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Section 2 ECHO/Page 6 ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 Trout Whisperer- Fish and hold the cake A lady makes a flesh salad on a Saturday liking, suddenly picks upthe outdoor section of before five, solar noon was just after one, and dusk afternoon, the herbs are pungent, the greens looks the newspaper, starts to read it and forgets he was occurred a quarter hour past nine and I had to go crisp, the contents of the bowl simply delicious, shaving, to a college kids graduation. They served a lemon The guy in the front of the boat reminds me of that His opening salvo of boat thoughts today was cake with white frosting and it was speckled with same salad, only the three-day old version, as the how he never cared for Janis Joplin as a singer, raspberries. I wanted a second piece, but there greens are a bit wilted, once bright carrots shards thought maybe somebody gave her a bunch of were so many people I didn't dare take another now seem a tad dry, and the skin on the tiny once psychedelic drugs, and then they handed her a mi- piece of that cake. Went to bed last night wanting plump grape sized tomatoes have now, wrinkly crophone and told her to scream out of her mouth more of that cake and today, I still do. skin. whatever came to her mind. I have no idea how to follow his logic or reason- He's a thinker, sometimes his thinking is way I nod in quiet agreement. I find myself thinking, ing on this one, so to be polite I offer, why don't ahead of where he actually is, in that he can make he is sorta right on that one. we quit for the day, and on your way home you can his morning coffee, pour a Cup, set off to shave his A gull screams, it startles both of us and he stop by and see if they have any leftovers. He looks face with an electric razor and getting what looks snatches his fishing pole up, accidently hooking a at me and says, what are you nuts, nobody quits like today, a patch of his right jaw was cleanly very nice walleye. He live wells it and he says you fishing for cake. shaven, but then he sips his coffee, finds it to his know what yesterday, dawn was a few minutes--The trout whisperer Walleye - Right now is a great time to be a walleye angler here in the Ely area. Anglers are reporting that they are catching walleyes on jigs, spinner rigs, crank baits, lindy rigs and slip bobbers. Anglers fishing with most effective on walleyes. Night crawlers continue to work, but when the bite gets tough, slows or turns off, anglers that switch to leeches, continue to catch fish. Minnows are really starting to come back into play, but overall are not accounting for as many walleyes as leeches or crawlers. Anglers continue to find walleyes in 12-15 feet of water, but anglers are reporting that the biggest walleyes have been coming a little deeper in 18-23 feet of water. Anglers trolling crank baits are also reporting a excellent crank bait bite. These anglers are reporting that they are catching smaller walleyes in water 15 feet or less. Bigger walleyes are being caught in the 15-25 foot range. Anglers have also noted that they are seeing ciscos surfacing during calm evenings and catching walleyes out over deep water at the same time. Key colors continue to be blue, gold and white. Panfish - Crappie fishing has remained very consis- tent for many anglers fishing cabbage beds with jig and twisters or crappie minnows under a bobber. During the day anglers report catching only a few in the the fishing picks up as crappies move into the weedbed to feed. Big gills are also being caught in the same area as the crappies. Small crawlers, wax worms fished under a bobber has proved to be to hard for big bluegills to pass up. Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been excellent for many anglers this:last week. Interestingly anglers are reporting the best fishing for lake trout has been occurring during the early morning hours. Seems that as the sun gets up and warms the water, it cools down the lake trout fishing. Anglers are having luck with troll- ing spoons, fished with down riggers or fishing stick baits with at lease 3 colors of leadcore line out. Anglers should be looking for trout about 40-60 feet down, over deep water. Northern Pike - Pike fishing has remained very consistent this last week. Anglers looking for fast ac- tion are throwing buzzbaits over weedbeds and along shorelines. Another effective technique was fishing large flashy spoons below the surface, in the same areas. One group o~r ~,- +~,A that thesetechniques were so effective on one lake, that they just ended up staying on that lake for a entire week and caught hundreds of pike. Anglers fishing with young anglers have found that a simple large sucker, fished under a bobber in weeds, was equally effective on pike. Bass - Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good to excellent for many anglers. Topwater frogs fished over lily pads, thick weeds or pencil reeds continues to be very popular. Texas rigging large worms through weeds also continues to be very effective on largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are still being located along gradually sloping rocky shorelines and on top of shallow sunken islands. Spinnerbaits, in-line spinners, wacky rigging and tubes are still very effective on them right now. Leeches and minnows have also been very effective on smallies. via Crane Lake, Minn. 