big swings in the weather this past week. My walleye bite wasn't to bad, what they wanted to bite on was challenging. I did good on some 8 - 16 flats with jigs and minnows, color of the jig they wanted varied on some days. My better size fish came off shallow rock piles adjacent to shorelines on slip bobbers and leeches. The smallmouth were hitting best as the sun came out and water warmed up. The brown and green pumpkin color plastics or crankbaits in crawfish pattern will get you bit. As waters warm fishing for all species should continue to improve their.
Have a great week on Vermilion. Stay safe!

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: June 11, 2019

Overall we continue to have a good walleye bite. We saw weekend temps go into the low nineties warming the surface water temps up, followed by a cold front Sunday dropping them back down. I've been catching my fish up shallow on wind swept shorelines with slip bobbers and leeches up shallow 3 to 9ft. Or live bait rigs with leeches. On the deeper shoreline breaks I've done well on jigs and minnows. Stay mobile and keep multiple presentations available. The smallmouth are moving up on their spawning beds. So look up shallow with jerk baits and top water, or plastics fished on wide gap worm hooks. Crappies continue their spawning so look up along the pencil reeds, my best bait are small plastic tube fished 1.5 to 2 ft below a small float.
Happy Father's day to all the fathers out there.
Have a great week on Vermilion, enjoy your week. Stay safe and Good Fishing!

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: June 4, 2019

The last couple days saw the walleye bite turn completely around. It has been a challenge but the waters have finally started warming and fish have become more active. Look on the windward shallows with either a jig and minnow , or slip bobbers and leeches . These fish can be anywhere from tight up against the shoreline or off into 10- 14 ft. The smallmouth are also becoming more active from the reports I've been getting. Plastics in brown or green pumpkin..or crankbaits in crawfish pattern. For smallies suspended on the shoreline breaks try suspended jerk baits. Crappie bite continues as these fish are starting their spawning. Plastic tube jigs suspended below a small float will produce, try various colors to find what they prefer.
Have a great week of fishing, stay safe!

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: May 29, 2019

Another week of up and down weather. The walleye bite was a bit more tougher than we would have liked. Still minnows on slip sinker rigs or jigs, look anywhere from 12-18ft on the flats to 24-30 ft on the deeper breaks. Some fish showing up shallow on wind swept bays, try pitching jig and minnows or slip bobbers and leeches. Definitely the evening bite was best, as more active fish showing up shallow. Crappie bite has remained very strong as most fish are starting their spawning run. Small tube jigs seemed to be our best bet. As these fish are spawning please protect the resource and keep only what you need. The weather forecast looking great, warmer temperatures are going to start getting the lake to warm up. With that I expect the walleye bite to greatly improve in the next couple days.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: May 19, 2019

Its been a rollercoaster of weather this past week. Walleye would turn on one day, then a change of weather would make the bite challenging. I am still doing best on minnows fished either with jigs or live bait rigs. Depending on the day I've been getting fish up around 12ft or as deep as 28ft, so fish the shoreline breaks off of deeper water. Jumbo perch also been adding to the daily catch. Crappies continue to be active in the shallower darker water bays. Small tube and hair jigs are my preference, but small minnows are always producers.
This past Saturday was the City Auto Glass walleye tournament. Winning weights were less than last year.I think the weather change made it more challenging for everyone. But none the less nice walleye were caught. It's a great event, well organized for a great cause.
Water temps continue to be cold, so PFD should be worn. Enjoy the week and Good Fishing!
Stay safe.

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: May 12, 2019

Welcome to another fishing season on Lake Vermilion. It was a beautiful couple days, very nice weather.
The water temps remained cool, mid to upper 40's through out the lake, with mid 50's in the shallower darker water bays. Though the people pulling crankbaits in these waters caught fish, we fished deeper areas. We fished the east end Saturday and did well on walleye in 20-24 ft. Jig and minnows produced well for us, Sunday morning we fished the west end and caught our walleye in 30 -38 ft., again jigs and minnows were all we fished. Crappies have started biting in the shallow bays, either small plastic tube or hair jigs or minnows under a float in a couple feet of water. One of the big concerns has been lack of minnows and leeches. Hopefully by the end of this week more bait will become available. Can't stress enough the necessity of your PFD with these cold water temps.
Have a great season. Stay safe and Good Fishing!

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: April 14, 2019

Greetings from Lake Vermilion. Welcome to the 2019 season. There is still plenty of ice on the lake. The ice anglers chasing crappies are still out and finding a few.
We had our spring fisheries meeting. The walleye numbers on the east side dipped a little from previous years. Possibly due to a cold front during the time so fish patterns were probably affected during that time. The numbers on the west side showed another noticeable increase. Also encouraging was the strong up and coming year class. So again our walleye fisheries remain healthy. The yellow perch numbers were up, with a noticeable increase in jumbo perch. Both the Smallmouth and Largemouth numbers were up with numbers of larger fish increased. The Musky fisheries still remain strong these fish numbers are harder to access. The good news there is that this year they will be stocking 3K musky juveniles. The big news on the Northern pike is that starting this year the limit will be two fish. Protected slot will be 30" to 40". One allowed over 40".
So with all said no matter which species you'll be targeting you should exspect good success.
As far as equipment, make sure your line on your fishing reels has been replaced, reels cleaned and oiled.
Rods should be checked for any compromises, flaws on the eyes. Tackle should be checked, hooks sharpened.
I like to get the tackle I need bought as early as possible. Lots of certain baits will be harder to find as we get nearer the opener.
Go through the boat thoroughly, batteries charged,gas new or been properly treated. Make sure required number of PFD are on board and working, proper safety equipment is on board and working, first aid kit, throwable device , and what else is required for the size of your boat. Make sure you have your 2019 Minnesota fishing license and your watercraft license is also current. My best guess on ice out will be towards the last part of April. My next report will be once ice is out and we start our crappie fishing.
Be safe and have a good month.

Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

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