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Opening Weekend in Ely

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My dad and I finaly thru in the towel on Mille Lacs. So we are looking for a new place for opening weekend. I have been to Ely 5-6 times in my life and I love to fish up there. We are looking for a resort to stay at either on Shagawa or the White iron, farm lake chain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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BigPointBlake....My honest suggestion would be to stay on Moose lake 22 miles East of Ely at Canoe Country Outfitters Campground and Cabins. From there you can reserve a permit which I would recommend doing soon for opening weekend on Basswood lake. If you have never been there than a guide would be the way to go! Guide fees are $125 bucks for two people for the day and it would be an experience of a lifetime. Almost guaranteed exellent fishing.

Try a web search for Canoe Country Outfitters


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BigPointBlank....if you are interested in fishing the White Iron Chain of lakes I can help you out. We have a "Spring Special" that can be found at(timber trail.com). You sound like you are familiar with the chain so I will not offer information on the chain. Our guide is excellent, and available for guided trips or information. We can also arrange for trips to Basswood. In the spring we like the the Fall Lake entry point and have portage boats with wheels available. Permits through Fall Lake are also easier to obtain. Rick at Fishing Minnesota has been good to us, so I would be generous to any members of this web site.

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BigPointBlake - I fish shagawa for the last seven years and I always have great success. Let's see just in the past three years I have caught a 9lb, a 7 1/4lb, and a 6lb walleye. not to mention the 17 inch crappie(very rare) and the 5 1/2lb small mouth. Last year was great, lot's of small one but enough keepers to keep three guys feed for the week and still take home some for the freezer. I think one evening we caught over 50 fish in 3 hours. If you go to shagawa bring jumbo leechs from the metro area if you live there. Ely only have very tiny leeches that time of the year. By the way I always go the first week in June. If you decide to go to shagawa let me know and I will give you some resort info. One nice thing is that you are only about 2 miles from town(which has everything a fisherman can need - a bar, and a Liquor store hehe) cool.gif

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In order to stay in within the spirit of which this forum was intended I edited this post.

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