The walleye bite has been pretty hot on the Big V over the past couple of weeks. We are sorting through a lot of small fish out there and the DNR has been spot on as far as what year class fish are being best represented. We are catching a higher than average number of slot fish on the East end which has been a nice change of pace from previous years.
Many of the walleye are still in the deeper water transition areas and many are eating juvenile rusty crayfish and mayfly larva. I have also cleaned fish with minnows in them. Most of the fish are feeding very actively and are nice and plump. Fishing over the softest bottom has produced the most fish for me.
Lindy rigs seem to be out producing jigs for numbers of fish as the fish are starting to scatter. Minnows are still my go to bait but I am starting to have success on night crawlers as well. In the evenings we are starting to get some fish on a leach under a slip bobber. Crankbaits are also taking fish on the shoreline breaks and some of the main lake soft bottom flats.
As the water temps start creeping up on the 60 degree mark a lot of the fish will become active in shallower water. I'm hoping we start to see a more consistent bite with the 14 to 16 inch fish.
Good Fishing, -Casey
Casey Sunsdahl Casey's Guide Service Lake Vermilion
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