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Doing a trip to Wolf in Mid-February.Has anyone fished this lake summer or winter?Not looking for spots just general info.Can we use a wheeler or is the snow too deep?Going after Norskys,Eyes and or panfish.This lake is 8 miles west of Ely.Wondering about the best Bait shop(s)in the area way up to get info for wolf and or possibly Burntside.Thanks......c63

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I hope you get some good info on Wolf. I've never fished it (no lake trout laugh ) and don't know anyone who has. No doubt some guys do, and maybe a couple of them will chime in.

Are you looking for bait on the way, or are you coming into Ely to buy bait? If you're coming up 53/169 and are not coming into Ely, you'll want to get bait at Vermilion Fuel and Food in Tower.

If you're coming into Ely, Babe's is the first bait store. It's on your left just as you enter town. Russ and Linda know their stuff. If it's not open, here are the other bait stores in order of closest to farthest. Blomberg's C store (open long hours), Great Outdoors (not open long hours), Lucky Seven C store (open long hours).

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Wolf Lake is not a good choice for winter fishing, better bet is hitting Burntsida for Lakers.

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With all the choices around that area Wolf would not be any of my lists. For big Pike I would hit Shag or Little Long. For pannies it is about limitless. Same goes for walleyes. When I say I went to college in ely I reslly just fished and hunted. If I were you I would hit up Great outdoors and I know he can put you on a lake much better then wolf lake.

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Probably stop in Tower and say hi!(My brother taught there for many years)and was told by a friend that Great outdoors was a good place to stop.Thanks for all the replies will post about fishing after the trip!c63

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    • travis_td
      Hi there, I am making sure that this is the location that folks will be posting updates for Ice Fishing on Lake Vermilion this winter (2022).  I think so but want to make sure as I plan on trying to get out next weekend, December 8-11.
    • smurfy
      thanks wanderer.......even reports from lakes like leech gives me a pretty good idea of what the lakes i want to fish will be like. lot of past experience helps, and no doubt wheelers will be used soon.    we had a retiree.holiday union party last night. buddy said that his kid was on little Winnie with about 5 inches of ice and there moving all around the lake!!
    • Wanderer
      Leech lake has been 100% capped for about a week, I think.  Before you say that’s not a small, underfished lake, it’s just an example that you could prolly drive wheelers on your kind of lakes by now. 😉   I’ve been seeing a lot of 5-7 inch reports going into the weekend.  Sadly I haven’t cut a hole yet.  Still working on repairs and updates on our houses.
    • leech~~
      Here's some throw back for yea. Lets your candy azzz E-cutter battery do this!  🤣    
    • Tom Sawyer
      Oh I didn't say I don't own several versions of Teslas, just that until this hell frozen over state changes I'll always find a use for the ice diggin' anchor. Will be a great post hole digger in it's next life use too
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      Yep no puzzy Tesla auger for me until they pry it from my dead hands!  😆
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      Still waiting for global warming to ditch my Lazer Mag, always in the truck for thick, virgin ice.    Don't know if it's possible, or advisable, but thought I would throw a 8" K drill bit on it to lighten it up. Should be an adapter for such a conversion. Careful what you wish for, probably rip my arm off with a shredding combo like that 😂    
    • rundrave
      Leech I still have my old jiffy gas auger mainly for sentimental reasons. I haven’t used it for 3 years now. The only time I start it up is in the garage just to hear that pop pop pop sound lol   I will never go back and have no regrets going electric. Huge weight saver and with an extension will go through any thickness of ice. Starts first pull every time lol    we were fishing 2 weeks ago Swiss cheesing a slough here in SD on 4” of ice when someone else tried to fire up their gas auger and my buddies and I looked at each other almost in disbelief that someone was still using a gas auger.   pros and cons for sure but I think electric has more pros than cons with advancements lately     
    • smurfy
      any ice thickness reports..........especially on smaller not heavily fished lakes???????   chances are i wont be up till after christmas anyway, but............
    • leech~~
      Let me know when you go again.  I'll being my crossbow and take out the Deer when you kick them up!  😁
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