Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

Just when you think you have the walleyes figured out, they change things up. Some anglers were reporting that the walleyes had gone deep. Lately though, anglers are catching them throughout the water column: some in thirty feet of water, some in seven feet. Go figure. The best advice right now is to keep watching your sonar till you mark some fish and then go after them. Most are still using crawler harnesses, but a good number of fish are hitting crank baits fished just above the bottom. Jig and minnow combos are a great enticer too.


Anglers are beginning to converge on area crappie fishing holes as the action there is beginning to heat up. We still don't have the big schools bunching up, as the water temps are still a bit high at sixty four or five degrees, but this is soon to change as evening temperatures begin to fall. Crappie minnows are still the bait of choice, but safety pin spinners with a jig and soft tail make a good search tool: slow troll to find the concentrations of fish. Watch for marks that are suspended mid-way in the water column, as this quite often represents the presence of crappies.


Many folks are chasing pike too at this time of year. The biggest fish of the season seem to get active at the onset of cooler weather. Big suckers fished right on the bottom will fool northerns time and again, but this can also be the time to dig out lunker crank baits and work over the deeper weed edges and rock piles to bring giants to the net. This action should continue right up till ice begins to form.



Ely Chamber on Sep 26, 2017