Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

Reef edges and sunken islands are where you want to concentrate your efforts if you want to connect with some of the best walleye action of this summer season. Jigging Raps and Chubby Darters with a vertical presentation are accounting for a good number of walleyes lately. Some are also finding success by trolling crank baits or spinner/crawler combos in these same areas. Don't neglect the night bite either as the fish move close to shore after dark to crowd the bait fish in the shallows. It's not uncommon to find some big walleyes in as little as two or three feet of water once the sun goes down.


Sunfish and crappies are holding in deeper water down below seven feet during the day, but they too can be caught shallow as light begins to fade. This is especially true of the crappies as they line up for the skinny water buffet at dark.

Some nice lake trout to nine pounds have been taken recently. While most folks are using the tried and true method of trolling spoons and crank baits, a growing number of anglers are discovering vertical jigging can really pay off in the summer. Jigging Raps, Chubby Darters and the latest go-to trout bait - the jig and tube are the current hot items to use. You can fish tubes alone, but if you want to sweeten the deal, add a stinger hook and minnow. This combo has proved to be very effective over the last couple of years. Look for the fish to be holding in water forty to sixty-five feet right now.

Ely Chamber on Jul 31, 2017