Good Lake Vermilion August fishing started off with a mixed week. The first part of the week was a little tough, but the Wednesday cool down and increased winds really picked things up. While we usually expect a cold front to have the opposite effect, this time after several days of flat calm water and warmth, the more than 15 degree temp drop and the increase in chop churned things up enough to get things going. Lake Vermilion water temp sits at 71.5 degrees this morning.
Walleyes were caught in 25 – 30 feet on crawlers and Bill Fitzgerald caught his limit staying true to his “no live bait” pact. Smallmouth continue to stay active, with good numbers being caught.
The early part of the week casting for muskies produced some follows and a handful of near misses, but again the change in the weather pattern opened things up there too. A couple were caught mid week, and then Bill Janz came one short of a straight flush on a day when he caught 4 – a 46″, a 45″, a 44″ and a 42″. Add his dad’s 41″ and it turned a slow week into a productive one on the homestretch. Some guests that continued to fish after they checked out caught, so hopefully this nice bite hangs on a while.
Some of the fish we heard about include:
Smallies: 20″ Randy DeMario, 19″ Jeff Wenc, 18″ Dale Wagner.
Northern: 37″ Steve Rode.
Muskies: 46″ Bill Janz, 45″ Bill Janz, 44″ Eric Larsen, 44″ Bill Janz, 42″ Steve Rode, 42″ Bill Janz, 41″ Dennis Janz, 38″ Travis Wenzel.
Should be a nice week, as we welcome many returning guests back. On the last day of their last trip, Jim and Laura Rush boated 62 bass, so the bar is set for them! Add to that the banter about which of the Sue siblings is going to make that “Lodge Christmas card” catch, and it should be fun. (No pressure there Dave Sue…)
Looking at the remainder of August as far as options to make a trip north to fish Lake Vermilion, we continue to stay filled up this week and next, with the first spot opening on August 17th. There are a couple options open the week of August 25th, but the phone is ringing so don’t procrastinate. There are two spots for a week long stay beginning on Labor Day – one is the big house and one in Cabin 4. Take advantage of the reduced rates.
Stop wishing….Come fishing!