***Fishing Report*** 12/10/19 Ice Conditions - Ice conditions continue to improve slowly this last week. Anglers are reporting 8-12 inches of good ice on many of the area lakes. Slush remains a non issue despite several inches of snow this last week. Permanent houses have begun popping up on many area lakes. Walleye - Walleye anglers have been enjoying steady fishing during the evening hours and after dark in 18-23 feet of water. Anglers have been reporting that the majority of bites have been on dead sticks. Walleyes are being attracted to jigging spoons or jigging raps, but have been reluctant to hit them. Instead they choose to hit the minnow hanging under the dead stick. Panfish - Panfisherman continue to locate crappies and sunnies in and around weedbeds in 10 feet of water and less. Small tungsten jigs or small jigging spoons tipped with wax worms has been the goto presentation for many anglers. Anglers have been checking classic basins locations for panfish in deeper water but success has been limited for them. Pike - Pike anglers took advantage of warm temps to pepper bays with tip ups. They have been rewarded with some nice fish. Big lively sucker minnows have been the top producing bait this last week. Spear fisherman too have been spearing some nice pike too. 11/26/19 ***Fishing Report*** Ice Conditions - Despite as much as 10” of snow falling in the area, lake ice remains in good shape and is growing. Warm temps and rain has removed almost all the snow on area lakes. 6-10 inches of good ice is being reported on many of the area lakes. Ice cleats are a most for anyone looking to walk on the ice. Panfish - Anglers have been finding panfish relating to green weeds in 15 feet of water and less. Small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or soft plastics continues to be the ticket. Some anglers have been locating panfish out in deep water, but success for those anglers has been limited. Pike - Pike anglers have been having great success finding pike with tip-ups. Large suckers have been most popular, but dead bait has also been effective. Anglers have been targeting large shallow bays in 10 feet of water or less. Walleye - Walleye anglers have been harder to find then the fish itself. The few walleye anglers out, have been reporting excellent fishing during the evening hour and just after dark. Jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head has been very effective. If they fail to bite that, a minnow under a dead stick or bobber often proves to much for the walleye to pass up. Key deeps remain 15-25 feet of water. 11/19/19 ***Fishing Report*** Ice Conditions - Ice reports range from 3 - 10 inches of good solid ice. Reports of 4 Wheelers on a few area lakes have already been reported, but the majority of anglers are traveling on foot. Current areas and the deeper lake in the area largely remain ice free. Walleye - Walleye fishing has been nice and steady for many anglers. Anglers have been finding them in 17-23 feet of water during the evening hours and after dark. Rippin raps, flashy spoons and the always effective minnow under a bobber have been very effective. Pike - Anglers have been targeting the shallow bays for big pike. Both tip-up and spear anglers have been having mixed success. Anglers fishing with big suckers under tip-ups have been having the best luck. Best fishing has been in shallow bays, in less then 10 feet of water near deep water. Green weeds have also been key to finding the best pike fishing. Panfish - Anglers have mainly been targeting sunfish this last week and many have been having great luck. Small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or soft plastics have been the most popular and effective. Anglers have been targeting them in less then 10 feet of water, inside weedbeds. 9/10/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing was good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Falling water temps mean one thing for walleye. Winter is coming and you better eat as much as you can before it’s here. More and more anglers are reporting that the bigger the minnow the better! Creek Chubs, Pike Suckers and Lite Northerns have been the minnow of choice for these anglers. These anglers have been having great luck fishing jigs or lindy rigs, tipped with a big minnow, in 20-30 feet of water around sunken islands. For anglers a little gun shy about use a minnow between 4-8 inches there are still reports of leeches and crawlers working along shoreline breaks in 15-20 feet of water. Here spinner rigs or jigs worked slowly have been best. Blue, gold and white remain at the top for anglers with the best reports. Smallmouth Bass - Smallmouth Bass have begun their annual fall feeding binge. Big smallies in the 4-6lb range are aggressively hitting big minnows out around the sunken islands. Again as with the walleyes Creek Chubs, Pike Suckers and even Lite Northerns are getting the best results for anglers. Out here anglers are fishing the big minnows with a lindy rig or jig and simply working them up and down the edge of sunken islands until the connect with the smallies. 15-30 feet of water has been best for this technique. Muskie - Muskie anglers have been reporting some excellent catches of Muskie this last week. Anglers throwing large plastics or dragging the biggest suckers they can find, under a bobber, behind their boats over weed beds have catching some very big muskies. Anglers should focus on the best weedbeds they can find, river mouths and windy points. This fish is largely overlooked in our area, so these muskies tend not to be shy about hitting a big bait thrown by inexperienced anglers. Multiple fish days for anglers new to muskie fishing are not uncommon around here. Stream Trout - With water temps falling back into the range trout like anglers are reporting that shore fishing for them has been getting better and better. Anglers pitching small jig and twisters, spinners or fishing a night crawler under a bobber have been catching trout. Mornings, evenings and cloudy days have been best, but there are a few reports of anglers catching them right in the middle of a calm sunny day, right from shore. Bottom line is if you have a hour or two to kills then give it a try. White, pink and yellow have been good colors this last week. Pike - Bigger and bigger pike have begun to return to the main lake shorelines. Reports from anglers catching them out around sunken islands has largely dried up and reports of anglers catching them along the shorelines have become more common. Anglers targeting them should focus around river mouths, weedy bays and main lake rocky points in 10 feet of water or less. Heavy suckers or very active large Creek Chubs fished under a bobber, right off your dock is not only a great way to catch some pike right now, but it’s also a great way to relax and enjoy the fall colors around your lake. For anglers looking to cover some water and connect with several big pike then they should be throwing big minnow style baits, buzzbaits, big spinnerbaits or spoons. Crappies - Crappies have begun to start transitioning to deeper water. Anglers shouldn’t abandon the cabbage bite just yet, but understand that if you are striking out with the cabbage bite during the day, to check out in the deeper water just outside the weedbeds for schooling crappies. As long as the weed remain green crappies will move into the cabbage beds to feed, but will spend more and more time out in deep water as winter gets closer and closer. Crappie minnows fished under a bobber, jig and twister and beetle spins continue to be very effective on crappies. 9/3/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - This last week proved to be very challenging for all anglers, as extremely high winds blew hard for days and kept many off the water. Water temps dropped quickly from the low 70’s to low 60’s. Interestingly this has triggered a full on big minnow bite on some lakes in the area while others seemed less effected and leeches are still raining supreme. Anglers have been having great luck with big minnows, catching walleyes out on main lake humps in 15-20 feet of water. Many of these anglers have been reporting that they are marking fish as deep as 25, but not catching those fish. Out here anglers have been working jigs and lindy rigs, up and down the edges of the humps, until the connect with walleyes. Anglers catching walleyes with leeches and crawlers are reporting that they are fishing shallow in 6-12 feet of water off weedlines or main lake points. Here spinner rigs or jigs have been very effective. Gold, blue and white were the hot colors this last week. Smallmouth - Smallmouth Bass have begun to put on the feed bag. Anglers have been catching some real pigs out on top of sunken islands with sucker minnows. Anglers have reported seeing them spit out ciscos as they were bringing them up. Anglers are also catching lots of bass near shore in 10 feet of water or less, with tube, senko rigs and crawfish looking crankbaits. Pike - Pike fishing has been getting better and better as water temps drop to a temperatures big pike like and return to shallow water. Anglers have been catching big pike on large spinners, spoons, and suicks. Large suckers fished under a bobber is also very effective, but supplies of big suckers has been limited, so finding them maybe more challenging then finding a big pike to hit one. Anglers should focus on weedbeds and large rocky main lake points for big gators. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been getting better and better as water temps fall and trout move shallow back in reach of most anglers. Small spinners, jig and twisters, small spoons and a simple worm fished under a bobber has been very effective on trout this last week. Early morning hours and during the evening has been the best time to fish for trout. Panfish - Panfish fishing has slowed this last week as water temps dropped quickly. Fishing under a bobber was the most effective way to catch panfish as they were largely unwilling to chase down fast moving baits. Crappie minnows, small crawlers or wax worms fished under a bobber were very effective this last week. Panfish are still largely being located in weedbeds, but more and more anglers are reporting that crappies are beginning to pull out of the weedbeds and relate more to deeper water. 8/27/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - With the resent cool snap, walleye fishing has slowed for many anglers. Reports of anglers catching walleyes as shallow as 3 feet of water has stopped coming in. Experienced anglers simply headed out to deeper water and slowed their presentations. Anglers slowly dragging lindy rigs or jigging with leeches or minnows in 15-20 feet of water around sunken islands and along large points continue to catch walleyes. Reports of walleyes being caught with crankbaits have been limited, but that remains a good option if you are struggling with the live bait bite or if the wind is to strong to fish structure correctly. Key depths for crankbait fishing has been 20-30 feet of water. Top colors continue to be Blue, Gold, Pink and White for walleye’s. Bass - Cool temps have cooled off the topwater bite for largemouth bass, but has done little to slow the worm bite as it is a slow presentation. Largemouth bass continue to relate to weedbeds located in shallow bays. Good rule of thumb is the thicker the weeds the better the bass fishing usually will be. While smallmouth bass fishing has slowed too, it still remained good for most anglers targeting them. Anglers reported that fishing close to docks and downed trees along the shoreline was very effective. Tubes fished with 1/4 or 1/2oz tube jigs produced the best results, but spinnerbaits and in-line spinners were also very effective. White, yellow and watermelon were very effective on bass this last week. Pike - This cold snap has done little to slow the pike bite, as cooler temps and rainy days, usually means better pike fishing. Pike have been very active and more then happy to run down fast presentations. Burning buzzbaits over shallow weeds or along pencil reeds continues to get explosive results. Trolling flashy spoons along weed-lines, pencils reeds or over weedbeds is also very effective on pike. Red and white spoons, white and chartreuse buzzbaits have been very effective on pike. Crappie - Crappie fishing has slowed a little this last week, but the evening cabbage bite remains strong for many anglers. Here beetle spins, jig and twister and a simple crappie minnow fished under a bobber remains the best way to catch crappies here. If cabbage weeds are not found on your lake, thanks to the rusty crawfish, then look for them in deeper water near the thermocline. Good electronics are key to finding and catching these crappies. Out here small tube jigs, twisters and crappie minnows fished under a bobber have been working great. Top colors have been chartreuse, pink and white. Stream Trout - Stream trout anglers are reporting that rainbows are starting to move back up in the water column and closer to shore within reach of shore anglers. Evening hours or cloudy days have been key for shore anglers success. Small spinners, small flashy spoons and jig and twisters have all been effective on rainbows. Good rule of thumb for what colors to use on what trout is simply to look at the colors on the trout itself. For rainbow trout silver, pink, and white are all very effective colors on rainbows and are colors found on the fish itself. 