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Submitted: September 21, 2018

Summer is leaving Lake Vermilion in a hurry. Fall temperatures are here. I exspect this upcoming week to see more fall patterens set up for our walleye bite. This past week of walleye fishing found alot of fish in more shallow waters 12- 14' softer bottom flats in the morning. Late morning and afternoon we did better 18-26' sand areas,jig and minnows or rigging with minnows produced by far the most fish. Some fish were caught on crawlers so make sure your carrying both. As I said last report start looking in the deeper holes as the water cools. The people trolling lead core are doing well still, #5 -7: Flicker shads or Shad Raps.
Congratulations go out to some of the local Musky guides, Lake Vermilion hosted a large Musky tournament the past weekend and somes of our local guides that fished it did very well! Lake Vermilion is definitely a premier destination multi species lake.
Apologize for no smallmouth report.
Enjoy the changing season on Lake Vermilion,
Be safe and Best of luck!
Rob


Earlier Reports

Submitted: September 14, 2018

Another beautiful week on Lake Vermilion. Walleye fishing was a little inconsistent. Earlier in the week saw fish caught in the deeper water 17-24 ft, minnows on lindy rigs or jigs did better than crawlers on rigs. We had good days on the 12-14 ft wind swept bays same presentations as above. The jumbo perch are showing up in decent numbers with these walleye. The people trolling lead core are doing well still, #5-7 Shad Raps or Flicker Shads. Some nice smallmouth are moved up shallow with the warm weather. Looking at our next week forecast, I would start looking for fish deeper first. Fall patterns should start setting up.
Enjoy the changing season.
Stay safe and Good Fishing.
Rob

Submitted: September 6, 2018

It was a challenging week of walleye fishing. We had good days and some tough ones. Patterns were all over the board. Water temps are still in the upper 60's, and with the forecast I don't see much change so what patterns worked this past week, try them thru out next week. Again on the windy days we got fish in the 12-14 ft range in the softer bottom areas, crawlers and minnows on slip sinker rigs did best. On the windy or cloudy days we caught fish up shallow on slip bobbers and crawlers, or pitching jigs and plastic swim baits up in the windblown rock points. The people trolling lead core and crankbaits, Flicker shads or Shad Raps have been doing very well in the deeper basins. For the smallmouth look at the deeper structures. If the water temperatures stays warm these fish will move back up onto the shallow rocks.
Enjoy the week. As always stay safe.
Good Fishing !
Rob

Submitted: August 31, 2018

Now becomes the nicest time on the water, fall weather slowly settling, the big groups of pleasure boaters are gone during the weeks. The past week made us work for our walleye. But fish were caught all week with the end of the week showing our best bite. The shallower mud / sand bays and weed lines 12-14 ft , lindy rigging with crawlers or minnows produced very well. Seeing nice fish moving into these areas. Trolling the deeper basins with crankbaits also still producing, some nice fish were caught in these deeper waters. The shallow bays produced nice catches of walleye trolling shallow running crankbaits.
The last big holiday weekend is upon us, please be extra careful on the water.
Good Fishing / Stay safe !
Rob

Submitted: August 23, 2018

Seems like the only significant changes from my last report is fall is approaching with the trees starting their color changes. The walleye bite has been very good throughout the week. I've been finding fish in many areas. The shallower wind swept bays with a mud bottom been producing well. Rigging with a crawler on slip sinker rig or trolling shallow running crankbaits have done well. I still am finding deeper fish on the rock/ sand transition areas 18- 24 ft. rigging with crawlers. The people trolling lead core or with downriggers in the deeper basins pulling Flicker Shads or Shad Raps have been doing very well. My smallmouth earlier in the week came off shallow rock piles on slip bobbers and crawlers. Later in the week saw these fish moving into deeper structures.
Our Take a Veterans Fishing Event was held this week, over 100 veterans attended, the weather was perfect and the fishing was great. A lot of fish were caught. But the main thing was the men and women that served of country had a great time, enjoyed a fantastic fish dinner and were shown much deserved appreciation!
Have a great week of fishing, stay safe!
Rob

