Post By: ParkerDude Posted: 3/3/2019 3:40:28 PMPoints: 723
Was anyone out today? Wondering what the storm did to the lake, we must have got a good 8" of new snow in the last 24 hours. Putting that on top of the pretty warm weather the last week I think there could be some significant slush problems but don't really know. I have a snowmobile and will be going out this week, if nobody responds, I'll let you know what I find. I'll be checking as I go, getting stuck out there isn't my thing.
Reply by: Wiley Posted: Mar. 3, 7:23:58 PM Points: 550
I was out on Saturday and there is definitely some slush out there and Iím sure this snow will complicate things more. I was on a 4 Wheeler so i only went to the north end of sunset point where i ran into slush and got stuck. Luckily i was able to get out fairly easily. There were several people On sleds that seemed to be getting around fine all over the lake. This was my first time out this year on Granby so Iím not sure where the worst areas are but was told by some guys I talked to that the slush I got stuck in was probably coming from a pressure ridge that is to the north of sunset. Iíll be going out again tomorrow but donít plan on going any further than I did if I even go that far. Iíll let you know how it works out.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 3, 8:02:08 PM Points: 723
Thanks for the info. I'll be out there tomorrow too on a snowmobile. I'm going to start a little later than I usually do, want to make sure I can see where I'm going and what the conditions are. There was about 8" of new snow overnight, I imagine that wasn't good for the lake conditions. Deep snow with slush under it could be a problem. Maybe a lot of the new snow blew off, we'll find out. I'm going to park at Sunset and head to the north, not venturing too far. I might see you there.
Reply by: Dgil1972 Posted: Mar. 3, 9:50:50 PM Points: 1054
We launched from Sunset on snowmobiles Saturday and fished between McDonald Cove and the entrance to Arapaho Bay on the south side. We went through a few pockets of slush but didn't see it as an issue. The snow was mostly packed and very deep, 2ft+, but no slush where we fished. We moved north west to a spot just east of Twin Pines Point after about an hour. Snow was 6-8 inches and still no slush. We had lots of lookers (or maybe the same couple fish) but few bites and those were light on tubes w/sucker.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 4, 1:19:18 AM Points: 2522
You shud be fine on a sled if you arent towing a small house. Atv will prolly be a different story for couple days. The snow was super wet and heavy so didnt just blow off the lake. Its cold for the next bit so ittl change.
Im prolly gonna go rally the rzr's up the mountain in the morning but might go fish for a bit afterward. Parker, if i hit the lake i will holar at you. If you get stuck ( wud be from user error) you can call me. We got the equipment to get you out so dont sweat it too much. Lol
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 4, 6:41:35 PM Points: 723
You must have left before me, I saw a guy with an Eskimo hut and was going to stop in when I left but it wasn't you. I'll post a report. The slush wasn't bad on my snowmobile but I followed some old tracks. I only saw a few minor pockets where I dropped down a little but the lake probably has a fair amount of slush. The fish I caught were so fat, they felt like they were going to explode, very healthy fish in Lake Granby. They don't appear to be hurting for a meal.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 5, 6:14:53 PM Points: 723
Thanks, glad something I wrote gives you some ideas. I'm retired and have been out 20 days so far this year but am a rookie. I learn something every time I go..... lake conditions, fishing locations, jigging methods, lures, etc. Someday I hope to put it all together to find and catch a bunch of fish every time I go out like the experts. :)
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 6, 1:47:35 PM Points: 2522
I hit a hole that would have sunk an atv the other day. Stood the nose of my sled up pretty high as i punched out of it. It was likely from the old hut pad near by... Someone decided to dig out the snow down to ice and of course it filled with like 2ft of water lol.
More wet/heavy snow today so id be careful with atvs if you even dare.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 7, 8:06:35 PM Points: 723
When I got off Wed at noon I could see ATV tracks heading up toward the Sunset boat ramp. Looked to me like they broke through the snow/slush all the way down to the solid ice. I didn't see the machine but the tracks were full of water. If you can drive through maybe 12-18" of snow and some slush you'll be ok, I seriously doubt the snow out there is going to support you. It was about 40 again today, and will be again tomorrow, I doubt it will be getting any better by the weekend.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 9, 9:09:42 PM Points: 2522
Most of you know im no wuss and have a good machine.... If im tossing out bewares, it should really raise a brow.
