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Fall Lake Dam in Ely

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Anyone out there that has fished from shore at the Fall Lake Dam in Ely. I am staying in Ely and don't have a boat right now and thought that would be a good place to try for a few walleye. How do you rig and how do you get there?

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I haven't fished the dam, but if you are looking for a small boat there are several outfitters in Ely that rent them.

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Try the Birch Lake Dam, the bait stores in Ely will tell you

how to get there.

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You get to the Fall Lake dam from shore by going out the Fernberg and turning in at Cliff Wold's outfitters. There's a road that goes all the way back to the dam. You used to be able to drive right up to the dam area, but now the road's closed to vehicles. So you'll have to park where the chain comes across the road and walk the quarter mile or so into the dam. I just always used 1/4 to 3/8 oz power grubs in bright colors and tossed them in on spinning gear and the let the current carry them downstream. Had some nice success for 'eyes that way. It's better earlier in the spring, at and just after opener, but some walleyes will be interested in the current areas all summer.

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Anyone out there that has fished from shore at the Fall Lake Dam in Ely. I am staying in Ely and don't have a boat right now and thought that would be a good place to try for a few walleye. How do you rig and how do you get there?


Dude, that area is one of the best honey holes in MN for shore fishing... I havent fished it this season yet, but man, did we nail the pikes, walleyes, and small mouths last year... I totally recommend it! Just bottom fish with live bait or use ring worms and crank baits. Guranteed FISH ON!

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Thanks for all the replies. Would really like to give the dam a try but it sounds like it might take a little too much time to get back to Ely from there. I'm stuck on-call for a few days at the hospital and need to be within 20 minutes away. Guess I will just try the pit for some trout! Maybe the eyes come into the shallows after dark on the dock at the GEL! The price we have to pay working for a living!!

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fever, if you've got a north/northwest wind blowing in for a full day or two, you may be able to spank some eyes off the GEL's dock, which is along the south shore. Some folks also set up in Winton right where the river passes under 169/Fernberg and flows into Fall Lake. There's sometimes an evening bite there.

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Just so I have this right, there is fishing on the Garden Lake side of the dam near the powerhouse and then there is also access to the falls, right?

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You can walk in and fish either above or below the dam, though I don't recall seeing anyone fishing above on the Garden Lake side.

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I've fished above the dam with very little luck. Well, worse than that, actually. No luck! Below the dam can be darn good for Walleye and even a few white fish and pannies thrown in for good measure.

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That's been my experience with dams in general. Dam fine luck downstream, dam little upstream. grin.gif

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Does the Fall Lake Dam hold water back in Farm Lake thus allowing it (water) to flow into Fall Lake?

Finns.

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Does the Fall Lake Dam hold water back in Farm Lake thus allowing it (water) to flow into Fall Lake?

Finns.


Kind of, it holds back water from White Iron, Farm, and the north and south branch of the Kawishiwi, all of which flow through Garden before the dam to Fall.

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Sorry, I meant Garden. Noticed on the DNR site there is another dam for the out flow of Fall Lake into Newton Lake. So this thread is about the inflow dam from Garden correct?

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