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Violet among the Birch, Photo by Erik
W. L. Anderson
June 10th-11th, 2005
Ely Wildflower Report by
Erik and Kimberly Anderson
We enjoyed a weekend stay
on the Farm Lake at Timber
Trail Lodge, just a few
miles from Ely
off the Kawishiwi Trail.
Farm Lake (BWCA Entry Point
31) is part of a chain of four
lakes including Farm, South
Farm, Garden and White Iron
Lakes. Our stay was a
rainy stay, but we still found
breaks in the rain to give a
try at Timber Trail's free
paddleboat for guests and
enjoy their small beach.
I took a long journey along an
abandoned road across the
Kawishiwi from Timber Trail
and traveled back through the
woods several bogs. The
overcast skies and misting
rain brought out the deep
colors of the flowers and gave
a dew touched look. My
favorite of the trip was the
Blue Bead Lilies that were so
Bead Lily (Clintonia)
Purple & White
here for the most recent report!
Ely Fishing Report, Voyageur
North, June 5th
It has been raining quite a bit around here and that means water
levels are even higher than they were on fishing opener weekend. This
has made some of the canoe routes a bit easier on rivers & streams.
But it meant it was harder to fish. Until last week that is! We all knew
the fishing was going to pick up sometime and last week was that time.
The weather finally started cooperating and the 12 lb 10 oz walleye
caught last week was proof of that!
Brad Knope of Shawano WI was using a leech and a jig and found this
monster in Little Long Lake.
The next big walleye was caught by Richard Lasch of South Bend IN and
he hooked into a 9 lb 10 oz walleye from the Burntside Lake area. Rich
was using a chub minnow.
Ely's local lake, Shagawa, produced a nice 6 lb 6 oz walleye for
Keith Appleberry. Keith is from the Ely area.
Another 6 lb walleye was caught by Dale Woodard of Deer River. Dale
used a rainbow chub for his trophy.
Northern pike have been hungry for minnows according to the fishermen
who registered them last week.
The top pike of the week was a 19 lb 8 oz, 44 inches long caught by
PJ White of Aurora IL and he found this one in Burntside Lake.
Close behind was a 19 lb 2 oz pike found in Birch Lake by Bill James
of Hill City MN. Bill caught this one on a crappie minnow. And Bill was
fishing for crappie, 4 lb test with an ultra light rod! Our hats off to
Bill and the skill it must have taken to get this lunker into his boat
with that weight gear!
Cory Lundeen from Harris MN was fishing with a pink plastic worm when
a 16 lb pike hit his line. His fish came out of Vermilion Lake.
Smallies are hitting hard right now. Paul Spirake of Cicero IL found
this out when he caught a 5 lb 10 oz bass right in back of Ely, in
Shagawa Lake. Paul was using a jig & minnow.
Pat Neurer of Ely was also using a minnow, a rainbow chub, when he
caught a 2 lb 5 oz bass also from Shagawa Lake.
The Marcotte family from Tinley Park, IL was up on Pipestone Lake
this week and were catching some monster smallies there. None were
brought in but they had a DeLiar scale and one hit the scale at 8 lbs
and another right around 7 pounds! Most of the other smallies were in
the two to four pound range.
Be sure to stop back
throughout the Spring and
Summer to see our weekly
wildflower reports from
Lorraine Anderson of Grand