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Fishing Report
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Some impressive size walleyes are coming to the scales lately in the Ely area. Many anglers are finding that by reverting back to old tried and true methods are accounting for the biggest fish of the season. Now that the leeches are becoming harder to find, folks are going back to pulling crawler harnesses in deeper waters of the lakes and finding that's the most productive means with which to catch big "eyes". Try working the deeper holes and troughs in the lakes, where the water is much cooler than the surface areas.

Pike are still hitting spinners and spoons, and many are letting these settle a bit deeper down to fifteen feet or so before they begin their retrieve. Some are fishing suckers, whether live or dead near the bottom down in the same depth range.

Panfishermen are beginning to score some inpressive catches of crappies and sunnies in weed pockets, or along weed edges. Crappies are taking minnows dipped into the weeds at six to twelve feet. Another bait worth mentioning are the soft plastics. When fishing in the weeds, they tend to stay on the hook better than live bait that always seem to get pulled off when dragging through the cover, and save you time from rebaiting to keep your offering in the strike zone. Some folks are also "sweetening" their plastics with a wax worm to add some flavor to their baits.

Afew nice lake trout are beginning to show up again as anglers are trolling just below the thermocline which seems to be hovering around thirty-five feet on lakes such as Burntside and Snowbank. Spoons and spinners are most productive, and a few more succesful fishermen are leading these off with either Cowbells or brightly colored dodgers. This added attractant seems to draw fish in from a greater distance.