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here, where the practice is accepted or not. However, I thought in fairness to the anglers at large, we would let the lodge owners of tomorrow sound off and state their opinions openly. Ed Tausk immediately referred to a recent study expressing concerns with live bait fishing for muskies. “Based on recent studies and articles on single hook sucker fishing and on the small number of fish that survive a gut hook (even during cold water periods), I am opposed to sucker fishing with single hooks. I have not had much of a demand from muskie fisherman to stock suckers in our bait shop. I have discussed this issue with local bait suppliers and there just simply is not much of a demand for muskie fishing with suckers on Lake Vermilion. This may be due to the one rod limit in Minnesota, or for what ever reason, it’s simply not as popular a method in Minnesota as it is in other states”. Eric Brown Jr. of Wiley Point Lodge didn’t have much of an opinion regarding the subject, due in part to the fact few anglers practice this technique on Lake of the Woods. “You don’t need to use live bait to catch muskies at Wiley Point, and that is probably better for the fishery in the long run. Most of the muskie anglers I am aware of at Wiley Point seem to have every lure known to mankind and a fair amount of understanding in using them”. Randy responded with a resounding “No! We strongly oppose the use of any live or dead bait rigs for muskie. We do not use this technique here, as it has and will continue to kill muskies as long as it’s practiced. This occurs by the sucker hook getting caught deep in the muskies throat, resulting in irreversible damage that is often fatal. I will not say it is not a productive way to fish for muskies, but the cost of using these rigs is at the expense of the fishery”. Over the years I have had a great deal of success following the Solunar Tables. In fact, the late Duke Verkuilen introduced John Alden Knight’s tables to me almost fifteen years ago, and the increase in my success has been measurable. As a result, I often find myself wanting to fish when others are sitting down for dinner (or breakfast, for that matter). And I often feel I am imposing on owners and servers alike when I request different meal times. I refer to this as fickle and couldn’t help but ask how the owners might feel about this attitude. Eric Brown Jr. was first to respond. He stated there simply isn’t a problem with this at all. “We are a full service facility and can accommodate virtually any meal schedule you need. Muskie anglers should realize while coming to Wiley Point, we are there to serve you and truly understand the need for being on the water at the most opportune times. After all, the muskie is the toughest of all freshwater game fish, why should we make it any tougher?” Randy also responds with a “no problem” attitude. He says they don’t have to worry about fickle attitudes due to the fact that their facility is located in some of the best muskie waters

in North America and their guests do not have to travel far to fish. “Other lodges will drive a good distance to get to our end of Eagle Lake for a taste of the outstanding fishing, especially muskie and walleye. The guests from other camps, however, have to leave mid-afternoon to get back to camp for meals. Also, if weather changes, it takes even longer across the vast, larger part of the lake. Our guests can go out early in the morning and still be very close for a hot breakfast. They also have those extra hours before dinner while guests from other lodges are again traveling. Add to this another 3 to 4 hours “prime time” low light conditions after dinner and it’s easy to see our muskie anglers have no problem getting plenty of quality muskie fishing in, fickle or not. Ed Tausk responded to feeding muskie anglers as being an issue of service, and service is what they are about. He went on to say they take great pride in the quality of meals they provide and coming from someone that has experienced them first hand, that’s a fact. Being flexible in scheduling, preparing and serving meals to fit the muskie fisherman is not a problem at Vermilion Dam Lodge. However, there is one consequence. If the muskie angler on a meal plan comes off the water without a good fish story, he or she may have to answer to the cook! In regards to needs, it’s simple to realize everyone’s are not the same. Some want meals, some don’t, some want guides, while others don’t and so on. I think you get the picture. So with that being a reality, I thought we should research what is available and what, if anything, might be missing. The question I put to the owners was this: what does your facility offer the muskie angler? At Century Lodge you will find they have a full American plan and limited housekeeping, nicely equipped 16 foot deep-V Lund boats and 18 foot Outfitter guide boats with brand new 25HP and 45HP Mercury outboards each season, a private landing, excellent launching and docking at no additional charge, seven docks located very close to the cabins with electrical power hookups, sheltered areas for docking, twelve modern cabins overlooking the lake with hot and cold running water, showers, private baths, lake view dinning with home-cooked meals, live bait for walleye and smallmouth, daily dock service, fish cleaning, freezer service, professional guides, detailed hydrographical maps, comfortable lounge with fieldstone fireplace, a tackle shop, and best of all great muskie fishing. Pehrson Lodge Resort offers the muskie angler a great location on Lake Vermilion. Located in a well protected bay, their docks are equipped with electrical power to the docks. They offer light housekeeping. Their lodge is located just off the shore of Lake Vermilion offering a superb view of the lake just outside the door. Lake Vermilion is 40,000 acers strong, has 365 islands and 1200 miles of perfect shoreline. At Pehrson’s you will find twenty-eight cabins beautifully placed on 2,000 feet of Lake Vermilions finest shoreline. All the cabins are situated for a great view and many offer dishwashers, fireplaces, multiple bathrooms, large decks and more. And best of all, is the fishing. Incredible trophy muskie, smallmouth and largemouth, walleye and very big northern pike, guided or unguided, rental or private boat, it’s all up to you at Pehrson Lodge Resort. Wiley Point Lodge is located in the Big Narrows region of Lake of the Woods and offers deluxe American plan accommodations (only) with incredible chef-prepared meals, full-blown