Vermilion Fishing Report (May 2016)

The season is off to a great start! Ice was early this year going off the lake around April 22.  The water levels are pretty normal given we have had some good spring rains.  The trees have greened up great and it looks like we are well past the spring dry season when forest fires are of concern. The winter was mild with below average snowfall.

Our main winter project included what started as some upgrades to The Morningside cabin and turned into a complete rebuilding.  Morningside is now completed. The new Morningside cabin will have two baths with showers, dishwasher, vaulted ceilings and we increased the view with more windows.

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We are planning on adding another dock that would be directly in front of the cabin. The feedback from guests so far this year love the cabin and view.  The weather has been so nice this spring that we already have the pool open.

The fishing opener was very good with good reports on the walleye fishing.  The DNR does annual test netting to determine species populations in fall. The results from 2015 reported the Niles Bay area ( just west of the resort ) had record numbers of walleye per test net (as compared to the historical average). Most of those fish were 12-14 inch range which was the result of a strong year class in 2013.

In the last week ago walleye fishing really turned on. The hot combo was lindy rigs with 5-6 ft sneels and using a ‘green’  # 4 or 6 hook. We I first heard the green hook story I was skeptical but after talking to several fishermen coming off the lake for gas and several of our guests I realized there was something to this pattern.

Musky spawning should be close to over. Several of our guests that were up around May 20th had seen and caught/released several nice fish while casting for pike in Greenwood, Dago bay, and wake em up narrows area.  We also had several large musky spawning right around the resort docks.

Bass fishing for largemouth has been excellent since the opener. The Smallmouth are now starting to move onto the spawning beds with temps in the low 60s.  Again the rubber worm type baits hooked Wacky style has been the best pattern. Colors are dark with sparkles or red mixed in.  Also, many Walleye fisherman fishing rock piles with slip bobbers/leaches are starting to run into smallmouth.

Crappies have been on and off the last two weeks.  I don’t think they have completed the spawn yet and the weather is driving them in and out of their bed areas. One group here right now had several days this week with limit catches of crappie.

They found success by covering a lot of shorelines looking for Spawning fish using small tube jigs and minnows. (They will not spend a lot of time in one given area ..move in fish a spot if nothing happens within minutes they move further down the shore looking for new areas/beds the crappie are using.

Pike fishing has been good also since the opener. Best success is trolling a long Rapala that runs shallow over 6 ft of water. The key is letting a lot of lines out and get the baits a good distance from the boat.

Our staff is in place for the summer and everyone is looking forward to another great year!

-Ed

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