8/20/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Right now is a great time to be a walleye angler here in the Ely area. Anglers are reporting that they are catching walleyes on jigs, spinner rigs, crank baits, lindy rigs and slip bobbers. Anglers fishing with live bait have been reporting that leeches have been most effective on walleyes. Night crawlers continue to work, but when the bite gets tough, slows or turns off, anglers that switch to leeches, continue to catch fish. Minnows are really starting to come back into play, but overall are not accounting for as many walleyes as leeches or crawlers. Anglers continue to find walleyes in 12-15 feet of water, but anglers are reporting that the biggest walleyes have been coming a little deeper in 18-23 feet of water. Anglers trolling crank baits are also reporting a excellent crank bait bite. These anglers are reporting that they are catching smaller walleyes in water 15 feet or less. Bigger walleyes are being caught in the 15-25 foot range. Anglers have also noted that they are seeing ciscos surfacing during calm evenings and catching walleyes out over deep water at the same time. Key colors continue to be blue, gold and white. Panfish - Crappie fishing has remained very consistent for many anglers fishing cabbage beds with jig and twisters or crappie minnows under a bobber. During the day anglers report catching only a few in the the cabbage beds, but during the evening or on cloudy days fishing picks up as crappies move into the weedbed to feed. Big gills are also being caught in the same area as the crappies. Small crawlers, wax worms fished under a bobber has proved to be to hard for big bluegills to pass up. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been excellent for many anglers this last week. Interestingly anglers are reporting the best fishing for lake trout has been occurring during the early morning hours. Seems that as the sun gets up and warms the water, it cools down the lake trout fishing. Anglers are having luck with trolling spoons, fished with down riggers or fishing stick baits with at lease 3 colors of leadcore line out. Anglers should be looking for trout about 40-60 feet down, over deep water. Northern Pike - Pike fishing has remained very consistent this last week. Anglers looking for fast action are throwing buzzbaits over weedbeds and along shorelines. Another effective technique was fishing large flashy spoons below the surface, in the same areas. One group of anglers reported that these techniques were so effective on one lake, that they just ended up staying on that lake for a entire week and caught hundreds of pike. Anglers fishing with young anglers have found that a simple large sucker, fished under a bobber in weeds, was equally effective on pike. Bass - Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good to excellent for many anglers. Topwater frogs fished over lily pads, thick weeds or pencil reeds continues to be very popular. Texas rigging large worms through weeds also continues to be very effective on largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are still being located along gradually sloping rocky shorelines and on top of shallow sunken islands. Spinnerbaits, in-line spinners, wacky rigging and tubes are still very effective on them right now. Leeches and minnows have also been very effective on smallies. 8/13/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has become increasingly challenging for many anglers this last week as walleyes continue to scatter and minnow populations are at there peak. Reports range from catching nice walleyes trolling floating rapala’s in 6-12 feet of water along the shoreline, jig and minnow or spinner rigs, tipped with crawlers or leeches, fished out around sunken islands in 12-20 feet of water, too trolling white crank baits over open water during the day and especially during the evening. Blue, gold and nickel jigs/spinner blades have been the top producing colors this last week, while white, firetiger, and silver have been the top producing colors for crank bait anglers. Crappies - Crappie fishing remains excellent and some real slab crappies were caught this last week. Cabbage beds remain the key to a successful crappie outing. Anglers have been reporting that small soft plastic twisters have been best, but beetle spins and crappie minnows fished under a bobber are catching there far share of crappies also. Fly fisherman have also been catching their fair share crappies. White, chartreuse and yellow have been the go to colors for crappies. Bass - Topwater frog fishing for largemouth bass remains good to excellent for many anglers fishing in lily pads. Buzzbaits fished around pencil reeds or over large weed beds early in the day or on cloudy days has also been a excellent way to get those heart stopping strikes. Clear calm days anglers should be Texas rigging worm in the weedbeds. Smallmouth anglers continue to catch multiple big smallmouth a day fishing wacky riggings, tubes, in-line spinners and spinner baits. Down trees and rocky points in less then 10 feet of water has been best. Anglers continue to report catching more and more smallmouth out on top of sunken islands while trying to catch walleyes. White, watermelon and pink have good colors for bass angler this last week. PIke - Big Pike are starting to be found shallow again as weedbeds become more established and cooler temps return. Anglers have been having a great time catching them on large streamers, large in-line spinners and large suckers in 10 feet of water or less. Anglers looking to target these fish, simply need to focus of weedbeds and area around creek mouths. Red/White, chartreuse and copper have been good colors for Pike this last week. Lake Trout - Lakers continue to be limited to deep water, so locating them has been very easy for anglers. Anglers have been trolling, trolling spoons or flutter spoons at 40-60 feet of water with down riggers. Copper, silver and white have been the go to colors. 8/6/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has been challenging for some, while very easy for others this last week. Successful anglers have stayed on the move, watching their electronics and not wetting a line until they find fish. Anglers have been finding walleyes in 12-16 feet of water, along the edge of main lake points and sunken islands during the early morning and evening. Simple spinner rigs or plain lindy rigs, tipped with a big leech or crawler, has been the ticket to a short successful outing. Hammered gold, silver, pink and perch colors have been the must have colors when fishing this way. For walleye anglers looking for big walleye’s, trolling has been the ticket. Here anglers have been trolling tail dancers or reef runners 150 back behind planer boards, over 40-90 feet of water, during the last hours of the day. This technique is at its most effective on lakes that have a healthy population of cisco’s or smelt. White or red and white has been very consistent colors. Panfish - Crappie fishing has been excellent as cabbage beds are becoming very well established on many area lakes. Anglers have been catching crappies near thick stands of cabbage during the day, but as the evening approaches crappies fishing really heats up. Anglers fishing with a jig and twister, crappie minnow under a bobber have been reporting a fish every cast at times. Here white, pink and yellow, have been excellent colors. Sunfish too are being found in and around weedbeds. Wax worms, medium leeches or small pieces of night crawlers, fished under a bobber, has been very effective on all sizes of sunfish. Anglers looking to target the bigger sunfish, have been using small twister tails or beetle spins. Bass - Largemouth bass fishing in the slop has been excellent. Here anglers have been fishing with weedless frogs or mice and dragging them slowly over lily pad patches and/or wild rice. Texas rigging worms in weedbeds has also been very effective on largemouth bass. Smallmouth Bass have been relating to the edge of shallow grass flats, downed trees and rocky points. Wacky rigging worms, has made for some very impressive outing for anglers. Smallmouth bass have begone to transition to mid lake humps, as anglers have reported catching a few big smallmouth out on top of mid lake humps while walleye fishing. Northern Pike - Anglers have been reporting a excellent pike bite going on in and around weedbeds. Here, 3/4oz to 1oz spoons, casted or trolled over the top of weeds or along weed edges has been lights out for aggressive pike. Suckers fished under a bobber has resulted in its fair share of pike too. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are also worth throwing for anglers looking to cover some water. Big pike have been few and far between as they are out chasing large baitfish in deep water. Anglers trolling for walleye’s over deep water have landed a few bigger pike, but they have been few and far between. Hammered Copper, red and white, five of diamonds and white have been good colors to have. Lake Trout - Warm summer temps have push lake trout down deep and anglers able to get their baits down to the trout, are catching trout. Down riggers have become the most effective way to present your bait in 40-60 feet of water. Trolling flashy spoons and large stick baits over deep water has been very effective. Firetiger, Clown and silver were excellent colors this last week. Stream Trout - Rainbows continue to be caught out over deep water. 15-25 feet below the surface has been the best depth to run cowbells or small crankbaits. Anglers fishing from shore have reported the bite to be hit or miss. When catching trout, it has come on slip bobbers and a night crawler or fishing on the bottom with a night crawler floated off the bottom. Marshmallow, puff of air or snell floats are needed to raise the worm 2-3 feet off the bottom. 07/30/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye’s have begun to pull out of the shallow water and start chasing cisco or smelt in/over deeper water. Anglers have landed some very big walleye’s this last week pulling tail dancer, reef runner or shad rap bodies, with three colors of leadcore out or 150 feet of line out behind planer boards, over 20 to 50 feet of water. Best colors for crankbaits have been bloody nose, white and uv colored crankbaits. Mid-lake humps and rocky points are also worth noting, with the key depth being 16 feet of water around both structures. Anglers are catching walleyes here slowly trolling lindy rigs with either a crawler or leech around the hump or rocky point. Anglers have reported catching nice walleyes right on top of humps as shallow as 6 feet of water, during the evening and into the night. Here slip bobbering a big leech right on top has resulted in some very impressive numbers and size walleyes being caught. Panfish - The crappie and sunfish bite has been excellent! Both are being located in shallow cabbage weedbeds, but time of day has been key to what your going to catch. During the day Sunfish have been very aggressive and easy to find. Anglers have been catching them with wax worms, piece of night crawler or with a small jig and twister for the bigger sunfish in 5-8 feet of water. Crappies are being located in the same areas, but during the last couple of hours of the day has been the best time to catch them. Crappies have been very aggressive and eagerly hitting small jig and twisters. White and yellow colored twisters have been hard to beat when the crappies move up to feed. Stream Trout - Stream Trout fishing has remained constantly good this last week. Rainbow trout are being caught over deep water in 15-25 feet down. Anglers have been using crawler harnesses lindy rigs tipped with half a crawler. Anglers have been using 3/8 to 3/8oz rubber core sinkers to get the lindy rigs down to the trout. Anglers targeting brook trout have been fishing close to timber. Anglers are casting small flashy spoons, small jig and twisters or trolling small crankbaits as close to the timber as they can to catch brook trout. Bass - Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent as they are very easy to locate this time of the year. Largemouth bass are weed loving fish, so simple keep a eye out for thick weedbeds and or lily pads to find them. Anglers texas rigging worms in the weedbeds have found very consistent action all day. For anglers looking for heart stopping action should focus on fishing in the thickest lily pad patches they can find. Weedless frogs slowly dragged over the lily pads will get the attention some big largemouth. Smallmouth Bass are being located on shallow rocky points and mouths of shallow bays. Anglers continue to catch bass on the surface early in the morning on topwater, then switching to jerkbaits and senko rigs as the sun gets up. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing fishing also has been excellent this last week. Anglers trolling flutter spoons with down riggers set at 40 feet, have been catching multiple trout a day. Anglers who don’t have a down riggers setup have been using three to four colors of leadcore to get down to the trout. Stickbaits in white, bloody nose and clown has been the top colors for leadcore anglers. Northern Pike - Pike fishing has been good for pike 30” and under. These pike are hitting flashy spoons, spinnerbaits and even buzz baits fished in and around weedbeds, in 6-12 feet of water, during the day. Anglers are finding a few big northerns out on top of large reefs while walleye fishing. These big northerns are out there looking for large bait fish, so anglers looking to target them should be throwing large husky jerks or swim baits to catch these fish. 7/16/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing remains a shallow water affair, with good numbers being caught in 6-8 feet of water. Weedbeds have been best, but windy shorelines are also productive. Walleyes are also being caught out on the sunken islands, but it’s more of a one or two fish then move to the next hump for one or two more fish. Anglers are reporting that fishing out there is slow, but the big walleyes are out there. Anglers fishing shallow have been catching walleyes by simply casting a jig and leech or jig and half a crawler. Shallow diving crank baits, casted, is also worth knotting. For anglers fishing out around the sunken islands, they should focus fishing in 12-15 feet of water, with spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler or jig and leech. Blue, pink and gold remain the hot colors. Smallmouth - Smallmouth fishing remains excellent as fish begin to stage on the edge of the first break. Anglers should still be working the shoreline, but out a little deeper in about 10 feet, for the bigger bass. Topwater fishing remains good early in the morning, but as the sun gets up, anglers should switch to spinnerbaits, jerk baits or senko rigs to keep catching bass. Pink, white and chartreuse remain the top colors. Crappie - Crappies remain shallow but only in weedbeds. Anglers casting a simple jig and twister, close to thick stands of weeds are catching nice crappies. During the evening hours crappies are being found out on the weed edge and hitting crappie minnows under a bobber, small crank baits or jig and twister. White, yellow and pink has been the top colors. Lake Trout - Laker fishing has good this last week. Anglers are catching lakers on flashy spoons trolled, with down riggers, in 40-80 feet of water. Stick baits trolled with 3 to 4 colors of leadcore line out, has also been catching lakers. Northern Pike - Pike remain very active, but overall size has been on the small side. Spinnerbaits, buzz baits and suspending jerk baits fished in and around weedbeds, has been accounting for good numbers of nice pike. Big pike are now showing up out on deep reefs and are being caught by accident by anglers fishing for walleye’s. Anglers looking to target these fish, are having luck with large minnow baits fished right on top of the humps. 