451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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Trout action remains steady throughout the Ely area, with the best reports coming in from Burntside Lake as anglers pursue the lake trout there. The lakers are running on the small side with three to six pound fish being the norm. Active jigging small spoons, rattling plugs and tubes seem to be the most productive. The white tubes are probably accounting for the highest success rate. When fishing them, it pays to work the entire water column as the strikes can happen anywhere from the lake floor to just under the ice. Some are catching a few lakers using live bait whether they be shiners, rainbow chubs or small suckers. These live bait rigs perform best when fished tight to the bottom. Tofte Lake has been producing some dandy rainbow trout up to twenty-three inches. The time of day doesn't seem to have any bearing on the fishing action. What's more important is to rule out non-productive holes, and just keep on moving around untill you mark the active fish. Depth has been a key factor as most action has come from six to twenty feet of water, which helps to eliminate a major portion of the lake right off the bat. One angler reportedly caught three nice splake on Tofte with the largest being six pounds.

Crappie reports have been minimal, perhaps due to the ice conditions of the past couple of weeks, however that appears to be changing as folks are able to drive most anywhere on the ice since the cold snap that we've had. Birch Lake heads the list for great crappie fishing as the length of this lake allows anglers to be spread out and explore the miriad of bays and structure along its length, The population seems to still be good, however the size of the crappies has become smaller over the past couple of years. This is not to say that you can't catch a few of those slabs that approach sixteen inches, it's just that the numbers of the bigger fish has slumped a bit for now. Small minnows on a dead stick work very well, but many more anglers are now finding that small jigs tipped with soft plastics such as Gulp minnows or white or yellow twister tails have been doing the job of bringing fish out of the hole.

A reminder, stay within 200 feet of any dead stick or tip-up that you may place out on the ice, and be sure to have your current fishing license on your person whenever you are fishing. When trout fishing, it is imperative that you also have a trout stamp.