Improving Muskie Action


Paul Pollock of Tower submitted this photo of a 55-inch muskie he caught recently on Lake Vermilion.

  I’m starting to get a few photos of big muskies from anglers, but it seems like the muskie fishing has been challenging this summer. Doug Ellis of Virginia Surplus, who puts on a muskie contest on Lake Vermilion each summer, confirmed that action has been slow until the past couple of days. Surface water temperature was just 68 degrees a couple of days ago, Ellis said. Muskies have been sluggish.

   "It’s been really slow," Ellis said. "And the mayfly hatch is still going on. That’s incredibly late."

    A big muskie contest on Vermilion turned up fewer fish than usual a couple of weekends ago. The largest Vermilion muskies Ellis has heard of so far this summer were a couple of 54-inchers, although a few 56-inchers have been caught in recent years. Paul Pollock of Tower caught a 55-incher on Lake Vermilion recently. Action action has been improving in the past few days, Ellis said.

     His Muskie Challenge contest will be Aug. 9, and there are still openings in the guided kids’ contest on Friday, Aug. 8. For information, call Ellis at (218) 741-0331.