Submitted: August 16, 2018

A very good week of walleye fishing again. The temperatures this past week very warm and then moderated as the week went on. This warm spell saw my best bite in the morning till around 1100 am. Walleye on the eastern side are feeding heavy on crawfish whereas normally they should be on perch minnows. Again my best fishing has been on the edge of the deeper rocks in the sand in the 18-26 ft range, crawlers on lindy rig have been producing well for me. Jig and half a crawler will do well especially if you need to get into the rocks. Look for the walleye on the western side on the weed line edges, here the perch minnows have moved in. Try jig and plastic swim baits or Jigging raps fished on the edges, rigging on the deeper breaks with a crawler are also producing well. My smallmouth have again came on shallow rock with slip bobbers and half a crawler. Also got fish on crawfish coloured shallow running crankbaits off the pencil reeds.
Get the kids on the water before school and related school activities start!
Stay safe and Good Fishing!
Rob

Submitted: August 10, 2018

Looks like our walleye bite has set up into its late summer patterns. Lots of fish ,but many small ones. Our fish on the deeper sand adjacent to rock structures 18-28 ft depending on the time of day and weather, still crawlers or leeches on slip sinker rigs. On the windy days finding fish on shallow 10-16 ft breaks on the edge of mud / sand transition areas. Same live bait presentations. The people trolling lead core are doing well in the deeper basins. Flicker shads or shad raps #5 or #7. My smallmouth all came off shallow rock piles on slip bobbers and crawlers, also picked up some walleye. The docks are also holding fish.But be respectful of the property owner. I had a client boat a 40" plus Musky on a lindy rig and crawler,he did a great job fighting it on 6# test.Had a Musky well over 60" follow a 23" walleye to the net, being someone who lived on the lake my whole life I can honestly say that was largest fish I've seen in this lake.
Tell next week, stay cool, be safe and respectful to others on the water.
Good Fishing!
Rob

Submitted: August 3, 2018

Another great week on Lake Vermilion. Weather was fairly nice and the walleye fishing was good. Again for the live bait presentations we fished the wind blown mud flats where they transition to sand 12 to 18ft slip sinker rigs with crawlers or some fish coming off leeches. As in the past weeks we were finding fish in the deeper sand rocks 20- 28 ft. Live bait rigging with crawlers or leeches. Start seaching the weedlines for walleyes as the young perch start moving into them. The lead core trolling was very productive in the deeper basins pulling #5 crankbaits.
The smallmouth I found were in the rocks in the 12 to 14 ft depth.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!
Rob

Submitted: July 26, 2018

Not much change in this report from last weeks. Our walleye bite continues to be very good with some nicer fish making up more of the catch. Still fishing the deeper sand areas 20 -28 ft ,look shallower on the early or late day times ,deeper mid day and calm, clear days best presentation still live bait rig with a crawler. On windy days search out the 12-16 ft breaks sand to mud transition areas ,still rigging with a crawler. The leadcore bite is going very strong trolling crankbaits in the 26ft plus basins on the larger bays.
Have a safe week!
Good Fishing!
Rob

Submitted: July 19, 2018

Our weather was a lot more enjoyable this past week, which made it very enjoyable on the water. Our walleye bite continues to very good. On most days we're fishing deeper sand humps 18-28 ft live bait rigging with crawlers still our best producers, on the windy days the our moving up onto the mud flats 12-18ft ,same presentations. The people pulling crankbaits on leadcore in the deeper mud basins are producing well.
We held our annual Take a Kid Fishing event this week.
Well attended with just under a hundred participants, lots of fish were caught, the weather was perfect. Many thanks to the people that volunteered their time, the people that participated as boat operator's along with the area guides that donated their time. Its a great time and gets our young people on the water. With the latest numbers out,showing another big decline in fishing license sales,its paramount we get people of all ages interested in one our great outdoor activities.
Have a great week on the water!
Good Fishing,
Rob