7/9/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has largely remained good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Location of the hottest fishing hasn’t been out on sunken islands or mud flats, but rather on shallow water weedlines. More and more anglers are reporting that fishing shallow weedlines in 10-15 feet of water, while casting a jig and leech and slowly dragging the bottom, are experiencing a fantastic walleye bite! Anglers are also catching walleyes out around sunken islands with mud around the island. Anglers fishing out here have been catching walleyes in 12-18 feet of water with spinner rigs, lindy rigs and power corking, tipped with a leech or crawler. Anglers have been reporting that keeping a sharper eye on your depth finder and tracking the walleyes as they moving up and down the the sunken island helps tremendously with your catch. Blue, gold, pink and purple continue to be the top producing colors. Smallmouth Bass - The once fantastic topwater smallmouth has begun to slow on many area lakes as water temps climb, pushing big bass out deeper. Still anglers who want to catch bass on topwater, should target bass shallow on main lake shorelines. Early mornings, when water temps are at their coolest, has been the best time for topwater. When the topwater bite cools off and the big bass move deeper during the day, anglers should switch to a simple senko rig, tubes, spinnerbaits and in-line spinners too keep catching bass. Natural colors on clear water lakes and bright colors on dark water lakes has been the rule of thumb for best colors to use on the lake your fishing. Panfish - Sunfish fishing has remained excellent in the shallow weedy bays. Anglers have been catching them with small crawlers, small leeches and waxies fished under a bobber in 7 feet of water and less in weedbeds or near lily pads. Crappies are also being caught in 10 feet of water, inside the weedbeds about 3 to 4 feet under the surface. Crappies have been hitting small jig and twisters while swimming them through weedbeds or a crappie minnow fished 3 to 4 feet under a bobber. Lake Trout - Anglers have been catching lakers out over deep water. Jigging large bucktails and white tubes, if your in a canoe, trolling with down riggers and flashy spoons if your in a boat has resulted in some nice lakers being caught. Key depths have been 40-80 feet of water near large mud flats as may flies on lake trout lakes have yet to reach their peak. Northern Pike - Pike remain very active in the shallows, but reports of big 30+ inch pike have become scarce. Smaller pike have been hitting suckers, spoons, spinnerbaits and large minnow baits. Anglers should focus on weedlines, mouths of shallow bays and creek mouths for active pike. 7/2/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye’s are now largely being located out around sunken islands with large mud flats near by. Key depth has been 15-25 feet of water. Walleye’s on many area lakes have been feeding heavily on mayflies, but anglers fishing with half a crawler or leeches, have continued to catch walleyes. Anglers watching their graphs to see where the walleyes are, in relation to where the mayflies are and presenting their baits at the correct depth are having the best luck. One angler even boating a 30” walleye, his new personal best. On lakes where the mayfly hatch isn’t as big of a issue, walleyes are being found out on the edge of weedlines. Anglers are catching these walleyes with a simple spinner rig tipped with a night crawler. Anglers are finding these walleyes in 10-15 feet of water. Blue, gold and pink remain the top colors for successful anglers. Smallmouth Bass - Smallmouth Bass fishing has been on fire this last week! Some real monsters have been caught right off the dock. Two were caught that may of changed the current state record of 8 lbs. Both were released, to grow even bigger! Main lake shorelines remain the best area to find these big bass and topwater, senko rigging and inline spinners are accounting for the majority of bass being caught. If you have kids and are looking for a simple and easy way to catch lots of fish, a simple bobber and a juicy leech will also catch a ton of them and put smiles on faces. Panfish - Crappie fishing has slowed as crappies move out of the shallows and are now largely being caught, by accident, by walleye anglers. Reason for this is largely thanks to the invasive rusty crawfish and its ability to wipe out weedbeds. If the crappies have no weeds to relate too, they simply roam. Sunfish anglers are continuing to catch very nice sunfish shallow. Anglers should look to shallow bays with lily pads, weeds or downed trees in the water. Sunfish are hitting on small crawlers, crappie minnows or wax worms. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has slowed as the water has warmed. Warmer water temps have bushed the trout deeper. The once excellent shoreline bite has slowed to more hit or miss. Anglers fishing out of a boat are having the most consistent luck trolling small glass crank baits or cowbells over deep water. Anglers are reporting that they are marking most trout 15-20 feet down. Northern Pike - Pike fishing too has slowed, as water temps have risen and pushed the really big girl out deep. While big pike has become hard to find, the smaller pike (30” or less) remain shallow and very active. Anglers have reported catching lots of them trolling spoons, burning buzz baits and large suspending minnow baits. Anglers should look for mouths of shallow bays, mouths of streams and weedlines for aggressive pike. 6/25/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye’s have yet to abandon the shallow shoreline waters, but for many the dock bite has slowed. Slip bobber and a leech fished in 5-10 feet of water near shoreline rock piles has produced multiple walleyes over 25”, with one whopper stretching the tape to 30”! Walleye’s have also moved out to mid-lake humps and there too, slip bobber and a leech has been the top producers. Lindy rigging leeches or crawlers out on the edge of humps or mud flats have also accounted for it fair share of walleyes. Mayflies have started to hatch on some lakes so anglers should start fishing with half a crawler on a light jig, over mud flats to continue to catch walleyes. Top colors remain blue, gold, pink and white. Smallmouth Bass - While poor weather has slowed the topwater bite for smallmouth bass, anglers are still reporting a good topwater bite, but it’s slower then normal years. Smallmouth are still being located in the shallows, near trees or rock piles. If bass are not hitting topwater baits anglers should fish subsurface with senko rigs or tubes. Inline spinners are also worth noting. Anglers fishing clear water lakes are having best luck with natural colors like rusty crawfish, pumpkin green and blue. Anglers fishing dark colored lakes are having best luck on bright colors like white, chartreuse, firetiger and pink. Panfish - Amazingly anglers are reporting sunfish with spawn still inside of them. Anglers should be looking for spawning sunfish in weedy bays, near pencil reeds, cattails, lily pads or near downed trees in shallow bays. Small baits like wax worms, small crawlers, crappie minnows and small leeches fished under a bobber has been the ticket to success for many anglers. Crappies are still being located near these same bays and are being caught the same way as sunfish. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has slowed as they continue to move deeper and chase cisco’s or smelt. Some anglers have had great success trolling flashy spoons on down riggers over 30-60 feet of water. Anglers have reported that they are marking the majority of fish over mud flats. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing continues to slow for the shore anglers, but hasn’t changed much for the boat anglers. Nice rainbows are still being caught on cowbells, small crank baits and small crawler fished under a bobber. Rainbows have moved out away from the shoreline, but are largely still being found in the first ten feet of the water column. Northern Pike - Pike have remained active in shallow water this last week. Anglers are reporting that spoons, spinnerbaits and live suckers have been accounting for the majority of pike caught this last week. Big pike seem to have moved out to their summer haunts and have become very challenging for anglers to find. 6/18/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing this last week slowed for many as walleyes tradition from shallow water to deeper mud flats. Many anglers have struggled to find them. Anglers are still reporting some great catches happening right off their docks during the evening hours in 5-10 feet of water. These reports are very common on the deeper lakes in our area. On shallower lakes, anglers are finding walleyes at the base of rocky points in 20-25 feet of water during the day, but as the sun goes down the walleyes move up shallow. Leeches are taking the top spot for live bait choices, followed closely by minnows. Lindy rigs and spinner rigs are working best in deeper water, while jig and leech/minnow or slip bobber and a leech has been the top choice when walleyes are shallow. Gold, pink red and blue have been the top colors. Smallmouth Bass - The classic post spawn top water bite has slowed thanks to a string of days with poor weather. Still, anglers that made the adjustment and went subsurface with tubes or wacky rigs reported great catches, but just lacked the number of big bass they were catching the week before. Anglers should continue to target bass around down trees, rocky flats and near creek mouths along the main lake shoreline. Anglers should use more natural color baits on clear water lakes and bright colored baits on dark water lakes. Panfish - Sunfish have been moving shallow and for anglers targeting them, have been easy pickings. Anglers should be checking shallow bays and close to the shoreline for gills. Sunfish are simply looking for food and warm water to spawn in. Wax worms or small crawlers fished under a bobber has been very productive for many anglers looking to catch sunfish. Crappies are starting to move around and anglers are finding them around shallow downed trees or shallow emerging weedbeds. Minnows fished under a bobber or swimming small tubes near brush or weeds, have been accounting for the majority of crappies caught this last week. Lake Trout - Lake trout continue to be found in 20-70 feet of water and have been hammering white vixen and white tail dancer crankbaits trolled over deep water. Trolling spoons fished with down riggers has also been accounting for its fair share of lake trout. White, silver and red colored spoons have been working best. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has cooled off on some lakes while others have heated up for both shore and boat anglers. Small crawlers fished under a slip bobber has been the top producing presentation, but small spoons, cowbells and jig and twister are also catching their fair share of trout. Brook trout continue to be caught shallow on flats or near down trees, which makes them easy to access for shore anglers. Rainbow trout are largely being found in the first 10 feet of water, just about anywhere in the lake, so anglers fishing from a boat have simply been trolling small spoons, cowbells or small crank baits and have been reporting nice catches. Northern Pike - Big pike have remained active in shallow water this last week. Anglers fishing with large suckers or lite northerns (medium size suckers) under a large bobber, have caught several new personal best right off their docks. For anglers that want to fish from a boat should focus on creek mouths and the mouth of shallow bays in 5-10 feet of water. 6/11/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing continues to be best for anglers fishing in shallow water. 5-10 feet of water with basketball size rocks on the bottom, is where the best bite is occurring. Jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech has been accounting for the majority of these shallow water walleyes. With water temps rising as high as 70+ degrees, some walleyes have already begun to transition to deeper mud flats looking for may fly nymphs coming up out of the mud. Anglers targeting those walleyes are having luck pulling spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. Smallmouth Bass - As many of the smallmouth bass in our local lakes finish up spawning, the top water bite is really starting to kick in. Whopper Ploppers, Hula poppers and Pop-R’s have been the top producers of some of the most explosive bites of the year. If the weather has the bass off the topwater bite, anglers should throw wacky rigs or a simple jig and twister for bass. Anglers should use bright colors on dark water lakes and more natural colors on clear water lakes. Keep it simple! Panfish - With the fast warm up in water temps crappies have spawned and begun moving back out, but anglers can still find some spawning crappies on some of the larger, deeper lakes. Sunfish have begun to move shallow to start their spawn and anglers are having a great time catching them. Slip bobber and a jig tipped with crawlers or waxies has been very effective on the bigger gills. Lake Trout - Lake trout are finally being pushed deeper as water temps rise and are becoming easier to locate for many anglers. Lakers are being caught in 15 feet of water, down to 70 feet. White crank baits, flashy spoon and tubes fished over large mud flats or near sunken islands has accounted for the majority of lakers caught. