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I’m up in Lake Vermilion until Saturday, and have a pretty brutal time finding the smallmouth. I can bump one or two here and there in less than 5 foot, but nothing special. Water temps in the main lake around 55-59° depending on time of day and the shallows/bays are 60-67. Have fished the mouths of numerous bays and fished all the way to the back of Black Bay and Norwegian without a bite or seeing a bed anywhere. Have no problem jumping on them in IA in these temps but these guys are kicking my butt at the moment. Any tips on where else to look?

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13 hours ago, buttsman00 said:

Nothing yet, main lake is around 60-64 in mid-afternoon, should I push shallower?


Your main lake temps are just bordering on the start of the spawn so your best bet is to check transition areas next to spawning areas. 

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