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RB's Guide Service
P.O. Box 303, Cook MN 55723
Cell: 218-780-7939
rbguide007@gmail.com

Submitted: September 26, 2019

Well for the most part the 2019 guiding season is wrapping up. Time to grab the shotgun and get out and chase some grouse and ducks, before the deer season arrives. But by know means is fishing done with. Our walleye bite this past week was very good. I got our walleye on jigs and minnows. Found most fish in 20 to 30ft. With alot of nice jumbo perch mixed in. Keep moving till you mark fish, once you find them it seems they will bite. I know the people trolling lead core have had good success on a lot of days. The musky fisherman have been getting fish in the weeds on the west side of the lake. Fall colors continue to get better.
You cant go wrong being on the water this time of year.
I'll probably get a final report out in a couple weeks.


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: September 19, 2019

I would say the only big change on Lake Vermilion are the fall colors. Our walleye bite continues to be fairly consistent. Look in the deeper waters, I've been doing good in 21- 28ft. Jig and minnows or lindy rigging with minnows, I've gotten a few on crawlers on lindy rigs. Some of the people trolling lead core and crankbaits have been getting fish. With this warmer weather I would expect some fish to move shallow chasing perch minnows. Again with this warm up, some of the smallmouth will also move shallow.
Have a good week, Stay safe.
Best of luck on the water!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: September 9, 2019

Well just when you thought things are going well, the fish decide to challenge you. Early in the week the walleye bite was fairly consistent. I did best in 18 - 26 ft with jigs and minnows. In the shallow mud bays it seemed lindy rigging with crawlers did better. The people trolling lead core have had the most consistent bite. Lately the fish got little more finicky more due to the weather. I would expect fall patterns that I seen earlier last week to become more consistent. I haven't fished smallmouth lately, but with the cooler water temperatures I would concentrate on the deeper rock structure. Fall colors continue to get better.
Good fishing and Stay safe!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: September 3, 2019

Last week was brutal on the water due to the weather. Heavy rain followed by a few days of strong winds. I was able to get some walleye shallow in the wind blown bays but just the last couple of days I have had a better bite in the deeper sand flats. Slip sinker rigs with crawlers did well for me. Some of the guides have done okay on minnows, definitely want to have both with from now into October . Last week the people trolling lead core did very well in the deeper basins. The water temperatures have dropped significantly down into the low to mid 60's so the walleye should start setting up in early fall patterns, definitely start trying jig and minnows. My smallmouth bite has been tougher, they are on the move, focus on the deeper rock structure.
Drop shots with crawlers or smaller sucker minnows, or jigging plastics.
Fishing should really start picking up for all species, great time to get on the water, leaves starting to show color, less boat traffic.
Good luck..Stay safe.


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: August 25, 2019

Been a very challenging walleye bite. If your on fish one day, they more than likely will be gone the next. We're getting our fish in the deeper sand areas 16 to 28 ft. Lindy rigging with crawlers or minnows. Or jigs with minnows or half crawler. The people trolling lead core in the deeper basins are producing fish, keep switching up crank baits until you find the size and color they are wanting. My smallmouth bite was tough, mostly smaller fish, so start looking on the deeper structures for the larger fish. The bass tournament winners the other week boated I believe 39 fish for 68 lbs.
With the upcoming forecast start looking for walleye in the deeper holes.
We held our annual Take a Veterans Fishing Event this past week, 124 veterans participated, fish were caught, weather was nice. A great event for well deserving men and women who served our country.
Use extra precaution on the water over the upcoming holiday weekend.
Good Fishing.


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: August 17, 2019

A very different week of walleye fishing. Inconsistent is the best way of describing it. The best days were with a wind. The fish that were active were still on the deeper sand areas 16 - 22 ft. I found some active fish shallow on a couple windy days. All our fish came off of lindy rig and crawler, minnows didn't produce well. Mobility is the key my good days I kept moving until I found fish that were active. Didn't work every time, but it'll pay off. Some guides got fish bobber fishing deeper rock piles, with part of a crawler.
There's a bass tournament on the lake this week, will have a report on the outcome next week.
Enjoy the week, stay Safe.
Tight lines. Good Fishing.


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: August 9, 2019

Overall it was another good week of walleye fishing. The best bite continues to be on the deeper sand 14 to 18ft, seems on these places if you find knots of perch minnows, the walleye are there. All our fish this week came off of crawlers on lindy rigs. I didn't fish smallmouth, but I would still look on the shoreline rocks, fishing plastics or crankbaits in crawfish pattern.
Have a great week fishing Vermilion.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: August 2, 2019

We had another good week of walleye fishing. The key is to find good concentration of perch minnows, and it seems the deeper sand 16-18ft depth are good places to start looking. My best bite is going to be on days with clouds and wind. Rigging with a crawler ( either half or whole) or leeches are producing well. As of now I haven't talked to anyone doing any leadcore trolling.
Smallmouth continue to haunt the shallow rocks looking for crayfish. Again try plastics in brown pumpkin and crankbaits in crawfish pattern. In the quite mornings don't pass up topwater, this time of year can be a phenomenal bite. Spinner baits will put smallmouth in the boat.
Have a great time this week on Vermilion.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: July 24, 2019

We definitely are over the hurdle following the mayfly hatch. The walleye bite continues to improve. Most of our fish are coming from windblown bays with soft mud or sand bottoms. Lindy rigging with a half or full crawler are producing best, look in 12-18 ft. Jigging raps are producing fish in deeper basins 18-28 ft. As the smallmouth still feed on crawfish, focus on the rocks again with brown pumpkin colored plastics and crawfish pattern crankbaits.
Have a great week on Vermilion.
Stay safe and Good Fishing!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: July 17, 2019

Took a break from doing a report the last two weeks, fishing was a very constant challenge. The Mayfly hatch was still going on earlier this week and prior to this week walleye were very fickle. In the last 24 hrs things seem to have turned around. We been getting good numbers on the mid depth sand and also where there are deeper rock piles adjacent to a sand bottom. Slip sinker rigs with crawlers, whether a full or half crawler seem to be what they prefer. For smallmouth still concentrate on shoreline rocks or shallow reefs, brown pumpkin plastics or crankbaits in crawfish pattern.
We had another great take a kid fishing event. We got most of the time in on the water before weather pushed us off. Everyone had a great day, plenty of fish were caught. A very big thank you to all the volunteers and boat operators. Have a great week on Vermilion.
Stay safe.!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

Submitted: June 30, 2019

It looks like summer has arrived! The walleye bite has improved as the water becomes warmer. Fish are setting up in late spring patterns, behind a typical year.The reefs are producing fish as well as shoreline breaks in the 12 -16 ft range, very wind dependent. Most fish were either on jigs and minnows or leeches on live bait rigs..a few on crawlers ... it's worthwhile having all three on board. On the days with clouds and wind fish on top of the rock piles with slip bobbers and leeches.
My smallmouth bite this week was still a little slower than I would have liked, but we still did well. Senkos or twister tale grubs in brown pumpkin did best. The crankbaits in crawfish pattern did produce some fish. Exspect these fish also to become more active with the warmer weather.
Busy week approaching with the Fourth of July. Please be safe and keep alert for the other boaters.
Good luck!


Rob Bryer, RB Guide Service

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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