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has cooled off this last week, as the freshly stocked trout have either smarten up or been taken home for dinner. Still anglers are catching some quality trout off shore or in a small boat. Small flies, jig and twister, small spoons and a simple crawler floated under a bobber remains very effective. Northern Pike - Despite warmer water temps this week, several very large pike were caught. Large creek shiners and dead smelt fished under a bobber near the mouth of shallow bays resulted in some excellent days of fishing for anglers fishing for pike. Pike have also started chasing spoons, large plugs and spinnerbaits in shallow water bays in 10 feet of water or less. 6/4/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing continues to be best for anglers fishing near shore or just off their docks/campsite. While areas around creek mouths have cooled off as the minnow spawn comes to the end on many area lakes, walleyes are still being found shallow, just not as many around current areas. 4-15 feet of water remains the best depth to fish. Large shallow flats near shore have been the best area to fish. Gold, blue and silver tinsel jigs tipped with minnow has been best, but pink, white and firetiger colored jigs are also colors worth noting. Anglers fishing from their docks or campsite are reporting that they are catching walleyes with a slip bobber and a leech during the evening hours and into the night. Some real giants were caught this last week, while fishing with a slip bobber. Panfish - With warm weather finally here for more then one day, crappies have started spawning. Anglers have been catching some nice stingers full of crappies shallow near cattails and pencil reeds. Small slip bobbers and plain plastic tubes in pink, white, blue and chartreuse have been the best colors to use. Crappie minnows fished under a bobber is also taking its fair share of crappies. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been good for many anglers, but remains very challenging as some anglers are catching trout in less then 10 feet of water, under a slip bobber and other are catching them over 70 feet of water while trolling. The most successful anglers have been fishing with deep diving white crank baits, over deep water. As water temps continue to rise, lakers will move deep and become easier to locate for anglers. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been excellent for many anglers this last week. Rainbows are still being caught in the first 10 feet of the water column. Anglers are having success fishing with cowbells, slip bobbers with baby crawlers, jig and twister, trolling small spoons or crank baits and small streamers. Smallmouth Bass - Smallmouth Bass have yet to finish spawning, so they have been easy to locate for many anglers. Some real pigs have been landed this last week. Pink, orange, chartreuse and white have been top colors for smallmouth. Wacky rigging and fishing suspending crank baits have also been best way to trigger these fish into biting. Anglers fishing with top water baits like poppers or flies have been reporting some success also. Northern Pike - Pike fishing is starting to slow as water temps rise and the big pike start moving deep. Still anglers fishing early in the morning or on the edge of shallow bays near deep water are reporting lots of action. Large heavy suckers and dead smelt fished under a bobber continues to catch the majority of large pike. 5/28/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has slowed for many anglers this last week, but cold front followed by another cold front, hasn’t helped the bite. Still most anglers that braved the weather reported good to excellent walleye fishing. Walleye’s continue to largely be found in 4-15 feet of water. Best way to catch them continues to be a jig and minnow. Some anglers are starting to report having luck with leeches and crawlers, but success with them has been limited. Anglers should continue to look for walleye’s on large shallow flats, near river mouths or in current areas. Chubs, rainbows and shiners are all catching their fair share of walleyes. Hot jig colors remain blue, pink, purple and rainbow dace in 1/8 to 1/4oz. Anglers that are throwing out slip bobbers, off their dock or camp site in the evening are also reporting good catches of walleyes. Pike - Pike fishing hasn’t been as much effected by the cold fronts and several big pike were landed over the last week. Anglers fishing with lite northerns, heavy suckers or dead smelt under a large bobber, report catching several large pike a day. Best areas to catch them has been in shallow bays or near areas with water coming into the lake. Anglers fishing right off their docks or camp sites have also reported catching some very large pike while relaxing around the campfire. Panfish - Anglers are reporting that crappies are starting to turn up in shallow bays looking to spawn. Catches have been poor overall, but this to is due to the weather. As soon as we can string together 3 or 4 days of nice warm weather days crappies will invade the shallows and spawn. Small jigs with tubes fished slowly under a bobber has been best. Pink, white and chartreuse have been great colors. If that fails, the simple crappie minnow on a plain hook fished under a bobber, is working well also. Lake Trout - Lake trout anglers struggled this last week to find lakers. As water temps continue to stay in the mid-40’s on lake trout lakes, lakers are able to be anywhere they want to be. This make’s them very hard to find and pattern them. Anglers are reporting that they are doing best catching lakers by trolling white crank baits in anywhere from 10 to 65 feet of water. Stream Trout - Trout fishing has been good on many area lakes. Rainbow trout are being caught near shore with baby night crawler fished under a slip bobber, small jig and twister, small spoons and nymph fishing. Rainbows are being seen cruising just under the surface to 10 feet down. Anglers fishing small brook trout lakes have been catching them near downed trees or on large shallow flats. Smallmouth Bass - Smallmouth Bass are really starting to show up as water temps slowly rise. Smallies have yet to spawn and are not very aggressive right now. Anglers fishing with jerk baits with a very long pause ( 10 seconds or more ) are reporting that they are catching several huge smallies over 20” a day. 5/21/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has been outstanding for the majority of anglers coming through our doors this last week! Reports range from groups getting their limit of eaters as quickly as a hour, to new personal best being broken several times in one day! For anglers looking to load up their stringers quickly, jig and minnow has been very, very hard to beat. Rainbows remain the minnow of choice, but shiners are accounting for their fair share of walleyes, as well as chubs. Blue, purple, bubblegum and firetiger are the hot colors of jigs to have right now. For anglers looking to catch that walleye of a lifetime, big soft plastics fished slow and shallow, has produced some real trophies. Interestingly, depth has played a key role in the size of walleyes people are catching. Anglers fishing in 10 feet of water or less, have on average, caught more walleyes over 20” then anglers fishing deeper. Large paddle tail swim baits have been triggering those big walleyes to bite. Anglers fishing from 14 to 25 feet have been catching way more walleyes, but much smaller average, with a few big girls mixed in. As minnows are still spawning, areas with current coming into the lake, has been the place to fish for walleyes. Large shallow flats have been productive as well. Pike - Pike anglers continue to catch large pike on large suckers or dead smelt fished under a bobber. Shallow mud bottom bays have been the most productive, as well as areas with current coming into a lake. Anglers who prefer to cast for pike are doing great with white spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater lures. As water temps continue to warm, the pike will become more active and willing to chase down artificial baits. Panfish - Panfish reports have been limited this last week as the weather was up and down. Anglers that we’re quick to make adjustments and follow the fish, were able to stay on the fish. When we got two days of sun, anglers found the panfish invading the shallows in the afternoon and fishing was fantastic. When the weather changed, the panfish would dump out of the shallows and school just outside the shallow bay in deeper water. Small crawlers, waxies and crappies fished under a bobber was the best all around way to catch panfish, but some anglers fishing with small pink, yellow or white soft plastics tubes, under a bobber did equally well. Lake Trout - Lake fishing has been good, but remains somewhat challenging for some anglers as cool water temps mean lakers can be anywhere they want to be right now. Anglers are reporting that they are catching most lakers trolling crankbaits in shallow water. Clown and ghost (white) color has been the top producers. Anglers trolling open water near deep reefs are also catching some lake trout. Deep diving tail dancers and reef runners in ghost color, again is the top producers. Stream Trout - Brook trout fishing has been excellent. Brookies are being in found shallow water, near downed trees. Anglers are catching them with small flashy spoons, spinners, jig and twister. Night crawlers floated under a bobber is also worth noting. Smallmouth Bass - Anglers targeting smallies are finally starting to catch good numbers and sizes of smallmouth. Smallies have yet to spawn so they are located in shallow bays close to their spawning grounds. Smallies are crushing pink and clown colored, suspending jerk baits. Anything fished on the bottom has been a poor choice. 5/14/19 ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing was excellent over fishing opener weekend. Anglers fishing in 20-28 feet of water during the day, then moving shallow (10 feet of water or less) in the evening, at night and early in the morning, caught piles of walleyes. Jig and minnow was the way to go when the walleyes were deep. As they moved shallow, minnow baits casted shallow was the top producers. Best colors were blue, purple, rainbow minnow and perch. Pike - Pike fishing was challenging for many as large live suckers were in short supply this opener. Anglers that simply changed over to dead smelt or large golden shiners reported excellent fishing. We even had one local angler reporting his family went through $200 worth of dead smelt over the weekend and landed over a dozen pike pushing 40”. Areas on the lake where water was coming into the lake or shallow muddy bays, were where the big pike were being found. Panfish - Since we were finally were able to string together a couple of nice sunny, calm days the panfish moved up into the shallows. Anglers reported that after 1pm the panfish moved shallow and the fishing was fantastic! Jig and a minnow fished under a bobber was the way to go for hungry panfish. As water temps warm this week, small tubes and hair jigs will start to shine and the bite will happen all day. Lake Trout - With the water temps ice cold, lake trout fishing was red hot! Lake trout were caught in water less then 10 feet to over 60 feet. White and clown colored crankbaits, trolled over deeper water, resulted in a more consistent bite then fishing shallow water for lakers. Having said that, some of the biggest lake trout caught over the weekend, were in shallow water. 3/26/19 ***Fishing Report*** Ice - 30 to 34 inches of good ice is being reported on many of the area lakes. There is 4-6 inches of ice on top that can turn soft or slushy on warm sunny day stretches, but rock hard on days that stay below freezing. Travel is very easy overall and air temps will determine if it a truck, 4 wheeler or by foot is the best way to travel. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing remains excellent for many anglers. Trout have been very aggressive chasing Tube EEZ (with or without a tube) and larger then normal bucktails. Best locations have been near shallow bays, in 30-50 feet of water. Stream Trout - Interest in stream trout has been low, but for the few anglers still fishing them, are reporting some nice catches. All species of trout have been located in shallow water near downed trees, beaver houses, shallow flats and near any creeks flowing into the lake. Flashy spoons, hair jigs and soft plastics have been producing the majority of trout. Crappies - Interest in crappies has risen as spring like temps have come to the area. Reports have been hit or miss for many, but anglers that have stayed on the move and were able to locate crappies have reported some nice catches with some real slabs mixed in. 20-25 feet of water near shallow bays has been the best area to find crappies. Small jigs tipped with plastic baits, waxies or crappie minnows have been producing slabs. 