A day of fishing comes to an end at Vermilion Bay Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe its just me, but I have noticed a trend on the Electric Beaver. The Pike seem to be bigger this year? That was our experience this year, catching lots of eater pike along with a few nice fish that were released to swim another day.

 

 

Steve & I had one secret spot that yielded nice pike on

almost every pass.

Steve - the Pike Master

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some joined the trout in the cooler

Trout and Pike on Ice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others were released to swim another day.

Notice the large scar near the tail. Could their be larger prey in the area?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that's a beefy fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pike Master does it again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off the board and very beefy

39" ?? We just wanted to get the fish back in the water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good things sometimes come in small packages. Everyone know Gord secretly loves to clean perch so we tried to indulge him.  Of Course Billy & John’s patience wore thin after pursuing the wary perch for about 20 minutes and left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve discovered that true bull perch prefer very large baits. This one was tiny but bull perch were soon to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perch on Ice. The cooler starts to fill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill & John decided to try their luck at trophy Rock Bass. God only knows why.

Big John with a trophy Rock Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trout also cooperated.

Walleye’s? Oh yea there were some of those as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were boats in camp that had fished muskie for weeks with only small success. We didn’t even cast for muskie until Friday morning. That could have been a mistake. Bill and I fished an area for two hours and raised 7 very nice fish. Nope, no pictures, no caught fish, just memories. One of the fish was over 50″, two were in the 45″ class. I would have loved to have seen Bill catch one of those on his snoopy pole. Looks like I will have to revisit a few of those boys when I return in September with the Professor.

 

 

 

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2 designs of the Bull Perch Rodeo poster

by charles W. Weiss on August 26, 2014

Simple black line version of the Bull Perch RodeO
by Vermilion Bay lodge guest Charles Weiss
 

                                                        copyright Charles Weiss 2014

Add colour to this exciting image and comes alive with an exciting jumping action filled BULL PERCH RODEO SCENE!

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Mid Summer and the fishing is fine…

by Gord on August 10, 2014

 

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Walleye fishing has been consistently good this summer, of which the “summer weather” has finally arrived.  The past week we’ve had sun, warm weather and high skies which has limited the best fishing to morning and evening but much to our surprise the walleye are still relating to the 12 – 16 foot shallows, as well as the more expected 20 –30 foot depths.  Minnows, crawlers and artificial have all been working well.  A group this week has been experimenting with “rip jigging” in the shallows and have produced some nice walleye on plastic tails and jig heads.   Some of the best locations are visible in the picture above…..nice and close!

What happened with the “Walleye Madness” week? 

Good question!  Due to a massive case of writer’s block I’ve been derelict in my blog duties.  I deserve to be punished….but wait, Joe and Andy will soon be here and that should be sufficient…

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First place went to Martha Hojberg with a very nice 26 inch walleye.  Her name will be permanently engraved on the lodge trophy to carry on the tradition of competitive women anglers such as multiple past winner Marsha McGee, who would be smiling at such an outcome. 

walleye madness awards night!

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Thanks to the boys from Manitoba (George, Tim and Cam) for providing the red green suspenders and forcing me to humiliate myself at the awards night.  Even Bryce is suspicious.  Fortunately the cocktail has a moderating effect.

 

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Last year’s big winner Erling Olson is presented with the latest VBL invention …..the revolutionary  “Butt Master”.  This self contained and portable personal cigarette butt disposal system is designed to eliminate nasty butt crap from the vicinity of the lodge entry portals.  I think Erling is confused but a quick demonstration has him smiling.

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It was a fun Walleye Madness week.  Thanks to all those who participated and to Ray at Bobby’s Corner for “cutting me a deal” on some great prizes!  Hope to see you in 2015!

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The perch await Gord's fast and furious fillet knife

My friend Billy always says, “I don’t drive all the way to Canada to fish for perch”. No but he drives all the way to Canada to catch walleyes, musky, pike, bass, and trout. All of which can be had in Wisconsin.

The difference is the setting, the size, and the quantity of fish….for all of these species. The odd thing is, Billy never misses a perch fry. Some of us, most notably, the Perchmaster, waves his perch flag high, fast, and furious. He argued for years that there was a very narrow spring window for catching a sink full of perch. It’s easier in the early spring, but much to Gord’s dismay, they can be caught year round. He won’t share the secret widely unless you ply him with liquor. Or you can ask the Perchmaster very nicely. He may grumble and frown while cleaning a sink full of perch, but inside he is smiling. It just adds to the entertainment value.

I go up to Vermilion Bay Lodge to fish a diverse species of fish. Why leave out the perch for a mid-week adventure and tasty fish fry? With a sport fishing license, you can have a limit of 50 fish (25 with the conservation license). These fish were meant to be eaten.

Bag of Perch on Ice

 

When the year-round perch rodeo was announced in January of this year (See: http://eaglelakeblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/giant-bull-yellow-perch-found-in-eagle.html  , it made me wonder. Does anyone sell a perch saddle? Is this the world’s first perch rodeo? Would Gord actively promote the event? Would he give us updates? Would the Professor and I dedicate a full two weeks to the pursuit of perch? The answer is no, no, no, no, and no.

Ride 'em cowboy!

For the un-initiated, there is already a white perch rodeo. A Park Improvement Association in Maryland already claimed that. See: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15367043/Scholarship-Awards-White-Perch-Rodeo  The white perch is actually in the bass family. It’s more like a white bass and has a taste that matches that profile. It’s also an invasive species that has a negative influence on the white bass population. This group gives out a $500 scholarship. Rumor has it that Gord will be providing a $500 scholarship to any VBL guest to attend the Professor’s 2015 Perch seminar. The Perchmaster will be invited but will undoubtedly have an excuse for why he can’t attend.

