Post By: Maki Posted: 2/12/2018 7:48:47 AMPoints: 3
Went to granby Sunday morning at dike 3 and walked for about a mile, drilling holes and trying to get a fish marked. Finally I decided to go to one of the spots I usually have luck at. Fished at about 95' depth for couple hours without marking any fish on my fish finder. Finally I sat down and decided to have a beer when my JawJacker went off. It missed it but from experience I know to just drop it back down,which i did. I dropped it back to the bottom and like I expected the line was taking off. That fish was very hungry since it took me long pliers to take out the 3" tube jig.(he swallowed it all the way). I missed about couple more after that and I managed to catch another smaller laker. The weather was just beautiful even if you're not catching fish, there was no wind and the weather was just perfect.
Went out again today for about 7 hours, didn't mark a lot of fish but caught 4. The wind was blowing hard most of the day, stayed in a shelter after about 10:30 and it was flapping pretty hard. Not an easy bite but tubes with sucker meat netted a few. Snow settled and blew off a bit, maybe 5 inches now, where we went on a snowmobile slush was a non-factor for us today.
Seeing as i live right here, i spend more hours on the lake than 99% of ppl, and i was even a guide here for years... My catch rates are not generally inline with the majority of the public.
That being said, Ive been catching alot and i dont keep count. Prolly between 20 and 30 on average. Some days 3x that many. I had a big fish try to take off with my transducer today... Dunked it like a bobber and pulled the cord tight before i got ahold of it.
The water is very high this year, this spreads out alot of the fish...,alot more areas with acceptable habbitat and feeding grounds. High water also amplifies the mysis blooms giving the smaller fish a ton to eat for next to no effort.
Best general advice is to get away from those popular areas... Sunset, elephant, fords ect. Just look around for some places others havnt been fishing. Try some completely new,spots. Hot dogging holes and following the crowds mentality is usually a bad move. Varry depths, baits, and presentation until you can find a pattern.
Spent a few hours up there this morning. 0930 to about 1030 was INSANE. I opened a new set of holes on top of a school of fish. Couldn't set the rod down. Nothing over about 14" though. White tube and sucker, they'd hit it on the drop. (usually around 5 feet off the bottom)
Before that didn't see a single fish, after that, they'd come through but wouldn't bite, just kind of play with it.
Ice is solid I did NOT measure though, I didn't even take a tape with me, but better than 9" for sure. If you head to A-Bay, take a shovel and waders. About 4" of slush on top of the frozen slush, and more under that before you hit solid ice.
Let me tell you, the best time to find out your boots leak is NOT while standing in that much slush, when it's 20 degree's out.
5 years out of my Walmart boots....time to replace them.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Feb. 18, 11:33:55 AM Points: 2506
You are getting old buddy....but so am I. Lol
I havnt forgotten that i got alot of help and direction from some of you "ole timers" when i was trying to learn the lake. I try to do the same for some of the newer guys nowadays. I have however learned from experience to be pretty selective with who i tell what tho.
Thanks Lakerman, was feeling depressed :). Caught 11 yesterday, moving on up! I will not be back until the 27th. Hope the serious slush stays away. All catch and release by the way, have enough smoked and in the freezer for the year for me. Two of us spent 4 days on the ice this week, caught 23 fish, mostly in the 18" range, largest was 24".
Hey, dont feel depressed... Wasnt my intention. I can still remember when the skunk was a very real possibility for me every trip to granby. It took along time, alot of learning, and a good bit of help to get it seriously dialed in.
Keep at it and before you know it you will be seeing 30+ fish days, if thats your goal.
Just kidding about being depressed, we're having fun out there. I've been easily seeing 30 fish each day.....on the sonar......it's getting them hooked up that's the challenge. That's why they call it fishing I suppose :). Bernie helped get us started in the right direction, huge jump up the learning curve by hiring him for a day last fall, I highly recommend hiring him for a trip or two.