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The second week here on Vermilion Lake in northern Minnesota is coming close to the end, and, as usual, it is coming way too soon for our liking. The weather has been warmer than usual during the day, but the evening hours have been the best sleeping weather, with temperatures dropping into the upper 50s.

The fishing has slowed a little this week, but we still caught a lot of fish. The crappie have been the surprise of the trip. Being able to catch springtime slabs in late summer has been special. I have enjoyed catching numbers of bass on surface baits these two weeks, which makes for very exciting fishing. Being able to fish with my son Kyle has easily been the highlight of the whole vacation for me.

Besides fishing, the nature side of this amazing area has not let us down. We have been able to sit on our deck and watch the osprey dive for fish and return to their nest, where two or three young ones are crying for food. Coming back from dinner in town, we saw a mother and two young wolfs maybe 9 months old cross the road in front of us. That was the first time we had seen the wolves here, but we hear them all the time in the evening. Easily the most spectacular event was the aurora borealis visible here around on one of last week’s clear nights – very, very special. It was an amazing display that I hope you all will one day be able to experience. It truly is breathtaking.

I know this is a short article, but I have only a couple of days left to fish, so it is back to the water and, I hope, doing some catching as well as fishing. Until next time…keep a tight line.

 Contact Dick at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.