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Lake: Brainard Lake - IPWA

Brainard Lake

Post By: snowscum      Posted: 1/8/2018 4:57:07 PM     Points: 89    
Can you snowshoe in and ice fish up there?
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 1/8/2018 5:15:00 PM     Points: 963    
Yes, you can walk in on the road however, sometimes it snowshoes and sometimes it's ice skates.
 Reply by: snowscum      Posted: 1/8/2018 5:30:33 PM     Points: 89    
Can you have a motorized auger? Can you ice fish red rock pond? I cant find anything from either CDW or the forest service. Thanks for the reply.
 Reply by: Buck_Wheat      Posted: 1/9/2018 4:31:52 PM     Points: 490    
it is my understanding that Red Rock lake is so shallow that it winter kills every year.
 Reply by: snowscum      Posted: 1/9/2018 5:13:03 PM     Points: 89    
Again thanks guys for the info. Looking for a ice fishin spot without driving 3+ hours. Might not be the year I guess.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 1/10/2018 9:58:36 AM     Points: 2626    
It's about a two mile walk in to Brainard. It is often very windy up there and the lake is shallow but I've caught a many small bookies and a few small rainbows in the past. I've tried Red Rock and it probably does winter kill as it is ver shallow with no moving water . Brainard does have moving water.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/10/2018 12:46:33 PM     Points: 1649    
I have used my power auger up there. Also you can go to lefthand creek res or a bit further to the other lakes. Mostly brook trout. Picture is from the fall
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/10/2018 12:46:52 PM     Points: 1649    
Last winter
 Reply by: Shoe2      Posted: 1/10/2018 1:01:43 PM     Points: 110    
Never been up there ice fishing but sounds interesting. Hike all the way from 72? Is Left Hand Res mostly brookies?

 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/10/2018 2:58:49 PM     Points: 1649    
You can drive off if 72 to Brainerd winter parking lot. From there it is about 2 miles to lefthand or Brainerd. Lefthand is much steeper and harder than the hike to Brainerd. Also some other lakes further past Brainerd with bigger fish. Mostly brook, maybe some splake or cuttys at left hand. Brainerd mostly brook trout no splake . The others past Brainerd have brook and cuts.
 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 1/10/2018 3:59:38 PM     Points: 690    
cross country skied into brainard last year with my ice fishing gear in a backpacking backpack. Forgot to pack regular boots, and the xcountry ski boots were essentially ice skate, so was a little difficult to drill a hole. Finally got a hole drilled, and rigged up only to have the wind start ripping. Basically the wind was so strong i couldnt keep my jig in the water, it kept getting blown out. Spent about 30 minutes trying then gave up and continued exploring on the skis.

I would try it again if i knew the wind was blowing hard

sounds like you are looking for faster access to fishing, which once you add the hike in time, you may just be better off driving somewhere with easy access.