Summer angling draws to a close in September

As the Ely Echo’s North Country Angler winds down for the summer of 2016, the largest fish are noted:
Catch & Release - Largest so far in 2016
BASS
24” Steve Kummer, Chicago, IL LaTourell’s Resort & Outfitters
WALLEYE
30.5” Jim Haenke, Gilbert, MN Timber Trail Resort & Campground
NORTHERN PIKE
47” Tyler Kikelly, Minnetonka, MN Packsack Canoe Trips & Log Cabins
LAKE TROUT
40” Ryan McLean, Hayward, WI Babe’s Bait & Tackle

Caught & Kept - Largest so far in 2016
BASS
6-8 Joe Glass, Ft. McMurray Packsack Canoe Trips
Northern
14-0 Jay Williams, Flower Mound, TX Babe’s Bait & Tackle
WALLEYE
11-8 Wesley Berninghaus, Montgomery, MN Silver Rapids Lodge
LAKE TROUT
12-0 Danny Spaeth, Virginia, MN Babe’s Bait & Tackle

The Fishing Report by Captain Russ:

Fewer fish have been reported this past week as the dead of summer takes shape. Although the success rate of anglers has been down, there still have been a few happy anglers, most of them coming from more remote lakes in and outside of the Boundary Waters.
Night crawler sales have been brisk as the availability and size of leeches has taken a down turn, as is normal at this time of year. Crawlers are a fine alternative to leeches and have led many folks to a successful trip. Whether you fish them on a crawler harness or just suspend them under a bobber, few fish can resist them.
Another option at this time of year is to pursue the various trout species available in the area. The cool, clear waters here do abound with some fine specimens of rainbows, brook, brown and lake trout. Many of these deeper lakes remain cool throughout the summer, and it can be as simple as finding what part of the water column is currently holding the fish.
The stream species, such as rainbows and brook trout can be caught by trolling or casting Mepp’s style spinners or small spoons, as well as just relaxing on the bank with a worm under a bobber.
Lake trout can require a bit more effort and equipment, as these hard fighting specimens are holding in much deeper water and warrant the use of a boat and equipment that allows you to troll in depths of fifty feet or more.
Downriggers work well, but can be cumbersome and a bit expensive for casual anglers. A fine alternative is to rig your line with a Dipsy Diver or larger keel-type sinker to get your bait down to these depths that hold the fish.