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June 12th, 2005 Wildflower Report - Lake Vermilion

by Erik and Kimberly Anderson

Wrapping up our weekend in Ely, we took 169 to Tower, MN and made a stop for lunch at Lake Vermilion.  We walked along the marina at Fortune Bay and enjoyed seeing many turtles basking in the sun.  We then hiked around Vermilion Falls.  It looks like there will be a nice crop of blueberries this year.  We saw bushes filled with large unripe berries.  Look for a great berry harvest in early August.


June 12th, 2005 Tower, MN and Lake Vermilion


Clover, White & Purple

Blue Bead Lily (Clintonia)

Buttercups, Yellow



Ginger, Wild

Hawkweed, Orange

Heal All

Lily-of-the-Valley, Wild


Mountain Ash

Ox-eye Daisy


Red Osier Dogwood

Rose. Wild

Sasparilla / Sarsaparilla


Water Lily, Yellow

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Lake Vermilion Fishing Report 6/23/05

The walleye action has been much better this week. Steady warm weather for the last week, has really made a difference in the bite. I have been finding very good numbers of fish on the mainlake humps and on the
deep mud flats. The mud has been active with millions of may fly larva emerging from the bottom. This attracts walleyes and other predators to the flats.

My go to presentations for the "Bug Bite" are spinners on bottom bouncers, tipped with a crawler, or trolling with
deep diving cranks. Both of these are very effective for this special time of the season. Many times a half crawler will work better than using the entire worm. Just let the fish tell you what they prefer, and then zero in with what works the best.

The bite on the mainlake rockpiles has been primarily on slip bobbers, tipped with a leech or crawler. The more the wind blows, the better the bite has been. Early and late in the day are best, however the midday action hasn't been to bad either.  Large complex structures are more likely to hold numbers of fish however, don't overlook the smaller isolated reefs that top out from 10 to 15ft below the surface.  The Smallmouth action has been a little erratic for me this week, great one day and slow the next. It appears that for the most part that the spawn is over and we are well into the post spawn doldrums.  Cranks, spinnerbaits, tubes, jigs and any number of plastic concoctions will get you some action. Rocky points, saddle areas and inshore humps have been by far the best locations for me this week. There are fish along the bank and in the reeds however those two locations have really slowed down the last few days.

The Muskie action has begun to pick up this week. Water temps have finally reached the +70 degree mark and it has turned some of the followers into biters.  My best baits have been 6 and 7 inch gliders, bucktails, 3/4 to 1oz spinnerbaits and of course, something on top. Points adjacent to shallow bays, shallow weed edges and the cabbage, have been good to me this week.

Have a great week everybody and please remember to put some back.
Ace <*)))><

Terry "Ace" Sjoberg.
Ace guide service.
Beautiful Lake Vermilion
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