451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
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Fishing Report
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The smallmouth bass action has been dominating the fishing scene in the Ely area for the past couple of weeks. Anglers are battling these hard fighting and aerobatic fish on most any lake in the North Country. Whether you fish them on sub-surface baits such as soft plastic tubes, crawfish and crank baits, or on the surface with poppers, buzz baits, or plugs, the outcome remains the same, explosive action. Some of the bass are truly awesome, stretching out in over 21" of fury, weighing in at over six pounds.

Walleyes have been fairly co-operative, with many folks filling their stringers with nice keeper size fish. Although there haven't been near as many true bragging size fish, most anglers are happy just to take some home for the pan.

Northern pike in the forty inch range are being caught on a regular basis. Many folks are using large crank baits or spinner baits to locate and land these toothy critters. Some are still relying on the tried and true method of just hanging a sucker minnow under a bobber to catch what could be a fish of a lifetime.

The crappie bite never really took off after the spawn, but some have been taken on minnows or soft plastics on a jig in ten to twenty feet of water. around rock piles or other structure.

Rainbow trout have been falling for trolled spinners and diminutive crank baits fished anywhere from just below the surface, down to twenty feet, while others are just kicking back in the boat or on the shore with crawlers suspended under a bobber. Some rainbows that have been caught recently have exceeded twenty inches.