That being said , glad ya got out and i hope you were gracious to whomever pulled you out. Alot of ppl wont even try to help or they get buried worse trying.
For the record, i would have helped 😁. I remember spending alot time getting steveO's side by side out of a slush field a couple miles long, and then i had to take my sled back into the heart of it so Fordo didnt have to wade through 2 miles of thigh deep slush to get back in the atv. Lol It pays to have a good machine with some paddles when its like this. Its not un-stickable but between it and years of experience, i dont generally have issues.
Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff Posted: Mar. 10, 8:25:18 AM Points: 7739
I was very grateful to the guys who got me towed out. His old wedge indy 600 was a monster in that slush. I was impressed. I probably would have faired better if my track was in better shape. The lugs are almost shot and will be putting a new track on this summer for sure. As pro staff for DX Lures, I let them dig through my flutterspoons and let them take what they wanted. They only took one each even though I told them to help themselves. Great couple of guys. I did see your warning about ATVs and should have heeded that warning with my sled. I did get a hold of Mike Ivy and he put out feelers for me if anyone was out there but seems like everyone who follows his shop fb page was a whole lot smarter than me and stayed home. Lol
Reply by: Mr. Slimey Posted: Mar. 10, 8:14:42 PM Points: 395
Took snowmobile and pulled 2 sleds. Put in at sunset boat ramp. Fished rainbow bay, and marked but no bites. Decided to go to Deer island. Big mistake. Hit heavy slush and 2 sleds pulled us under. Now out of cell phone area, forgot my rope and need to try to lift 450 pound out of slush while trying to walk in it. About 15 inches of good snow on top of 15 inches of slush. Tried 3 times to lift and pull out with sled unattached. Finally got out and stayed on packed trail to get back. This was the hardest workout I have had in years. I am 69 yrs a fisherman and my heart doctor was wrong, my heart did not burst, but I was worried about it. Take some stuff in your sled to lift it out of slush, and take the rope and take a friend. I was alone 2 weeks earlier, and I would never have been able to lift the sled by myself in these conditions. Oh yea, ice is about 26 inches thick, hole drilling even with a power auger is a workout.
Reply by: jig head Posted: Mar. 10, 8:31:02 PM Points: 681
Sounds like the deep snow and slush are causing a lot of problems for the sleds and atvs. I am planning on going up on Tuesday on foot around dike 3. Was wondering how the conditions are for someone is on foot?
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 10, 9:09:40 PM Points: 723
Mr Slimey, on Saturday I drove the road to Dike 3 just to look at the conditions and think I saw you out there. If it was you, I could tell it wasn't going to be your day. I wonder, if you had stayed in Rainbow Bay or maybe gone to the Pump Station Flats do you think you would have been ok? I saw a lot of people who walked out all along the road and that looked ok, but from looking at the depth of the tracks it looked like a lot of work. I couldn't tell if there was slush.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 10, 9:47:39 PM Points: 2522
In these conditions i always make sure i have a LONG length of good rope and if im alone i take a big spud bar to help lift my sled should i get stuck. Especially in the snow/slush i cant lift my sled on my own anymore.
Another bit of advice is to leave the gear and passengers at the ramp and go scout the area you want to fish without all the weight/drag. Keep your momentum up and drive around the area until you find a firm spot or pack 1 down. Dont stop or even slow down til you do. Dont find a firm spot?.... Find another place to fish.
Dike 3. Deer island, inspiration pt and most of the back end of Abay are a few spots very prone to slush and cracks due to alot of factors. Merging channels, jagged/rocky/steep contours from deep to shallow just to name a few. High traffic areas can be risky too where alot of holes have been drilled.if its getting cold enough that area may freeze and be some of the firmest places to set up... If it doesnt freeze it can create real mess that you may or may not be able to see.
When conditions are bad consider not dragging the entire garage behind you and always be prepared to get stuck. It can and will happen to anyone who spends enough time on the ice.
