451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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The walleye bite remains fairly consistent for many anglers throughout the area lakes. Some folks though are not heeding good advice and remain bewildered by their lack of success. The walleyes this season have remained in relatively shallow water for much longer than is usual. Perhaps this is due to the colder water which is pushing the bait into the warmer water near shore. Most fish are being taken in water from four to ten feet, and this isn't just true for walleyes, as the bass and northern pike are there too. In the past anglers have found their fish in fifteen to twenty-five feet, but that's just not the case this year. It will happen, but it may take a couple more weeks before that takes place. Bait used has little effect on success, as leeches crawlers and minnows all seem to be working, as well as trolled crank baits.

Crappie fishing has begun to kick in as the spawn is taking place right now. Try working emergent weed edges with either a minnow or soft plastics on a jig under a bobber. It's hardly possible to fish too shallow as some are catching crappies in as little as two feet of water. When fish are this close to the surface, stealth is of the upmost of importance. Stay well away from the schools and use the smallest offerings on the lightest line that you can adequately handle.

Many large smallmouth in the twenty inch range are being caught and this action should continue for the next few weeks. For now use a slower approach with either live bait or some soft plastics like tubes or crawfish imitations. Soon the action will heat up with bass smashing topwater presentations, or crank baits worked along drop-offs or rock piles.

Northern pike are still hammering suckers fished under a bobber, but can also be taken by soaking a frozen smelt right on the bottom in water from four to ten feet. We're on the cusp of the spinner bait and spoon action, but for now a bait rig is working best.