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Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted October 20, 2016

Walleye - The walleye fishing continues to be excellent on the big V. Water temperatures are hovering around that 50 degree mark, with skinnier water being a few degrees cooler. The majority of my action has been in that 18-43ft range; narrow your search by keying in on windblown sand/clay bottoms with some rock near by. Side imaging really cuts out a lot of guess work and can put you right on an edge that feeding walleye are relating to. Typically most of your larger fish in that slot range and above are being found in shallower water of 10-20ft following schools of larger perch. Windblown sand and/or green cabbage edges are one’s best bets when targeting larger fish at this time. As for methods of take, some days certain fish prefer snap jigging rattle baits, jigging raps, or heavy lead heads with chubs triggering a natural reaction strike, while other days more fish will take to slower and light finesse presentations. Come and get it while its hot; the fishery is in great shape and there is no better time to come up and walleye fish Vermilion!

Muskie - The toothy critters have been very active as of late. Anglers should expect to see action, fall feedbags are on and fish are hungry! All my fish have come off of the shallow stuff in the past week casting blades and twitch baits. Smaller rubber baits over shallow rock will also move fish. The water just is not cool enough to begin casting the big stuff in deep water just yet; one will find more fish up high.

Bass- Smallmouth have fishing has been good; the difficulty here is locating big fish on what seems like an endless amount of good small structure. Most of my fish are being found in the 11-20ft range. Use your side imaging to find and key on on BIG boulder fields. Most fish well be suspending a few feet over the top and are easily found on one’s graph. Drop-shotting a crosstail shad or any baitfish imitation has been best.

Crappie - If green cabbage beds are located fish can be found relating to them still in that 6-10ft range. The water still is not cool enough to brown the vegetation and push a lot of west end crappie deep. Reports on the dark water fishery of the east end show the contrary of fish being found using the middle of water column in that 20-30ft range.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted October 12, 2016

Walleye - The walleye fishing has been nothing short of spectacular as of late. I am finding very good concentrations of fish in as shallow as 18ft down to as deep as 40ft. Wind is the main catalyst in determining fish locations at this time of year on Vermilion. Narrow your search by focusing on windblown structure with some adjacent sand and you will be greeted by some hungry walleyes! Finding these areas can be quick and painless by studying a good contour map and quickly graphing areas with one's side imaging. With the main forage consisting of juvenile perch, match the hatch and imitate the forage base. Snap jigging Jigging Raps has been my favorite method of take, however jig and minnow presentations have also yielded excellent results.

Muskie - With water temps hovering around the mid 50s, focusing on shallow water is key. Any patch of green weeds no matter the size of the area it covers has potential to hold a fish; while on other areas of the lake keying in on shallow rock will be the better bet. Casting jerk baits and glide baits has seen the most fish for me.

Crappie - Crappie fishing remains great on areas of the lake. My boat has been seeing limits of really nice sized fish in the 11-13" range. Plastics under floats have been the favored presentation for these upward feeders.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted September 22, 2016

Walleye - Each day in the last week has just produced better and better results. Water temps are now below 63 degrees on most days. I am finding more and more HUNGRY fish being concentrated, which has resulted in some stellar snap-jigging bites. Jigging Rapalas, Rippin’ Raps, and spoons have all been used with very good results. The biggest news here is that I’m finding most of my fish in the sand and rock in the 25-35 foot range. Your bigger fish will be in shallower. Some days when the fish are still a bit finicky I have been switching over to crawlers on lindys, as have many. The trolling bite has also been productive with flicker minnows and shads.

Muskie - Muskie fisherman have really been struggling to move fish. There are a lot of fisherman out there but not many fish being caught, which is to be expected for this time of year. Fish are just not moving regardless of weather changes and it will remain so for a few weeks until the water shift settles. Shallow rock primary and secondary structure as well as deeper weeds are areas to key in on. It is a tough bite now with the transitional period upon us but resilience pays off on Vermilion in BIG ways. Blade baits and rubber with varying retrieves are one's best bets.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been good, but not near what it has potential for. The bulk of my successes for bronzebacks have consisted of dropshotting plastics and jigging tubes in 15-20ft rock structure. Bites can be fast and furious and then slow dramatically so be ready to make the most of the short feeding windows.

