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Fishing Report
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Fishing action has slowed somewhat or less fishermen and women are out on the ice. Some of this may be due to the fact that ice travel is very limited as a result of heavy snow and slushy conditions. Walleye bite remains consistent, but over all catches seem to be on the small side. Buckshot and Forage Minnow spoons still enticing the walleyes to bite when tipped with a minnow head and dead sticking minnows under a bobber is perhaps the easiest way to entice otherwise slow biters.

Trout action remains fairly steady with good catches of rainbow trout coming from Miners, Tofte, and High Lakes. Small dark jigs such as black ants tipped with wax worms seems to be the best method to get them to bite. Lake trout action has slowed as well, this is undoubtedly due to the ice conditions where maneuverability is severely restricted.

Still some pike are being caught using either suckers or ciscoes as bait.

Rainbow trout still the hot topic in the area. Lakes such as Miners, Tofte, High, and Glacier ponds still producing some decent catches for those willing to brave the sub-zero temperatures. Best baits have been black ants tipped with wax worms and salted minnows are working well. Some are using small Little Cleo spoons are picking off a few rainbows as well as some decent size splake.

Pike are still being co-operative, as anglers using either ciscoes or sucker minnows fished throughout the water column have been taking some fish to twelve pounds. Shiners have been working well, but supplies are coming up short perhaps due to the extreme cold weather.

Sunnies and crappies are beginning to get some attention on Birch and Bass Lakes. Small jigs with waxies for the sunnies and small live minnows for the crappies.

Some slush pockets on many lakes still remain, so caution when traversing the lakes is in order.

Walleye fishing has been a bit sporadic recently, but some anglers are filling the voids by focusing on northern pike. Jigging for pike using small airplane jigs and spoons has been working for some, but the old tried and true method of using live suckers or shiners under a tip-up or bobber still remains the best tactic. Try fishing the edges of old weed beds where some smaller bait fish remain or points that drop off to deeper water where hungry pike are in search of an easy meal.

Some folks are focusing their efforts on crappies and sunfish with some good success. Small jigs tipped with wax worms are working and small minnows under a slip bobber have accounted for a good number of eating size crappies.

The trout season started off with a bang. Most anglers reporting at least a couple of fish, but others had a field day reeling them in. Tofte Lake led the pack on producing good numbers of rainbows and splake, taken either on salted minnows or small jig and wax worm combos. Most fish were taken in six to nine feet of water, and early in the day produced more strikes. Glacier ponds, High, and Found lakes have been turning out rainbows and brook trout up to 23"

Lake trout anglers were catching multiple lakers fishing in 45-55' of water both on Burntside and Snowbank Lakes. Burntside led the pack with fish up to ten pounds and a couple of twelve pounders were reported. The most productive method was fishing rainbow minnows or ciscoes on or near the bottom, but quite a few anglers were actively jigging  spoons or white tube combos with moderate success.

Big pike were also on the move with anglers taking quite a few in the 8-10 pound range by using suckers or shiners for bait. A good number of pike are also being taken by spearing and are accounting for monster pike near 20 pounds. Pike too have been slamming ciscoes fished right on the bottom either on a dead stick or tip-ups.

Walleye fishing has slowed and the ones that are co-operating have been on the small side taken with live minnows, but some larger fish to twenty inches are falling for Forage Minnows or Buckshot spoons.

The frigid temps may be keeping some folks off the area lakes, but the hearty ones that are making it out in these conditions are bring in some nice fish.Suckers and ciscoes seem to be the baits of choice for anglers seeking northern pike and they are having a lot of fun doing it. Some pike up to fifteen pounds have been landed and it's not uncommon for fishermen to respond to several flags up per hour. Walleye anglers too have been tapping into the bounty of fish available. Chubby darters, Rattlin Flyers and small ice jiglets which are a mini take-off on airplane jigs are working well when tipped with a minnow head. The more laid back approach has been to just suspend a minnow just off the bottom under a bobber is working well too. Keep some hand and toe warmers handy as the brutal cold temps coupled with the wind are cutting short what could otherwise be productive trips. When temps dip below minus thirty, exposed skin can freeze in ten minutes. There have still been reports of slush under the ice crust on some lakes, so if you are traveling off the beaten path make sure that you carry a shovel and let someone know where you plan to go.

For all of your bait and tackle needs or info on where to catch em' stop in at Babe's, "the best little bait shop in Ely".