Reply by: A10FLYR Posted: Mar. 10, 10:34:39 PM Points: 26
We went out from dike 3 today. Deep slush but we were lucky.....our machines stayed on top. When you dismounted you sank in 6-8 inches. Muck boots were the order of the day! Could have used an extension on the auger!
Reply by: Bernie Mack Posted: Mar. 11, 6:53:39 AM Points: 57
The conditions on Granby are the worst that I have ever seen! I have been fishing there since the 80's Slush is over your boots and unless you have a very good snowmobile with no weight on it you will sink! Good luck if you go.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 15, 10:55:39 PM Points: 2522
Below zero last night and tonight... Firming up some of the exposed slush. Was alot of snow and wind wednesday which can create snow drifts and ice cracks under the snow which cause slush. I dinked around a bit before work and had no issues altho i did encounter fairly deep snow and in some places i drilled i could tell there is alot of slush under the snow depending where you are. My machine stayed on top easily.
You may or may not encounter bad slush but never the less it is out there and still very bad in some places where you cant see it.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 16, 6:04:22 AM Points: 723
Thanks Kev-0, i'd like to meet up with you but another time. Jeremy tells me you are walking out, how is that, do you sink in about 18" with 6" of slush on the bottom? I have no idea what that is like this year but I see a lot of people doing it all along the road.
Reply by: COAvs52 Posted: Mar. 16, 9:22:17 AM Points: 740
Be careful if your headed out, be prepared, good waterproof footwear and don't go alone. 2 Guys were stuck on a snowmobile last night after dark in the slush in the middle of the lake and couldn't get back in and had to call 911 and have Search and Rescue, Firefighters and EMS out to get them off the lake. Conditions are no joke out there.
Reply by: redleader Posted: Mar. 16, 11:52:08 AM Points: 557
Wow, glad they got out ok and nobody died. After being stuck with wet feet more times than I can remember in deep snow and slush before we had paddle tracks, busting through the ice in the spring losing an atv and hiking out on shore from rocky point, I never thought to just dial 911, lol. Thought about it once walking home from a bar at 2 in the morning at 25 below though.
In those conditions, go light, put your stuff on the snowmobile, don't take an atv. don't try to pull a sled, especially not a heavy one, go fast, pack down the area you plan on fishing with a few circles before you stop, take shovels and ropes, or you can always take a new guy you don't want to come back with you to break in.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 16, 3:53:57 PM Points: 723
Snowmobiles were getting around today, the below zero the last two nights stiffened up the surface a little. I saw a few ATV's in Rainbow Bay. When getting off the machine though I broke through and found slush in the places I stopped. Only 3" maybe but I only drove in Rainbow Bay and not too far out on Sunset Point, I could feel it sinking in at times where the slush was deeper. I heard stories of slush being several feet thick in places such as Fords Hump but can't confirm that. Drilling wasn't fun, my clam plate was in the slush by the time I broke through. With the warmer days and nights in the forecast, I can't see it getting better but I'm not an expert on that. The little walking around I did was pretty tough so if you walk out I think you'll get a workout.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 16, 10:57:12 PM Points: 2522
Redleader.... Where are the pics of of that tracked sidexside buried in slush? I KNOW you got some! 😀 I had couple good ones but cant seem to find them atm. And btw.. Dont follow his tracks!
The cops were asking denver water to close williams fork because a few ppl went out unprepared and had to be picked up. The words unsafe ice conditions were used... The ice is 20+ inches. Lol. Theres no doubt getting around can be tough atm but if you arent willing to take the proper precautions and preparations then please just stay home for now. Alot of folks are acting like this is some rare event that they couldnt predict or prepare for. Its by far not the first nor worst ive seen it and it wont be the last time it gets this way. It is what it is.
lt can and will happen from time to time to all of us, so dont think i look down on anyone who gets stuck or stranded in it. Its the folks who go out in risky conditions completely unprepared, have issues then toss a hissy about it that bother me.
