451 West Sheridan Street Ely, Minnesota 55731
Fishing Report
  • 218-365-6930

Walleye fishing has improved somewhat with the advent of cooler temperatures. Most anglers are still relying on crawler harnesses to do the job, and it's paying off. While many of the fish are still relating to structure such as reef tops and island points, some are finding the fish staging at the mouths of bays in relatively shallow water. This is where crankbait fishermen are garnering some decent catches as well. Try working the drop-offs in ten to eighteen feet during the day and gradually moving shallower as evening progresses. Fishermen at dusk and into the evening hours are beginning to score on minnows fished under a slip bobber, changing over to lighted bobbers after dark, as fish move as shallow as six feet in some cases.

Northern pike anglers are scoring some good numbers while casting spinner baits and spoons throughout the day, but the most exciting bites have occurred early and late in the day by fishing top water offerings. Large plugs such as Zara Spooks, Baker's NST-S poppers and Suick floating lures are scoring big. Remember to use adequate wire leaders as some of the fish are stiking the lures head first, or totally engulfing the baits.

Trout fishermen are taking advantage of the resources available in the area. Good numbers of rainbows are sucking up crawlers fished under a bobber, while others are catching their limits trolling small spinners and tiny crankbaits fished from ten to fifteen feet down in the water column. Best lakes recently have been Miner's Pit and Tofte Lake. For some larger trout, try trolling spoons and large crank baits on Burntside or Snowbank for lake trout. Although no huge lakers have been taken of late, folks have been more than happy with the trout in the three to eight pound range.

Crappies have begun to school up again, with some in the twelve to fouteen inch range being caught. Most fishermen are keeping close mouthed about their "honey holes", but if you put in the time searching, you can locate the fish suspended from eight to twelve feet down during the day and moving into the shallows right at dusk.