Fishing Report

Fishing Report:

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report- Week of Aug. 5, 2022

Greetings once again from majestic Lake Vermilion. Summertime is the right time for enjoying the lake. As we find ourselves smack dab in the home stretch of what has been another great season let’s take a peek at what has been working to provide memories and smiles for those out fishing. 

Walleyes can still be found on rock piles in 12-16 feet of water. Slip bobbers and live bait such as half a crawler on a 1/8oz jig is a great way to catch these reef dwellers. A large push of walleyes have also descended upon the 22-24 feet of water mud flats of Lake Vermilion. These soft bottom inhabitants are out forging on young of the year perch. By mimicking the size of the young perch which are in the 1.5-2.5 inch range with crankbaits in the same lengths and trolled with lead core line or down riggers between 1.8-2.5mph is the best way to catch these scattered mud flat walleyes. 

Musky fishing: The two weeks has remained constant. Our area has received our fair share of changing weather. Windy conditions and low-pressure systems are the perfect weather systems for Muskie fishing. Muskies are being caught casting smaller bucktails such as #8 double Colorado blades retrieved at high speeds over deep weed edges on west Vermilion and shallow rock reefs on east Vermilion.  Suspended muskies in main basins are being caught on baits such as Baby Beavers, Royal Orbas, Posidens, Whale Tails and Medussas. These suspended fish are often near large schools of ciscos and down 5-12 feet. Using your electronics to locate the forage and even the muskies themselves is key to success when using this approach. 

Smallmouth bass seem to be heavily focused on rock piles in 10-14 feet of water in main basin areas of the lake. Casting DT series Rapala crankbaits over the depths mentioned above is tough to beat right now for smallmouth. 

Best of luck fishing on beautiful Lake Vermilion and enjoy our grand lake.

Matt Snyder

Please refer to the MN DNR Fishing Regulations for a full set of rules and regulations for Lake Vermilion and the surrounding area.

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All fish were released unless designated by an asterisk (*).

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