Outdoors

Mon
28
Jun

Birdshot and backlashes

The engineers are busy Those furry, big-toothed, dam builders that live along the shorelines. One thing the wet spring produced was a lot of extra work for beavers. <BR><BR>There must be something in their genes which does not let them allow water to run off anywhere. If it is a stream, they have to dam it. If it is a lake, they look for the outlet to plug. Among other activities, they like to jam culverts going beneath roadways, an enterprise which brings them into conflict with people.<BR><BR>Not far from where we live, several beavers have dammed tiny streams going under the Fernberg Road. Lake County road folk are forever at war with the beavers, unplugging culverts, removing dams and beaver houses and otherwise making the rodents unhappy. But the beavers keep coming back.

Mon
28
Jun

Hook and bullet club

The middle of June is not exactly prime time to be out scouting for your buck, but a new wave of technology has made it much more interesting.<BR><BR>Trail cameras have been around for some time now but with the introduction of digital cameras, a whole new world has come into focus.<BR><BR>Troy, a friend of mine from college, works for a company that has just brought a digital trail camera to market. Troy’s job has included bringing home several demo models to try them out.<BR><BR>The results have been impressive. Via e-mail I get photos taken as recently as the day before. That’s the big difference between the old film camera and the digital models, instant results.<BR><BR>Plus, digital cameras allow you to take many photos and delete the ones you don’t want, keeping only those that pique your interest.

Mon
28
Jun

Fishing harder in windy weather

The weather continues to be a factor affecting fishing in the Ely area. This time it’s the wind that blew boats all over the lake and fish into the shorelines and/or deeper water. <BR><BR>Top walleye of the week was a 7 lb. 2 oz. Basswood beauty caught by Dick Brush of Green City, OH on a leech and checked in at Packsack Canoe Trips and Log Cabins.<BR><BR>Basswood was also the spot for Doug Booth of Lucasville, OH, with a 6 lb. 10 oz. walleye, also caught on a leech and weighed at Packsack Canoe Trips and Log Cabins.<BR><BR>And the third largest walleye came from …you guessed it, Basswood Lake as Doug Padgett came over from Tower and used a minnow to catch a 6 lb. 6 oz.

Sun
20
Jun

Birdshot & backlashes

Good guides are busy people. Fisherfolk come up here from all over the country full of optimism after reading newspaper and magazine articles about the fabulous Ely area angling. And sometimes can’t find a fish.<BR><BR>What to do? Hire a guide.<BR><BR>How to do that? Guide services can be obtained through resorts and outfitters which advertise in the North Country Angler. Some are also listed at the Chamber of Commerce. Professional guides are darn good at what they do.<BR><BR>The father-son team of Steve and Chris Kleist are two of these. We had reason to use the services of Steve last week when we had visitors from Potomac, Maryland, Carl and Rosemary Bleschshmidt, my wife Edith’s brother-in-law and sister. They had one day to go fishing and we didn’t have permits or anything much else.

Sun
20
Jun

Hook and bullet club: Riding ATV trails

Getting out to ride ATVs is usually something we wait until the fall season to do. But an invitation to ride on a Saturday afternoon with some friends was too good to pass up.<BR><BR>We ended up with four wheelers going on a ride along old railroad grades and deer hunting trails. It was a blast.<BR><BR>Heading into the woods during a summer day is usually an invitation to be eaten alive by every bug within a 10-mile radius. But thanks to the presence of swarms of dragonflies, it wasn’t that bad. <BR><BR>We brought along a cooler and a chainsaw and both came in handy on the hot afternoon.

Sun
20
Jun

Cool water temps affect fish

The water is still cold but the fishing is heating up in Ely area lakes.<BR><BR>Water temperatures have been reported as low as 61 degrees, nearly 10 degrees colder than the temps we had last year at this time. Ely scuba divers report water temps of 46 degrees at 60 feet down in Burntside Lake.<BR><BR>Monster walleyes continue to pound nearly everything thrown at them, from live bait to artificial lures.<BR><BR>The top walleye weighed in at 11 lb. 3 oz. and was caught in Lake Vermilion by Tom Poderzay of Soudan and registered at Vermilion Fuel and Food. <BR><BR>Son Donny Poderzay followed in dad’s footsteps, landing a 10 lb. 8 oz. walleye in Vermilion and registered the fish at Vermilion Fuel and Food.<BR><BR>Carol Kelley of Ely used a Rapala to land a 9 lb. 4 oz. walleye in Eagles Nest #1, weighing the fish in at Skube’s Bait and Tackle.<BR><BR>Right behind with an 8 lb. 9 oz.

