451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
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The walleye bite is still active around the reefs and sunken islands in eight to twenty feet of water by day and on adjoining flats in four to eight feet in the evening.The early bite seems to be on minnows and as the day progresses, the bite turns over to crawlers on a spinner and slow trolled crank baits. When using cranks, size apparently matters, as some of the bigger walleyes are striking larger size Rapalas up to number 11s. This is also the go to bait for late evening action, and some folks are also having success using lighted bobbers with a minnow after sunset.

Smallmouth bass are still smashing top water offerings when the lake surface is calm, then the action seems to go deeper with small cranks and soft baits when the chop is on the water. Spinner baits are working their magic too, but be prepared for the occasional pike to inhale your lure and run off with it. Pike will readily take spoons too, but their favorite seems to be live suckers fished under a float.

Many good numbers of trout are being reported to from lakes like Miners, Tofte, and the Galcier ponds. The simplest way to catch them is to suspend a crawler under a bobber, but tiny crank baits and spinners will do the job when casted along shorelines in six to ten feet. Some rainbows have been caught exceeding twenty inches in length.