Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Connect, BE BRAVE - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

       
       "Post Your Thoughts" - Leave YOUR mark, make each place you visit "a little better"! Post please......

      Join the Minnesota Fishing Report Club, where only club members see what is shared. Just 99 cents to join. Click here please.

      Because you want others to share great outdoor information with you!!!! Share what you 'love about your area'.

      EMOJI those posts you 'appreciate, please.'

      Have Fun!!!

thedeadsea

Ely - Babbitt Fishing Reports - Lake Conditions Too.

Recommended Posts

thedeadsea

Glad to hear the east end has some good ice, but dont assume that the whole lake does. I was just out in the central part of the lake and some areas still only have 3" of ice. And that was areas with no current and some of the first spots to freeze.

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
life=outdoors92

i am gonna be up there this weekend for some fishin and hunting, so i was just wondering if they are bitin anywhere round the lake

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Outfitter17

Can anybody give me an update on the ice depth on Lake Shagawa in Ely?

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Outfitter17

Can someone tell me the ice depth on Lake Shagawa in Ely?

Thanks,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

I got a report from two guys that were out last Saturday (December 12th) that the ice was 4" - 5" thick on Shagawa. From Saturday to yesterday (Wednesday) the temps have been well below zero. It has "warmed" up some but is still below the freezing mark (16 degrees right now).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

Ice thickness on Shag is now ranging from 8 to nearly 12 inches, with only an inch or so of snow on the ice. With highs in the teens and lows around zero, we aren't making ice as fast as we were earlier this week, but it's still building up 24/7 with so little snow on it. And no snow expected in the near forecast. Shaping up to be a great ice year up here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jonesen

anybody driving across the lake yet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

I haven't seen any tire tracks, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

Totally different lake, but my wife drove by Lax Lake (between Finland and Silver Bay) yesterday and there were trucks on the ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jonesen

Hows the walleye fishing in Shagawa this time of year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Silver Scale

Good I bet. Some people don't eat them due to what used to run into the lake in stinky ditch.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

It's good. Just got back from a couple hours tip-up fishing on Shag. Ended up with four from 13-19 inches. Had a solid foot of ice where I was, with a few permanent shacks on the ice. I reckon the shacks will be flying out onto this ice this weekend, but meanwhile it was nice to have a spot all to myself. smilesmile

Shag walleyes taste at least as good as Vermilion walleyes. wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

I do believe for a period of time the walleyes were referred to as Shagawa *substitute synonym for feces here* sharks for similar reasons Stinky Ditch got its name laughlaugh

May not have influenced the flavor but ... grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

Fish don't taste like what they eat. They taste like what they are. And walleyes, as you'd expect from a Norwegian fish, are as bland as lefse. No matter which roller you use to flatten the lefse. winkwink

I know the Irish know bland Norwegian food, because of the Irish know a lot about potatoes, which are buhLAND by definition. And, uh, it's called potato lefse for a reason! grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

Wait now... fish eat fish, and fish taste like fish... so one could argue they taste like what they eat grinwink

I did say it may not influence the flavor. It is more so the idea of eating something that may have ingested a deuce somebody dropped in Ely laugh. There is a reason I don't eat vegetables out of some people's gardens wink

Bland is good... keeps the food from overpowering the taste of the whiskey laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Stizo

I agree overall fish taste is affected by their environment. I once had a bite of a sauger caught out of the Illinois River that tasted like 90w gear lube...Pennzoil to be exact! Don't ask me how I know what that tastes like, it's a long story.

An old fisherman once told me, If girls didn't swim, fish would smell and taste just like water grin I guess with your short and sometimes non exisent summers up there,bland walleye taste would then make sense laugh

Just havin a little fun.

Merry Christmas and a better new year to all.

Stizo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Casey Sunsdahl

wow grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ponzie

Does that big hotel rent fish houses? wouldn't mind trying for some of those elusive walleyes over there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tominator692

An old fisherman once told me, If girls didn't swim, fish would smell and taste just like water grin I guess with your short and sometimes non exisent summers up there,bland walleye taste would then make sense laugh

Just havin a little fun.

Merry Christmas and a better new year to all.

Stizo

Now that's some funny stuff!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
A1000HOOK

Is there slush on Burntside, and is there any roads plowed from

the access on the south shore?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

There is no slush on any of the lakes I've been on or heard about. Just a little touch of shallow slush in one small area on Vermilion a week and a half ago, and that was locked up tight next time I went through. I haven't checked if there's a road off Van Vac, but if there is, it isn't necessary. There's only about six inches of snow on the ice. I haven't gotten out to check on the ice like I thought I would yesterday or today. I'd be very surprised if there's less than 14-16 inches. We have so little snow to insulate it, and we've had some serious cold snaps since freezeup (which was about a month ago).

