Walleye fishing the past two weeks showed some improvement but the may fly hatch still impacted the walleye fishing. Bass fishing continued to be hot. Lots of big northern pike since the start of the season.Water levels have come up to normal with rain we have received the past month.Honorable mention fish over the last few weeks:
Travis Hilstat 26.5 inch walleye
Buffy Milner 37 inch northern ( her first)
Drew Cook 4 lb Largemouth Bass
Tim Severson 28 inch Walleye
Chris Turner 21 inch Largemouth
Marty,Ken and myself from all Participated in Lake Vermilion’s first ‘take-a-kid fishing event held on June 23rd. Marty took out a couple kids, Ken and I helped with the shore lunch and setup. This event was designed and follows what many lake communities across the state are doing to try and turn around a very alarming trend in the country that indicates kids are not getting exposed and or taking an interest in the outdoor activities. Recently the State of Mn purchased a huge chunk of land on the east end of Vermilion to develop a state park prototype that will encourage families to experience outdoor activities such as fishing,Canoeing, hiking, camping etc. Minnesota like many other states are experiencing annual declines in fishing license sales..rearch indicates people ages 35 and down are not buying fishing licenses. If the trend continues we will have no replacement of sportsman and sportswomen of today when they naturally stop doing it as they age. This will mean DNRs budgets will not be funded, no resources to manage/stock lakes,etc.. Bottom line everyone of us that loves Lakes like Vermilion and the tradition of fishing needs to be doing anything possible to plant a seed in our youth. At least expose them to the sport so they can at least see if they like it. If you are one of those families coming up this summer and you might have a friend of your kids that you are considering bringing up..don’t worry about charges for extra people…let us know we will waive the fee. Other news for the resort this week…We purchased a cabin/new house from Milaca School district. The building was built by students supervised by Carpenters, Electricans, plumbers,etc and inspected. The building is a three bedrooms with vaulted ceilings in the living room kitchen. It was moved by Marcus Movers from St.Cloud area 250 miles to resort. They transported the building at night with state Police escorts. Their Truck was equipped to vertically lift and lower the building over bridge Railings….truly amazing they did this without any damage to the building. We had prepared the building site on the second tier between Hillcrest and Sunup. It will have a great view overlooking the bay. We are planning On having the building in the rental mix by late July.
One other important note on fishing licenses…the state had upgraded all their retail terminals and pulled the older units…we have not recieved our new terminal….for license purchase…you can go direct via on-line the DNR site and purchase/print your license : http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/fishing/index.html?type=fishing another option is stop at any gas station along Hwy 53 in Mn…and purchase there.