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CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers this past week and followed up on a boating complaint. He also checked bear-baiting activity and took several calls on trapping and bear-baiting regulations and AIS concerns. Velsvaag also patrolled several special regulation lakes. CO Mary Manning (Hovland) fol- lowed up on an illegal camping complaint, checked ATV riders, and checked bear-bait registrations and bait sites. CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training, attended court, worked on cases, answered questions about bear-baiting regulations, and checked anglers and boat- ers on station lakes. In one instance, two anglers who claimed they had licenses left after the check and purchased licenses 30 minutes later at a local bait shop. Enforce- ment action included several instances of fishing without a license and a couple instances of no PFDs. David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and ATV activity this past week. Time was spent working on equipment as well. Bear baiting started, and he spent time checking area baits. CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking anglers on inland lakes and Lake Superior. He monitored bear-bait activity and followed up on complaints. Wahlstrom also attended mandatory train- The Magazine of WiMerness Adventure! 20," K[APg #[PY/O[ Locally owned - serving Ely and the surrounding area. Open: Men-Fr! 8-5 1614 E. Harvey St. Ely (218) 366-5994 Y for the week ing in Brainerd. related equipment was very good, with CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked only a handful of encounters that required bear-baiting activity and investigated a enforcement action. Other violations en- report of nuisance wolf activity. Angling countered during the past week included activity slowed down on Lake Superior this transport of uncountable/unidentifiable past week partly due to strong winds and fish, failure to remove a boat plug from thunderstorm activity in the area. A report water-related equipment while in transport, of an abandoned vehicle on a state trail is overlimit of fish, and failure to have life- also being investigated, saving devices on board a watercraft. District 5 - Eveleth area CO John Slatinski (Ray) spent time CO Darrin Kittelson (InternationalFalls monitoring bear baiting activity. With #1) spent a busy week at Camp Ripley limited amounts of berries in the area, instructing sport fishing enforcement to conditions are favorable for people trying Academy 19. An AIS check station detail to lure bears to their baits. State forest was worked over the weekend at the U.S. campgrounds were patrolled with enforce- Customs Port of Entry in International ment action taken for various violations. Falls. Enforcement action for the week included transporting unidentifiable/un- countable fish, overlimits, and failure to drain water from a livewell. CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time working boating and angling enforcement on Rainy Lake with National Park rangers during the past week. Angling success varied throughout the lake, but most people seemed to catch enough for a meal or two. Time was also spent working Wild animal-related concerns were heard and brought to resolution. Division train- ing was attended and an aquatic invasive species check point was worked along with AIS inspectors at the International Falls Port of Entry. A multitude of violations were encountered including transporting aquatic macrophytes, failure to remove drain plugs, transporting fish not countable/ identifiable, and an overlimit of fish. CO Troy Fondle (Orr) reports moni- a detail at the U.S. Customs Port of Entry. toring area lakes for boating and angling Compliance regarding transport of water- activity. Area forest roads were checked for activity. Public access sites monitored and equipment work was completed. 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While looking for bear baits near a snowmobile trail, Frericks noticed fresh ATV tracks going directly past two signs prohibiting ATV traffic. Three ATV riders were eventually located and issued cita- tions for operating on a snowmobile trail. Frericks worked with other area COs at an AIS check stations in International Falls. Numerous violations were encountered and dealt with. CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring angling and ATV activity. Angling success continues to be limited. Broughten fielded calls regarding bear baiting and bear hunting. He also attended training in Baxter. '~.~OUNDARY WATERS jour aL 9396 Rocky Ledge Road, Ely. Mn 55731 Every Quarterly issue features super in-depth articles by area experts on how, when and where to fLsh the BWCAWtQuetico, All the savvy advice you need on tackle, tactics and specific lakes to experience the ultimate in canoe country wilderness angling.