Crappie - There have been some real success stories of anglers targeting crappies on areas of the lake. Many true slabs are being found on deep weed edges of 12-15ft. Fish are in tightly clustered schools that are easily and quickly located using side-imaging.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted September 15, 2016

Walleye - The dog days of September are upon us pushing the everyday angler to utilize their capabilities to the fullest; there have been some real success stories and some very tough bites. Good locator skills and use of side imaging is crucial. Not much has changed for the status of the walleye bite in the last week, other than the fact that the live bait bite has improved. Deeper sand and mud of 20-35ft has seen the bulk of the fish that hit the net. Lindy rigging big chubs on larger structure and also vertically jigging rattle baits on smaller pieces of structure have put many fish in the boat as the primary forage now is perch. If fish are not being found in numbers, trolling crankbaits in 20-35ft has been the most consistant method of take. Fish can be in the mud or sand dependent on the day or area of the lake one is fishing. When this has occurred it has typically been in sand to rock or mud transition lines. As always, my precursor is: don’t focus on any one depth range OR method until numbers of fish are located. Success at this time relies on an anglers' ability to fish different tactics, presentations, and methods. Uniformity in the temperature of water throughout the column means fish moving within different depth ranges from day to day.

Muskie - The last few days have seen very little muskie activity. Fish are just not moving regardless of weather changes and it will remain so for a few weeks until the water shift settles. Shallow rock primary and secondary structure as well as deeper weeds are areas to key in on. It is a tough bite now with the transitional period upon us but resilience pays off on Vermilion in BIG ways. Blade baits and rubber with varying retrieves are one's best bets.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been good, but not near what it has potential for. The bulk of my successes for bronzebacks have consisted of dropshotting plastics and jigging tubes in 15-20ft rock structure. Bites can be fast and furious and then slow dramatically so be ready to make the most of the short feeding windows.

Crappie - There have been some real success stories of anglers targeting crappies on areas of the lake. Many true slabs are being found on deep weed edges of 12-15ft. Fish are in tightly clustered schools that are easily and quickly located using side-imaging.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted September 7, 2016

Walleye - The best way to categorize the status of the walleye fishing would be 'variable'. There are some real success stories and some very tough bites. Success at this time relies on an anglers' ability to fish different tactics, presentations, and methods. With cooler nights created uniformity in water temperatures throughout the water column the fish really can be any where on any given day. Good locator skills and use of side imaging is crucial. That being said, trolling crankbaits in 20-35ft has been the most productive method of take. Fish can be in the mud or sand dependent on the day or area of the lake one is fishing. On the other hand some days one can stumble upon a group of fish hugging structure. When this has occurred it has typically been in sand to rock or mud transition lines. Lindy rigging big chubs on larger structure and also vertically jigging rattle baits on smaller pieces of structure have put many fish in the boat as the primary forage now is perch. Don't focus on any one depth range OR method until numbers of fish are located.

Muskie - Most of your active fish now are being found in the shallow rock primary and secondary structure as well as deeper weeds. It is a tough bite now with the transitional period upon is but resilience pays off on Vermilion in BIG ways. Blade baits and rubber with varying retrieves are one's best bets.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been good, but not near what it has potential for. The bulk of my successes for bronzebacks have consisted of dropshotting plastics and jigging tubes in 15-20ft rock structure. Bites can be fast and furious and then slow dramatically so be ready to make the most of the short feeding windows.

Crappie - There have been some real success stories of anglers targeting crappies on areas of the lake. Many true slabs are being found on deep weed edges of 12-15ft. Fish are in tightly clustered schools that are easily and quickly located using side-imaging.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted August 23, 2016

Walleye - The walleye bite has been very fragile and day-to-day with the inconsistencies in the weather patterns. As the summer is winding down, in the last week alone we have had temps in the 40s for lows and 80s for highs. This whirlwind has fish confused is the best way to describe it. Times like this require for extremely good locator skills; it is something I mention week-to-week but now I stress this more than ever. The last week has consisted of me pulling fish out of shallow rock of up to 12ft, to sand in excess of 30ft. It is always best to get an early start and locate the fish the prior to dropping a line in the water because they may not be in the same places you caught them the day prior. Chances are, however that they are not far off. Crawlers on light lindy rigs in deeper sand and mud have produced fish while slip bobber and jigging techniques are yielding good results on shallower rock. Snap-jigging efforts have also put many fish in my boat on some days; jigging Rapalas, rattle baits, and jigging spoons have all put fish in my boat. Trolling with lead and other methods has also had great results. Fish are feeding almost exclusively on perch and small craws, so this is something to keep in mind. Something I get grief for is having “too many rods” in my boat; it is important to keep a wide variety of rods rigged for whatever situation may be thrown at you on any given day.

