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Fishing Report
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Some folks are bringing in some really nice fish lately, while others still have their stringers remaining dry in the tackle box. The best way to connect at this time of year is to remain flexible.There have been bass fishermen landing some nice walleyes while fishing soft tube baits and small crank baits in as little as four feet of water, while others are pulling walleyes out of thirty feet of water using a bottom bouncer and spinner combo. As the weather has warmed, many anglers are using crawlers as a go-to bait as they're easy to maintain by just keeping them in the cooler, and almost every fish that swims will eat them. Big pike are readily taking spinner baits and spoons worked a bit deeper along drop-offs down to ten to fifteen feet. Minnows and deep diving crank baits are allowing anglers to take some decent lake trout from Burntside Lake. The lakers seem to be doing most of their feeding in fifty to sixty feet of water.

Recent reports have indicated an upswing in the catch rates of folks heading out from the Ely area. A good number of walleyes over 24" have been taken, as well as smallmouth bass hovering around the 20+ inch range have been coming to the net. The most successful angler have been catching the walleyes where they have been suspended down from 9-12', or just above the thermocline. Speaking of which, if you have a good depth finder on your boat, turn the gain way up so that you can easily see where the thermocline lies, and put your baits in this zone. This may be difficult for some, as they are using the old tactic of putting their baits just above the bottom, far under the active fish. This is where a good crank bait comes in handy as you can adjust their running depth by either letting more line out or adding some small weights just ahead of the lure to put it in the target zone. Smallmouth bass are working the shorelines for whatever baitfish or crustaceons may reside there. Crawfish imitations or soft swim baits really shine under these conditions. Even on those lakes that have been experiencing mayfly hatches, the brown bass are smacking  top water cranks, chuggers or poppers.

The walleye fishing has slowed somewhat, and it could possibly be attributed the the dramatic weather swings that we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks. However, there are still anglers out there managing to get their fair share of fish. Although it may be uncomfortable sitting in the rain on a windswept lake, the fish that are biting seem to be drawn to the turbulent waters of the windblown shores. The water there is oxegen rich due to the agitation of the wave action, and there are an abundance of particulate matter and micro organisms present in the water which draws the bait fish in. The bass are also drawn to these same areas to get in on the action. This is one of those scenarios where soft baits such as tubes and swimbaits can really shine. A good many walleyes are falling for these same tactics as reported by the bass fishermen.Using these tools allow you to cover a lot more water quickly, which equates to more fish being hooked. Pike anglers too are discovering the benefits of soft bait tipped spinners and jigs. Manufacturers are now producing copious amounts of soft baits in every imaginable style. Some impressive lake trout have been caught in and around the Ely area. Maybe more anglers are starting to dicover just how much fun these scrappy fish are. When you hook one of these eight to fifteen pound fish on a medium action rod, you really have to hang on as they make some reel smoking runs.

Walleye fishing seems to remain good for the most part with anglers favoring leeches and crawlers on a spinner rig. A good number of the fish are coming from ten to twenty-two feet of water during mid-day and in the shallows early and late in the day. Some folks still managing to catch some on jigs, but the long-liners are doing better as fish that are shallow seem to spook easily, especially on those gin clear lakes. Bass fishermen are having a heyday as these aerial acrobats are smashing everything from soft baits on a jig head to topwater lures worked along the shorelines and sunken timber. A few lake trout are still being caught by dragging spoons and plus-size crank baits down to thirty-five feet. Some anglers are slow drifting frozen smelt along the bottom or rigged suckers in the four to six inch range. Panfish are cooperating too, as anglers from shore can testify. Many youngsters and older folks alike enjoy watching a bobber disappear as these scrappy fish take a piece of worm offered just above the bottom.

The walleye fishing has slowed somewhat, and it could possibly be attributed the the dramatic weather swings that we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks. However, there are still anglers out there managing to get their fair share of fish. Although it may be uncomfortable sitting in the rain on a windswept lake, the fish that are biting seem to be drawn to the turbulent waters of the windblown shores. The water there is oxegen rich due to the agitation of the wave action, and there are an abundance of particulate matter and micro organisms present in the water which draws the bait fish in. The bass are also drawn to these same areas to get in on the action. This is one of those scenarios where soft baits such as tubes and swimbaits can really shine. A good many walleyes are falling for these same tactics as reported by the bass fishermen.Using these tools allow you to cover a lot more water quickly, which equates to more fish being hooked. Pike anglers too are discovering the benefits of soft bait tipped spinners and jigs. Manufacturers are now producing copious amounts of soft baits in every imaginable style. Some impressive lake trout have been caught in and around the Ely area. Maybe more anglers are starting to dicover just how much fun these scrappy fish are. When you hook one of these eight to fifteen pound fish on a medium action rod, you really have to hang on as they make some reel smoking runs.