I'm planning on getting out there in the a.m. and will post a report on this thread. Great Outdoors might already have an ice thickness report to post. Not sure if he'd been testing the ice yet on Bside.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

Maki should have a report... hasn't he been out in his little Ely-Pope-mobile?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

I'm sure he knows the ice thickness. With a Popemobile like that, all he's missing is a tall hat. Shouldn't even have to drill a hole. He can just ask God for a report. gringringrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

I drilled several holes out in the middle of Van Vac Bay this morning. I had 16 inches of solid, clear, hard ice in each one. Van Vac is one of the last two big portions of Burntside to freeze over, so there will be some parts of the lake with more ice than that.

There isn't even six inches of snow on the ice. My mid-size SUV sank in one or two inches. A stupid Impala will get you anywhere you want to go. Hardest part about getting around on Bside with a 2-wheel drive car or truck will be climbing the steep access road on the way out. I can't speak for conditions on the western end. I know that froze over well before Van Vac did.

There are a couple plowed roads, but the road berms are only 6 inches deep, so there's really no need for a road at all. Trucks have been driving all over, and there were a couple trucks on the ice this morning.

That being said, no ice is safe, so please everyone take care out there.

Also was fun to drill my first holes with the new IceGator with the Nils 8-inch drill mounted. SuhWEEEET! Quiet, fast, no fumes, no gas to haul around, no loud racket slamming your ears. Love it! We'll just have to see how many holes I can get out of one charge. They say 100 holes through 10 inches and 40 holes through 28 inches.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BigCohoe1

thanks for the report Steve. going up tomorrow night and starting early Friday morning. Pete Zebich grin and I will hit it hard. Should have a report Monday for everyone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Great Outdoors

Stevo,

Would that be GOD as in Great-Out-Doors?? gringringrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Great Outdoors

caseymcq

Just wait until you see the Pope Mobile with the 5x9 1/2 lock and ride insulated fish house that folds out of the back with one smooth motion laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

Has there been any traffic headed west from Van Vac?

Has anybody been out from the Wolf Lake Road Landing?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Foss

Has there been any traffic headed west from Van Vac?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Great Outdoors

Has there been any traffic headed west from Van Vac?

Has anybody been out from the Wolf Lake Road Landing?

Yes, yes smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • Eyesniper
      By Eyesniper
      Anyone know for 100% positive who has shiners in the west metro area? Apparently there is a large shortage of them again this year and I prefer them for set lining cats. 
    • Dave S
      By Dave S
      Might be heading up to Borden Lake this weekend. That is, if the ice and travel conditions are good. Is atv travel possible or hasn't there been much traffic on the lake?
    • Jason Johnston
      By Jason Johnston
      We are new to Minnesota fishing, I've read you can have 3 hooks within 9" on a tip up.  Can you have a minnow on each hook?  Or only allowed one bait, for example, a 9" smelt with all the hooks attached?  Kind of a man made lure.
    • Bucketcastle
      By Bucketcastle
      This will be my second year going.  All fish need to be released alive.  Its pretty deep water.  Has barotrauma popped up at all with fish being released at the contest?

    • Wheezy Outdoors
      By Wheezy Outdoors
      Variable conditions seems to be the trend this season. This past weekend we had yet another snow storm which dumped approximately 10-12 inches in the Remer, Longville, Outing, and Walker area. Travel has been best still with sleds or track machines. Colder temps the past few weeks have firmed things up on some bodies of water which were once heavy laden with slush, however there are still several lakes that unfortunately we would not advise to travel on until things improve, and with the "January thaw" approaching that might be a while. If you are planning on traveling to the area, call the area resorts or bait shops to get current conditions prior.
      This past weekend was the Winter Inland Trout Opener. Stories of success were across the board. As some people had great success, others struggled. We ourselves definitely had noticed more lookers than takers on the Vexilar, but managed to get a few topside. Fighting the cold front that hit mid Saturday morning, being on the right body of water, and having the right presentation all factored in.
      Lake Trout: Lakers are hitting tipped tubes and spoons in 35'-70' of water. Look to the inside turns, points, and shelves. And the best advice I can give any fisherman targeting trout is STAY MOBILE. Keep moving until you get one on the graph, never spending more than 5-10 minutes in an inactive hole. And not only should you stay on the move, but keep that lure moving consistently, working the entire water column.