Muskie - Muskie fishing has been great the last week. There are a lot of fish moving with the full moon sweeping through our week. Deeper weeds and shallow sand and rock are holding many fish. Structure adjacent to deep water is also holding very active fish. As water temps throughout the column are at a high, many whitefish are coming to the surface in low light periods due to oxygen depletion. Keep a look out for these as well and cast in and around them as they usually yield some very active and naive toothy critters.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been great! some very big fish are being caught. The best areas to begin your search are rock reef of 13-17ft that have expanses of sand nearby. Cranking, drop-shotting, and almost all other methods will be rewarded!


Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted August 17, 2016

Walleye - The walleye fishing has been very good. Consistent weather patterns have attributed to a strong bite the last week with many limits being posted. Low light periods have been best. Most of my fish have been coming out of the 17-25ft range. Deeper sand and shallower rock have been the ticket as of late; however I won’t rule out fish moving onto deeper mud if there right conditions come through. The fish seem to be concentrating into tighter areas. Punch your waypoints and get ready to be mobile to stay on top of a school of active fish. Side imaging from my Humminbird comes in very handy when lindy rigging through these fish. Each pass they may be 15-20 yards off of where they previously were; this small shift can mean all the difference between hit or miss. Successful use of side imaging takes out a lot of the guesswork. Using crawlers on simple rigs at .5-.7mph has been key. There are people trolling spinners, however I would not recommend it. Leadcore trolling has been good for a few fish here and there for those doing it. Vertical jigging has also been a area of emphasis in my boat. We have been doing very well with numerous techniques from a jig and minnow to rattle baits and jigging Rapalas.

Muskie - Fish are set up in their normal summer patterns. Casting rock structure, mid-lake reefs and islands, and deep weed edges has all seen fish. More active fish are being seen on deeper weeds. Rubber baits have seen more reaction bites from bigger fish over rock, while casting big blades has seen more fish altogether. As always, when you see a big fish, mark the spot, give it some time and come back with a new game plan. Many of these fish are feeding on bass and walleye, therefore will not move much off of a piece of structure as opposed to a cisco-fed fish.

Bass - Larger smallmouth are being found on deeper mid-lake rock structure of 15-22ft. Many areas where you will find walleye are holding larger smallmouth as well feeding mainly on crayfish. Matching the hatch and drop-shotting creature and crayfish plastics is one’s best bet, and as always a slip bobber with a leech will always produce.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted August 11, 2016

Walleye - The bite has remained consistent for the most part. The cold front and east winds associated with it the past two days have slowed things down a tad, however I don’t expect this to last very long. The active fish are very day-to-day in their locations. One day they will be in the shallow rock and sand of 15-20ft, while the next they will be in the sand and/or mud in 25-35ft. Good locator skills are a MUST right now. I use my Humminbird’s side-imaging every day to find and get fish in the boat. If you catch fish in an area one day, but not in the same exact area the next day, chances are that the fish are still in the vicinity but have maybe shifted a bit. Moving 20 yards off of a break or up structure can sometimes mean all the difference. Slow rigging crawlers on very light and simple rigs at .5-.7mph has been the most consistent. Vertical jigging efforts have yielded some success, however finding concentrations of walleye large enough to keep consistent action has been tough. This will change in the coming weeks. Bigger fish have been caught slip bobbering leeches on shallow reefs in low light conditions. The trolling bite has also been good from the few doing it.

Muskie - Not much has changed in this department. I have only put a few hours in, in the last week helping a first time angler catch her first muskie! Fish are set up in their normal summer patterns. Casting rock structure, mid-lake reefs and islands, and deep weed edges has all seen fish. More active fish are being seen on deeper weeds. Rubber baits have seen more reaction bites from bigger fish over rock, while casting big blades has seen more fish altogether. As always, when you see a big fish, mark the spot, give it some time and come back with a new game plan. Many of these fish are feeding on bass and walleye, therefore will not move much off of a piece of structure as opposed to a cisco-fed fish.

