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Walleye fishing has had some ups and downs, but those who are applying themselves are managing to bring some nice fillets to the table. Finding where they're hanging out is easily done if you can locate the schools of bait fish. Leeches seemed to have run their course, but they have been replaced with crawlers and minnows quite well.

 Large pike are still hammering spinner baits and spoons. They are responding to rapid retrieval rates, so no matter how fast you crank it's very difficult to outrun them.

 Smallmouth bass are entertaining those anglers targeting these bronze acrobats. Top water baits like Rapala's Skitter Pops, Arbogast Hula Poppers and Jitterbugs are producing good numbers both early and late in the day, and using a jig and soft bait or small crank baits are tempting them throughout the rest of the day.

 Crappies are active early and late in the day, and can be had by working either live or artificial baits in relatively shallow water as little as three feet. They have a tendency to slink down to deeper water during mid-day.

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Aug 25, 2014
 
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The summer doldrums have arrived as indicated by water temperatures in the upper seventies, but there is little indication by way of low creel numbers. Many folks are out on the water, and a good number of them are managing to put some fish on the stringer. Not to say that action is hot and heavy, but definitely worth getting out there for.

 

Big pike are on the prowl and are succumbing to well placed baits near weed edges and rocky points. Large crank baits, spoons, and spinners are great artificial baits to use, but also large minnows such as suckers and chubs will bring them to the boat.

 

Crappies too have bunched up, and low light conditions of dusk and dawn are the best time to score on these tasty slabs. Small tube jigs, micro sized soft baits, and minnows are all producing. Learn to separate the signals on your electronics and begin to score on these fish that can be suspended in water from six to twenty-one feet.

 

Walleyes tend to come in two sizes recently, small and extra large. A lot of fish from ten to fifteen inches are being caught, but over the past few weeks we've seen quite a few hawgs over nine pounds making their way to the scales.

 

Lake trout are putting the brakes on spoons and crank baits that are pulled through their territory in forty to fifty-five feet of water. Five to seven pound fish are sliding into the landing nets on a regular basis, and a few ten and twelve pounders have been reported.

 

It's time to take advantage of this great fishery we have while the weather is conducive to just hanging out at the lake. You will be able to look back fondly at these trips come winter, which will be along before you know it. 

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Aug 18, 2014
 
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The fishing still remains good on most area lakes. Walleyes are getting into their summer pattern of feeding early and late in the day, however there's many more species that continue to be willing to take an offering throughout the daylight hours.

Some nice sunfish in the 7"-9" range are aggressively hitting small jigs when tipped with a live wax worm or an artificial bait such as Gulp maggots or honey worms. Small soft baits work well on a jig too.

 Crappies are hitting small minnows on the flats from 12 feet to close to shore as the day wanes.

 Northern pike are smashing spoons, spinner baits, and large crank baits in three to fifteen feet of water. A live sucker under a bobber can be like candy for these fresh water barracudas.

 Lake trout will also strike during the midday hours when tempted with either spoons or slender crank baits in 40-55' of water.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Aug 15, 2014
 
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The fishing still remains good on most area lakes. Walleyes are getting into their summer pattern of feeding early and late in the day, however there's many more species that continue to be willing to take an offering throughout the daylight hours. Some nice sunfish in the 7"-9" range are aggressively hitting small jigs when tipped with a live wax worm or artificial bait such as Gulp maggots or honey worms. Small soft baits work well on a jig too.

 Crappies are hitting small minnows on the flats from 12 feet to close to shore as the day wanes.

 Northern pike are smashing spoons, spinner baits, and large crank baits in three to fifteen feet of water. A live sucker under a bobber can be like candy for these fresh water barracudas.

 Lake trout will also strike during the midday hours when tempted with either spoons or slender crank baits in 40-55' of water.

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Aug 11, 2014
 
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While the fishing may not be fast and furious, there is an opportunity to wrangle a limit of most species by putting in the time and effort.  Within  those limits have been some impressive catches of big fish.

 Walleyes over nine pounds and pike up to eighteen have been reported over the past week.

 Crappies too have been getting active with some 15 inchers being caught. Anglers t have been using minnows and also small jigs such as Slurpies and Gitzit tubes.

This season has produced more lake trout as folks have been trolling deep water with more enthusiasm than years past, and they have been rewarded with some very nice fish. Trolling spoons and large crank baits in forty-five to fifty-five feet of water have done the trick for many in pursuit of these tackle testers.

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Aug 04, 2014
 
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The fishing seems to fluctuate on a daily basis. One day finds you catching limits within hours, and the next you can't buy a bite. As they say though, "you can't catch them sittin' home on the couch".

