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Personally i get on in front of the red barn this early in the year. Ill be getting set up around 6:30 tomorrow morning. ill be in a older black polar sport with a yellow roof somewhere on the north end, good luck.

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Went to Grindstone on a whim today. First time I've ever been here in the spring. I hoped there would be lots of rainbows to catch, but there was none to be found.   Did have some excitement

Watch for idiots who leave holes like these unmarked out there, could lose a kid in the dark in one of these, completely unnecessary...fun day today

Went there around 5am and got in to the row on the south side in about 10 ft. I got a couple smelt, my buddy got a 13" rainbow and a couple smelt. As usual, seemed to die down around 9am, so we moved

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Jari Razskazoff

we just got off, there looks to be about 8 inches of ice, with 3-4 inches of frozen slush. Got one brown, and 5 smelt, all in about 37ft of water. No lakers for ssminner in 68ft of water from 3-530.... back at it tomorrow morning, in three blue fishtraps.... see ya then. swing on thru, hot grill for waterbrats.

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How much snow was on top of it all? My buddy said there was almost a foot over most of the lake. Anyone going to be fishing Monday? Thanks for the reports guys.

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Jari Razskazoff

There is about 8-12 inches of snow on top of it all... it would be a hay-day for a sled, but tough for a 4wheeler without chains... I wish i could stay up for MLK day, but i gots ta workey-work at my J.O.B.............................

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I was out there Friday and caught two browns and had a couple of huge rainbows but they woud only gum my bait and never swalowed the hook. I would have probably moved around more but my brand new auger broke... kind of [PoorWordUsage] me off! I cant wait to get up there again. There was a total of 13" with only 6" being clear and the top 7" was white ice. And there was only 4" maybe 6" at the most that I saw. There was some idiot that went full bore out into the middle of the lake with a full size truck, pretty mucha idiot if you ask me!

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What do you use for Browns and Rainbows? I never tried fishing for them before. What are the limits for them also?

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I used crappie minnows as far as the imits do you think you could look in the regs ike everyone else does so you are responsible for your self. Do you reay want to trust someone you dont even know and then go out and they are wrong and you have more then you are supposed too and then Mr. CO shows up! Trust me just ook in the book, you should have one with you when fishing anyways.

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I will OOK in the book. I already have too much stuff with me to carry the regs also. Got to draw the line somewhere. Don't plan on catching my limit anyway.

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MOBY RICHARD*
laughlaughlaugh Since we need to bring Lawyers with to understand all the rules, who needs or has room for the Regs...
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JBMasterAngler

Yeah, it's a new experimental regulation on grindstone...it's not in the books, so don't look! Trust me, it went into affect this year wink

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Well we were out there until 12 and only caught 1 smelt. Alot of people were fishing right off the shore. I am guessing they were fishing for Browns and Rainbows? The wind picked up and we decided to do some snowmobiling instead.

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pipestonestraw

I was up there all weekend drove on the lake up to about 60 feet of water full sized truck pretty safe

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i found spots with as little as 4 inches of good clear ice(with about 6-10 inches of cloudy white ice). wont catch me with in a full size truck anytime soon.

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According to the CO, fishing was far better on opening day. Apparently the pressure didn't help fishing after. I can say that the trout seemed hard to find on the electronics, but the two lakers I caught were visible on the graph first. Also got a 3 lb pike and about 8 smelt that were tasty for breakfast. I was pestered by small perch too.

So what's the deal with the shacks right next to shore. Is this where to find the streamers?

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I drove out on sunday with a super cab f-150 to the middle of the lake no problems. I wouldn't recommend it, but I would do it again. If I had a wheeler I would have used it. About 3 inches of snow on top. I measured about 8"-9" of clear ice and about 4-5 inches of white ice.

Caught 1 laker about 16" right away and was distracted by smelt and may have missed my window to catch more lakers... Oh well, next time. The CO said that he only saw 1 more laker since opener.

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fishing from thursday to sunday, sunday was the most productive by far. the shacks close to shore are fishing for streamers. the lakers were very pickey and took some work. move,move,move, was the ticket.

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mwodziak, how deep were you fishing in when you caught the laker? Not looking for your spot just what depth to target them at. I always thought lakers liked it deeper.

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Went out on Sat. morning, got two lakers (both keepers)and 5 smelt. We were in about 74 fow and only had 2 bites down low (up to ten ft above bottom). The one hole where I kept a line about 14 ft under the ice is where I caught fish and had a constant bite. em sure it was mostly smelt--but it was nice to get a couple lakers.

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Northland Sportsman

Binger, sounds like you had a decent outing. I haven't been out much lately, wanted to try the trout but never made it yet. We'll have to get together sometime and hit the ice before too long. Give me a call some time or I will try you.

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sounds good northland, I need to get some minutes for my phone, but we should head out sometime soon...on a non-fishing note, I burned some DBT cds' for ya.

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I was also out on grindstone on sat morning. caught like eight perch and 4 trout. two browns to rainbows. I kept the browns.

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slabchaser how big were your browns? I caught 2 that were 10" and had a coupe rainbows on the camera that ooked like they coud have eaten the browns!

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