Bass - Larger smallmouth are finally beginning to move onto deeper rock structure. Many areas where you will find walleye are holding larger smallmouth as well feeding mainly on crayfish. Matching the hatch and drop-shotting creature and crayfish plastics is one’s best bet, and as always a slip bobber with a leech will always produce.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted August 4, 2016

Not much has changed in the last week. The fishing remains great on Vermilion!

Walleye - The walleye fishing the last week has remained good. I have been consistently putting 15-20 fish in the boat in a half day. Wind-blown sand bottoms with a little rock nearby in 17-30ft are holding the most fish and have been the most productive for me. Scattering of fish has made rigging the most feasible method of take. Crawlers and leeches on simple, light, lindy rigs drifted at .5-.8mph have been the ticket. Bobber fishing on shallower rock has slowed down a bit, however there are still fish moving on in low-light periods to feed. Trolling crank baits on sand and mud areas has also been productive. It is still a little early for a good snap jigging bite as the fish are not as concentrated as one would like, however this should change in the coming weeks.

Musky - Muskies have been active as of late. Casting blades over shallow rock and deep weed edges at dusk and early morning have seen fish. Being right on the deep edge is crucial at this time as water temps are holding steady in the upper 70s. Remember, if you raise of fish one day, mark a waypoint, and head back the next, remembering this has put countless fish in my boat on a day to day basis. There are a lot of ciscoes in certain parts of the system, which is something to look for and keep in mind when choosing areas. Find the bait, find the fish! ANOTHER NOTE: avoid muskie fishing when surface water temps reach the high 70s to low 80s. This can put a lot of stress on the fish and increase the mortality rate. If it is a must, try to keep the net time short and I encourage a wet release.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has remained very good. With surface temps in the upper 70s, I have been surprised to find most big fish in less than 6ft of water on medium sized rock. It is mainly a crayfish bite for these footballs. Numbers can be found in deeper adjacent water of 10-20ft with the main forage consisting of crayfish and perch minnows, depending on the area of the lake you are fishing.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted July 28, 2016

Walleye - The walleye fishing the last week has been nothing short of excellent. Catching 15-25 fish a morning makes for sorting through a nice limit. Wind-blown sand bottoms with a little rock nearby in 20-30ft are holding the most fish and have been the most productive for me. Scattering of fish has made rigging the most feasible method of take. Crawlers and leeches on simple, light, lindy rigs drifted at .5-.8mph have been the ticket. Bobber fishing on shallower rock has slowed down a bit, however there are still fish moving on in low-light periods to feed. Trolling crank baits on sand and mud areas has also been productive. It is still a little early for a good snap jigging bite as the fish are not as concentrated as one would like, however this should change in the coming weeks.

Musky - Muskies have been VERY active as of late. The last week in my boat has consisted only casting rubber on mid lake rock structure, however I have heard good reports of big fish being taken in deep weeds on blades, especially after sunset. If you raise of fish one day, mark a waypoint, and head back the next, remembering this has put countless fish in my boat on a day to day basis. There are a lot of ciscoes in certain parts of the system, which is something to look for and keep in mind when choosing areas. Find the bait, find the fish!

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has remained very good. With surface temps in the mid to upper 70s, I have been surprised to find most big fish in less than 6ft of water on medium sized rock. It is mainly a crayfish bite for these footballs. Numbers can be found in deeper adjacent water of 10-20ft with the main forage consisting of crayfish and perch minnows, depending on the area of the lake you are fishing.

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Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted July 21, 2016

Walleye - Fishing has been day to day. A lot of times I’m finding a small school of fish in a very tight concentration, therefore staying on top of them and working that one school is crucial. Lindy rigging crawlers has been the most productive for me. There is a lot of food in the water, and plenty competition which is causing the fish to scatter across large sand and mud flats. Slip bobber fishing reefs in low-light periods has put fish in the boat. The best reefs for me have been those with plenty of mud encompassing them nearby. The most productive bite for me has been in 24-36ft of water on sand and mud transitional lines. Using your Humminbird’s side imaging to quickly find where fish are on these breaks is crucial. With fish scattering, covering a lot of water is crucial and vertical jigging efforts should be put on hold; this should change in the coming weeks, however. Trolling flicker shads and shad raps deep has also put fish in my boat. Something to note, a lot of my fish on the west end of the lake have been full of shiner minnows and small ciscos, while the east end has been primarily larvae. Something to keep in mind when choosing a presentation.