      Stream Trout: Try searching around 4'-9' of water on the stocked trout lakes. Small spoons like the Clam Speed Spoon tipped with a Maki Plastic or waxie have produced the best.

      Panfish: Hit the shallow weedlines for those big Gills, and drill out over the deep basins in 22'-35' feet of water to catch the Crappies. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies have worked well. Again, the key to success is staying mobile.

      Walleye: Still can be found on the shoreline points anywhere from 11'-26' feet of water and on the sunken humps. Jigging using spoons tipped with a minnow head have been best when they have been aggressive. If your noticing them coming in yet seemingly shy of the jig, slow down your movement, and try a simpler presentation. Toss down a set-line with a plain hook tipped with a medium Shiner or small Sucker Minnow.

      Alice Wiese
      Wheezy Outdoors
      218-275-7525
      [email protected]

    • Randy  Kato
      By Randy Kato
      Hi there was just wondering If there is plans for a Cool cats get together this year Thanks Randy
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      Anyone brave the snow and get out for the trout opener? Based on reports and pictures I seen, if you didn’t have a snowmobile, you weren’t getting anywhere away from the gunflint trail. 
       
      Every time I see it snow in Grand Marais, I cringe. I’m planning on going up there in late March. It’s shaping up to be nothing but slush, slush, and more slush! 😖
    • Eyesniper
      By Eyesniper
      Has anyone been out to big swan recently? Curious how the ice is and if there are spots to avoid as I’ve not fished this lake before. Looking to target cats as my other lakes have been lacking this year. Don’t need other people’s spots just ice conditions. Would like to bring out my 3/4 ton and 17’ IC if possible. 
    • knoppers
      By knoppers
      2020 Current Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      thought I should start this topic up for the up coming ice season. with the recent warm weather, it may be a another week or more for safe ice travel. please be safe out there.
    • Joe
      By Joe
      2020 Brainerd-Aitkin-McGregor Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      Lot of nice fishing reports and lake information follow..
       
      The top Brainerd area fishing guides are posting in this report as well.
       
      Have fun and feel free to ask questions.
       
       
       
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • SkunkedAgain
      PJ Fleck was an undersized, over-achiever with a big motor. I think that he looks for the guys with the same qualities because they can relate.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Yup, it looks like my ATV is staying home until later this winter when everything settles down and I can get it back across the ice! Thanks for the reports everyone. You're making me wish for better lake access (and a snowmobile!).   Stay safe
    • MattJ
    • Hoey
      There also should be local leagues or groups to join up with.
    • iiccee63
      I forgot to post my ice report from last Sunday for Linwood lake. There was 15" everywhere I drilled. Trucks beginning to drive finally including my F150. Happy fishing!
    • Hoey
      From what I know, the State Trail crosses past the Arnesen area SW over past 12 Mile Reef near the Manitoba border, then NW up toward the Angle, then East toward Garden, then north up into the Angle waters.  It is somewhat of an out of the way route and like Leech indicated, about tracked SxS on that trail.  Going cross county is possible using the Arnesen trackvan trail up 16 Mile Reef, then x-cross country to the NE.  Another possible route is to cross the border at Warroad by driving a car/truck up there.
    • Hoey
      Five of us fished Fri and only three on Saturday due to the weather.  It was another tough breezy couple of days.  SE wind on Fri and NW on Saturday.  Our bite was slow, however I did carry the group on Fri.  They contributed 4 of these fish.  My bucket was full.  The others fished close by, less than 20 yards away in all directions.  Fish for dinner!!!   Saturday was a different story for me.  I was skunked and not keeping eyes under 15 nor sauger under 14.  My two guests that day ended up with 6 or so.   
    • Mike89
      contact bait shops and local sportsman groups...
    • Hookmaster
      Thanks for the feedback so far. I didn't know about the continuous draw on the Vantage. I'm going to the boat show this weekend and will talk to the MinnKota staff about that. I plan on fishing big water as I do now but am smart about avoiding big waves. My current boat is a1999 Lund 1700 Angler SS. It has served me well and the new boat will allow me to handle bigger waves with the same level of security. Keep the feedback coming
    • PRO-V
      It ain't pretty. Not seeing anyone on the lakes. Snow on my roof was almost hip deep so I shoveled it off. Finished it off with a swan dive (unintended) face down. So deep I could hardly walk out of the back yard.
×
×
  • Create New...