July 27, 2014… the past month we have had some great weather and excellent fishing. water levels have dropped ..Although still higher than past years for late July. Walking out on the Dam is not recommended for the people who enjoy doing that this time of the year for the strength of the water flow over the Dam could take you off-balance. Overall the higher than normal water levels have not impacted fishing with exception of the later opener.
The late opener delay the water temps from warming up which in turn delayed fish from getting into their summer patterns. So the only impact if any is fish were still being caught in shallow areas that are normally associated with spring fishing. So far this year we seen some big Northern ( up to 42 inches) caught over shallow water until about the last week of june . Once the mayflies started their annual hatch ( around the first week of July) fishing over deep open water took off with Cisco schooled up tight feeding on the Mayflies so that meant the larger predators ( Musky and Pike ) were concentrated also in those same areas cashing in on the unlimited food source. Guests fishing with large shallow running crank baits and running them right below the surface over deep water in Niles and Frazer Bay were catching big Northern and Musky consistently.
One the largest Musky of the season was caught trolling by Nolan Spregeler. His Fish measured 55 inches. Nolan is an experienced Musky fisherman and caught several musky the week he was here. Guests fishing right in front of the Dam/Lodge for smallmouth and Largemouth bass have enjoyed some good action. One family( Lou Oine family from Elgin Illinois) had an afternoon where they caught and released over 40 bass right in front of the Dam. Guests that come up in early July to target musky had excellent fishing. Rick Becker and son Sammy from Illinois, caught 8 muskies and several large Northern during their week. Sammy broke his personal best with a 50 inch musky.
In addition he caught a 42 inch Northern…he and his dad put their time in fishing and it pays off for them. Another Father/son team Jim Bolman/Jackson Bolman had a great week of catching limits of walleye, Bass and northern.
Bob Bronke and crew from Downers Grove , Illinois also caught 8 musky. One guy their group was up on his first trip to Vermilion and caught 2 muskies both 51 inchers.
Jim Smith from St. Paul Mn…was up for their annual family trip both of his sons Robbie and Danny caught 49 inchers. In addition, they also boated several large Northern. Bass fishing for both Smallmouth and Largemouth seems to be getting better and better. The Rusty Crayfish which we ( Resort Association) have concerns over is actually providing a great source of food for the smallmouth. We hear from everyone that the smallmouth are full of Rusty Crayfish when they catch them. The good news it seems ( my observations only) the Rusty are being kept in balance by the healthily Bass population for we are seeing good weed bed growth in the bays that we had concern the Rusty might be taking out. It still warrants watching in the years to follow but right now it seems to be ok. Walleye fishing has really picked up in the last two weeks . Walleyes are being caught on standard Crawler harnesses and slip bobbers with Leeches. Key areas this past week were mid lake rock humps and channels with gravel. Perch population is Walleye are full of 2-3 perch.
Nancy Welsh from Williams Bay WI. caught a beautiful 27 inch walleye fishing with her son and grandson. This summer fishing off the docks has been excellent..Kids can catch nice Sunfish anytime of the day. Lots of nice Bass are being caught in front of the Dam for the water levels
remain higher than normal which means more water flow /current over the Dam which the Bass love. Last week the fishing remained good.. John and Sue Haydek and their son Chris from Knoxville TN), came up fished each day with guides. They had an excellent week…limited out on walleyes with Guide Tim Lescarbeau
They also made a trip into Trout Lake with Rob Bryers and caught walleye, smallmouth and enjoyed a great shore lunch… They caught and released a bunch of nice smallmouth with Guide Mike Estrin and ended their week fishing with Tim Lecarbeau ( Bucky) and
caught some trophy walleye. The highlight of their trip their son Chris caught and released a 41 inch Northern that grabbed a perch he was reeling back in.
Summer is flying by and we look forward to another busy fall. Thank you again to all our guests that provide us the business that allows us the opportunity to keep the tradition of Vermilion Dam Lodge going .