Musky - Muskies are very active now, and with the full moon period upon us, I encourage low light casting, and paying attention to moonrise and set. Tossing topwaters at dusk in areas with high concentrations of ciscos has put fish in my boat. Rock structure around these concentrations and adjacent to deep water have also been very productive casting rubber baits. I have heard great reports of more active fish on deep weed edges as well casting big blades.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been phenomenal. The fish are transitioning to deep rock of 10-20ft however there are still fish shallow as well. Drops shotting or nico rigging crayfish plastics as well as shads have been tops. Casting shad raps and shadow raps in a crayfish pattern have also been a great search tool.

Tight lines!

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski posted July 14, 2016


Walleye - The walleye fishing has been day to day but has been good to those who are willing to work for their fish. Surface temps are constantly averaging in the low 70s, and fish are set up in the typical late summer taunts. Reefs and finger point rock/gravel bars of 10-18ft will hold fish and be a good option for slip bobber or jig fishing with kids in low light periods. Most fish in my boat have come Lindy rigging out of the 20-26ft sand transitional areas. The west-end is finally beginning to recover from the hex hatch. Being in that odd post-mayfly hatch period means a light bite and downsizing of baits. I like to run as light of a No-Snagg as conditions allow, with a three foot 6lb fluorocarbon leader and no additional hardware. Focus on wind-blown areas and use your Humminbird’s side-imaging to the fullest of its abilities to quickly locate fish and transitional areas. This will save plenty of time and eliminate the guess work. I NEVER fish an area without being sure I am on top of them and in a high percentage area. Walleyes are constantly moving on Vermilion with changing winds and bait patterns. 

Musky - Muskies have been very active as of late. Casting deep weed edges and rock structure has been key. With the smallmouth transitioning to deeper rock, the muskies are not far behind. Midlake structure and islands have seen plenty of fish lately. Don’t be afraid to try new areas adjacent to deeper water to try and avoid heavily pressured areas. Many of the same reefs are being hit day-in and day-out by fisherman; don’t fear trying less pressured areas. Casting rubber is always a go-to, but deep diving crank baits are always worth a try to give the fish something they haven’t seen before. Mag 8’s and top waters have also produced fish in shallower areas and during low-light. 

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been great. Fish are moving onto deeper gravel and rock structure. Using side-imaging to find submergent wood has also been extremely productive. Casting crayfish pattern jerk baits and drop-shotting creature and crayfish type plastics in 8-17ft has produced many fish and some big ones at that. Bobber fishing with leeches is also a easy way to put beginners on fish. 

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Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski posted July 5, 2016

Walleye - The past week has provided very consistent walleye fishing. The fish don’t seem to be very effected by the light mayfly hatch, while most have setup in their summer patterns. The bite, however, has been very light. I have had fish up to 31.5" in my boat in the last week that strike no differently than a 15” fish. Downsizing your presentation is crucial. Rigging in sand to rock transitional zones of 17 to 28 feet has been the ticket as of late. Your depth range will vary based on light penetration, time of day, and the weather conditions. I always start my day by using my Humminbird's side imaging to locate where the fish are holding. As long as one has an area that meets the criteria of wind blown, sand to rock transition nearby, and depth zone of 17-28ft with deeper water in the mix, there should be walleyes in that area. I say it every week, the key to day-in day-out success on Vermilion is to be mobile and use your locator to its full capabilities.

Muskie - With water temps in the low 70s, fish are transitioning to their typical summer areas. Deep weed edges, mid lake rock structure, as well as casting or trolling at suspended fish has put fish in the bag. Casting big blades has seen a lot of action in the past week. There are plenty of anglers trolling over bait and structure adjacent to deep water. With trolling lures, I like to “match the hatch” so to speak. If smaller ciscoes are seen surfacing, downsize. If larger ciscoes or whitefish are seen, upsize. With water temps rising, top water action should heat up soon as well.

Bass - Smallmouth fishing has been excellent. Fish are moving off of their beds and currently in their transitional period of moving between spawning areas and their deeper late summer playgrounds. Casting crayfish patterned plastics or crank baits at fish suspending near deep structure has produced the most fish in the last week.