3/12/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout anglers have become few and far between as snow continues to pile up this winter. For many anglers heading out, they are limited to where they can fish, by where the road is plowed. Best reports have been coming from anglers fishing with snowmobiles. Main lake points, humps and saddles in 30-50 feet of water, have been producing lakers. Blade bait, bucktails and tubes have all been catching fish, but blade baits have really shined this last week. Stream Trout - Rainbows and Splake are showing up more in 15 feet of water or less. Some anglers have reported catching rainbows as shallow a 3 feet on one lake. Waxies, spawn bags or rippin raps have accounted for the majority of trout being caught. Eelpout - Eelpout bite seems to of picked up as of late. Anglers are even reporting catching a few during the day while lake trout fishing and good numbers at night. Tops of humps surrounded by deep water, shallow sandy main lake points and areas around river mouths are the key areas to check. Heavy eelpout jigs pounded on the bottom and loaded with fresh dead shiner, smelt or chubs has been the way to go. Crappies - While interest in crappies jumped this last week, very few anglers are fishing for them. There hasn’t been any good reports worth reporting just yet, but with warm temps and rain in the forecast, things are sure to change quickly this week and hopefully we will have some reports next week. 3/5/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been good for anglers this last week, with many reporting multiple fish days. Bucktail jigs, Tube EEZ, and blade baits being the top baits. 35-50 feet of water have been the best depth to fish, but there are a few reports of people catching lakers in 15 feet of water and less. Lakers that shallow are likely chasing perch, so keep that in mind if you try shallow for lakers. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing remains good with a few anglers reporting catching their limit of stream trout. Rainbows continue to be found 10-15 feet under the ice. Brook trout and Splake are being caught in 15 feet of water or less. Fresh trout eggs, jigs tipped with waxies and small rippin raps have been producing the majority of trout. 2/26/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has slowed on area lakes. Anglers are reporting that they are marking good numbers of fish, but are struggling to get the fish to bite. Blade baits, bucktails, red and white tubes with or without Tube EEZ have been accounting for the majority of fish caught. 35-60 feet of water remains the best depth to fish for active fish. Stream trout - Stream trout fishing has heated up this last week with many anglers reporting that they are catching their limit of nice trout. Aggressive rainbows are being found 10-15 feet under the ice. Trout eggs, jigs tipped with waxies or rippin raps have been the best baits, this last week. Eelpout - Eelpout has heated up this last week with the full moon and spawn in full swing. Anglers have been fishing eelpout jigs, tipped with minnow heads. Sandy humps, sandy main lake points and area around river mouths have been the areas to check for spawning eelpout. Depths to check range from 15-40 feet of water. 2/19/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing was good this last week with several fish over 30” caught. Key depths remain between 35-50 feet of water. Humps with deep water around it, saddle areas and deep flats are the key areas anglers have been fishing. Tube EEZ, red/white tubes and blade baits have been accounting for the majority of fish caught. Dead smelt, lite northerns or pike suckers, fished under a tip up, have shined on the days when artificial isn’t working. Pike - Pike fishing was excellent this last week with many anglers reporting chasing flags all day. Heavy suckers, lite northerns and Alewife’s fished in 10 feet of water or less has been resulting in some nice catches. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has started to slow on some of more heavily fished lakes, but remains good on many of the over looked lakes. Trout are being located shallow early in the morning, then slide deeper as the day goes on. Small rippin raps, jigging raps and tungsten jigs fished with waxies or salted minnows have been producing best. Crappies- Interest in crappies is starting to grow as temps start to warm up, but good reports have been limited. Anglers should look for crappies to be located over 25-35 feet of water and near shallow bays as we get closer to ice out. Eelpout - With the full moon happening right now, eelpout are being found on top of humps during the evening and over night. Anglers fishing with eelpout jigs and pounding the bottom with it full of minnow heads, have been reporting some excellent catches. 2/12/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing continues to slow for many, but it hard to say if its the fish that are off or if it’s anglers ability to move, that is effecting daily catch results. With almost a foot of fresh snow falling late last week and more in the forecast for this week, anglers will be continue to be challenged. Still anglers that have worked out where the feeding stations are, are reporting good to excellent bites, with multiple trout coming through the hole on any given day. Pike suckers or dead smelt fished half way down, under a tip up, has resulted in some good catches. Tubes and bucktails are working equally well for lake trout. Key depth continues to be 35-50 feet of water. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been excellent for many this last week, with as many as 17 caught in one morning. Small crappie tubes, rippin raps and small but heavy spoons have been working best. Baits tipped with salted crappie minnows are also worth mentioning. Key depths remain 5-30 feet of water. Pike - Pike fishing was good for a few anglers that targeted them last week. Lite suckers and smelt, fished under a tip up in 10 feet of water or less had steady action throughout the day. 2/5/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing slowed for many, but was excellent for some. Blade baits and glow in the dark tubes worked best. Small pike suckers fished half way down, under a tip up, also took their fair share of trout. Key depths remain 35 to 50 feet of water. Stream Trout - Stream trout have been hitting small rippin raps, and black hair jigs in 15 feet of water or less. Anglers should key in on down trees, beaver houses and weedbeds for active trout. Walleye - Walleye fished remains slow for many anglers. The few good report of walleyes being caught have been on medium to large rippin raps or blade baits. Main lake structure in 20-40 feet of water, like humps and neck down areas have been producing the best. Some fish were also caught on rattle reels during the over night. Chubs or small pike suckers has been the bait of choice. Panfish - There have been a few anglers targeting crappies and sunnies. Crappies remain in their wintering holes, in 25-35 feet of water. Small tungsten jigs tipped with waxies has been the best approach. Some sunfish have been mixed in with the crappies, but for numbers of them anglers should focus on the shallow bays with any kind of green weeds. Eelpout - Eelpout fishing has been hit or miss for anglers who target them. One night really good, then the next night on the same spot, nothing. Bright glowing eelpout jigs tipped with minnow or smelt heads has been working best. Eelpout have yet to school up on the deep humps, but have been found on deep flats, mid lake humps, and shallow bays. 1/29/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing remains good to excellent for the few anglers that braved the cold last weekend. Anglers even fishing from permanent house reported having good luck. Most lakers continue to be caught with red and white tube or bucktails. Saddle areas with deep water around it have been the key areas to focus on for active lakers. For you permanent house anglers, be sure to have dead bait laying on the bottom, even over night. We did have a few reports of people catching some big lakers in the middle of the night with dead bait laying on the bottom. Stream Trout - Stream trout to has been good to excellent on many area lakes. Small rippin’ raps, black hair jigs or panfish tubes with or without waxies, have been triggering trout. Anglers have been finding rainbows anywhere from 10 feet under the ice to 40 feet down. Splake and brookies have been mainly located in 15 feet of water or less. Walleye - Walleye fishing has been slow with only a handful of fish caught per trip. Shiners fished under a bobber has been best, but a few have been caught on jigging spoons. Areas around sunken islands and the mouths of shallow bays are where anglers are focusing their efforts. Crappie - Some anglers did report going out after crappies and having some luck. Crappies we’re located in their classic wintering holes. Fishing wasn’t fast and furious, but rather slow and steady. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or crappie minnows accounted for the majority of crappies caught. 1/22/19 ***Fishing Report*** Stream Trout - Stream trout bite has slowed some and has turned into more of a morning bite. Ripping Raps in Silver, gold, and pink have been getting the attention of rainbows and splake. Key depths have been 10 feet under the ice to 40 feet under the ice. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing was excellent for many of the people who braved the cold over the weekend. Red and White tubes fished in 30-50 feet of water produced good numbers of lakers. Close second were JLG Bucktails tipped with some smelt or sucker meat. Panfish - Panfish interest remains low, but the few anglers targeting them are reporting nice catches. Small jigs tipped with wax worms remain the bait of choice. Pink, white and red also the colors of choice. Anglers looking for crappies should continue to look for them over 25 to 35 feet of water. Some sunfish are mixed in but the majority of them being caught are still shallow in 10 of water or less. Green weeds are really key to finding them this time of the year. Walleye - Walleye fishing has been slow, but anglers are still catching enough fish to make it worthwhile. Shiners and rainbows fished under a bobber have been getting the most bites. Red and chartreuse glow jigs fished in 20-35 feet of water has been best. Main lake humps and neck down areas have been best. Pike - Pike interest has slowed, but the bite was excellent just before this last cold snap. Anglers have been finding them still shallow in 15 feet of water or less. Mouths of bay, rivers and weed edges have been the areas to target. Large Alewife’s, smelt and heavy suckers fished under a tip-up is the way to go. Eelpout - Eelpout have started to show up in some anglers catches. We have had some anglers even trying to target them with mixed results. The new JLG Eelpout jigs tipped with minnow heads and pounded on the bottom has been the best technique. As we draw closer the next months full moon, the eelpout bite will really pick up and become more consistent. 1/15/19 ***Fishing Report*** Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing was excellent for many anglers this weekend. Flashy spoons, hair jigs and crappie tubes, accounted for the majority of trout caught. Lures tipped with waxies seemed to out produce salted minnows. Rainbows were found 10-15 feet under the ice. Brookies and Splake we’re caught around main lakes points, downed trees and large shallow flats. Lake Trout - Laker fishing was slow for some, but good for others. Anglers fishing in 30-50 feet of water, around neck down areas and deep humps had the most action. Red and white tubes, Soturi Disco Tumbler and plain white tubes were the top baits. Walleye - Interest in walleyes has fallen to the wayside with trout opener, but some walleye fishing did happen over the weekend. Anglers still fishing for them are reporting slow but steady action in the evening, then followed by a second wave coming in at about 8pm. Red glowing jigs, tipped with a shiner or rainbow has been the go to setup. Pike - Nothing to report with pike as interest in them, has dropped. Panfish - Panfish interest too has dropped to only a handful of anglers. They have reported the some large sunfish were biting in shallow weedbeds on small jigging raps, tipped with waxies. 1/10/19 ***Ely Area Trout Opener Ice Report*** Ice was checked straight out from the access at each lake. Slush was present at each lake, but it was clear that it is freezing and packed trail are nicely frozen solid. High winds the last two days, seem to have helped blow some of the snow off, but this also means some areas will have a lot more snow. Particularly near the shoreline and around islands. Miners Lake - Miners lake had 12” of good ice with only about 4” of snow in the area of the access. Slush was present, but was not very bad and may not be even be present by opener if temps stay cold and snow stays away. Parking area was plowed. Hanson Lake - Hanson Lake has 13” of good ice. 3” of slush was present in the area of the access, it was not a issue. Snow wasn’t much of a issue either at about 6-8”. There was exposed ice in the middle of the lake. Parking lot was plowed. Tofte Lake - Tofte Lake had 15” of ice. Slush was present and showed little signs of freezing in the area of the access. Snow was also deep in the area of the access, but I am sure the further from shore you get the thinner the snow will be. Access road and parking area was not plowed as of 1/10. Glacier Pond One and Two - Parking area at the county brush dump is plowed, but there are no signs of any travel to the ponds and conditions are unknown. Ojibway Lake - Ojibway lake access road is not plowed as of 1/10. Conditions are unknown Snowbank Lake - Snowbank Lake had 15” of good ice. Slush was present here also, but snow was not deep. Slush showed signs of freezing, but 4” of water was below the frozen slush. Good news is anglers have been fishing out there with snowmobiles and there tracks were frozen solid. If temps stay cold snow stays away, conditions out there will improve and slush will become less of a concern out there. Parking area at the main access is plowed. Burntside Lake - Burntside Lake is reported to have between 10-15” good ice. Slush is present in areas, but with the high winds earlier in the week, some of it has been exposed and frozen. Still areas around islands has some heavy drifting. As of 1/10 Van Vac access is only plowed to the top parking area. No roads have been plowed for vehicle travel on any of the lakes, so snowmobiles will be the best form of travel on the ice. 1/8/19 ***Fishing Report*** Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing in the BWCA has been excellent. Lakers are being found anywhere between 30-80 feet of water. Blade baits, tubes and dead smelt laying on the bottom, we’re the top baits over the last week. Deep humps, main lake points and deep water near shallow bays were the places to fish. