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Ely Area Eelpout
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05/17/2010
From Shafer
Posts: 83
Headed up to Ely to visit family any info on where to start looking for eelpout, thinking Birch or farm/ garden lakes. what dept should I start looking or areas of the lake. TIA

Posted on: 2/24 9:26:52
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Re: Ely Area Eelpout
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12/18/2012
From South Minneapolis
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How does everyone like to target pout? Do you prefer a live minnow set right off the bottom or a jig loaded up with cut minnows on the bottom?

Posted on: 2/24 9:50:21
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Re: Ely Area Eelpout
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I have zero experience with those lakes, but I'd suggest finding a shallow sandy/rocky flat next to deep water and fish the steep edge. Use any spoon that glows and load it up with some meat, one minnow ripped in half (tails work fine too) and a whole minnow. No need for shiners or anything fancy, fatheads are more than fine. Pound the bottom often and keep the spoon very close to the bottom. Eelpout will sniff and follow quite well. Often times the bites are real hard and fast, but more of them just grabbing the bait and holding it before swimming away. Its not uncommon for them to pick it up on the bottom either. Glowing and ample meat is the key.

Posted on: 2/24 9:59:10
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Re: Ely Area Eelpout
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Snowbank and burntside lakes both have good populations of eel pout.

Posted on: 2/24 12:14:36
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Re: Ely Area Eelpout
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05/17/2010
From Shafer
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Well did not find the crappies but found whitefish, caught a few and are getting ready for the smoker.
Eelpout were found on Burntside, they will be great in a fish boil this weekend.

Ice report saw lots of full size trucks out on the lakes. almost no snow on the lakes so sleds are not a good choice, wheelers and such will be fishing for a few more weeks up in there. Measure 20 to 23 inches of clear ice.

Posted on: 2/27 8:58:53
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