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Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted June 22, 2016

Walleye - The bite has still been up to par on most days. The hex hatch has slowed things down a bit but not as much as one would expect. I have seen bugs now on all ends of the lake except the far west. My guess is that there is still more to come, but that is yet to be seen. Given the mayfly onslaught, the bite has been very light. Downsizing and lightening up your tackle is crucial at this time. Most fish in my boat have been coming on leeches and some on crawlers. I am not partial to one or the other. There are still keeper sized fish in the 13-17” range in the deeper 20-30' mud, however the most productive bite has been in the sand. Sand and mud transition areas have been good, but rock to sand in the 15-22’ range has reigned supreme as far as numbers and the best mixture of size is concerned. Lindy rigging has been preferred as keeper sized fished are still not very concentrated, however when getting on good numbers in the rock and sand, casting jigs and slip bobbers has proven to be very productive. The most important thing to keep in mind at this time is MOBILITY. Being mobile at this time is key to your success on the water. Don’t get hung up on one spot because you “know the fish are there”. Move around and find active fish. Implementing good locator skills and using Humminbird’s side-imaging capabilities to your advantage will put a lot of walleyes in the boat in the coming week.

Muskie - Emerging mayflies have concentrated a lot of ciscoes in windblown areas of 35’+. Casting rubber and topwaters (lowlight periods) in high concentration areas have produced many fish in the last week as has trolling. I have seen plenty of fish starting to also relate to steeper breaks, structure; at the same time shallower coves of 10ft+ have also seen active fish. Pick your poison at this time of year, there are plenty of active fish to be had. Bait selection is dependent on the area your fishing, however I still prefer to slow down at this time.

Bass - The smallmouth fishing has been excellent. Most of the bigger fish in the 3-5lb range are being caught in the sand and or reeds in 4-8’. Most have been spawned out but some have still been full of spawn. My guess is that most are in transition now from shallow to deep summer mainstays and will be for at least the next couple of weeks. Many fish caught have had craws in their mouths. Drop-shotting creature/crayfish type plastics as well as casting crayfish patterned shad raps has been best. Leeches under floats will also produce. I urge you to get out and utilize Vermilion’s spectacular big smallmouth fishery!

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Jarek Wujkowski, posted June 15, 2016

Walleye - The walleye bite has been good most days even with the stagnating weather. We have seen 10 degree differences in surface water temps in the past four days and mayfly larvae cluttering the graph, but that rollercoaster hasn't been affecting the fish very much. We are still catching fish in 7-12ft in the mud and sand tarnsitional zones; however, the most productive bite has been on deeper transitional areas. 20-28ft transitions between rock and mud have produced the most limits. Lindy rigging at .5-.8mph has been a staple in my boat, however switching over to veritcally jigging and slip bobber fishing when getting over a high concentration of fish has also been productive. Leeches and minnows have been best, the BIGGER the better! A lot of slot fish are being found on midlake rock reefs, something to keep in mind when a limit is filled. Having a good knowledge base and understadning of your locator is crucial. I use side-imaging on a day to day basis to quickly find tranistional areas and mark a path down them. With the weather pattern looking to return to normalcy here over the next week, we should be in for some good walleye fishing!

Musky - The majority of the fish I have been pulling out have been out shallow water, 6-10ft. Big fish seem to still be very lethargic and seem to still be in recovery. I have seen multiple fish over 50" but again, slowing down and downsizing is key. There are people starting to fish for suspended fish as well and are having luck with mid 40s.

Bass - Both largemouth and smallmouth are on thier beds or not far off of them. Most are still pre-spawn and VERY hungry! A lot of big bass are being caught in the sand and rock pitching jerkbaits, plastics, you name it. Top water fishing has been very productive when the surface is down to a ripple.


Pike - The majority of the pike I have been seeing have been in the shallow grass, reeds, and cabbage from 2-8ft. Jerk and slower twitch baits have been best to produce a reaction strike. Topwaters have also caught fish. There are a lot of big pike in shallows but are still a bit lethargic.

Panfish - Bluegill are in shallows on beds or not far off. Whatever you put down will get bit. There have been a lot of big gills in my boat, up to 10" in the past week. Small leeches and waxworms under a float is seeing the most time in my boat.

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