Except for bass, fishing slows down

by Nick Wognum

You knew it had to happen sooner or later. The fishing action in the Ely area slowed to a near crawl as lakes were flooded with plenty of food from minnows to leeches in the late summer time period.<BR><BR>The annual Ely-Winton Hawg Fishing Contest saw very few entries with the top walleye just over six pounds and the top northern under 14 pounds. <BR><BR>While the weather was cooperating, out on the water, the fish were not. <BR><BR>From Burntside to Basswood the reports were the same - slow. Two days of trolling Rapalas all over the east end of Basswood produced no walleyes and a local guide on Burntside said he could not get a walleye to bite even after knowing they were on the reef by using an underwater camera.<BR><BR>With that in mind, we head into this week’s entries for the Angler Fishing Contest and to no surprise the walleye division is a bit light, as in non-existent.<BR><BR>Bass, however, were there for some anglers. Top smallmouth went to Nick Hr-nyak of Grand Rapids, MI who caught a 20.5-inch, 4 lb. 8 oz. bass in Shagawa Lake and brought it in to Skube’s Bait and Tackle to enter the contest.<BR><BR>Gabbro Lake was the spot for John Schmidt of Ellis, KS for his 4 lb. 3 oz. smallmouth caught on a Rapala Husky Jerk. Spirit of the Wilderness took the info..<BR><BR>A 3 lb. 2 oz. smallmouth was caught in Vermilion by Tommy Bryant Jr. of Summer-field, FL on a Tiki Stick and taken to Vermilion Fuel and Food for the registration. <BR><BR>We had a 4 lb. largemouth caught on a jig by “Florida Charlie” Muttschall of Cape Coral, FL on Bear Island Lake while staying at Timber Wolf Lodge. <BR><BR>A 2 lb. 8 oz. largemouth bass was caught on a nightcrawler in Garden Lake by Henry David Grant of Hanover Park, IL and checked in at Deer Ridge Resort.<BR><BR>Top pike of the week was an 8 lb. 8 oz. northern caught on a Mepps #5 by Matt Leiffert of Runnels, IA in Eagles Nest Two and entered at Spirit of the Wilderness on the east end of Ely. <BR><BR>A 6 lb. 6 oz. 30-inch northern was caught in Shagawa Lake on a minnow by Rachel Haaverson of Ely and also entered at Spirit of the Wilderness. <BR><BR>Steven Berg of Osceola, WI registered a whopper crappie he caught on a leech in Bear Island Lake. The panfish went 15.25-inches on the ruler and 2 lbs. on the scale at Timber Wolf Lodge. <BR><BR>The Catch and Release entries included some real nice bass. <BR><BR>Diane Dorman of Fairport, NY released a 20-inch smallie caught in White Iron Lake and entered at Timber Trail Lodge.<BR><BR>Bill Dorman of Corning, NY caught and released a 20-inch smallmouth back in to Farm Lake and entered the contest at Timber Trail Lodge. <BR><BR>Ty Schmidt of Rochester, MN used a Kastmaster to catch a 30-inch northern in Turtle Lake and released it. Spirit of the Wilderness took down the info.