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing inside the BWCA was also good for many anglers. Flashy spoons fished in 15 feet of water or less, near weedbeds or downed trees proved effective for many anglers. Waxies, salted minnows or salmon eggs have been effective on trout. Panfish - Crappie fishing remains consistent for many anglers, but slush is starting to limit their ability to move and stay on fish. Crappie remain deep in 24-30 feet of water. To locate fish, anglers need to punch holes until fish are marked. Fish have been easy to catch after found, but will often move after a few have been caught. Anglers able to keep moving with the fish have been reporting the best catches. Waxies have been the best bait as of late. Chartreuse, Pink and Red are excellent colors for jigs. Walleye - Interest in walleye’s has fallen this last week as many anglers switched to trout or have had slush become a issue in the area they were fishing. Still some anglers are going out and finding walleyes in 20-30 feet of water. Best time remains during that last hour of light and late into the night. Shiners or rainbows have been catching the majority to walleyes. Jigging minnows and spoons have been working on active aggressive fish. Pike - Pike fishing has remained good to excellent for many anglers, but again slush has made fishing some spots a challenge. Heavy suckers or Alewife’s remain the bait to have if you want a big pike. Lite suckers and smelt result in better numbers, but smaller fish. Shallow bays and weedbeds are the area to target for pike. 1/1/19 ***Fishing Report*** Panfish - Crappies and Sunfish fishing has remained good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Crappies are being found in 25-35 feet of water and are hitting tear drop jigs, tipped with wax worms or small soft plastic. Pink glow, Chartreuse glow and Red glowing jig are working best. Some sunfish are found mixed in with the crappies, but have generally been located in 20 feet or less. Sunfish too are preferring waxies the most, but small soft plastic baits are catching their fair share of fish too. Both fish have been biting best during the day with some lakes having the bite shutdown by noon. Walleye - Walleye bite has slowed some for many anglers the last week, but some good fish are still being caught. The best time remains that last hour of light, but a second wave of biters moves back in around 8pm. Rainbows and shiners under a bobber and/or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head and actively jigged has been working best. Red glowing baits remain the best glow color at night. 20-30 feet of water, main lake points and around sunken islands have been best. Pike - Pike fishing has ranged from “OK” to excellent. Live heavy suckers have been getting the most hits, but more often then not, a simple Alewife under a tip-up, has resulted in the biggest fish for the day. Shallow bays, with weeds, has been best. Lake Trout - Heavy snow just before lake trout opener in the BWCA made many people think twice about going out and many just stayed home. Reports are very limited, but for the truly hardest core laker anglers that went out, only found ok fishing. Dead smelt on the bottom in neck down areas, worked best. 12/18/18 ***Ice Report*** Spring like temps and high winds this last weekend, did little in helping make ice. Ice thickness ranges from 6-11 inches. 4 Wheelers and snowmobiles have become more common, but travel by foot remains the most popular still. ***Fishing Report*** Panfish - Spring like temps had people thinking of maybe a spring panfish bite would be going on. Many anglers reported that they found some good Sunfish bites on small Tungsten jigs, tipped with a waxie or soft plastic, fished around the weed edges. White, brown and red were the colors of choice. Crappies too were in a good biting mode. During the day anglers were finding them out over 20-30 feet of water. Angler had to do a little hole hopping, but otherwise had good luck catching fish. Pink, white and chartreuse jigs, tipped with either a waxie, soft plastic and crappie minnows worked very well. Walleye - Walleye bite has been tough for many anglers with the last hour of light being the only time they catch fish. Still anglers are reporting a good average size fish between 15-20 inches being caught. 20-25 feet of water, around main lake humps has been where the best bites are happening. Red glowing jig or spoons, tipped with rainbows or chubs have been the best presentation. Pike - Big Pike continue coming up the hole for anglers target them. Alewife’s or heavy suckers fished under a tip-up continue to be key to catching the biggest pike. Mouths of shallow bays, weed edges and main lake points with weeds on it, has been the key to having a successful trip. Spear fisherman have also been reporting getting steady action on large decoy suckers or red and white decoys. 12/11/18 ***Ice Report*** Thanks to a nice cold snap we have added ice this last week. 9-12 inches is now being reported. Four-wheelers and snowmobile’s are the primary mode of transportation on the ice. Permanent houses have started to pop up on many lakes this last weekend. ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye continue to be a popular target, as fishing for them has been consistent. Anglers have been finding them in 20-30 feet of water, off main lake points, sunken island and saddle areas between sunken island and/or islands. Rainbows and shiners remain the bait of choose for successful anglers. Red and green glow spoons are working best during the last hour of light and after dark. Pike - Pike fishing remains hot for many anger targeting them and even angler not targeting them. Heavy suckers fished under a tip-up, dead or alive, remain the top choice for big pike. Anglers continue to find them cruisin the weed lines, main lake points and at the mouths of shallow bays. Many anglers report catching at lease one pike over 40” per trip. Panfish - Interest in panfish has dropped as pike and walleye fishing has been good. Anglers targeting crappies have been finding them in classic winter locations in 20-30 feet of water, oftentimes suspended 10-15 feet off the bottom. Early morning continues to be the best time to catch them, with noon being the cutoff for biters. Pink, blue and white tear-drop jigs tipped with waxies or crappie minnows has been working best. Sunfish remain somewhat shallow as they are being caught in 15 feet of water or less. Finding good green weeds has been the key to finding good number of sunfish. Tungsten jig and a single wax worm has been working best. The early morning bite has been best too with the bite slowing as the day continues. 12/4/18 ***Ice Report*** Little ice was added this last week as daytime temps reached into the 30's. 6-8 inches of ice, near shore, is most commonly being reported now. Poor ice and even some open water still exists some of the area lakes. Foot travel remains the best way to travel out on the lakes. ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing still remains hit or miss for many anglers. Anglers catching fish are doing so in 18-20 feet of water while actively fishing a jigging spoon on one line and a dead sticking the other. More often then not the walleyes have been hitting the dead sticks. Rainbows or shiners have been producing the best results. Gold, red glow or chartreuse glowing spoons seem to be attracting the most fish. Pike - Pike fishing has heated up this last week. Some groups are reporting at lease one pike over 40” each trip. The bigger the bait the better it seems, as large suckers and alewifes have been the best bait by far. Anglers have been setting out their tip-ups at the mouths of bay in 10 feet of water or less. Panfish - Crappies and sunfish have been biting best early in the morning on waxies and crappie minnows. Anglers have been fishing inside the weed beds for sunfish and finding a few crappies mixed in. Most of the crappies being caught have been out over 20-30 feet of water. Again early in the morning seems to be best with the bite shutting completely down by noon. 11/28/18 ***Ice Report*** Ice vary greatly from lake to lake and even on the same lake, so anglers are strongly encouraged to carry a ice chisel with them and check ice as the go. Lakes with the best ice have about 4 to 7 inches of good ice near the shoreline, while others have only capped over in the last week and have yet to have safe ice near shore. ***Fishing Report*** Walleye - Walleye fishing has been good for many anglers. Anglers are catching walleyes in 15-20 feet of water with shiners, rainbows or chubs on a set line and flashy spoons or moonshine minnows actively fished on the other. Main lake points have been most productive. Pike - Pike fishing has also been good for anglers fishing Alewife and Smelt under tip-ups. Anglers should look for them at the mouths of shallow bays, outside weed edges and in deeper weedbeds. Most of the bigger pike are being caught in 10 feet of water or less. Panfish - Sunfish fishing has been has been slow, but angler are marking good numbers of fish, just having a hard time getting them to bite. Waxies fished with a small tungsten jig, in shallow weedbeds has been the best way to find and catch fish. Crappie fishing has been very good. Angler able to find safe ice out to the deep holes where the crappies are located are finding aggressive fish. Anglers should look for them in 20-30 feet of water. Small jigging spoons, tear drop jigs and small bucktail jigs tipped with a crappie minnow or waxies have been the go to baits.
Fishing Report 9/1/18 Walleye - Walleye fishing remains good for anglers fishing in 6-15 feet of water. Spinner rigs in gold, red, white or perch colors have been the top choice. Jigs in those same colors, tipped with half a crawler have also been working great for many anglers. With water temps still in the high 60’s to low 70’s the fall minnow bite has yet to start up. Water temps below 60 triggers that bite. Bass - Smallmouth Bass fishing remains strong. Tube baits in the 4” size, large swim baits and even pike suckers are starting to take the majority of bigger fish being reported. Spinnerbaits and topwater also remains affective for smallmouth. Largemouth bass fishing has also been excellent. Anglers should still be looking for them in weeds, in 10 feet of water or less. 7” power worms, spinnerbaits, topwater frogs and small crankbaits should be your go to baits for fishing them in the weeds. Pike - Pike fishing is starting to show signs of picking up as the water temps cool back down and the bigger pike relate to the weed lines more. Anglers have been doing good fishing large suckers under a bobber just outside of the weed lines. Large spinnerbaits, flashy spoons and large soft plastic swim baits have been turning more of the bigger fish as of late. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been good with many angler catching bigger then average trout. Trolling small crank baits or spinner rigs with a night crawler has been the best technique. Night crawlers fished under a bobber or floated off the bottom has also been taking its fair share of trout. Panfish - Sunfish fishing has slowed a little with the last fronts moving through, but anglers are still reporting good catches fishing with a piece of a night crawlers under a bobber in weedbeds and around down tree. Crappie bite has been tough for many anglers. Crappie seem to remain scattered with one caught here and there. Crappies being caught are being caught in thick cabbage beds with a crappie minnow fished under a bobber near a thick stand of cabbage. Fishing Report 8/25/18 Walleye - Walleye bite has picked up this last week with the cooler air temps. Walleyes are now being located in 8-16 feet of water and are being caught with spinner rigs, gold jigs, slip bobbers or trolling deep diving crankbaits. Leeches and crawlers continue to be the top choice for live bait anglers, while Soturi Vixen and size 8 and 9 shad raps, have been the top producers for crankbaits. Bass - Smallmouth Bass fishing remains strong with anglers complaining about catching them everywhere they go, while trying to catch other fish. Topwater baits like Soturi Chugg Ducky, Jitterbugs and plastic frogs are getting hammered by aggressive bass. Wacky rigs and tube baits are also producing a lot of smallmouth. Some anglers have also been doing very well fishing pike suckers for big smallmouth. Largemouth bass fishing has also been excellent. Anglers should be looking for them in the weedbeds. Topwater frogs, spinnerbaits and plastic worms have been working very well and some real pigs have been caught this last week! Pike - While pike interest is at a season low, there have been a few very nice pike caught this last week. Anglers fishing with big spinnerbaits near weedbeds or casting/trolling spoons have been doing well. Look for the pike fishing to really pick up as the water temps start to fall in the coming weeks. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing remains good but the trout have slide a little deeper this last week. As a result anglers have switch to small deep diving glass shad raps to catch limits of trout. Trolling them over deep water has been the best technique to catching them. As the water temps start to drop in the coming weeks, they will start to slide back up shallow and really put on the feed. Panfish - Sunfish seem to be everywhere as anglers are having good luck fishing right off their docks or fishing shallow weedbeds in 10 feet of water or less. Small piece of a night crawler, small leeches or wax worms fished under a bobber, have been working very well. There are starting to be a few reports that the crappies are starting to school up. Anglers lucky enough to find one of these schools are catching their limit of nice crappies. Reports of where these schools are, are mixed. Some saying in the cabbage beds, while others are saying the are suspended about 5-8 feet down, over deep water. Either way crappie minnows or small jig and twisters have been the ticket to catching them.
