Highlight Destination: Lake Vermilion Walleye
At just under 40,000 acres Lake Vermilion is one of Minnesota’s premier walleye lakes. With 365 islands and endless amounts of structure like points, reefs, weed beds, rock piles, and basins Lake Vermilion is truly a walleye factory.
One of the great things about Lake Vermilion is that you can catch walleyes anyway you’d like. Spinners, crankbaits, lead core, slip bobbers, hair jigs, and plastics will all work.
Certain presentations will out perform others depending on the time of the year, but you can always find a few walleyes willing to bite no matter what presentation you choose.
With that being said Lake Vermilion walleyes seem to prefer jigs and jigging presentations throughout most of the year. The following list is my top jigging presentations for Lake Vermilion.
To-Go Jigging Presentations for Lake Vermilion Walleyes
The Rapala Rippin Rap has been a killer for walleyes all across the the Great Lakes region and up into Canada for years and Lake Vermilion is no exception. With its flat sides and loud rattles this bait gives off a ton of flash and noise calling in fish from a distance. It’s super easy to fish, the Rippin’ Rap is perfect for pulling over or through grass, bouncing off timber, and rippin’ through rocks. Long-casting with variable running depth, this bait excels when fishing stained, dark water where just the right sound is essential. This bait also tends to produce bigger fish.
The Rapala Jigging Rap has been a staple in my open water box for years. The Rapala Jigging Rap features a balanced, weighted minnow profile that gives off a darting, erratic action that just triggers fish into biting. Available in a wide range of sizes it’s complimented with natural and glow color patterns, certifying the Rapala Jigging Rap classic fishing bait for all species that has stood the test of time! The Jigging Rap is my go-to for those deeper fish.
Moon Eye Jig
The VMC Moon Eye Jig paired with a Big Bite Baits Suicide Shad or Sensation Slim Minnow is a great combo for Lake Vermilion walleyes. Available in a wide variety of sizes and colors this jig pairs great with plastics giving off a ton of flash and action. Both the Big Bite Baits Scentsation Slim Minnow and Suicide Shad is packed with Big Bite’s new scented formula for added attraction.
The attitude of the fish will help determine which plastic you should choose. Some days they may want the slower fall rate of the Suicide Shad and other days the may want the darting action of the Slim Minnow.
The VMC Moon Tail Jig is walleye candy and dynamite as a multi-species offering. The VMC Moon Tail Jig is packed with features that make it stand out as a premier bucktail jig. Its oversized flat aspirin-style head features an oversized realistic 3D eye and has an enhanced darting motion when snap-jigged. It’s ultra thin bucktail fibers do a fantastic job imitating batfish. It’s a great bait for targeting walleyes, especially those in and around weeds.
All of these jigging presentations work great for Lake Vermilion walleyes and are a must have if you are heading up there.