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Making our first trip to the Ely area to Garden and Farm lakes the second week of August. Looking for some help on lures to use and areas to fish. Mainly smallmouth with some walleye and pike.

I've heard that Garden holds LMB also, any truth to that?

Is it worth buying the permit to get into South Farm?

Sorry for all the questions but appreciate any help.

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welcome to FM. Are you staying at Timbertrail Lodge???

We catch most of our Eyes there on slip bobbers/leeches, and trolling shad raps. Fish the reef area. At night get out there with lighted bobbers in 6-12 ft. During the day fish the deeper water around the reef using slip bobbers and trolling shad raps in water anywhere from 8-25 ft.

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We rented a house on Garden Lake.

I'm not sure what reef you are referring to, can you be more specific. I believe I located a reef on Farm and also one on Garden using a limited lake map.

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The reef in Farm is north of the island that is on the east side of the main basin of the lake. We tend to fish the edges with lindy rigs and leeches. I recommend also trying White Iron, it holds a lot of nice fish and I tend to do better in White Iron than Farm. Try and reefs or points you find in White Iron. When will you be there, I will be there the 8th - 17th.

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You are correct!!!!! If you troll shad raps some of the colors we use are: perch, clown, firetiger, gold/black.

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Thanks for the help! You can just boat through to White Iron from Farm? I did not realize the access was that easy.

We will be there Aug 8-15.

It seems that bass might be a dirty word up there in God's country. Is it a case of most locals not fishing for bass, or is it that the effort to catch them is much less than walleye.

Any info on catching big pike?

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Yes, all you do is go under a bridge at Silver Rapids and you are into White Iron.

The bass fishing on the lakes is excellent and I think plenty of people do fish for them, unfortunately I do not so I won't be much help in the department.

As for big pike, other than in May, I have had trouble finding many pike. The water is stained in color so weeds do not grow very deep, therefore there is not a whole lot of good weed beds to fish in the lakes (I am not too familiar with Garden so I can't speak for that lake). Try Rice Bay in Farm Lake (the bay on the far northeast corner of the lake). I will be in a silver and red Lund Tyee. Stop and say high if you see me.

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Troll shad raps in 10-14 ft of water if you want Pike. We've caught some down by the boat launch. And some right in front of TimberTrail. Troll the reef also, I've caught some there in 7-12 ft. If you get a calm sunny day. Gop out there and throw artificials in 5-9 ft of water. I've seen them out there sunning themselves mid day on the reef.

Alot of people do fish smallies. People fish the top of the reef in farm in the early am. I have caught some nice ones right at mid day doing this throwing slip bobbers & leeches in 7 ft of water. I have two nice Smallies from farm. One 21" and one 22 1/2". The biggest one was caught trolling Shad raps in 12 ft of water on the reef. Perch color

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We will be there Aug 8-15.

Guess that'll make 3 FMer's out there the weekend of the 14-16th. Blue 16 ft Lund with 50 hp yamaha. Fore and aft MinnKota's.

I think the secret word for a greeting should be "Beer?". smile

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Thanks for the info rodmaker. It nice to know that people are willing to give info on "their" spot to others.

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Not a problem. Our family has been going up there for 10 years. Not going to make it this Summer. Maybe a long weekend this Fall.

Post your results. Any more questions let me know. grin

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Beer sounds good!

Tracy, we will be up there all week so stop over when you get there and I can let you know how the fishing has been. I am not sure if we are heading home on Saturday or Sunday, but we will defintely be there Friday night yet.

Hopefully we won't have to dodge any snowmobiles this time shocked

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Yeah, that looked crazy!

I sent your email to my work computer to show the guys. Like you said, cool to see once but after that, pretty annoying.

See ya then!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Make that 4. I'm heading up to Farm lake (Timber Trail) on Saturday for the week (Aug 8th - 15th). Rodmaker gave me some good advice last year and we did pretty good. Looking forward to fun week. Sounds like it's been a little chilly up there.

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Glad to help. Let me know how you did. If you check e-mails during vac. Troll cranks on the reef!!!!!

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I am curious as well. I didn't have the chance to go check the code word out with anybody in the hour and a half I put in on Farm.

For us it was a mad dash just before dark on Friday night and didn't do anything.

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I wasn't staying at Timber Trail but I was up there the whole week. Fishing was really slow the first part of the week but picked up on Wednesday for the rest of the week. We made the mistake of making a tee time for Wednesday morning at 9:30 because we weren't catching much but I managed to find the fish at 8 am and put 5 in the livewell by 8:20 before I had to run in to catch our tee time. I was trying to get the last one to go in with my limit, but 5 keepers in 20 minutes wasn't bad! We didn't catch anything big but managed to relaease a 20", 2 - 21", and a 22".

We went to Basswood on Thursday and brought back our limit of walleyes. Also managed to boat a fat 20" smallie that weighed almost 5 lbs, that was fun!!

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Nice job Nate. smile

I was going to swing by Saturday but saw you pulled the cover over the boat. Figured you were buggin out.

We didn't get to really fish much for the three days we were there. A little here and little there.

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Yeah, we headed out around 9:30 Saturday morning, so we were probaly gone already when you were going to stop by. I dind't fish a ton either, with my son now it is hard to get out as much. I managed to fish every morning from 6 - 9 or so and then usually didn't go out again until 7 - dark. Still a fun trip though, I can't wait till my son is older and can come with!!!

We caught most of the fish on the reefs in White Iron. All the fish were on leeches. We also found some fish on a couple of shorelines and we did catch a couple on the reefs in Farm.

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We are heading up to Garden lake the week of Sep 12th...been keeping an eye on this thread. Hope that the fishing is great!

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Fishing has remained frustrating. You can get some fish if you put in the time, but you have to work for them.

September 12th might put you there during some nice fall color.

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I doubt the walleye bite will be the same for you but for what's its worth... The Chain was very consistent this past weekend. Found walleyes schooled up in 18-26 FOW. Mainly 14-18 inchers with a couple of slot fish - no monsters. Crawlers outfished leeches 3 to 1. Pink (go figure)hooks outfished green, red and orange. When you're up in mid-September my guess - it'll be minnows in deeper water say 20-30 feet. Good luck, keep moving, and keep only what you need and CPR the remainder.

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
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    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
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