Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports


Crappies are starting to respond well around weed lines and rocky humps. This is where a quality fish locator is worth its weight in gold. Once located, you can use small jigs like Gitzit and Slurpies under a bobber to work over an area. This method can be very productive as they allow you to cover a lot of ground quickly. Minnows can also improve your catch rate once you have zeroed in on the school.

 Big pike are smashing Magnum Rapalas and large spinner baits or spoons. Several have been checked in this week up to forty two inches.

 Walleyes are still hanging out in seven to fifteen feet of water and are responding well to spinner rigs tipped with either leeches or crawlers. Some also are being caught on crank baits either casted or trolled at these depths.

 Lake trout are falling for spoons slow trolled in fifty to sixty feet of water.


Ely Chamber on Aug 07, 2012

Smallmouth bass are being very cooperative on most of the area lakes lately. Whether you target them early or late in the day with top water lures or throughout the day using tube jigs such as Gitzits or Gulp minnows on a jig they are more than eager to give you a nice tussle on light tackle. These aerial acrobats have saved more than one fishing trip with their strong runs and leaps into the air. 

Walleye are still roaming the reef tops at seven to fifteen feet, and are hitting both leeches and crawlers. Some angler are working over the drop-offs at these depths with crank baits and managing to pull some dandy walleyes up to nine pounds. Shad Raps and Husky Jerks are designed precisely for these applications. Try shad or perch patterns for best results.

Some nice northern pike are being landed using large suckers under a bobber or large shallow running crank baits. Spinner baits and tandem spinners will work too, as you can cover a large area and put your lure in front of more fish in less time.

Sunnies and crappies are found in the same areas cruising the weed edges or under water humps. Sunnies being easier to catch throughout the day using worms or small jigs and tails such as Gitzits or Slurpies and then, as the sun starts to dip behind the tree line, the crappies start to turn on in a bite pattern that can continue well after dark. Just remember to have your running lights in working condition and carry plenty of bug spray. The night time can also bring the walleyes into the shallows.


Ely Chamber on Jul 30, 2012

The walleye are being found in reefs in about 5-12 feet of water and are moving into the shallows on some area lakes.  Most fish are being caught on leeches, but some anglers are having luck using night crawlers, as well.  There are lots of minnows in the water from the recent hatch and the fish are feasting on them, but it doesn’t seem to be stopping them from taking an angler’s bait too.  Fishing tends to be slow during the day, and better in the evening.  

Ely Chamber on Jul 25, 2012

While the walleye bite has slowed a bit, there are still many active eaters to be caught with an occasional whopper thrown in for good measure. Crawlers and leeches are still the preferred bait but anglers using minnows are still bringing home some nice dinners. Lindy style rigs are still a great search tool when tipped with live bait, then switching over to jigs and leeches or a half crawler to clean up the stragglers.

Smallmouth bass and other panfish are readily coming to the hook.  Beetle spins and other soft baits are working well in five to ten feet of water.

 Northern pike are at their aggressive best. Spinner baits, spoons and live suckers are the way to go and as the local lakes are teeming with these toothy critters, finding them is not much of a challenge.

 Some lake trout are being caught on local lakes by folks fishing spoons and large crank baits in fifty to sixty feet of water. Downriggers and Dipsy Divers work well for getting the lures down to those depths.

 Some good catches of rainbow trout are there for the taking on area trout lakes. Try using crawlers or salmon eggs fished at twenty to twenty-five feet down under a slip bobber.


Ely Chamber on Jul 11, 2012

The walleye reports have slowed a bit, but there are still folks out there connecting on some nice fish. The walleyes have descended a bit and are settling into their summer pattern at around twenty feet. Fishing Rapalas and other crank baits at this depth has been paying off. Some anglers using leeches have been taking walleyes to ten pounds on area lakes.

Big pike continue to pounce on large swim baits and spoons.

 Sunnies and crappies are falling for small tube jigs and wax worms fished under a slip bobber in three to ten feet of water.


Ely Chamber on Jul 03, 2012

Walleyes continue to be the main topic of conversation among anglers visiting the area, and rightly so. Many walleyes up to eleven pounds have been registered in the local Ely newspapers' angler contest, and more are coming in every week. Leeches and crawlers have been the top baits of choice, with slow trolled crank baits close behind. Most "eyes' are being pulled from reefs and rock outcroppings in eight to twelve feet of water.

