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.
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.
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.