I just got back from another day on Big V. Unbelievable. Yesterday afternoon the temperature was 77 degrees. This afternoon....... 42. We caught some 'eyes but we really had to work for them today. Ma Nature keeps throwing Johan Santana changeups at us, but you've got to keep plugging away. Even in adverse conditions you can still catch fish.
Vertical jigging in 22 to 30 feet of water was the most effective presentation for us today. Orange and chartreuse have been working well. We also trolled cranks in 4 to 12 feet of water, but our success was limited to a few 'eyes, a small 'skie, and a football of a smallmouth loaded with eggs.
Water temps are still running only 51 to 53 out in the basins, and 58 to 60 in the back bays. The walleye fishing has been very good for the most part, and we've been catching some jumbo perch as well. I look for the bite to bounce back in the next couple days as we return to "summer" weather. Time to go clean some 'eyes, and indulge in some Lake Vermilion fine cuisine!
nice pics paul....i had a pretty good day a week ago sunday...117 eyes...4 of us in the boat...3 feet to about 27....much fun....good tip!!!!probanly my best vermilion day ever....birch lake (babbit)has been very good numbers also....that is a good lake to shoot for a hundred also....best bait for the big day was black jig with half a minnow....weather is regressing...so minnows still good...although crawler or leech will work....that day was aalso a good power bait day....heck i think a cigarette butt would have worked!any way good luck all
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988