Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

Trout fishing is drawing the majority of anglers to the lakes in this area recently. Limits of rainbow trout have been caught recently on area lakes. Most folks are fishing for these beauties from just under the ice to depths of fourteen feet. Baits of choice range from tiny soft-bodied jigs tipped with wax worms to fresh salted minnows. Remember, that only dead minnows are allowed on designated trout lakes. The best fishing times are during mid-day with a minor surge in activity at daybreak.


Lake trout are another piscatorial species for most diehard fishermen with decent numbers reported. Some hearty souls are traveling to the Boundary Waters and report moderate success. While no true giants are coming to the scales, many three to six pounders have been caught with a few approaching ten pounds. Many waterways have only minimal snow cover and decent ice beneath it, so travel by light truck, sled or four wheeler appears to be no problem.


Walleye fishing is challenging.  Anglers there are finding it is better to move often to attain the best results. Minnows on a dead stick will work, but a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head will tempt the more aggressive walleyes into biting. This is where it pays to have good electronics and use them to locate roaming schools of walleyes that are chasing schools of bait fish. Just like open water fishing, if a spot is not producing, then try another location.


Most lakes are sporting at least sixteen inches of ice, but it's best to drill as you go when approaching choke points and moving water. Remember that no ice is ever considered safe – safety first ALWAYS!

Ely Chamber on Jan 22, 2018