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hammerfive

first time on snowbank

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hammerfive

I will be up on Snowbank this weekend with a couple of buddies and our wives and I was wondering if you guys could steer us in the right direction. Are there spots we should avoid due to slush or bad ice? Are there any spots that are a must fish? I will be picking up a good map when I get there and will be stopping at Great Outdoors for some pointers but any help you could give would be great. Thanks for all the information you guys put on here, it is the reason we decided to come up for some lake trout action.

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longcaster

I hope you are bringing snowmobiles.

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Mike Stark

smittys on snowbank will give you lots of good info..just give them a call...i have never fished snowbank for lakers so i cant help you there...im pretty sure it is still slushing off the packed trails..this warm weather and rain will do good things for the slush once it gets cold again. remember that half of snowbank is in the the BWCA and no motorized anything is allowed.

there is a thread here that has some talk about snowbank...you will have to go back a few pages to find it.

mike

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TMM

Yeah look back at the thread that we started about this a few weeks back. Group of us went up there for the weekend and got 1, but other groups did much better than us. The only advice I can give is stay mobile. We got stuck marking fish on our flashers but couldn't get them to bite. You have to keep moving until you find the active fish. I would suggest starting south of the Big Isle or right on the BWCA line north east of that big island in deeper water. Fish were being caught on the shelves more so than the deep drops and cliff like structure. Lots of jigging involved!

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hammerfive

Thanks for the replies, we are taking snowmobiles and we are staying at Smitty's so we should have those two covered. I had heard that there was some bad slush so I was mostly concerned with that. I have read all of the posts on baits and gear so that shouldn't be a problem. I assume we have to use a hand auger if we go into the BWCA portion of the lake.

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kstruck

Also don't forget to check out Dennis Anderson's article about Snowbank in the Strib from about a week ago. A quick search should find it. I think he stayed out of Smitty's, the article didn't talk a whole lot about the laker fishing, but was interesting nonetheless.

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tonkapat

hammer yes hand augers and walking in the bwca portion. Plenty of good water also within reach of a snowmobile. If u have a gps with chip it should have snowbank on it. By and large the resort owner should be able to point u in the right direction. Very neat lake with some good fishing also.

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Steve Foss

hammer, since you're staying at Smitty's they'll get you on productive places to fish. That's their job (any resort's job), and they are good folks who know their onions. Then it's up to you! grin

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