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went this morning and did not have great luck. Caught bunch of small perch, 1 smelt, 1 salamander looking thing, 1 huge 12" brown trout, not by length it was just plain fat! Ok so iam not sure what the salamander thing was but it had a tail like an ealpot, flappy gills, and a mouth and four legs, I did get a picture with my cell phone. It was creepy looking. Does anyone know what these beast I am discribing are called?

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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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just wondering what depth you caught the brownie in? i tried the shallows this morning, no luck. went deep for lakers had half a dozen lookers....no takers and lots of smelt.

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catchnothing

Will how deep are you catching smelts or are they suspended and are they biting pretty good? I'll be there tomorrow afternoon

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everywhere from 20' and deeper. they were finicky though, i had to down-size to a small dropper rig.

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Jari Razskazoff

When we were up there 2 weekends ago, we caught smelt, fillet them, and used them as bait.... still, not much action.

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Caught the brownie in 20' of water in the mid day. I think you just have to be lucky to catch them since the cruise sooooooo much. WOuld everyone else agree?

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the rainbows and browns seem to be hard for me to target on this lake. i have tried everything that seems logical to me. i start out shallow, early then gradually move deeper as the sun gets higher. i am able to find lakers in deeper water. i have been concentrating on the north end because of the better access. does anybody have any thoughts?

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The south has a decent access also, I just drove by on Friday and as long as you have four wheel you will be fine. There were a few guys fishing that end. How have you done in the morning in the shallow water? and how shallow are you going?

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Looks interesting but I wonder if it won't hit some legal debate like the Automatic duck wings did. Unfortunately I already have too much electronics to bring out that is all I need.

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hunter minske

MY grampa and I go fishing for lakers all the time, just not in the metro. We usualy look for them in no shallower than 60 foot and all the way to suspended at 120 feet. Try to concentrate on irregularities especialy deeper holes and humps, but bottom type changes will do the trick too. There's a deep (80-100') underwater peninsula twords the NE side of the lake that has a nice 135+ foot hole on the east side of it. That should be productive, but hey its lakers nothings set in stone. otherwise just get a map and pick the best looking spots and start searching. A airplane jigs tiped with smelt are never a bad choice.

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I will probably be going up again on Friday, this time I am bring a buddies vex with for the lakers. I have to get all the time in I can now since my wife is due to have our second in 16 days, I think this will put a little cramp on my ice fishing, who know though!

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I hope this warm up put those trout into over drive! Will be out there tomorow pretty much all day!

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leech~~

Man, 6448 views and 108 replies to this post! I hope there's a fish left in the lake when I head up the weekend after this!

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Went Sat, Ice was good, seen one truck out at the double humps. Have to go out by the barn as the access is wet with all the rain. All the snow and I mean all the snow is gone and it is just one big sheet of ice. Ice looked about 18" or so. I drove a sled out so no problem there. Got about 8-9 small Lakers kept 2. Only got one Smelt but wasn't really trying or setup for them. One guy I talked to said he was sight fising and seen about 50 Browns and Bow's but only got 2 to bite.

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I am curious how lakers do when they get released? I thought that if you are pulling a fish out of that deep of water that they will just die? Just a qeustion I have offten thought about.

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no they have a presher releas like sisteam in there gills

so when you pull them up and out of the water you can hear poping coming from there gills.

thats why.

and they fight better then any othere fish at deep water.

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