Crappies and sunnies are coming off the spawn and are aggressively hitting baits presented in shallow water from three to ten feet. Small spinner baits such as Beetle Spins can be very effective at this time as they allow you to quickly cover more water eliminating non-productive areas. Once schools are located you can switch over to live bait or small soft baits on a jig beneath a slip bobber.

Spinner baits and spoons are in order if you are in search of northern pike. They will readily slam these flashy baits when presented properly. Work the emergent weed edges and drop-offs around island and lake shore points.

All things considered, this is a great time to take advantage of some of the best fishing of the season.


Ely Chamber on Jun 26, 2012

The walleye bite continues to please anglers on many of the local
lakes. White Iron, Shagawa, Fall, and Birch lakes have been steady
producers with keeper walleyes in the fourteen to twenty inch range
with a few whoppers up to 30 inches thrown in. Leeches and crawlers are
the top producers whether slow trolled on Lindy rigs or dropped on a
jig or slip bobbers.
The smallmouth bass bite has been very good as the spawn in shallow
waters begins to come to a close. Top water baits such as Jitterbugs,
Torpedeos, and Skitter Pops have been providing the excitement with
these aerial acrobats. Bass up to six pounds have been hammering these
surface and sub-surface baits.
Pike too haven't been shy about co-operating. Casting spoons or large
crank baits have been accounting for pike up to forty-six inches.
Crappies have also been in the shallows, wrapping up their spawning
rituals. Small Gitzit baits, Beetle Spins, and Slurpies have been
working well and live baits such as crappie minnows and worms are sure
to draw them to the hook.
All in all it's been the beginning of a very promising season up here
in the North Country.

Ely Chamber on Jun 19, 2012

A lot of nice walleyes up to nine pounds have been reported this week. Lake names this week aren't important, if the lake holds a decent population of walleyes, you can catch them. Crawlers and leeches lead the way in the live bait department, but trolled or casted crank baits are working as well. Most fish are still holding in eight to twelve feet of water, but are roaming the shallows as the sun sets. Northern pike are slamming spinners and spoons in three to ten feet of water. Smallmouth bass are filling up the bedding areas and are smashing top water baits that invade their territory. Soft baits such as tubes or crawfish are working when pitched near the beds. You can catch your dinner, but please release the rest during the spawn. Crappies and sunnies are doing the same dance in water as shallow as one foot. small jig and tube combos allow you to cover more water and keep you from rebaiting constantly, but minnows for crappies and worms for sunnies will keep your bobber dancing. This is a great time to get kids out on the boat as this can be very entertaining for them.

Ely Chamber on Jun 14, 2012

There has been plenty of action for both the walleye and northern pike fisher folks up here in the North woods. Good numbers of walleyes are being caught from the Canadian border right down to the outskirts of town. Several of the Boundary Waters lakes have been great destinations for walleye. Excellent numbers of fish were caught in the 12' - 18' depths using Lindy rigs or jig and minnow or leech combos. 

 Big pike are on the feed as well on these very same lakes. Big crank baits are pulling monsters from emergent weed edges and shoreline points. Large sucker minnows fished in these same areas are deadly right now. Pike up to 48 inches have been reported this week.

Crappies and sunnies are active on the beds if you are so inclined. Small red worms are attracting sunfish in the one pound range, while small minnows or soft ba


Ely Chamber on May 21, 2012

Many anglers reaped the rewards of opening weekend searching for walleyes on area lakes. Many of the fish caught were smaller males, but some twenty plus inchers were mixed in with those eating size fish. Minnows on jigs were the primary tool, with some unusual color combinations of blue, purple and pink leading the way. A good number of eyes were also taken on Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches. 

Some anglers were successful landing big pike up to 44" by using large suckers.

 The crappies are just starting to edge up into the shallows as water temperatures continue to climb. Slurpies and Gitzit Micros enable you to cover more water in the search for the slabs. Once located, it's hard to beat a small minnow under a slip bobber.

Ely Chamber on May 14, 2012