THE UP NORTH UPDATE
5/17/13: Most of the ice is off the lake. There is still some chunks floating around. Fishing has been slow.
5/11/13: Have you ever had a party and no one came? That about sums up the 2013 Lake Vermilion Fishing Opener. Still can not get a boat in at the public landing.
5/7/13: 70 deg yesterday made some good progress on the ice.
5/3/13: The loons are back! I counted 18 in the open water by the marina. The bottom pic is a male red-breasted merganser.
4/29/13: Great weekend in the 70's on Saturday. Lots of ducks, geese, swans and an otter made for an awesome photo outing. The water skips at Trout Lake were in full force. The Reichel boys put on a great show.
4/19/13: Well...we got 8" of snow last night with 40 mph winds. School is cancelled, 3 ft snow drifts, power is out. This sucks! Cubby loves it.
4/18/13: 6" of snow last night with 4-6 more on the way. There is some open water by the frog with lots of ducks. There was a wolf on the ice today infront of the marina.
4/13/13: More snow this past week and more coming tomorrow. Not looking good for opener.
4/10/13: Over 30" of ice in Niles Bay right now and more snow last night. No warm temps in the 10 day forecast. There is some open water by the frog.
4/2/13: Still lots of snow and ice. Caught some tulibee on Saturday and fed them to some eagles. Lots of bald and gold eagles are flying around eating road kill. More new pontoon boats showed up yesterday.
3/18/13: Cold, snow, sub-zero temps...this is getting old. New boats and pontoons showing up every week. Get one now while they last!
2/27/13: Nice weather finally. We actually got above freezing for a few hours. The lake has been very busy. Lots of sleds but few fish. Check out the new Skeeters at www.timbuktumarine.com
1/29/13: Plenty of snow now! The trails and lake are great. About 2 feet of ice on the lake. A wolf pack killed a deer behind the marina a few nights ago. Nothing left but some hide, a leg and lots of blood. Fishing has been slow. Lots of perch and a rock bass.
1/24/13: It's cold!!! Sub-zero for 5 days now. We had -36 this morning. New boats and pontoons are showing up every week. There is some snow on the lake but most of the trails are pretty rough.
12/3/12: We had a great summer! Thank you very much! Most of the lake is froze . There is some open water in the big areas, but the channel by the marina is froze up. Most of the snow melted this weekend.
5/12/12: A beautiful fishing opener! 32 this morning but warming up fast. One 24 1/2 walleye was caught before work. Send me your fish pics. email@example.com
5/7/12: The lake is up about a foot from ice out. Crappies are biting. FISHING OPENER THIS WEEKEND!!!
4/16/12: Lots of snow and wind last night. Winter finally showed up. 8" of snow, trees down and the power was out for a few hours. We are back up and running now.
4/9/12: Cold and snowy today. We need some of those early March temps back!
4/6/12: The ice is out and the boats are in. The bouys are all in thanks to Bubba and Vermilion Barging. If you come up WATCH FOR ROCKS! The lake level is very low.
ICE OUT UPDATE: The ice is out!!! Come on up!
3/22/12: 4 swans flew in and spent the night in the open water by the marina along with lots of mergansers and eagles. Still can not get a boat in at the marina. There is about 100 yards of ice between shore and open water.
3/19/12: The ice is going out!!! 75 Saturday and Sunday with 80 forcasted today. Hopefully we will be able to get some boats in the next few weeks. Still about 12" of ice by the marina. Lots of ducks, geese, birds and eagles are returning by the frog.
3/12/12: We had a great weekend on the lake. 60's on Saturday and Sunday made for some awesome outdoor time. We caught some perch, a walleye, a crappie and lost something real big.
3/5/12: -15 this morning warming up fast to 30. Very busy weekend on the lake. Lots of sleds finally. Ice fishing was slow, two very little walleye. Crappies should start biting soon. Check out this monster...
2/20/12: We had a great time at the Duluth Boat Show this past weekend. The new boats are going fast. About 3 inches of snow today.
2/6/12: The Little Fork Splash snowmobile ride was this weekend. We had a great time, no one was hurt (too bad) and we are very sore. The river was great for riding with plenty of snow and a few open spots. The trails north of Cook to Kabetogama and the VermilionRiver are great.
1/29/12: There were a lot of sleds on the lake this weekend, finally! The snow on the lake is very good, but the trails still need some help.
1/27/12: A little more snow today. The lake is good for sledding but the trails need some help. Does anyone make a weed wacker attachment for a snowmobile?
1/23/12: Finally got some snow this weekend (3 inches). The lake should be fine, but there are a lot of pressure ridges so if you come up watch out for them. Some are a few feet high. There were a few sleds out and the ice fishing was poor.
1/19/12: We finally got some nice winter weather -27 in Cook this morning...-20 at the lake still no snow.
1/17/12: Wolves killed a deer in the cabin driveway Saturday morning. Not to happy having wolves so close, but they are nice to look at. No fish to speak of and still no snow.
Picture taken from the Marina. The wolf is right acoss the channel!
1/9/12: Went fishing on WolfLake this weekend. Only 2 little pike were caught but we had a great time. A few sleds out on Vermilion but still no snow. 40 degrees expected today and tomorrow. We sold the first Premier of 2012 last week!
1/5/12: 43 degrees today...a new record for Jan. 5. The snow is melting. Put the snowmobiles away and fire up the boats!
1/2/12: Finally got some snow, but most of it blew off the lake. The Cook end trail is staked on the lake but there is still not enough snow on the trails.
12/28/11: We had a great Christmas break. 41 degrees on Monday with 20mph winds. Lots of perch and one small pike. At least a foot of ice in NilesBay. Still no snow.
12/22/11: Pics of the new Premier Pontoons now available at http://timbuktumarine.com/newboats.aspx . Lots of nice changes. Get yours now before boat show season! Still no snow...
12/19/11: 36 degrees on Sunday made for some good ice fishing. Lots of perch and one huge 36" pike. 10"-12" of ice with little snow. A few sleds were out, but still not enough snow.
Cubby looks hungry
12/16/11: A truck load of new 2012 Premier Pontoons showed up today...pics will be on the website soon. About 1 inch of snow yesterday. Still not enough to go snowmobiling, most of it blew off the lake.
12/14/11: The ice is here, but the snow is not...it's going to be a long winter. There is about 8" on most of the lake and I heard the fishing has been good in Tower and McKinleyPark. No reports from the Cook end.
12/12/11: Just got back from the 2012 Premier Pontoon dealer show. The 2012 pontoons are nothing short of amazing. Check them out a www.pontoons.com