Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
JBMasterAngler

Trout And Everything Else

16 posts in this topic

How's the bite going on grindstone this winter? Anyone catching any lakers or rainbows? Anything else biting? Is the ice over 30 inches?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out there about a month ago. At that time the ice was probably 12" thick. Caught quite a few small lakers, and two rainbows. Stayed busy all day, just didn't manage to catch anything big.

Josh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What depth were you at? Were they suspended? I was planning on using frozen ciscos on a tip up in hopes of a big laker or maybe even a pike. What were you catching the small trout on?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry in the delay since last reply. At that time, I fished around 60-65 ft. If you don't mark any or catch any in a short time say 15-30 minutes, move.

Most of the fish I caught were on the bottom or within 10 feet of it. The rainbows were just under the ice. It's kinda cool cause you can see them swim underneath ya every now and again. Good luck!!!!

Josh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So the lake is syill active?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So the lake is still active?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Haven't really heard anything too recently, but there has been some nice rainbows coming out of there this winter. Seen three fish over 24", the largest one coming in just over 8lbs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like the weather might prevent me from going up there this weekend...there's always next year I guess. How far down from the surface can I expect to find the rainbows though? I fished grindstone through the ice once years ago and all I caught was a bunch of tiny perch and 1 smelt. Speaking of which, would that be the preferred bait for lakers?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been told that the bait of choice for lakers is shiners...I might be up there on Monday and will give a report.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have gotten Lakers right on the bottom with shiners this year and Rainbows about 5-8 feet below the ice. Gonna hit it this Tuesday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Going over to Grindstone this Sunday. Any reports, snow depth, access, fish depth ect. My first time fishing Grinstone. Fish a lot of Lake Trout north, but would like to try more for rainbows. Any input or reports would be appreciated. I will report back with my luck.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought trout seson ended the 1st? is it different on grindstone?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Trout season ends on the 15th.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I never made it up to Grindstone today.....had things to do around the house before leaving for San Diego.....just in case anyone was waiting for a report from me. Is anyone else going up next weekend? I leave on Sunday and might be able to get out on Saturday and try for a laker or two. Also, there might be some plowed roads by then so it might be a little easier to get around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll be way up at gunflint this weekend. I'd like to hit grindstone in the open water season though. Is it better in the spring or fall?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will give a report after my Sunday outing. I figure I would start at the north end of the lake around that 120ft hole. Given the conditions, snowshoe, atv, or driving will determine how much area I can cover. I will probably bring along wax worms and shiners. Looking forward to fishing this lake. Thanks for your feedback.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • BassThumb.
      The four I use are pretty shallow for at least the first hundred yards, but I've never damaged my boat or prop. Just gotta take it slow and trim the motor up.    I use Isle, Cove, Garrison, and the one near the casino, Shaboshkung or whatever.
    • Jarrid Houston
      great fish!
    • flagislanddan
      Greetings fishermen and women! Its great being back in the swing of things and better yet in the boat! Both the MN and Ontario season is now open and fishing has been great! Staffers here at Flag Island Resort have been busy getting ready for the upcoming summer months with some deep cleaning, window washing, grounds work and remodeling!   On the Minnesota side anglers have been catching nice saugers, walleyes and perch. Soon the crappies should be finding their way into the shallows around Angle Inlet and other small creeks and the walleyes have spawned out over the past couple of weeks. With the warmer temps that started out last week anglers were finding fish in shallower water between 5-17 feet now, with the cooler temps, rain and winds most of the fish have been pushed deeper into the 16-26 foot range. Points and reefs close to large land masses adjacent to sand and rubble have been hot locations. Anglers have found fish near Soldier’s, Little Oak, Oak Island and NW Point. The water surface temp has been in that 50-55 degree range. Right now it seems like everything is working from ¼ to 3/8 jigs to slow trolling with raps in the shallows as well as trolling spinners keeping on the move at 0.9 mph.   Over in Ontario, the walleye, sauger, crappie, perch and pike have been hungry. Perch and crappie should be spawning soon. Crappies are being caught around the 20 foot mark . Sandy bays and points have been best for the walleye and crappie bite while the perch are still caught in the rocks. Many pike have been caught in areas with current. There have been reports of a lot of smallmouth mixed in with the walleyes.  Jigging with a ¼-3/8 ounce jig has been the ticket and the water temp has been around 49-52 degrees.   We hope to see you up here soon! Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers Flag Island Resort 218-223-8011
    • flagislanddan
      5/22/17  Flag Island Resort Fishing Report Lake of the Woods NW Angle Greetings fishermen and women! Its great being back in the swing of things and better yet in the boat! Both the MN and Ontario season is now open and fishing has been great! Staffers here at Flag Island Resort have been busy getting ready for the upcoming summer months with some deep cleaning, window washing, grounds work and remodeling!   On the Minnesota side anglers have been catching nice saugers, walleyes and perch. Soon the crappies should be finding their way into the shallows around Angle Inlet and other small creeks and the walleyes have spawned out over the past couple of weeks. With the warmer temps that started out last week anglers were finding fish in shallower water between 5-17 feet now, with the cooler temps, rain and winds most of the fish have been pushed deeper into the 16-26 foot range. Points and reefs close to large land masses adjacent to sand and rubble have been hot locations. Anglers have found fish near Soldier’s, Little Oak, Oak Island and NW Point. The water surface temp has been in that 50-55 degree range. Right now it seems like everything is working from ¼ to 3/8 jigs to slow trolling with raps in the shallows as well as trolling spinners keeping on the move at 0.9 mph.   Over in Ontario, the walleye, sauger, crappie, perch and pike have been hungry. Perch and crappie should be spawning soon. Crappies are being caught around the 20 foot mark . Sandy bays and points have been best for the walleye and crappie bite while the perch are still caught in the rocks. Many pike have been caught in areas with current. There have been reports of a lot of smallmouth mixed in with the walleyes.  Jigging with a ¼-3/8 ounce jig has been the ticket and the water temp has been around 49-52 degrees.   We hope to see you up here soon! Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers Flag Island Resort 218-223-8011
    • hydrashack
      Going up on 6/3.     Just looking for water temps and reports for what the bass might be doing.     Thanks, Shack
    • BisoNation
        Yup, its a Joke.. i've complained many times.   some small time radio station thinks they are sooo important running it, so they can get a whopping $2500 profit off sponsors maybe.   Plus I stood at the weigh in on day 1 and watching at least 15-20 Walleyes DIE in the net.   Many 18-20inchers.  the waves were so bad that the walleyes just banged around in the live well for 8 hours.   Ban these already!    there will be 3 tournaments this year.
    • gunner55
      Just 1?  It doesn't look like you'll need your winter boots or snow shovel but I would bring the rain gear. Forcast I seen said chance of rain for 3 days this weekend.
    • Avid Angler
      Ice is out on most area lakes.
    • BTL
      Thanks for the report. Those 14" fish are my favorite for eating.   If I had one of those underwater cameras I'm not sure I would be able to pull myself away from watching it, that sounds like a ton of fun!
    • Wanderer
      My Dad had picked up some Hellcats many years ago after hearing they were a hot walleye bait.  I'm sure I still have them in in his old tackle box in the shed.   I'll see if I can't dig one out and post a pic.