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Babe's Bait & Tackle

Ely, Updated 3/23/14     218-365-6930

Lake conditions have improved considerably and the favorable conditions continue to improve due to the thaw/freeze cycles. This has resulted in more fishermen out on the hard water. The activity has been rewarding for the most part, as anglers are now putting more fish on the ice.

Lake trout are still the most rewarding by sheer weight as several have been captured on Burntside Lake in the six to ten pound range. Ciscoes fished right on the bottom has been just one productive method, as some folks are hole hopping and actively jigging both soft tubes and spoons tipped with either a minnow or strip of belly meat. The trout are beginning to run shallower now and it's best to target them in thirty to forty-five feet of water.

Crappes and sunnies are starting to bunch up. Some limits of twelve plus inch crappies are being had on Fall and Low Lakes. Small soft bait/jig combos and minnows under a bobber are prime methods for success. The crappies are holding in the twenty foot depth range and the sunnies are a bit shallower at eight to ten feet.

-Captain Russ

Ace Guide Service on Lake Vermilion

Tower, Updated 9/10/13     1-888-223-0588

Hello everybody,

The Walleye action has been much better the last two weeks. Main lake reefs and rock piles have been the prime locations. Some days they are up on top and other days they will be on the deeper edges. It is just a matter of finding the active fish. I have been catching them on lindys and jigs the last week or so. Crawlers have been the most effective, however minnows on a jig have also caught a lot of my fish.

There has also been a decent trolling bite at times, it hasn't been as consistent as the live bait action, however the size of the fish has been much larger pulling crankbaits over the deep mainlake flats and around large mainlake rock structures. Lead core or down riggers are the way to go however you can do very well just long lining if you don't have the other equipment. Watch for suspended baitfish as that will typically mean suspended Walleyes are near by.

The Muskie action has been good, but not spectacular. Topwaters, bucktails and Glittertails, have been my most productive presentations. Mainlake islands and saddles have been very consistent. The deeper cabbage and the outside weed lines have been good as well. I have seen a lot of nice fish out on the large rockpiles in Big bay in the evening and just after dark.

Water temps should start to fall in the next week or two. Once the mainlake temps fall back into the low to mid 60's, the action should pick up. We have the full moon and the fall equinox coming up in the same week, I think that will make for a very interesting week of fishing.

Have a great week everybody, please remember to put some back, the future of Lake Vermilion depends on it.

"Ace" <*)))><

Terry "Ace" Sjoberg.
Ace guide service.
Beautiful Lake Vermilion

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