Fishing Report by Captain Russ

Aaron Naime of Ely caught this nice pair of lake trout while fishing Basswood Lake with an Airplane Jig.

Trout action remains good throughout the area. Good numbers of rainbows and splake are turning up from Tofte and High Lakes and rainbows and brook trout are dominating the scene on Miners Pit, with some exceeding twenty-two inches. Lake trout are still pleasing some anglers from Burntside and Snowbank Lakes, but many of the trout coming from Burntside are on the small side of less than five pounds. This is a good indicator that trout are reproducing, but does little for the morale of anglers in search of trophy size fish. Basswood Lake has been producing some nice lakers in the ten pound range.
People have still been spearing northern pike in the area. The limited ice thickness has prolonged the season and helped anglers connect on pike up to forty-two inches.
Walleye anglers are still struggling to find limits of keepers. Many small fish in the six to ten inch range are common, but weeding through them enables you to come home with at least a couple for dinner. Minnows fished under a bobber right on the bottom has produced the best results.
Some nice crappie catches have come from Range, Fall, and East Twin lakes. It’s still a good idea to drill as you go on local lakes as ice thickness has varied considerably.