Week 12 of the open water season.
Water temp: 73-76
The walleye fishing has greatly improved and it happened quickly. This past week has been one of the best weeks of fishing of the entire year when it comes to numbers of quality eater sized fish. The key for us is finding areas with no bug in the water. Yes, we still have bugs in the water but they are finally hatching and dying all over the place. Being able to use your electronics to see if there is bug or not has been a huge part in whether or not you will catch fish.
During the early morning hours pitching or dragging jigs tipped with chubs has been producing good numbers of fish. Fishing the sand points and humps in 15-18′ of water during low light hours has been the best bite for us. Around 9:30 our bite has been shutting off for the mid day hours. There are still plenty of fish to be caught during these times and usually we switch over to a lindy rig with a minnow or half of a crawler in deeper water, 18-22′, to get some finnicky midday walleyes.
We have also had a lot of success pitching jigs to pods of walleye. When we do this they tend to be a little more aggressive than the fish we are catching vertical jigging. Locating these pods using Livescope has been a huge bonus because it allows you to keep a good distance away without spooking and breaking up the pod of fish.
Baits of choice in my boat: Northland 1/4 ounce tungsten jigs, lindy rigs
The bass are setting up nicely in their mid to late summer spots just off the rock piles and points. Finding wind blown structure in 8-12′ of water has been the ticket. Casting crankbaits or using finesse plastics are producing great fish. These summertime footballs are schooling up just like they should be this time of year so don’t be surprised to catch 5-10 fish off of one spot. There is still a great top water smallmouth bite in the early and late hours of the day!
Baits of choice in my boat: shallow crankbaits, wacky rigged senkos, top water baits
Book your fall trips now!! The best fishing of the year is still to come and it should only get better from now until ice up!
Fishing with Z Guide Service
We had a wonderful time celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary at Glenmore Resort. Since it was our first time staying with you we naturally did not know what to expect. Your hospitality shown toward our whole family was very welcoming and appreciated. We caught a lot of fish and took time to experience other activities in the area. The Tower Soudan Underground Mine trip was an education about iron ore mining, and an eye opener to the hardships endured by the miners. Your other guests were a lot of fun to be with too. Our cabin provided everything we needed to be comfortable for our week’s stay. The porch with the single beds were our favorite hang out in the evening with the cool breezes blowing off of the lake and view of the grandkids swimming right below us. There can’t be a better beach and swimming area anywhere which was totally unexpected for a big lake such as Lake Vermilion. Thanks again for your great resort and service!
Bob and Jenny Johnson – Brainerd, MN July 2018