January 2019

2019 New Year news from White Iron Beach Resort
Fishing, families, beach and fun in Ely, Minnesota!
Hello Kerry,
First and foremost we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. We were home for all of December and it was really nice to enjoy some down time. The weather has been fairly warm with only a few days dipping bellow 0 degrees. Up until just a week or so ago we have had very little snow so lake walking/running/skiing was great.
It is nice to finally get some real snow and currently have around 14″ of fresh snow within the last couple of weeks. Snowmobilers and skiers have been anxiously waiting and now they can get out there!
John and his crew are moving right along with the cabin 27. We have included a few pictures below. We have a few other projects that we will start as the New Year moves along. Keep an eye out in future newsletters and Facebook for more updates.
Our sport show season begins this month starting with Schaumburg Illinois. We will be at five outdoor shows this year which is not real taxing and actually enjoyable versus the 12 or more shows we did each season many years ago. Please plan to attend one and stop by for a visit. It is always great to see some familiar faces!
We wish you all a Happy New Year!
The upcoming sport show schedule is:
Your friends up north,
Kerry and Sandy
P.S. White Iron Beach Resort will no longer be a permit cooperator due to changes being made by the USFS. There are many outfitters in town like Voyageur North and Spirit of the Wilderness to name a couple which can issue permits for you, along with the folks at the USFS office across 169 from the Wolf Center. For the 2019 BWCAW quota permit season, all permits for all entry points will be available on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Permits may be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling the reservation line at (877) 444-6777. If you have any questions about how this may impact the way you have ordered or have had permits issued in the past please do not hesitate to call us.
2019 is Filling Up Fast!
If you did not re-book before you left last summer please call or write soon to lock in your favorite cabin or cabins. Fishing opener is right around the corner and we look forward to the first guests of the season driving down the road (specifically roads that aren’t snow covered;). Please check our website www.whiteironbeach.com for all the current up to date info and specials.

Fishing Reports

This months fishing report brought to you by:Arrowhead Outdoors
(formly Skube’s Bait and Tackle)
***Ice Report***
Spring like temps and high winds this last weekend, did little in helping make ice. Ice thickness ranges from 6-11 inches. 4 Wheelers and snowmobiles have become more common, but travel by foot remains the most popular still.
***Fishing Report***
Panfish – Spring like temps had people thinking of maybe a spring panfish bite would be going on. Many anglers reported that they found some good Sunfish bites on small Tungsten jigs, tipped with a waxie or soft plastic, fished around the weed edges. White, brown and red were the colors of choice. Crappies too were in a good biting mode. During the day anglers were finding them out over 20-30 feet of water. Angler had to do a little hole hopping, but otherwise had good luck catching fish. Pink, white and chartreuse jigs, tipped with either a waxie, soft plastic and crappie minnows worked very well.
Walleye – Walleye bite has been tough for many anglers with the last hour of light being the only time they catch fish. Still anglers are reporting a good average size fish between 15-20 inches being caught. 20-25 feet of water, around main lake humps has been where the best bites are happening. Red glowing jig or spoons, tipped with rainbows or chubs have been the best presentation.
Pike – Big Pike continue coming up the hole for anglers target them. Alewife’s or heavy suckers fished under a tip-up continue to be key to catching the biggest pike. Mouths of shallow bays, weed edges and main lake points with weeds on it, has been the key to having a successful trip. Spear fisherman have also been reporting getting steady action on large decoy suckers or red and white decoys.

Area Events

Cabin 27 construction
Bears/Vikings Game 12/30
Happy Birthday Kerry!!
Happy Holidays!!