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baitshopboy

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baitshopboy

finaly its time.... i have been out on clearwater the last two nights and "boy o' boy" its been heck... the slush, and variness in ice really shakes the knee... have manged a few crappies on euro-larve... small though??? they just dont seem to want the minnows at all!!! so you guys are guna get by cheap if they stay on this euro- bite grin.gif but im starting this page for us "clearwaterians"" so lets get chating.........

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Farley

Where do you go out from? My buddy was out there the other night, said he had 6" of ice, but he walks out from his cabin on the north side. He just texted me the thickness I dont know if he caught anything. Was thinking maybee Saturday I'll get out there.

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eggdish

four of us were out on saturday on the east end and ran into some shaky ice conditions. anywhere from 2-7 inches and the 7 wasn't all good ice, only about 3 of good and 4 of frozen slush. only managed to get one eye and one northern but we weren't in the best spot to fish either.

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Capt'nMorgan

Was out there Tuesday any where from 1/2"- 6" of ice. good thing had snowmobile cuz I broke thru couple of times, 4 wheeler would have gone down, Why is the ice so thin in places it should be thicker with the cold weather we are having?

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baitshopboy

i concentrate my fishing to the west side, bjs side.... and yeah the ice conditions are very shakey... so take your time guys and lets try and put some monsters on the ice this year!!! wink.gif

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setterguy

Which side of the lake do you typically fish?

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baitshopboy

I fish the west side. The bungalo island side.... you would be suprised on how well the fishing actualy is on this side... its very diverse in my eyes... i usauly fish pannies throughout the day and try walleyes at night... do quite well on the pannies though....

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Farley

Gonna be out there Saturday, hopefully someone is brave enought to try it with a ATV so we have some tracks to follow. I doubt it though. Might have to hoof it from my buddies cabin.

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baitshopboy

hahah hoof'n it aint that bad... wink.gif haha but i will say this, you can get a long ways with little effort... especially if you have a pack-shack and a little otter sled... makes the hard drag with a normal collapsible look depressing if you know what i mean!! but good luck... just wonder, but species are you looking to chase??

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Farley

Hopin for some sunnies or slimers during the day then switch to walleys at night, possibly some crappies if they are there. So pretty much everything but dogfish. grin.gif We'll have 4 guys at least and two portables. I'm already sick of dragging the otter magnum lodge with 2 seats and all our gear gets too heavy for my out of shape butt.

You gonna get out there this weekend?

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mike morris

I'm thinking about trying Clearwater this weekend.

I was told that Walleyes and Crappies can be caught out in front of BJ's in a bout 30 feet of water. Is that true?

You guys have any other advice you could offer me for fishin' Clearwater?

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baitshopboy

yeah farley im gettn out tomarrow night and posibly sat. or sun. morning.... haha ive got pannies on the brain!!! wink.gifand man its killn' me not seeing the bulls in my pail!!! hahaha

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baitshopboy

mike: you would be suprised what gets caught right in the viewing area of bjs!! hahaha and to ansewer your question. yes it has been done but every year you got work your tail off to catch them some time..... so if ya got the time try it, or go into bjs and they can maybe point you in the right direcrion....... good luck

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mike morris

Thanks. I'll stop in at BJ's and see what they have to offer as well.

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setnhooks

Any walleye or crappie reports from last weekend? I am a local who now lives in KS so I am ready for some solid ice time over Christmas.

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baitshopboy

me and a few buds went out friday night, and caught 15 crappies, very slow biters! have heard of a walleye bite happening but no specifics... sorry

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eggdish

we got one 22'' walleye for three nights of fishing last weekend. pretty slow.

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Augusta

Same here....very slow, was better last year.....

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baitshopboy

yeah i think imj guna try and do sum explore fishing over the holiday... and use alot of techniques t try and find where the fish are hideing... like last year, we found a couple of good weedy spots and caught a fair share of pan-fish.... mostly sunnies.... buddy caught a 16 inch walleye with some euros one night.... smile.gif

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    • delcecchi
      starft you off.... https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=69066000 http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/data/lakemaps/b0537011.pdf Status of the Fishery Ely Lake is located approximately 2 miles SE of the city of Eveleth. This popular lake is highly developed with homes and cabins. There is a small seaplane base and two public swimming beaches also located there. Water clarity is good and large amounts of aquatic vegetation can be found throughout the lake. 

      There is a concrete planked boat ramp and dock located near the NE end of the lake off Cedar Island Drive (CR629) for public access. The parking space is somewhat limited near the ramp. Several private accesses are also present. 

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      Largemouth bass (92%) and smallmouth bass (8%) were sampled during the night electrofishing effort. The average largemouth sampled was 10.9 inches which is similar to the historic average of 10.6 inches. The biggest largemouth sampled was 18.5 inches. Approximately 33% of the largemouth sampled were 12 inches or larger. The average smallmouth sampled was 9.8 inches which is slightly larger than the historic average (8.4 inches). The largest smallmouth sampled was 16.8 inches long. Approximately 32% of the smallmouth sampled were 12 inches or larger. Largemouth bass were also sampled from the gill nets and trap nets in numbers above average. 

      Walleye numbers in 2017 (6.2/gill net) were similar to the historic average (6.1/gill net) on Ely Lake and slightly above average (5.0/gill net) when compared to other similar area lakes with walleye. The average walleye sampled was 15.5 inches and about 4 years old. Approximately 34% of the walleye sampled were 15 inches or larger up to a maximum of nearly 29 inches. Walleye fingerlings are currently being stocked during even-numbered years and in 2017 approximately 62% of the walleye aged came from years where stocking occurred. 

      Northern pike numbers in 2017 (1.1/gill net) were similar to the historic average (1.3/gill net) and below average (3.2/gill net) compared to other similar area lakes with pike. The average pike sampled was 26.8 inches which is similar to the historic average length of 26.3 inches. The largest pike sampled in 2017 was 35.2 inches long and sampled with a trap net. 
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