Fishing Report 8/18/18 Walleye - Walleye fishing has been up and down for many anglers this last week. Many of the walleye’s being caught are being caught in 14 feet of water on spinner rigs, tipped with a leech, jig and a leech or slip bobber and a leech. If you strike out in 14 feet check 20-30 feet for deep walleye’s. It’s also worth noting that some anglers are having good luck trolling deep diving crank baits for walleye’s. Bass - Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing continues to be outstanding on many of the area lakes. Topwater baits, bass flies, tube baits, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs have been the top producers for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Both kinds of bass to be in 15 feet of water and less. Panfish - Crappies are being caught either in and around cabbage beds or suspended high over deep water. Crappie minnows fished under a bobber or jig and twister have been working best. Sunfish have been biting on small leeches or a piece of a night crawler, fished under a bobber in 10 feet of water and less. Stream Trout - Several big rainbow have been caught this last week by anglers fishing with a night crawler. Anglers have also been trolling small deep diving glass shad raps and have been having very good luck. Pike - Hot weather this last week has pushed big pike down deep. Pike fishing reports have been very few and far between. Flashy spoons, spinnerbaits and large husky jerks have been working for the smaller northerns that are still in the shallows.
Fishing Report 8/11/18 Walleye - Walleye bite has picked up this last week. Look for them in 12-20 feet of water. They have been hitting spinner rigs, tipped with a leech or crawler, jig and leech or slip bobber and leech. There are some reports of walleyes sliding up to 6-10 feet of water in the evening. Bass - Bass fishing remains consistent, with smallmouth pretty much hitting whatever you throw at them. Spinnerbaits, tubes and wacky rigs, fished in 10 feet of water and less has been the ticket for some excellent catches. Largemouth bass are being located in and around the weedbeds and down trees. Topwater baits fished over the rice beds or weedbeds has resulted in explosive bites. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been slowed some with more small trout being caught. Anglers trolling small shad raps, glass shad raps, small original rapalas and a mall spoons have been having steady action. Panfish - Sunfish fishing remains good to excellent on many area lakes. Small leeches or a small piece of night crawler fished under a bobber, in 4-10 feet of water, has been the go to for panfish anglers. Fishing Report 8/4/18 Walleye - Walleye bite continues to center around leeches and crawler on a spinner rig or jig and a leech. 12 to 18 feet of water has been the depth to find them. There has been some good reports of walleyes being caught trolling shad raps over deep water. The walleyes are out there chasing cisco’s or smelt. Bass - Smallmouth and largemouth fishing remains good to excellent. Topwater in the morning or evenings, spinnerbaits, tubes and wacky worms during the day continue to be the best way to catch smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has also been excellent in the weedbeds and/or weed edge. Topwater frogs, weedless worms and spinnerbaits are all excellent choices to catch them right now. Panfish - Sunfish fishing also has remained good to excellent for many anglers. Small piece of a night crawler or wax worms, fished under a bobber has been the top choice. Anglers are fishing for them in 10 feet of water or less, in and around weedbeds, fallen trees or docks. Crappie continue to be hit or miss for many anglers, but the crappies caught are large. Crappie minnows fished under a bobber or jig and twister fished in and around cabbage beds has been working best. Stream Trout - Rainbow trout fishing has picked back up this last week. Rainbows have been hitting on small spoons and small rapalas trolled behind the boat over deep water. Anglers fishing from shore are having luck fishing a night crawler under a bobber. Fishing Report 7/28/18 Walleye - Walleye bite remains good overall for anglers. Anglers fishing with lindy rigs, spinner rigs, jigs (all tipped with leech or crawlers) and deep diving crankbaits are catching nice limits of walleyes. The walleye’s are being located in 15-25 feet of water around sunken islands, windy rocky shorelines and current areas. Bass - Smallmouth Bass fishing remains excellent for bass anglers. Topwater, wacky rigs, tubes, spinnerbaits and swimbaits have been the ticket for consistent action. Largemouth fishing has also been excellent, but the largemouth are being found in the weedbeds and lily pads. Anglers fishing weedless frogs in the lily pads are getting explosive results. Worms, tubes, and spinnerbaits are working in the weedbeds for largemouth. Panfish - Sunfish and some crappies continue to be caught in shallow cabbage beds. Most crappies are still located just outside the cabbage beds, but as the cabbage reaches the surface and become more established, the crappies fishing will improve in the weedbeds. Crappie minnows, night crawlers, small leeches and jig and twisters are the baits of choice right now. Stream Trout - Larger then average rainbows continue to be caught on many of the area stream trout lakes. Anglers are simply trolling spinner rigs (tipped with a night crawler), small rapalas, and small spoons are having the best luck, with limits coming in less then 2 hours. Fishing Report 7/21/18 Walleye - Walleye bite has picked up this last week, thanks to the stable weather we have been having. Anglers have been getting limits pulling lindy rigs, tipped with a leech or crawler, by sunken islands and near current areas. Jig and a leech has also been a excellent choice for areas to snaggy for lindy rigs. Walleye’s are being found in 15-25 feet of water. Bass - Bass fishing has been excellent this last week. Some big largemouth bass have been caught topwater fishing in weeds and lily pads. Smallmouth Bass have been hitting just about anything you want to throw at them. Spinnerbaits, tubes, wacky rigs and topwater have been the top producers for them. Panfish - Sunfish fishing has been on fire with some reports of 100-200 fish days coming in. Those anglers have been using a piece of a night crawler floated under a bobber. Crappie are starting to stage near cabbage weedbeds. Some crappies are suspended over deep water near the weedbeds and some are in the cabbage weeds. Anglers fishing with crappie minnows or a jig and twister are having the best luck. Pike - Pike fishing has slowed some as fewer anglers are fishing for them, but none the less the few anglers fishing for them with spoons, large spoons and large soft plastic minnow baits are catching some very respectable fish. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been excellent as of late. Anglers trolling deep diving Soturi crankbaits over deep water have caught Lakers as big a 20 lbs! Pictures of those fish will be posted soon. Fishing Report 7/14/18 Walleye - Walleye’s have finally starting to slide out to main lake humps, islands, while some still remain near the main lake shoreline. Anglers should start looking for them in 15-25 feet of water, on the windy side of the lake, island or hump. Lindy rigs tipped with a leech or crawler have been the top producers this last week. Some anglers are starting to have luck pulling deep diving crankbaits with lead-core line. Smallmouth - Smallmouth fishing has remained good this last week. While the recent storms have slowed the bite a little, but they continue to remain shallow and eager to hit topwater baits, wacky rigs, tubes and spinnerbaits. Anglers should look to 4-10 feet of water for them. Panfish - Sunfish fishing has been remained consistent as sunfish remain shallow and in the weeds. Anglers fishing with a night crawler, under a bobber, in 4-6 feet of water are consistently flipping fish into the boat. Crappie reports have been limited, but as the cabbage weeds get closer to the surface them should start moving into the weeds. Anglers fishing with crappie minnows and white jig/twister have been having some luck just outside the weed beds. Pike - Pike fishing has slowed a little this last week with the warmer water temps start driving even the average size pike to deeper water. Still anglers are managing to catch some big pike. Anglers fishing early in the morning, when water temps are at their coolest, or fish the deepest weed lines they can find near deep water. Big suckers (dead or alive), spoons, spinner baits or husky jerks have been producing fish. Fishing Report 7/7/18 Walleye - Walleye bite has started to improve on many area lakes as the mayfly hatch nears it end. Walleyes continue to be caught in relatively shallow water this time of year. 10-15 feet of water continues to be the best depth regardless of the lake. We even had reports from guides, that they caught walleye’s as shallow as 2 feet of water while fishing for smallmouth. Lindy rigs with blades are what anglers are using to find active fish. Once located, slow down and fish them with a plain hook and leech or a leech under a slip bobber. Pike - Pike reports have slowed as the water temps keep rising and drive the bigger pike deeper. Anglers fishing near weedbeds with lite or heavy suckers under a bobber are reporting some luck. Spoon, spinnerbaits and large soft plastic minnow baits trolled or casted are triggering more numbers of pike. Smallmouth- Smallmouth fishing has cooled off a little with the resent rains, but they continue to bite in shallow water. 4-10 feet of water, on gradually slopping rock flats or sand, has been where they are located. Wacky rigs, tubes, jerk baits, spinnerbaits and topwater have all been effective. Stream Trout - Trout fishing on many area trout lakes continues to be good for anglers fishing for them. Anglers trolling spinner rigs with crawlers are reporting limits of fishing being caught, on each outing. Angler fishing from shore are having luck floating a night crawler off the bottom, casting small spoons or jig and a twister. Panfish - Sunfish fishing continues to be good for anglers targeting them. Piece of a night crawler fished under a bobber, in or near weedbeds has been the ticket for steady action. Crappies have been hit or miss as summer cabbage beds are not yet big enough to hold numbers and they remain somewhat scattered. Anglers should look for them just outside the weedbeds or in the weedbeds in the evening hours.
Fishing Report 6/30/18 Walleye - Walleye fishing continues to be a challenge for many anglers as the mayfly hatch is in full swing on many area lakes. Successful anglers are fishing medium to large leeches under a bobber in 6-15 feet of water. Some anglers are having success pulling deep diving crank baits through the clouds of rising mayfly’s during the evening hatch. Bass - Bass fishing continues to be outstanding for anglers targeting them. Anglers have been having the most success fishing with tubes, spinner baits, jerk baits and topwater poppers. Anglers looking to fish for bass should look for them on shallow rocky flats in 4-10 feet of water. Pike - Pike fishing has slowed some for many anglers as the water temps drive the bigger pike deep. Fishing live or dead suckers under a bobber right off the dock continues to productive, but the bigger pike are being caught just outside the weedlines, close to deep water, with white spinnerbaits, white husky jerks or dardevle’s. Panfish - Anglers have been catching full stringers of 10+ inch sunfish in the shallow weed bays, on night crawlers. Crappies have been located just outside the weed beds and are hitting on 1/16 oz jigs with 2” white twisters. Stream Trout - Trout fishing continues to be a great backup for angler struggling with walleyes. Trout continue to be caught on small spoons, rapalas and lindy rigs. Angler have been simply trolling them about 15 feet down until they contact fish. When the trout are found simply troll around that area until a limit is had or the fish stop biting.
