451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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A good number of lake trout and stream trout have been caught in the area lately. Many anglers are fishing for rainbows and splake on lakes such as Tofte and High lakes from early a.m. through the afternoon. Tiny jigs tipped with a couple of wax worms have been working well, as do smaller salted minnows. Most fish are being taken within fifteen feet of the ice up to just below the hole. Many trout will cruise just under the ice, picking up insects that may have collected on the underside of the ice throughout the night. Lake trout have been lighting up anglers sonar units, but have been slow to respond to jigs for some. A smelt fished right on the bottom fished under a tip-up can be an effective presentation. Some anglers  have been putting lake trout on the ice up to eight pounds or so.

Some crappies have begun to respond to live minnows fished near the bottom in depths between twelve and twenty-one feet on East Twin and Brch lakes. This fishing action should continue to improve as winter wears on. Some of the best action should be closest to ice out, but some decent catches will appear a month or so before that actually happens.