Lake Vermilion, West End
friend Adam and I visited Spring
Bay Resort run by Joe and Steven Amundson in Cook, Minnesota
to try our attempts at some muskies and northern pike. It took
us a good 3.5 hours to get there with a stop in Cloquet for
gas. Adam drove the whole way. We spent three and a half days
fishing Lake Vermilion on the west end. The weather was mostly
windy and overcast with the first couple days the main part
of the lake was so choppy we had to find sheltered bays to fish.
We primarily used heavy tackle throwing bucktails, jerkbaits,
and prop baits. Although we didn't land a musky, Adam caught
his first northern pike while I caught my biggest pike. Both
were 37 inches long. We did encounter a giant musky in the
30-40 lb. class swimming along slowly on a reef as our boat
approached it. I also witnessed my first ever Northern Lights
experience. The scenery was extravagant!