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Big Lake by Ely- a little advise if you can spare some

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i am looking to come up from Chicago Il in late May, can anyone give me a heads up on the fishing on Big Lake or the surrounding area. I am familiar with white Iron and such, but it has been a couple of years.

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Hi Wookie. Welcome to FM, great to have you here. grin.gif

There have been a lot of inquiries about fishing Big Lake the last couple of years. If you use the "search" feature in the toolbar at the top of this page, searching this BWCAW-Duluth board for the last year or two and typing in "Big Lake" and "fishing" you'll be able to weed through the threads and find a ton of info.

That way, folks here won't have to re-type again all the answers they've already given before. The search features is a great way to research the library of information that fishingminnesota has become. grin.gif

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    • Wanderer
      There's still driveable ice in the Ely area.
    • BassThumb.
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