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Post Posted: 02:04pm - Jun 12,18 
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Looking at going up to Lake Vermilion in Minnesota in mid September. Last year was Wisconsin, this year Minnesota and probably Canada next year. Plan to go for 5 nights, fishing 4 days with travel only on the front and back ends. Our group of four plans to fish out of 2 boats, one we are bringing and a rental although we plan to use guides for the first 2 days. We are staying at the White Eagle Resort on the West end.

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1. The biggest complaint I've seen about Vermilion is the lake traffic. Can we expect that to be an issue in September?

2. Guides, guides, guides. Any recommendations for guides? Mainly walleyes but a couple of us would like to target musky and northern at least one of the days. Probably use 2 guides but has anyone used 1 guide and pay for a trailer boat? How did that work out?

3. Never fished the lake before so anything lake specific?

4. Any area recommendations? Restaurants, things to see if the weather craps out?

Thanks in advance for the incredible info this sites provides.

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Post Posted: 08:51am - Jun 13,18 
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The west side of the lake has good panfishing. The landing is a decent place to eat. Boat traffic isn't horrible you can find places to fish. There are other places in tower, the casino, daisy bay resort that are more associated with the east side that are good places to eat. Soudan has a mine tour that is pretty neat and worth seeing.

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Post Posted: 06:16pm - Jun 14,18 
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I have been fishing Lake Vermillion for the past 10 years.

1. Lake Vermillion is almost 40,000 acres with over 300 miles of shoreline. Sure there are a lot of boats out, but you will have plenty of room to fish no matter where you go. Traffic is a non-issue.

2. Ive met Matt Snyder on numerous occasions. Very nice guy and an excellent musky guide. Top notch walleye guide as well. Out of anyone, I would recommend him.

3. If you are going out in your own boat, a few things to keep in mind. The rusty red crayfish have destroyed the weeds on the east end. Virtually no weeds on the east end of the lake. Just rock. The west end is still full of weeds. So the west end is much better for panfish, largemouth, and northern... while the east end is much better for smallies. Musky and walleye just seem to be everywhere. And the lake is enormous and can look overwhelming when trying to break it down. "bays" are everywhere which are essentially their own lakes. Treat them like their own lakes and break them down as such. Every bay holds fish.

4. X2 on the mine tour in Soudan. That was pretty cool. There is Fortune Bay Casino. Thats about all I can add as far as non-fishing activities tho. Im usually on the water up there for everything but the lightning!

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Post Posted: 07:54pm - Jun 14,18 
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Great information, thank you

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Post Posted: 12:12pm - Jun 17,18 
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Called Matt Snyder to book some guide days and glad I did. He let me know the days I planned were the same days as the Pro Musky mega tournament on Lake Vermilion. Switching to the next week now and most likely staying at the Vermilion Dam Lodge which is more centrally located on the lake based on his recommendation. Thanks

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Post Posted: 07:02pm - Jun 18,18 
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Awesome. You will not be disappointed with Matt.

Are you guys planning on running your own boat too? Vermillion Dam Lodge is a good location. We have had 100+ largemouth days without ever going too far from that spot.

I've caught some big pike and musky in that bay too.

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