 

The walleyes have been responding to spinner rigs slowly trolled in six to fifteen feet of water when tipped with either a leech or crawler. Another option might be to use crank baits fished along shoreline breaks and weed edges.

 

Pike have been slamming large cranks or spinner baits ripped along in water less than ten feet.

Lake trout have been more co-operative this year than in many years past. The best method lately has been to troll large spoons in forty-five to fifty-five feet of water in the large basins. landing through to dollar

 

Crappie fishermen have been taking some dandy slabs  in twelve to twenty-one feet of water. Small minnows under a slip bobber is the preferred tactic although a good number of folks are turning to small Gulp baits and small jig and tube combos.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Jul 28, 2014
 
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While walleye fishing has slowed somewhat, anglers are still able to harvest other species like pike and crappies with some success.

The pike have been active in five to fifteen feet of water especially along weed edges. Spinner baits and big crank baits are a must for this style of fishing and the payoff has been big for some folks, with fish to eighteen pounds coming to the boat. Many others in the three to five pound range are common and will fill the bill for a good lakeside dinner.

 

Some folks have had some decent crappie limits. Small minnows fished under a slip bobber have been working well, but many anglers are relying on soft baits on a jig to turn the fish on. Try working the reef tops in twelve to twenty feet of water.

 

A few lake trout have been landed this week and were responding well to trolled spoons in forty to fifty feet of water. Green and green/chrome have been the best colors to lure some of these fish to twelve pounds up from the depths. 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Jul 21, 2014
 
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Reported catches were down somewhat this week, probably due to less anglers post holiday. Those that have been out tell us that although the size of fish were down somewhat, that everyone seems to have caught decent numbers. There were some really large walleyes caught that were measured from twenty-six to thirty-one inches, but these were exceptional. Weather conditions too may have hampered some as it has been raining off and on with wind gusts to twenty miles per hour. With the new high pressure moving in for the next several days, fishing should improve considerably.

 Northern pike catches were still good. Folks working the weed edges were doing best with large crank baits and spinner baits. Northerns were in the mid thirty inch range with only the occasional bruiser mixed in. A few of the larger fish caught were taken with large suckers and ciscoes fished right on the bottom down to twenty-five feet. 

Crappie numbers are starting to improve as the spotty spawn comes close to the end. Water temps fluctuating as they have recently didn't help catch rates. Small tube and soft tail jigs twitched along weed edges were taking decent numbers despite a hatch of mayflies making things a bit more difficult, although the larger fish were responding well. 

Lake trout have still remained active with fish being reported on nearly a daily basis. Trolling down to 50 feet of water with crank baits and spoons worked the best for the past couple weeks.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Jul 14, 2014
 
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Heading into the holiday weekend things were going well on Ely's lakes with good numbers of walleyes, pike, and surprisingly lake trout, coming to the net. Walleyes are hitting both crawlers and leeches when coupled with a spinner rig bounced along the bottom. Things changed for the time being, with the arrival of the mayfly hatch as action has slowed somewhat over the weekend. Northern pike have been very active along weed edges and many a walleye, sunfish, and crappie have been attacked right at the boat. One angler said that he had a good twenty inch northern snatched from him by a four footer right at the net.

 Those seeking lake trout have been rewarded by several fish in the five to seven pound range  with  the occasional twelve pounder thrown into the mix. Trolling spoons and Rapala's in the twenty-five to thirty-five foot depths has paid off for many.

 Crappie action has been at full swing, with some fourteen inch fish being landed .

 

 
Ely Chamber on Jul 07, 2014
 
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Walleye fishermen have been doing well with good numbers of fish, but many of them taken have been on the small size with a few bruisers thrown in. The vast majority of folks are using leeches or crawlers on a spinner rig, but the evening bite continues for those using a lighted bobber  becoming a more common practice and can be used from shore or anchored near an offshore reef.

Pike anglers using spinner baits and spoons fished along weed lines and rocky points have been rewarded with good numbers of fish to include some large ones up to forty inches. Suckers fished under a bobber works well too if you have the ability to keep the bait lively.

Some big crappies have taken the stage on area lakes converting many fisher folks from walleyes to these slab-sided delicious treats. Crappies have moved into shallower water to begin their spawning season and are falling for small minnows or soft bait tipped jigs and Beetle Spins.

Sunfish too are getting some much deserved attention as they move into shallow water. They will readily hit small worms or leeches fished under a bobber. This is a good time to get youngsters exited about fishing as at times the action can become non-stop.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Jun 30, 2014
 
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