Submitted: July 12, 2018

Our biggest challenge lately has been the weather, has been strictly a safety factor with strong thunderstorms and the lighting, no fish is worth risking your life.
Our walleye bite has been excellent and by this point in the season it will just should continue to get better here on out. I've been finding fish on the sand flats 12-18 ft , the mud bays 10-14 ft or the deeper sand areas adjacent to rock structures. I have been strictly live bait rigging with crawlers, I know others are doing well with with spinners with either crawlers or leeches. The smallmouth are feeding heavy on crawfish and I've been keeping clients on them with slip bobbers and leeches on shallow rock reefs, also look for your bigger smallies on the deeper structures, again senkos or tubes in brown pumpkin and crankbaits in crawfish will produce.
Well hopefully our weather starts drying out and don't forget to take a break and check out some rock outcrops along the lake as our blueberry crop is ripening and looks to be a bumper crop, just please make sure its public property and not private.
Have a great week of fishing.
Stay safe!
Rob

Submitted: July 6, 2018

Happy week of the 4th of July!
Considering everything mother nature threw us since our last report( strong t-storms, fish fly hatch etc.) Our walleye bite has been still very good, same pattern as last week, lindy rigging the wind swept mud flats or in the sand next too rocks,12 to 16ft has been consistent, crawlers have been the only bait I'm using while rigging! Have caught some slip bobbers and leeches or crawlers on the rocks, but that bite has slowed down for me. The main factor to mitigate is avoid where the fish fly hatch is strongest, it has not been widespread on the lake so these areas are easily found. What smallmouth we fished are in the rocks either on the shallower reefs or the mid lake structures, as before the plastics in brown pumpkin and crankbaits in crawfish will get you action.
Stay safe and Enjoy summer on Lake Vermilion
Good Fishing!
Rob

Submitted: June 27, 2018

Another good week of walleye fishing! Although the fish flies are continuing to hatch, we been fishing waters with minor or no hatches and doing well. Lindy rigging with crawlers around the deeper rock structures in 12 to 18ft have been producing well for me. Also slip bobber bobbers and leeches or piece of crawlers on top of the rocks have also been productive. Keep moving and switching up tactics and baits.
Smallmouth are feeding heavy on crawfish so fish the rocks with senkos or grubs in green or brown pumpkin.
Again crawfish coloured shallow running crankbaits work well also.
With the holiday week coming there will be a increase of boat traffic so stay safe and keep awareness on the water.
Good Fishing,
Rob



Submitted: June 19, 2018

We had a good week of walleye fishing. We have been catching bigger fish on slip bobbers and leeches up shallow, also these structures been producing on crawfish coloured shallow running crankbaits, use the square bill to keep you from snagging up in the rocks. The deeper fish are coming in on slip sinker sinker rigs leeches or crawlers, look for these fish in the 15- 20 ft range, around the rocks.
The smallmouth have really picked up towards the end of last week, all my fish have been caught on senkos fished over the rocks or the crayfish patterned crankbaits. Everything will be changing soon as the Mayfly hatch is just beginning.
Best of luck fishing, stay safe!
Rob


Submitted: June 19, 2018

We had a good week of walleye fishing. We have been catching bigger fish on slip bobbers and leeches up shallow, also these structures been producing on crawfish coloured shallow running crankbaits, use the square bill to keep you from snagging up in the rocks. The deeper fish are coming in on slip sinker sinker rigs leeches or crawlers, look for these fish in the 15- 20 ft range, around the rocks.
The smallmouth have really picked up towards the end of last week, all my fish have been caught on senkos fished over the rocks or the crayfish patterned crankbaits. Everything will be changing soon as the Mayfly hatch is just beginning.
Best of luck fishing, stay safe!
Rob


