Post By: MOLOTOV_02 Posted: 2/19/2019 10:51:49 AMPoints: 115
Fished Granby on 2019_02_19 from 9:30 to 2:00 off of Stillwater. Landed three Lakers two of them at 20".
Fished in 18 FOW.
Ice was 2-feet thick.
All three were caught between 9:45 and 11:00. First drop down the hole, I got hit and snapped the line on the hook-set (. I feverishly plunged my hand into the icy hole and was able to grab the line but the fish had extricated itself.
Downsized my jig and grub after an hour of slowness, which yielded a few soft hits that I failed to set the hook on. :(.
Tried to go off on Quinette Point/Rainbow Bay upon arrival, but there was over a foot of snow on top of 8 inches of slush. No thanks...
Plenty of ATVs and snowmobiles making their way around the Stillwater area: no slush at all.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Feb. 20, 11:02:54 AM Points: 723
I've missed two big ones so far, One at the hole where I accidentally allowed a little slack while positioning for the grab, and another that got tangled up on an Aqua Vu cord. Not sure how big they were, but they did go on runs against the drag. I briefly saw the fist one, it was over 30. I pray there will be another chance????? I have a 7" auger, maybe I should get an 8? :)
Kitchme, when you say you broke through the crust on nearly every step, is that 2-4" of pure slush underneath? I ask because I'm planning to bring 2 guys with on Sunday that have never ice fished before and we'll be on foot. I have good boots and can handle it, but am unsure about the other 2. I've been trying to read all the reports I can find and it looks like there's slush in spots at a minimum. It's been a couple years since I've been to Granby, but am really hoping to give it a go. I'm afraid if I don't make it this weekend, it will be like last year where another year will pass me by. If anyone has any tips of areas within walking distance with less slush, it's much appreciated. I know I'm new here, but can definitely help out with reports or other information. Since we're coming from Denver, I don't want to make it too miserable on the newbies. At the same time, the powder doesn't bother me and it wouldn't hurt us to get a good sweat in pulling the sled. Just don't want these guys starting off with wet feet...
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Feb. 21, 7:58:53 AM Points: 723
Lynch, I was out Tuesday. The slush under the snow was only in a few spots that I found. I don't know if it has changed, if so, hopefully someone can help you out. There was a few inches of crusty snow, then about 4 inches of powdery snow, then about 4" of frozen slush, then at least 15 inches of good ice. I parked at Sunset Point and drove the snowmobile to the north toward the Pump station flats. I stayed mostly on top of the crust so there may be more slush that I realized but I don't think so. I do not know where Nortons Hump that Kithme talked about is. I didn't go to Arap Bay or near Dike 3, there may be more slush there. I think you are good to go, if you start to find a slush pocket, you can probably just go around it.
As far as the bite dying off at 11. I agree that has been my normal experience (95% of the fish caught before noon) when I set up the pop-up shelter in one place for the day. However on 3 days of the 15 days that I've been out I moved to another spot in the afternoon and had a decent bite until leaving around 4. So possibly a spot just gets burned out after 3 or 4 hours and moving is the answer to staying on a bite. That has worked for me a few times. It's not fun moving if the wind has started blowing though so on some days I just pack it up and call it a day. If all you are seeing are lookers, you might give it a try.
Is pretty much all about their patterns. I generally dont have much of an issue finding a bite throughout the day, but as parker touched on... Its generally not the same area/depth/structure that I had luck in the early AM hrs at.
1 tidbit ill share here is that the fish tend to stay with or near their food sources. Some of these sources move. Some of the fish move with the food, some learn the pattern and wait for the bait to return. These are usually the fish you see on the finder for hours that dont seem to bite. I assure you that those non biting fish do feed and do so relatively often but they await the "trigger" to go into frenzy mode. Mysis activity/ blooms at granby in particular are a perfect example.
On a side note, Nearly all of my bigger(30+) fish this year have come after that 11 oclock cut off that most ppl seem to experience.