Trip Notes: Jan 6-7, 2018
One of my personal goals upon moving to Ely was to check off as many new species of fish as possible. As I write this almost one year after my brook trout trip, I am excited to announce that I crossed off (spoiler) brook trout, splake (cross between a brook trout and a lake trout), redhorse and lake whitefish. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear that our fabulous Minnesota DNR has been stocking stream trout in Northern Minnesota lakes for decades. There are a few places in Minnesota where stream trout (Brook, Rainbow, Splake, Brown) have occurred naturally in the past. In an effort to encourage more anglers to enjoy these fantastic sport fish (which also go great in the frying pan), they have stocked area lakes that have the appropriate habitat to support these species-usually small, deep, clear lakes with ample forage for the population to sustain themselves. For those of you who would like to plan your next trip around chasing one of these species, see the DNR’s website for a full list of stocked trout lakes and the corresponding regulations here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_lakes/list.html
In the interest of protecting these limited fish – and not to mention the trust of the many locals I consulted while planning my trip – I can not divulge the name of the lake in this post. In the interest of helping serious anglers who are interested in learning more about how to target these fish, I am happy to provide any and all information to interested parties who reach out to me directly.