Reply by: redleader Posted: Mar. 17, 1:29:42 AM Points: 557
I was sooo spoiled with that sidexside Had a lot of fun with it but never again. I decided to pull the tracks off and took it up to AK. I knew it was prone to getting high centered if the tracks broke through into the slush and didn't care in good to fair conditions. Kept it in the heated garage, had a heated cab that I could fish out of, always carried a good shovel, knew I could dig under it a little bit to get it moving then hit a solid enough area to pop back up on top. Had to dig it out now and then wasn't that bad and enjoyed the exercise. That was by far the worst slush day ever having it out on but I knew I had Fordo along for a little extra excitement! like having to make him get out to lighten it up, lololol. That guys a fish catching machine and wouldn't of wanted to turn him loose on the good spots on Granby, lol. Now that that was a fun day.
You hit the nail on the head Jeremy, nothing new about slush. . That Williams fork deal is bad news, maybe they should close the road if they get dangerous road conditions. The Bomb Cyclone should of scared em away.
Btw forgot to mention earlier. Snowshoes are top priority to carry if you don't like wet feet or ice is questionable. .
Reply by: Jonathan123 Posted: Mar. 17, 8:50:19 AM Points: 5
I usually donít post much, but the slush conditions yesterday were very very very bad past dike 3 toward A Bay.It turned one of my favorite activities into a nightmare. Our snowmachines and equipment got stuck many many times. We had to unhook our equip and drag it several hundred yards through the mess to the shore. We got back to the truck and loaded well before dark but it was a struggle all day. Literally every step was the sink past your boot top and lift it back up soaking wet kind of day. If you go: 1. pack light, 2. Snowshoes, 3. Take a couple really stout buddies to get your machine unstuck, 4. Avoid A bay. 5. Persevere.6. Do not go alone. Please heed the warning....now where did I put the Advil...
Reply by: redleader Posted: Mar. 17, 10:28:11 AM Points: 557
Good to hear you made it out ok. I Learned that over 30 years ago. A-bay Always has more slush than the main lake, more Snow, less Sun and Wind normally out of the West to pile it up. Anybody with experience there knows this, I liked to go there alone for the solitude. Stay out of Colombine bay for a few similar reasons. Thanks for not calling 911.
Reply by: chucker Posted: Mar. 17, 12:23:40 PM Points: 39
It sounds like it is bad on Lake Granby. No one even talked about fishing. Hopefully you guys were able to do some of that. Was thinking about going up there but does not sound like much fun. Hopefully it gets better before ice out. Hoping to go again. Thanks for the reports.
Reply by: redleader Posted: Mar. 17, 6:17:04 PM Points: 557
After rescuing lots of sleds and people out I gotta say it's no joke out there. Guys please be prepared and be careful if you go out there, don't think you can buy a piece of junk snowmobile without a good paddle track, load up a bunch of heavy gear and think you're good to go. Don't exert yourself trying to get out when it's a loss cause for so long you end up with hypothermia and in a helicopter after midnight instead of just walking out to safety when you're only a mile offshore. Wish I had been there to help them, I organized a rescue last year from afar when I got the call that a sled busted through, us anglers need to always help each other out. As for the fishing my guys said it wasn't happening for them today.
Reply by: ParkerDude Posted: Mar. 17, 7:46:05 PM Points: 723
Nice post from the leader. Some of us are pretty new at this and some only visit Granby once or twice a year. It would be helpful if anyone runs into a situation to post some details about it on the site. A lot of people view these posts. To some, the various lake conditions are pretty obvious but not to all. Possibly the info it will stop someone from getting in trouble like what happened last week. Stay safe.
Reply by: Kithme Posted: Mar. 17, 8:31:29 PM Points: 208
Just got new tungsten jigs, need to try a new technique before ice off. I was planning a day during spring break on the week of 25th with the kids. Will the slush condition get any better for hikers. Does the slush typically freeze over and make hiking bearable? Thinking of Dike 3 area. TIA
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 19, 2:55:35 PM Points: 2522
It has packed down pretty well but dont let your guard down. Sleds are mostly staying on top but there is still slush and deep snow about. After fishing today i just rode around the lake checking conditions and found some deep slushy areas pretty easily. Most of the main lake was in good shape but the big bays and even the eastern side in general got deeper/softer pretty quick. Sunset area was well packed. It looked good even for walking but i gave couple guys a ride up the hill anyhow lol. Also watchout for old holes, i saw a few that looked pretty wet and alot wider at the top from not freezing. Keep the kiddos away from those!
