Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

The walleye bite remains steady for most anglers who are putting the time in on area lakes. While not fast and furious, one can expect to catch enough fish for a shore lunch, or dinner at home. Crawler harnesses seem to be the primary way to catch them lately. Choose a spinner that coincides with the color of the water that you are fishing. Neutral tones like gold, silver, and white work best in clear water lakes, and bright colors such as orange, chartreuse, and fire tiger, work best in bog stained lakes. Crank baits are working when plying the waters around sunken islands and reefs. Keep in mind that as the season progresses the bait fish population is growing in size, and it's not unheard of to use cranks up to six inches long.


Crappie fishing has been good for many, with fish up to fourteen inches being reported. Simple minnow and bobber rigs are working well, but many folks are discovering just how effective a tiny jig with a one inch Gulp minnow soft bait can be. These plastics work well, and one needs not re-bait after every fish, so you can cast right back and stay in the action, which can be non-stop for several minutes or more before the fish move on.



Some large northern pike are falling for spoons and spinner baits fished along weed lines or rocky points. Large crank baits can be trolled or cast in these same areas to provide a great rod bending experience. For those that prefer a more laid back approach, try fishing a sucker minnow under a bobber either around the weed beds or just off the dock.

Ely Chamber on Aug 14, 2017