Stream of the week — Vermillion River
Dakota County, 15-25 minutes from my house depending on where I fish.
I spent considerable time fishing the Vermillion River this season. A total of 15 outings to be exact. Only 6 out of the 15 outings did I catch trout, 40% however each time I did catch fish be it giant northern pike, bullheads, chubs, or the most common white sucker.
Most interesting I caught the two largest trout in the same pool in between a 16″ and a 14″ brown. Both were 20″ on the nose and the second one actually had a giant humpback, looking like he came out of the Great Lakes. Buddy Jon and I call this place Monsterland for obvious reasons.
Bait is the way to go. Almost all trout caught on bait. Both northerns and a handful of trout shown here caught on spinners or x-rap. If you do x-rap do orange and gold fish it at dawn or dusk and twitch the hell out of it.
Vermillion River map: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/south/map_15.pdf