Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

More and more anglers are heading out on the ice recently and have been met with moderate success. Ice anglers and spearers have been racking up some impressive catches of northern pike from the areas local waters. Most have been working near shore waters in depths from six to twelve feet. Pike have been readily hitting dead or frozen sucker minnows and smelt fished right on the bottom. It appears that they aren't interested in chasing live bait as they are vacuuming them up from the lake bed.

Walleye fishermen have had some decent catches recently, although many are stating that a good number of those caught are undersized fish and are reluctantly releasing them. Some of the keepers though are of good size fish up to twenty inches. Buckshot spoons or jigs tipped with a minnow head or minnows on a dead stick have been paying off.

The crappie bite has been slow to materialize, but a few folks have been connecting with some slabs in the thirteen inch range. This fishery should improve as the winter season wears on.

The ice conditions vary widely, with some open water still being reported. Best places are the shallow, protected bays. While most people are using common sense, there are exceptions, as there are the few with total disregard for safety that are driving full size vehicles out on ten inches or less of ice. There are no fish out there worth risking your life over.  Go out, have fun, but please exercise caution, and return safely.

Ely Chamber on Dec 18, 2017