451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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The ice fishing season in Ely is off to a slow start perhaps due to the lack of sufficient ice cover on area lakes. Most lakes are sporting from six to ten inches of ice which would normally allow for four wheeler or sled traffic, but some parts of the lakes have much less ice warranting a judicious amount of caution. As always, consider no ice to be safe and always check the ice thickness as you travel about.

With that being said some of the early ice anglers have been catching some decent walleyes and others have been targeting panfish on some of the smaller lakes. Most anglers have reported that their best walleye action has been on minnows fished under a bobber, or "dead stick" if you prefer, while the pan fishermen have been using tiny jigs tipped with either wax worms, or small soft baits on a jig. The early pike bite has been slow, with only a few folks managing  a couple of smaller pike on Birch Lake. Suckers fished suspended or dead ones fished right on the bottom have been the best option.