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Fishing Big Lake by Ely

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Does anybody have any reliable info about Big Lake in St Louis county? I am from Chicago IL and I am looking to book for an early spring excursion, you know, knock the rust off and get my fish on. I have been on the White Iron chain a couple of times and thought maybe sometjhing different this time. thanks

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Post this on the Ely forum there has been a lot of talk about this lake on the forum in the past. Good luck. What kind of luck did you have on the white iron chain?

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Every time I have been there I have been in the early spring. I have consitantly caught some of my biggwest Wallies there. I have hooked up with some really nice Northern and the smallies were abundant. My best smallie was a easy 3 pounder.

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    • HugeHogChaser
      Do you have any pics of the process or finished product by any chance?
    • HugeHogChaser
      wow, this is exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately idk what the hell i'm doing, as I have no carpentry skills LOL, but i have a buddy that builds houses, so I am sure he would have the necessary skills and tools to assist me. It cant be too hard, right!? haha. Anyways, I appreciate the information, this is GREAT. Ill be sure to touch base with you if I have any questions. Thanks again!! I have a 25 hp motor right now...really old, a chrysler 25 HP from like...the 70s or 80s. You thank that'll be enough power with the added weight?  
    • HookedUp4821
          You can keep one Walleye 13.8- 17.7 a day. With the conservation licence you can take 2 fish out with only one over 27.6. and with a sportsman licences you can take out 4 with only one over 27.6.   
    • eyeguy 54
      dont wear your voice out  
    • Surface Tension
      Thanks All.   No big plans this weekend and and the weather has been putting a damper on outdoor projects and choirs.    Still I might sneak out for a few hours this weekend.      
    • Barefoot
      In and around narrows is where most people were fishing.  Lots of fish under 14 though.  
    • ZachD
      I guess I will have to call the dnr about the couple spots I am in question of. Ones a darn and you can easily pick them off all day almost year round
    • Stick in Mud
      Thanks for the great report.  We fished up there all last week, and we found shiners to be the only bait we *couldn't* get bites on. Very, very strange, but by far our best bite was on crawlers.  I think our total was something like 8 fish on shiners and 80 or 90 on crawlers (between two boats).  We didn't start fishing with crawlers until Thursday, either, so all those fish came on our last two days, with the windier Thursday being best.
    • Dale S
      Thanks guys for the informative replies. Can you also comment on the walleye limits?
    • noska
      Hey Barefoot on the main lake or current areas?