There was also rumors of another perch rodeo in Maryland, but according to this thread, it is actually a Perch Round-Up. See: http://www.tidalfish.com/forums/showthread.php/398730-Mssa-Essex-perch-rodeo?p=2447762  I suspect this is the dreaded Ocean perch that often shows up on the plate after being assured by a waitress that it is indeed lake perch/yellow perch. It is soft and mushy and not worth another mention.

But I digress. The star of the VBL Perch Rodeo is the yellow perch, a.k.a. the Ontario jumbo perch, a.k.a. jumbo perch, a.k.a. humpies, a.k.a “get that mess of fish out of the fish house”. The true perch family includes the yellow perch, walleye, sauger, and many darter species. I think they make better table fare than the walleye or sauger. All are excellent.

We are told that the famous Charles Weiss is creating some type of trophy for this year’s year-long perch rodeo and I would be honored to have that in my office. After releasing a few of these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiUlMT0SQHY  I plan on keeping and cooking a few of these this fall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i6aoa_nANY

Gord....the master of the fillet knife.

 

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Walleye Madness… “the last day”

by Gord on July 23, 2014

 

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Boat heading out on day 3 of the Walleye Madness tournament

Rules for the 2014 Walleye Madness Week are simple.  The competition started Monday morning and ends today (Wednesday) at 4:00 p.m.  Largest walleye released during the 3 days will be crowned the winner.  In the event of a tie, other walleyes released will be used to determine the champion.  “Keep you worms cool and your snells tight!” 

Let’s check out some of the action thus far:

 

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bad storm not the sunGreg's 46 inch muskie

Tonight we reveal the winner at the awards night and pot luck dinner.  Perhaps a few cocktails, tall tales and well deserved prizes are the theme for tonight.

Sound like fun?  Consider 2015 to join in the 10th Annual Walleye Madness!  Can’t wait?  We still have a few openings for the Musky Madness Week coming soon….September 6-13.  Give us a call!

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Looking regal with the stripes and spots of a top predator. Hand carved from Pine and painted
with acrylic by Vermilion Bay Lodge guest Charles Weiss.
Lots of sharp teeth re-created in the mouth.

A unique work of art and a wonderful memory of summer fishing on Eagle Lake.
 

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The summer continues…

by Gord on July 21, 2014

 

Remember this picture of Bill Stan and his 42 inch northern?

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well, this 42 inch pike was also caught the same day.  Thanks to Ed Bright and Bob Emley for emailing me the pic (Bob caught it).  Both very nice fish and great photos.  Both released to grow even bigger of course.IMG_0224

On a different note, you might remember the ice out contest that was run this winter.  Well the winner was Katie Perkis……..and here she is sporting some VBL wear as a reward for her winning guess.  That should put an end to the conspiracy theory started by Andy that I never follow through on prizes……….shame on you Andy!

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….in the meantime dock hand Bryce had his hands full with the two Polish girls in camp.   Way to go Bryce……..you’re such a diplomat!!

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…and since we’re on a tangent……here’s the end result of our recent road washout……..

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…and finally, in our continuing efforts to improve VBL we are now offering an onsite swimming pool……..

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This week we are in the midst of our 9th annual “Walleye Madness Week”.  Tonight is a bit rainy, but hard core anglers such as George Benger are determined to fight the elements……

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Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion……

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Chuck’s Musky: “the aftermath”

by Gord on July 12, 2014

 

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It starts with the lure…..now how do these stories usually go?  “It was just after dinner when I decided to hunt the elusive ‘lunge.  It was going to be me against the beast.”

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“It was over quickly.  I subdued the creature and captured his image.  He was back swimming the murk of Eagle Lake  forever to remember the name Charles Weiss”

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I returned to the lodge a humble hero.  Here my admirers gazed longingly at the most recent entry in the VBL boathouse hall of fame.  Just another day in the saga of the musky hunter”

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“In the lodge other musky men and women are riveted as the tale of my encounter with the beast is recounted near the warming glow of an open fire.  I demonstrate how I vanquished my foe.”

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“Around steaming cups of mead my merry band of musky brothers peruse the ancient tomes of “Musky Hunter” searching for the meaning of musky fishing…“

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“…only to discover cover art penned by Charles Weiss…….a hush falls over the room”

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“…the bar wench delivers me some of the finest  lodge brew.  Most suitable to celebrate my victory over the beast, I join in the revelry.  Soon I must sleep…….”

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“…but not before I must once again put quill to parchment and render the likeness of my drinking compatriots…Steve and Margie from Mukwonago Wisconsin.  Steve has seen 60 winters, and I wish him a good harvest….””

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“…meanwhile the waves lap the shores of Favell Bay, and the musky plots his next move”  (editors note: The picture above is a simulation of the real Favell Bay.  Due to secrecy and privacy concerns the actually Favell Bay photo has been edited to protect the musky.  The weed, and Diane, are real.)

 

Well there you have it.  Is it about the fish or is it about the journey?  And is the journey the one on hands and knees back to the cabin after revelry in the lodge?  Who can really say.  That is the musky mystic.  The legend continues…

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The past few weeks have been busy…..

July 10, 2014

    …for the duck family (thirteen babies!) …for the Triplett gang from Missouri catching and eating walleye (nice fish flipper Paul !) …a striking 42 inch musky caught by Gary Roholt…sweet! …a solo catch, photo and release by artist Charles Weiss.  Nice camera magic Chuckles! Jim Andrzejewski with a dandy pike… …Bill Stan with [...]

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How high is the water momma?

June 22, 2014

High enough to wash out the road last week and a minor washout again today! …….and things are not much better down at the docks.  Fortunately the floating docks are accommodating our guests quite nicely.  The stationary docks are a bit wet though…….   Apparently things were so out of whack that “Teal River Brad” [...]

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