Fishing Report 6/23/18 Walleye - Walleye’s continue to be caught along main lake shorelines with slip bobbers or split shot, float and plain hook tipped with a leech or night crawler during the evenings. Jigs with half a night crawler and spinners rigs, tipped with leeches or crawlers, fished in 10-15 feet of water is also working for anglers fishing from a boat. Northern Pike - Pike also continue to be caught with walleye’s along main lake shorelines, by people fishing for walleye’s. Bigger pike are being found out on weed edges near deep water. Angler have been having good luck fishing them with heavy or lite suckers under a bobber, spoons and spinnerbaits. Bass - Bass fishing has really picked up this last week. Close to 200 fish days have been reported by several groups this last week. Spinnerbaits, topwater poppers, tubes and wacky rigs fished over shallow gravel for smallmouth or weedbeds for largemouth has been the ticket for these amazing catches. Panfish - Crappie have been hit or miss for anglers targeting them. Anglers having luck are fishing the deep outside weed edge in 15-20 feet of water. 1/16oz jigs tipped with a minnow or fished with a 2” twister in white or chartreuse have been the go to colors. Sunfish remain shallow in 10 ft or less in the weedbeds along the main lake shoreline. Piece of a night crawler or medium leeches fished under a bobber has been resulting in nice limits of sunfish. Some as big as 12”! Stream Trout - Stream trout continue to be a great second option for anglers struggling with mayfly hatches on their favorite walleye lake. Anglers fishing with night crawlers and medium leeches fished right off the bottom are experiencing great fishing. Anglers fishing from a boat are having success trolling small rapalas, spoons and spinner rigs tipped with a night crawler. Fish them 10-20 feet down while trolling. Fishing Report 6/17/18 Walleye - Walleye bite continues to be hit or miss for many anglers. Anglers fishing plain lindy rigs, slow, with a plain night crawlers, leech, large rainbows or pike suckers are having the best luck. Walleye’s are being located in 10-15 feet of water on the main lake shoreline. There has been a few reports of walleyes being caught around islands and sunken islands, out in the main lake. Smallmouth Bass - The Smallmouth spawn has rapped up on many of the area lakes and the bite has slowed some as the fish recover from the spawn. Top water, tubes, wacky rigs and plastic worms have been top producers this last week. Anglers should still be looking for them in water 10 ft or less. Panfish - Crappies and Sunfish have also finished up spawning and moved off their beds. Night crawlers, crappie minnows and jig and twisters have been the ticket to catching panfish. Anglers should be looking for emerging weeds or timber at the mouths of the bays, where they spawned, in 15 feet of water or less. Pike - Pike fishing remains good to excellent for many anglers fishing right off the dock with a bobber and large suckers. Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are catching pike with spinnerbaits, buzz baits, spoons or husky jerks. Bigger pike are being caught in the deeper water just outside of the bays. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing has been good on many lakes and rivers in the area this last week. Anglers casting #1 or #2 spinners, #5 or #7 rapalas or fishing a worm or leech under a bobber have had good luck from shore or dock. Anglers fishing from a boat are having good luck trolling cow bells, small rapalas and lindy rigs, tipped with night crawlers, 10 to 20 feet below the surface.
Fishing Report 5/22/18 Walleye - Walleye fishing has improved steadily since opener. Excellent catches have been coming mainly from 2-15 feet of water, with 6 feet being the standout depth. Anglers should look for rocks no bigger then basketballs in shallow sunny bays. Floating jigs, jig and a minnow, plain lindy rig with a minnow and original rapalas casted over shallow rocks have been the top producers for walleyes. Northern Pike - Pike fishing has been excellent, so far this year. Numbers of 30+ inch pike have been reported by many anglers at the store as they are having to buy more suckers then they expected. Key depths for pike has been 5-15 feet of water. Morning has been the best time to to tie into the bigger ones. Panfish - Crappies remain suspended over 20 feet of water, but some are starting to show up in the shallows. Bluegills are also starting to show up in the shallows. Lake Trout - Lake Trout fishing remains a shallow water affair. Lakers are being caught by walleyes anglers on Snowbank in waters less then 15 feet. Anglers targeting Lake trout are having luck trolling plugs and spoons over mud flats in 15 to 30 feet of water. Anglers have reported seeing bugs in the stomachs of trout they have cleaned. Steelhead/Kamloops - Steelhead fishing on the north shore is rapidly coming to a end on many streams. Anglers continue to have success fishing in the rivers with spawn bags or night crawlers and at the river mouths with the same baits.
Fishing Report 5/15/18 Walleye - Walleye opener was excellent on some lakes, to very poor on others. Anglers fishing out on Fall, White Iron and Birch lake had the best luck in 15-18 ft of water close to current areas during the day, then shallower in the evening. Live bait jigs and floating jigs tipped with a rainbow, produced the best over the weekend. Northern Pike - Pike fishing has been excellent. Anglers fishing with heavy suckers, under a bobber in the shallow bays have had the best luck. Multiple northerns over 30” with a few over 40” were reported by many anglers. Crappie - Crappie reports have been very limited. With water temps in the low 40’s and over night temps still dipping into the 20’s, the crappies have yet to move shallow and stay shallow. Steelhead/Kamloops - Steelhead and Kamloop fishing up and down the north shore is in full swing in the rivers. Anglers fishing with spawn bags or night crawlers are having the best luck.
Fishing Report 5/8/18 Panfish - Panfish interest quickly picked up as ice out happened, but reports have been mixed. Best reports have been the perch bite on many of the area lakes. Crappie minnows under a float, in shallow water has been the ticket for those perch. Crappie reports have been mixed from ok to zero fish. Anglers having luck have been fishing the north side of lakes with crappie minnows under a float, is water less the 10 feet of water. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing in the arrowhead has picked up as rivers fall back between the banks and water temps warm up a little. Night crawlers fished on the bottom and small spinners are working on brook trout. Steelhead/Kamloops - With the melting of the snow the streams on the north shore have swollen and the steelhead/kamloop run is in full swing. Spawn bags and spawn flies are working best. Fishing Report 4/24/18 Crappie - Snow is finally off the ice, but crappie reports have been mixed. Some anglers reporting excellent catches of a limit of slabs, while others have reported no fish. Crappies being caught, have been caught in water less then 10 feet of water with large bluegills also being mixed in. Crappie minnows and Waxies have been the bait of choice. Steelhead/Loopers - Steelhead and Looper fishing has picked right up where it left off at river mouths, up and down the north shore. Spawn sacks, night crawlers floated off the bottom or under a bobber and looper bugs have been the top choices for successful anglers. Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing on rivers in the Arrowhead has been very limited as many rivers are just starting to loose the ice covering them. Rivers that are open are high and fishing has been poor.
Fishing Report 4/17/18 Attention! Vehicle travel on Ely area lakes is no longer recommend, as there has been several reports of trucks braking through the ice on plowed roads. Steelhead/Loopers - The Steelhead and Looper bite, up and down the north shore has been excellent. Night crawlers and spawn bags floated one to two feet off the bottom, at river mouths, is proving to be the ticket for some very nice catches of trout. This last weeks storm has slowed the bite, but look for it to pick right back up by the end of this week and even improve by this weekend and in the weeks ahead. Crappie - Crappie are continuing to show up in larger numbers in the shallow weed beds of area lakes. Crappies over 16 inches have been reportedly caught as shallow as 6 feet. With temperatures forecasted to be in the 50’s later this week, and beyond, look for that late ice crappie bite to finally kick in.
Fishing Report for 4/10/18 Panfish - Panfish reports have been limited, as cold weather has keep many anglers off the lakes. For anglers willing to go out in the cold, they have been rewarded with some very nice crappies and sunfish as of late. Crappies continue to be found between their winter holes and the shallow weed beds. Sunfish are being located in the shallow weed beds. Crappie minnows, Waxies and Euro larvae have been the bait of choice. While ice is still over 30”, late ice angler should be aware that lakes are starting to show signs of opening up. Walleye - Anglers making the trip up to the BWCA border waters with Canada are reporting good walleye fishing. Walleye’s are making their way into shallow gravel flats and current areas in anticipation of the upcoming spawn. Male walleyes have accounted for the majority of the catches. Steelhead/Kamloops - March-June means Steelhead and Kamloops for many anglers here in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. Anglers fishing around the river mouths from Duluth to Grand Portage are starting to catch Steelhead and Kamloops as they stage for their spring run. Night crawlers and spawn sacks fished off the bottom have been the top bait. The fresher the spawn the better! Baptism, Split Rock and Temperance river, just to name a few, offer strong runs of steelhead and Kamloops every spring and some excellent catches can happen for the anglers who really dial in what the fish want while waiting to run. Look for this bite only to get stronger as the temps rise and we get closer to May.
Fishing Report for 4/2/18 Lake Trout - Lake Trout season finished strong for many. Good numbers and some nice fish were caught on small suckers, large suckers and Smelt on Bruntside, Basswood and Knife lake. - Lake Trout season is now closed. Stream Trout - Rainbows, Splake and Brook Trout we’re still located shallow (less then 15ft of water) and anglers reported excellent catches. Top producing live baits were Butterworms, Wax Worms and Crappie minnows. - Stream Trout season is now closed. Crappie - Crappies seem to have gotten tired of waiting for spring and are starting to show up in shallow weed beds regardless of the temperatures above the ice. While many Crappies are still located in their winter holes, others are between the wintering holes and weed beds or in the weed beds. Drilling lots of holes over a good area and jumping hole to hole remains the best tactic for catching fish. Crappie Minnows, Red Euro Larvae, Euro Larvae and Wax Worms were the top producing baits. ***Ice Report*** Ice remain in good shape accross the Arrowhead, but non the less caution is strongly recommended in areas with current and/or springs, as they are starting to open up. Fishing Report for 3/27/18 Lake Trout - Fishing has been really good on Bruntside lake as of late. Lots of fishing being marked and caught between 15-40 ft of water. Smaller baits (3" or less) have been the ticket. Snowbank has slowed some but lake trout are still being caught. Look to 40-80ft of water for them. Stream Trout - Fishing has been good. Look for for them in 15ft of water or less. Trees laying into the water, mud flats and weedbeds are the areas to look for them. In pit lakes look to the standing timber for trout. Fish the outside edge of the timber just like you would the outside edge of a weedbed. Waxies and Butterworms have been producing the most fish as of late. Crappie - Crappie fishing has been slow still. Crappies have yet to move up to the shallow weedbeds. Look for them in 20-30ft of water still. Anglers that have been targeting them and kept moving until they located fish have done good, but have had to work them to get them to bite. Smaller jigs tipped with Euro Larvae or Waxies have produced the best. Ice conditions are still good up here, but be careful around areas with current as those areas are starting to open up. Anywhere from 5-9 inches of snow remains on the lakes.