That foot print knee deep is 3 steps away from my sled. You can see its sitting up fine but i was not.
Reply by: River_FlyFisher Posted: Mar. 19, 8:26:16 PM Points: 1864
Thanks for the report Jeremy!
We'll be up there on Friday with the club, and since we won't be able to use ATV's this year, we'll definitely be walking. Ugh. I bought my snowshoes ~5 years ago when the lake was last bad like this, and then haven't had to use them until now, lol. Will definitely be wearing them on Friday!
Reply by: redleader Posted: Mar. 20, 1:39:55 PM Points: 557
good job Jeremy, nothing beats live reports especially this time of year with daily changing conditions. The problem with the internet is you never know if your getting good info or if its coming from somewhere like Hawaii from somebody who may have parked their atv in 130' deep water, lol.
Reply by: shmiley1 Posted: Mar. 20, 1:59:16 PM Points: 2522
Hey i like to fish by that atv ...good structure!
Was nice and firm today.. There is about a 2-3 inch layer of water about 6-8 inches down but was good on top where we fished. Never even had any water out of the holes. Was firm enough to drag the ole tripod along today.
Reply by: ronco Posted: Mar. 21, 7:29:20 PM Points: 277
Went out of Sunset ramp, stayed on top of the crust with my 4 wheeler with all 4 tires chained. Didn't work every well with me and a friend on the back, with just me no problems. Fishing slow, lots of lookers and not many takers. Drilling with a gas auger was a work out with the slush under the crust, but doable.
Reply by: buttcrack Posted: Mar. 29, 4:56:46 PM Points: 0
Out today, conditions improved from last week. Still a few slush pockets to avoid, but easily manageable with a snowmobile. 4wheelers not so much yet, might take another week of good warm days and cold nights for that to happen. Good luck
Things change in a hurry once the water starts flowing in. They start really pumping in from willow creek when run off picks up as well which also advances the ice off in a hurry. But still, yes you are looking at sometime in mid may most likely.They may wait to open the ramps until inpectors are present as well... I have been too busy to look into it so im unsure what the plan is for that this year.
Chucker, Shmiley1 said a few days ago that he thinks it will be ok this weekend, he knows the lake well. I also stopped in at Granby Tackle today and Mike said there is about 18" of ice with 4" or so slush on top and he thinks this weekend is ok too if you stay away from where any water might be coming in. I'll be going out on a snowmobile from Sunset on Friday and maybe Saturday and Sunday. I'll post later Friday afternoon what I find. I'm staying on the main part of the lake, not venturing toward A Bay, Deer, Dike 3 or Columbine.
Went out the past two days from stillwater towards Elephant. Several inches of slush. Drilled a few test holes on the way. My snowmobile did good. has the power and track to navigate the slush. Slush is difficult to see with recent snow the past two days. Ice was a solid 18 inches of glassy clear ice. Today was easier because of the cold night. 15 degrees this morning at the house so slush was more frozen. ventured out to Harvey. Still unnerving when when you break thru the slush...Currently 18 degrees and breezy. Be cautious and safe. Know your limits.
I went out at 7AM today at Sunset. I drilled a few holes on my way to 90FOW over one of the deep channels in the main lake. I found about 7 or 8" of crust/rotten ice/slush over the solid ice each place. Where I fished there was 20" of total depth, 2" of new snow, about 2" of crust, about 4" of rotten ice/slush, and 12" of solid clear ice. The 2" crust on top supported my snowmobile, I never broke through. I left at 1 and the crust was still solid. There were only 2 of us at Sunset today, both on snowmobiles and we both left about 1. Fishing was very good, caught about 5 fish per hour, they were very aggressive, all eater size. Starting about 11:30 I saw fewer fish. Most of the fish were caught about 2-5 feet up but caught a few higher up and a few were caught right on the bottom. Slow up and down jigging seemed to work best. I posted a report for Granby but also put it here because the reports sometimes don't post the same day. (I was actually surprised to only find 12" of clear ice where I fished, I measured it pretty carefully.)
Does anyone have the most recent Granby update - say from this weekend? My cousin from Europe is visiting and we will have just one day to fish next week. Is it still worth trying icing Granby on foot, or better try open water in the Mile? Good advice appreciated!