September so far has been tough for fishing, but guests have had some luck with the Northern bite.
We have had about four weeks of above normal temperatures. The snow depth is much less than usual for this time of year. If mild conditions continue, we should see an early ice-out on Vermilion.
The projected early ice-out in combination with a later than average opener have inspired us to offer a pre-opener special. Fisherpeople and others looking for an early getaway are invited to experience Vermilion and Pehrson Lodge May 7-14 (two day minimum, checkout by 14th) for 1/2 of spring rates. Cabin and boat rental rates are included.
This is one our favorite times of the year. It is an ideal time to check out Vermilion. The lake is quiet and the pan fish fishing can be good. Please remember that walleye, northern, musky and bass seasons are still closed.
Wow! The fall fishing is really going strong. I took Cara and Will (my 13 yr. old daughter and 10 yr. old son) fishing on Sunday afternoon. We caught many walleye in 2.5 hours. I still wanted to fish for walleye, but the kids said we need to save time for musky fishing. So we fished for musky. Cara hooked a nice 46" fish at sunset to cap an amazing afternoon. Not bad for a first musky!
The Schulenbergs had a spectacular afternoon of fishing recently. Pictured here are Mike with a 42" northern, Peter with a 38" northern, Mike with a really nice smallmouth and Peter and Mike with Peter's 50" muskie. They also caught many smaller northern, bass and bluegill, all fish released.
The story of catching the muskie is interesting. They saw the fish in shallow weeds and Peter decided to cast a Rapala for it. The cast was perfect but nothing. He tried again and still nothing. One more cast and a bluegill hit the Rapala. Peter said "this is going to wreck it". With that, the muskie engulfed the bluegill and the Rapala! The blugill was a little chewed up. Way to go!
It is always great to see the Schulenbergs and other families and fishermen who really enjoy and make the most of our June fishing.
Here is nice shot of Bill T. with one of many nice walleye he and his family caught this week. The fish are very active as the water temp. rises into and through the 60's. We have had very good small mouth, blue gill, northern and walleye activity. We also had two muskies in the low to mid 40's caught off the docks this week.
Now that the water temp is climbing rapidly we are happy to see many people in the water swimming. Swimming temps have been along time coming with the cool spring this year.
We had a great Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday was a little cool in the morning and nice in the afternoon. Saturday was a tough day to fish after a front, but we still caught some fish. We caught five eater walleye and a few small ones and four 18-24" fish. Not bad but we fished steady for five hours.
Sunday things got better with warm steady weather. Sunday was an absolutely perfect day with lots of sun and temp. in the mid 7 0's. We had family company who we took to Black Bay for a cook-out and crappie/bluegill fishing. The fishing was good. The bluegill bite was very good in places. Crappie are starting to disperse a bit but we still caught several nice ones and some small ones, mostly close to shore. Resort guests caught some good walleye out in front the resort. Bill caught and released a 26" in the evening just off the docks.