Sun
13
Jun

Angler fish contest entries for the week

This Week’s Entries<BR><BR>Wght Lake Angler’s Name Registry<BR><BR>NORTHERN PIKE<BR><BR>11-14 Shagawa Marge Reinke, Phillips, WI Voyageur North Outfitters<BR><BR>9-8 Basswood Frank Paoletti, Gurnee, IL Packsack Canoe Trips & Cabins<BR><BR>7-8 Fall Bill Fester, Melrose Park, IL Voayageur North Outfitters<BR><BR>6-0 Fenske Nina Haavorsen, Ely Spirit of the Wilderness<BR><BR>3-8 Fall Amanda Sparks, Pleasant Plains, IL Packsack Canoe Trips & Cabins<BR><BR>2-7 Eagles Nest Kory Saver, Kelsey, MN Vermilion Fuel & Food<BR><BR>WALLEYE<BR><BR>10-8 Little Long Kendal Glasmer, DesMoines, IA 32" Skube’s Bait & Tackle<BR><BR>10-8 Basswood Ryan Becker, Ossian, IA 30" Packsack Canoe Trips & Cabins<BR><BR>7-10 White Iron Parker Scipioni, Hibbing, MN Skube’s Bait & Tackle<BR><BR>6-5 Eagles Nest Ron Saver, Inver Gr

Sun
13
Jun

Birdshot and backlashes: Remembering old cane poles

Ely’s walleye pro, Jim Orcutt, competed at the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) contest a week ago at Cass Lake near Bemidji. There were 120 professional anglers in the tournament plus 120 amateurs. Each pro teamed up with an amateur for each of the three days.<BR><BR>In the pro ranks, Jim was 27th overall at the end of the first day. “At that point, I was doing pretty well,” he confided. “Then things went bad. The second day I was 67th and the third day finished 88th out of 120. Nine anglers scored limits. Ten pros didn’t catch a fish.”<BR><BR>Winner of the tournament was Dave Anderson of Walker, Minnesota, who no doubt knew the hot spots on Cass Lake. Walleyes had to be 15 inches or longer to count. Jim wasn’t discouraged by his finish, however, and is itching to get back into competition.<BR><BR>In the meantime, he’s guiding Ely anglers out of area resorts. As for his 88th place finish at Cass Lake?

Sun
13
Jun

Hook and bullet club: No luck like a kid's luck

There is one thing the best fishermen can’t buy, rent, borrow, steal or imitate. Luck. And the best kind of luck is kid luck. <BR><BR>I knew this before we even put the boat in the water Sunday afternoon. Kids and wives outfish dads and husbands on a regular basis. This day would be no different.<BR><BR>I was outnumbered two to one, kids to dads. Evan and Megan were chomping at the bit to go fishing and we finally were going to be able to get out on the water. <BR><BR>We had to stop at the gas station and the bait shop on the way to the landing. This was all part of the experience, of course. Seeing the minnows swimming around in the tanks is fun in its own right for a five and 11 year-old. Especially if you’re already wearing your life jacket. <BR><BR>Then there was the jig selection, “Get the white one, I like that color.” And of course we had to get some pop and ice for the cooler as well as a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers.

Sun
13
Jun

Big walleyes lead hit parade

High water levels and increasing water temperatures brought out some whopper walleyes in the Ely area.<BR><BR>Leading the hit parade was a 10 lb. 8 oz. walleye that went 32 inches on the ruler, caught on a minnow by Kendal Glasener of Des Moines, IA in Little Long Lake and registered at Skube’s Bait and Tackle. <BR><BR>Just two inches shorter but also tipping the scales at 10 lb. 8 oz. was a walleye caught by Ryan Becker of Ossian, IA in Basswood Lake on a minnow and checked in at Packsack Canoe Trips and Log Cabins. <BR><BR>Six year-old Parker Scipioni of Hibbing caught a 30-inch walleye in White Iron Lake that tipped the scales at 7 lb. 10 oz. Parker used a minnow for bait and weighed in the fish at Skube’s Bait and Tackle. <BR><BR>Ron Saver of Inver Grove Heights, MN used a Rapala to land a 6 lb. 5 oz.

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