451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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Walleyes are still at the head of the list for folks fishing in the Ely area. Most anglers are using either crawlers or leeches to fill their stringers with these tasty delights. The fish have begun to stage around deeper structure such as Island points and deep water reefs, but some surprising catches are coming from shallower haunts either early or late in the day. The best way to narrow down where the fish are holding seems to be dragging a bottom bouncer and spinner combo to find the fish, or using larger profile crank baits trolled along at 1.7 to 2.3 mph along the structure adjacent to deeper water.

The smallmouth bass frenzy continues as the season progresses, with fishermen using either crank baits or soft plastics to ply the wters from three feet down to fifteen feet. The top water bite can be very productive as well. Try using lures such as Tiny Torpedos, Jitterbugs, buzz baits. Spinner baits will work whether fished right at the surface or allowed to sink a bit deeper.

Some dandy rainbow trout are showing up on stringers from Miners Lake and Tofte Lake. Most folks there are using small spoons or tiny Rapalas trolled along at ten to fiftten feet. Bank fishermen haven't been disappointed either as they fish a crawler of crawler salmon/egg combo under a slip bobber at these same depths. Casting spinners like a Mepps or Rooster Tails can be productive too.

Some big northern pike have been caught along weed edges or rocky points by either using a live sucker under a bobber or tossing a spoon or spinner bait in these same areas.

The crappie action remains slower than usual, but some people are managing at least a few fish for the dinner table. Most are finding the fish suspended in the water column at ten to fifteen feet. top baits are lively minnows fished under a slip bobber or a soft plastic tail on a jig.

Burntside Lake has been giving up some decent lake trout as anglers are dragging spoons or crank baits down thirty-five to forty-five feet. Colors don't seem to be as important as putting the offering in the strike zone.