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 Some walleyes continue to bite and the community of followers continue to set and adjust position of their shacks to intersect the movement of eyes in both of their quests for a meal.  Most anglers are using a dead stick, suspending a minnow just off the bottom. This works very well for most folks, but the bigger fish seem to be attacking jigged baits such as Buckshot spoons and Chubby Darters further up in the water column.

 Crappie action has been slow to start, but some anglers are managing to catch at least a half dozen or so, and top that off with a half dozen sunnies, you have the basic ingredients for a great dinner.

 Northern pike are taking live suckers or frozen ciscoes from strategically placed tip-ups near old weed lines and submerged bars or points. Spearers too have taken a few fish up to forty-six inches in less than six feet of water. And while on the subject of shallow water, a few of the same guys spearing pike, noted a good number of walleyes stopping to investigate the decoys.

 Over the weekend the lakes became a bit sloppy due to the warm temps, and rain, but there still remains a good solid foot of ice on most lakes.


***As always, check the ice as you go as no ice should be considered safe everywhere.***

 

 
Ely Chamber on Dec 16, 2014
 
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It’s time to dust off the hard water gear and head out on the lakes. Ice conditions are near perfect this season with twelve to fourteen inches of pure, clear ice with just a few inches of snow on top of it. Folks in the Ely area are dragging out the fishing shacks with full size pickup trucks, a sure indication of solid ice. (As always, no ice is completely safe, so please check with someone who has knowledge of the lake and make test drills before venturing out.)

 Walleye fishing has begun to satisfy those early season anglers that have been out for the past week or so. Due to the ideal conditions, travel is easy which opens up nearly all of the lakes with the exception of moving water. The most aggressive fish tend to be higher up in the water column, so break out the lipless jigging lures, and ratting spoons and get busy. If the fish seem to be relating more to the bottom, drop a dead stick line down with a live shiner or chub just inches to a foot off the bottom.

 Big pike are very active during early ice and will readily hit a live sucker minnow when fished near weed beds and on the upper edges of drop-offs where forage fish tend to gather. They will stay in these shallow areas for the next few weeks until the smaller fish move to deeper water. This is the main reason spearing is so effective during early season.

 Crappies and sunfish are on the menu as well. Tiny micro size baits are becoming more popular these days as both of these species rely on tiny zooplankton to make up a large portion of their diets. Use the lightest line and gear that you feel comfortable with and you will be rewarded with a good bucket of fish by day’s end.

  Whether you're an old pro or someone who has just developed an interest in ice fishing, you couldn't ask for a better scenario, so get out there and take advantage of these great conditions.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Dec 08, 2014
 
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Mother Nature is giving anglers a helping hand by dropping water temperatures. The walleye bite has picked up in recent days due to the falling water temps, and fishermen and women are taking full advantage of it. The "eyes" are beginning their Fall feeding patterns and have become increasingly active in water depths from 11-20'. Jig and minnow or spinner combinations are racking up good numbers in the 15-20" range. Some folks too are using deep running crank baits with the same amount of success.

 

Crappies too are feeling the chill and are bunching up in deeper drop-offs and can't resist a lively chub fished near the bottom or suspended just above it. Watch your fish finder to see just where the fish are holding and get ready for some good action.

 

Pike are putting on the feed bag as well and can be caught using larger crank baits and spoons in a bit deeper water than normal, probably preying on other species holding there.

 

It's time to get in on the action and get out on the lakes one last time or so before winter freeze up. Caution is required though as water temps drop and winds pick up. Remember to always wear a life jacket during this cold weather period as hypothermia is a real possibility if you should find yourself in the water

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Oct 06, 2014
 
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Crappie action has dominated the fishing scene lately. Numerous reports are coming in from several of the area lakes of crappies up to 14" being caught, but overall nice eating size crappies in the 10-11' range are the norm. Watching your fish finder for suspended fish from 5-10' off the bottom indicates where to put your baits. Offerings are mostly minnows under a slip bobber, but many more anglers are using small soft plastics and tiny crank baits.

Walleye action has slowed to a crawl, but those who have been connecting have been using large minnows such as pike suckers and bigger rainbows or crawlers on a Lindy style spinner fished right on the bottom in 12-20' feet of water with a few coming from deeper drop-offs down to 30'.

Pike action remains good with a lot of pike in the five to seven pound range with a few bruisers up to eighteen pounds pulling down large suckers or spoons and spinner baits fished near weed edges and points adjacent to deep water.  

Lake trout enthusiasts are struggling as most fish have been on the small side but still hovering around 40-55' feet of water. Trolled spoons and mid-size crank baits are still producing lakers in the 3-7 pound size. 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Sep 29, 2014
 
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Not much walleye action of late, so folks have turned their attention to pan fish and pike. Some decent limits of crappies have been turning up from some of the smaller lakes. Lakes have been producing for those dipping minnows in water from twelve to fifteen feet. Small minnows and tube jig combos have been working well early and late in the day.

 Pike have still been actively hitting spoons, spinners and live suckers in water from five to twelve feet. Most local lakes have been doing fairly well.

A few lake trout are still being caught with most anglers pulling spoons down around forty to fifty feet. Lake trout season closes Sept. 30th, so now is the time to get out there and do some good before season closes.

Just a reminder, bass season closed on Sept. 8th, so now it's only a catch and release fishery.

 With forecast lows in the thirties, it may be time to start tuning up the gear for ice fishing.

 

 

 
Ely Chamber on Sep 08, 2014
 
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Fishing info has been as varied as the numerous lakes up here.  

Crappie bite is on for some on several area lakes - a lot of fish in the ten to thirteen inch range with an occasional fifteen inch thrown in.

Walleyes have been on the small side but again there have been some three pounders for the taking - nice eating size "eyes".

 Some anglers report of bragging size pike on spinners, spoons, and BIG crank baits.

Lake Trout are still active at forty-five to fifty-five feet. Many of the fish are holding deeper, but will come up for the right offering.

 

 
Ely Chamber on Sep 03, 2014
 
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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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