Submitted: June 12, 2018

Our walleye bite has definitely picked up, I been getting consistent fish on different presentations, jig /minnows around the mid depth rocks in the sand, lindy rigging also been productive,minnows with some on leeches.
The breaks in the 14-18 ft been holding fish as long as the wind is blowing across them. Again jigs and minnows or rigging with minnows or leeches. We've been doing well in the shallows on slip bobbers and leeches again you need the wind dictating these spots. Again be mobile and flexible change up baits and presentations, some fish are being caught on crawlers so you need to keep them with.
My smallmouth fishing was slow the fish were scattered, nice fish but didn't get the numbers, senkos and twister tale grubs in brown and green pumpkin did best.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!
Rob


Submitted: June 4, 2018

Once again mother nature threw us a challenge. Most of of past walleye bite was shallow until a couple days ago when a strong cold front came through, surface water temperatures dropped over 10 degrees and the walleye bite dramatically slowed! Last couple days we been finding fish in 20 - 22 ft in the sand on the edge of structure. Been catching a few fish up around 12-14 on the wind swept breaks. Leeches on lindy rigs been doing best for me, but with the cooler weather I had some action on jigs and minnows, so until things stabilize try rigging with leeches and minnows. Smallmouth action still has been consistent, fish should move on to their beds soon. Still getting panfish on small tube and hair jigs up against the pencil reeds.
No doubt this week will be challenging, but should pick up, stay mobile and keep changing things up!
Best of luck, stay safe.
Rob


Submitted: May 27, 2018

With this last weeks weather the walleye bite been a little more challenging, some fish are being caught still in the 18 to 24 feet best on lindy rig and minnows or leeches.Jig and minnows also. But alot of fish have moved up shallow, and I've had good days in 6 to 8ft with slip bobbers and leeches, be mobile, if your not finding active fish keep moving and switching up presentations till you do.The evening bite has been very good trolling rapalas or pitching jig/ minnows, and slip bobbers and leeches! Smallmouth have really kept moving in up on the shorelines,casting plastics and crank baits and slip bobbers and leeches are doing well!
Catching panfish up against the dead pencil reeds with small plastics, or hair jigs in the 1/32 oz.under floats been my best producers.
Rob


Submitted: May 21, 2018

Spring time in northern Minnesota, as they say if you don't like the weather wait a little while as it'll change.
Well pretty much somes up last week the warm weather mid week kept our walleye bite fairly consistent. I kept with my program fishing 18 - 24ft jigs/ minnows,lindy rigs and minnows working just a little better. Keep moving if not getting bit,evenings are producing fish with slip bobbers and minnows and some on leeches fished shallow. Pulling stick baits on the shallow shoreline flats are also producing. The crappie bite also picked up by mid week ,small tube jigs or hair jigs 1/16,1/32 oz couple ft below a float working along the shore lines, always keep crappie minnows on board if the artificial baits don't produce. The smallmouth are starting to move up shallow, I like a jig and brown pumpkinseed tube, but also try shallow running crank baits.
The City Auto Glass Classic walleye tournament was held this past Saturday. We were faced with a major cold front the morning of the tournament, strong winds rain and cooler temps, it made for challenging fishing, but regardless some nice fish wete caught and it was a very fun event, and well organized!
With the holiday weekend coming up be extra careful and all the best of luck out there.
Rob


Submitted: May 14, 2018

It all came together with ice out coming just days before the opener! The weather has been summer l ike since Saturday and will continue to be for the next few days. With the water temperatures in the mid to upper forties we been fishing our walleye in the 24 -28 ft range. Jig/ minnow or lindy rig and minnows were our presentation, good numbers of 15+ " fish were caught with slot fish also. Trolling stickbaits or shallow running shad body crank baits produced very well in the darker water bays. So far my crappie bite has been slow but exspect it to start picking up in the next week as water temps warm. With the City Auto Glass walleye tournament next Saturday alot of us will be pre fishing this week. So again with the cold water temperatures please wear your personal flotation device and make sure all other safety equipment is on board. Please help keep Lake Vermilion free of new aquatic invasive species, clean and drain!
Stay safe, have fun, best of luck fishing!
Rob


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