Musky & Pike

Lake Winnie


In fall, dark-water river muskies shift into calmer water near holes and bends. Repetitive casts with loud, brightly-colored lures help trigger strikes.

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The Minnesota fall musky bite is in full swing, and while its not uncommon to catch a 50+ inch musky throughout the cold water period, it’s extremely rare to catch two of them at the same time.   Well, that exact phenomenon just happened this past weekend out in Western Minnesota.   Here’s a short [Read more…]

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Whether you’re spending the weekend in Canada, or at an up-north destination lake like Vermilion, Mille Lacs, LOTW or Big Winnie, shore lunch is a mandatory part of any weekend on the water. Here are a few great shore lunch tips from Darrel, who has prepared hundreds of them for customers at his lodge on [Read more…]

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Lake Vermilion Resorts


It’s pretty rare for one particular presentation or family of baits to be extremely effective for several different species of fish during a given period of the year. One of those situations is throwing paddle tail swimbaits during the fall months. It can be absolutely lights out for smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike and even [Read more…]

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Northern pike thrive in cool climates ranging from the upper United States, north throughout most of Canada. In warmer waters throughout the southern fringe of their range, fast growing pike tend to live fish and die young, seldom achieving more than a few pounds in weight. But in cooler northerly lakes and rivers, ferocious pike [Read more…]

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North American waters contain four members of the genus esox ranging from the largest species: musky to it’s smallest two cousins: redfin and chain pickerel. Between these size extremes lies the most widely distributed member of the long and lean toothy critter clan: the northern pike!   Ranging from Alaska to Nebraska, to the Maritime [Read more…]

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Aquatic Invasive Species


Biologist Dick Sternberg was never really too concerned about zebra mussels until he started studying them a little bit more. They have been around for quite a while and everyone kind of knows about them, but there are a lot of things that zebra mussels will do that weren’t immediately obvious to Dick.   One [Read more…]

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