Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

The trout fishing opener had a less than stellar turnout this year, undoubtedly due the arctic temperatures which had the thermometers registering around minus thirty degrees here in the North Country. Those folks who did venture out had moderate success, much in part to many anglers staying in their shacks, rather than moving around in the frigid wind. Fishermen reported the fish were not as aggressive, with tales of many fish dislodging the hooks easily – not typical of this feisty species. Travel conditions on the lake were good though, with many areas having an ice road to navigate across. The recent snowfall hasn't had much of an effect for travel as it is mostly light and fluffy.


Walleyes are hit or miss as of late. Anglers fishing in water depths from twelve to sixteen feet of water are having some success. It doesn't seem to matter whether you’re fishing with a dead stick or actively jigging, both tactics seem to work equally well.



Crappie action is slow, but should begin to build momentum as the season wears on. A number of area crappie lakes are producing.

Ely Chamber on Jan 15, 2018