The Perkis family fishing vacation…

by Gord on October 11, 2014

Ed, Dan and Katie Perkis have been coming since….well, since I used to chase down Danny for throwing rocks for the dogs, or other naughty deeds.  Lately he’s turned his energy towards musky fishing.  This year they did their latest trip yet…..October 4-11, which turned out to be a cool, windy one…….with one exception, the fishing!



It’s interesting to note that on day one and two, three muskies were boated, followed by a dry spell till the last day when another two met the net.  Two others were lost over the week, one when it was half way in the net!  All caught trolling.  Think this sounds like something you might try?  We are game if you are!



The fish ranged from 41 to 49 inches.  The conditions were not for the faint of heart, so a big congratulations for sticking to it.  We expect to see them back again late in the fall next year.  Hopefully Ed will guide them to more fish, and maybe even get one himself!




Will October 2015 be a big musky time for the next brave group of musky anglers?  Think you would like to give it a try?

Keep us in mind for next season!


Putting the portage lakes to bed…

by Gord on October 4, 2014



Seems that fall signals the end of trout season, and the beginning of the “put things away season”…  This year the motors from Clearwater and McGregor, along with one boat came back down the creek and home for the winter.  Of course getting the Yamaha’s tuned up a bit for 2015 is an important part of the process……


On the second to last day of trout season, Susanne and I decide to take the portage trail and check out the fishing.  First stop some of the smallmouth in Clearwater…..yes, they are where we expected them to be!


Next stop….the trout.  Nothing better than having the lake to yourselves when the action is hot and non stop.  We could only spend a short time with the trout as the call of McGregor was upon us…


Some dandy smallmouth and a nice pike for Susanne.  Way too nice out for the walleye to co-operate, but we didn’t really try too hard.  The thought occurs that maybe we should take motors back today.   Good thing, the weather has taken a turn for the worse since then.  Nice feeling knowing I don’t have to trudge back over to flip boats….


Unfortunately, earlier the previous week, the professors and I had to walk the long trek back into Caribou Lake only to find out the bear still has a taste for plastic gas cans.


While some may consider walking that far only to discover you cannot fish was discouraging, we were able to shake off the despair, flip the boat, and continue on back to fish the hell out of McGregor and Clearwater.  Later Joe was intrigued by my inventive sock dryer…



One issue has been identified as a priority…a bear proof method for storing gas on the portage lakes.  The best brains in the industry are now working on that problem for your future fishing pleasure.  2015…we look forward to the promise of gas at the end of the trail……..

“More gas in the boats….less gas in the cabins”



Outdoor Canada Magazine

by Gord on October 3, 2014

Here’s an excerpt from the latest Outdoor Canada magazine.  Thanks to Gord Pyzer for including me in his article!   I’ll see what I can do to put one “in the boat” this fall…….

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Professors Gone Wild 2014

by Andy on September 30, 2014

While all of Canada has a bad case of Beaver Fever as a result of the visit by Jeremy Wade and his crew, the professor and I had too much work to do to be distracted. I had never visited VBL later than August and the weather was a bit unpredictable as was the fishing. We had days with frost and cool rains when parts of Canada were getting snow. This was followed by blue skies and near 80 degree F temperatures.

We enjoyed visiting with camp visitors Mark, Jeff, Joe, Jordan, Lindsey and others. Gord and Susanne were charming as always. Let’s start off with some of the bad news. We had one trip back to a place that the perchmaster dreams about nightly. We ran into some vicious bull perch which tore up Joe’s Beckman net. Clearly, these were perch that had never been ridden. Sadly, Beckman nets (made in Wisconsin) do not sell a replacement hoop. That lifetime yoke warranty is a bit of a joke eh?


We also had a trech back to Caribou lake with Gord that ended sadly. It turns out that black bear are avid gas sniffers and tore up the only gas tank and two gas cans. No gas. A few casts to small mouth bass from the shore and back to High Rock and Clearwater. Maybe Gord can put together a post with more details and a photo of the shredded plastic cans? We suggested metal cans/tank for next year.


Walleye fishing was a lot more challenging then we had experienced during the late summer bite. To be honest it was a bit of a mystery. Gord swears that the lake was turning over. The professor blamed it on the fish Gods and something known as the Rizzo curse. We will never know. There were some walleye to be had however.


Fishing for Pike on several lakes was outstanding. I believe I had my personal best with a 40”+ fish weighing 20+#. No scale. No tape measure. It swims to see another day.


There were also plenty of slot and “eater” pike and we were pleased to have Gord willing and waiting to clean our fish. Joe was the snake charmer.




Gord notes that the checkered black and red Kenora Dinner jacket is sure to become world famous after the airing of a special t.v. show next year. Details of the show remain sketchy. The suspense is keeping the entire town of Vermilion Bay awake at night. Will the town be safe from the monsters in the bay?

The trout  and white fish cooperated very nicely and were fun to catch via jigging. Some of the new guests joined us for a trip one day.





Be sure to ask Gord about the ‘walking billboard” discount next year. It beats the discount double check.



Until next year….the monsters will have to wait.



River Monsters…..VBL style!

by Gord on September 18, 2014



It’s been an interesting summer and fall here at the lodge.  One of the highlights has been the people that come and stay with us.  Check this out…

I’ll post some further updates soon!

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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.





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!


Mid Summer and the fishing is fine…

by Gord on August 10, 2014



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…

Martha's 26

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!


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.



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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poor pickeralstranded for catching fishstrong man contest 

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!


The few, the proud, the perch anglers of Vermilion Bay Lodge

August 1, 2014

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 […]

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Walleye Madness… “the last day”

July 23, 2014

                    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 […]

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