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Lake: Grand Lake
Fish: Lake Trout
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Grand Lake ice fishing reports and conditions/Tips?

Post By: TroutStalker      Posted: 12/20/2018 9:43:39 AM     Points: 97    
Does anyone have any recent ice fishing reports for Grand Lake? I was hoping to head there this weekend. I'm new to targeting Lake Trout but understand a 3-4" white tube jig with sucker meat is the way to go. The only thing I'm unsure of is how to fish it....Should I fish a foot or 2 off the bottom dead sticking, or should I jig it at that depth. Or should I fish higher in the water column, maybe 10-20 feet off of the bottom. Thanks in advance for any information!
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 12/20/2018 10:07:07 AM     Points: 9722    
It varies. I like using spoons. I would hit all parts of the water column but they do tend to stick closer to the bottom. White is a big color to use. Silver, green. Like I said always gotta be able to change up.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/20/2018 10:11:58 AM     Points: 46896    
My group has been talking about hitting grand lake this weekend also. Latest reports I've seen say the lake has 4 inches everywhere. My guess you be it's getting more each day. As for fishing lakers the tube can be a good start. There are so many factors to successfully catching lakers. If you don't have a flasher get one. Fishing lakers without one is tough. This time of year fishing the bottom couple of feet as a starter would be your best bet imo. There will be fish in the column but without electronics your wasting time. Your best bet is to watch the forum and hook up with someone who has been doing it for a while. Usually a couple of time a year good size groups of fxr members meet up on Granby.
 Reply by: TroutStalker      Posted: 12/20/2018 10:26:47 AM     Points: 97    
Wow thanks for the fast responses, guys! I will try some spoons in addition to the tubes then. But what about dead sticking the tube vs jigging it? Is it best to let it sit or to jig the tube?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/20/2018 10:37:13 AM     Points: 46896    
It really depends on what the fish want. It can change hour to hour and definitely day to day. I personally do best dead sticking about a foot off the bottom. I find doing that the bite is very lite so you need to hold your rod and pay close attention to your line.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 12/20/2018 11:07:23 AM     Points: 265    
For what its worth, the fishing shop/guide service in Grand Lake (sorry, i forgot their name) say that the laker numbers in Grand are way down so please consider releasing all of the fish that you catch.

I'm told that Granby can handle the pressure of large numbers of fishermen, but I hear that Grand Lake (due to its size) can't.

However, best of luck with the fishing.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: 12/20/2018 2:37:52 PM     Points: 2200    
Bernie just reported 8" on Grand Lake.
 Reply by: fishgo      Posted: 12/20/2018 4:56:47 PM     Points: 95    
I don't remember the name but there used to be a company that rented ice fishing equipment. They had electronics, augers and sheters for rent.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/20/2018 5:18:36 PM     Points: 46896    
Here's the rental place I know of. I've never used them but have checked out there site.
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Trout Stalker. It looks like we're going to grand on Sunday. If your up there and want to meet up I'll show you what I do. I've only fished grand a couple of time but did well each time. I spend most of my time on Granby and williams fork but there not ready yet. Shoot me an email and I'll give you my contact info.