Ely Minnesota Fishing Reports

Lake trout and stream trout are the hot catches these days. Anglers are fishing for rainbows and splake from early a.m. through the afternoon. Tiny jigs tipped with a couple of wax worms are producing plenty of action, as is smaller salted minnows. Most fish are taken within fifteen feet to just below the hole. Many trout will cruise just under the ice, picking up insects that collect on the underside of the ice throughout the night. Lake trout are lighting up angler sonar units, but are sometimes slow to respond. A smelt fished right on the bottom using a tip-up can be an effective enticement. Some lucky anglers are pulling up 8-pound lakers.


Crappies are responding to live minnows fished near the bottom in depths between twelve and twenty-one feet. This fishing action should continue to improve as winter wears on.

Ely Chamber on Feb 05, 2018