• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
hammerfive

first time on snowbank

Recommended Posts

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
longcaster

I hope you are bringing snowmobiles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • cookie129
      From 2 to 5 to 7?  What started as 2 fishermen Tylor and John last week. Wednesday Bill and Hays spent the night and walked out with not much luck. All though Bill is a photographer  and said he never wet a line as he snapped pic after pic of the sunset. I caught the tail end of it and should of snapped a picture myself, as it was spectacular to say the least.  Not even sure there's a name for the color,  maybe blood red? Thursday morning hays was not feeling very well so Bill went out on his own. Down at the lake working I saw 5 fishermen counting Bill. Yesterday it was up tp 7. I have had a dozen calls, how thick is the ice,  how's the fishing? Buddy Hillmen of Hillmens resort says around 5 inches, They are  allowing  walking traffic out to a mile where his road stakes stop.  I have heard of 5 fish caught and 1 lost at the hole so that's the fishing report.  Some one said it would be a zoo up here this weekend since the south end had that strong wind . I would have to disagree  as I have no one spending the night here until after thanksgiving? All the house are prepped down at the lake and ready to go other then a few little things. If anyone stays down there they will have to be cleaned again but that's fine with me.  Jonny boy did not get out as he was a little under the weather.  I did get a shot at a grouse with my recurve going out to my stand Thursday night. It was a shot through the brush and my arrow just missed. I 'll always give up being quiet when I have a chance at a grouse, either when I'm going, sitting or leaving my hunting area.  Years ago I took a grouse in the air with my recurve and flu flu arrow. I would love a repeat of that. Plus the hammer loves the way I make grouse as do I.  I was going to pull my deer stand but now have second thoughts . Some venison in the freezer would be nice. I like cutting up steak in super thin pieces then quick frying for a minute steak sandwich. Plus I'm still trying to harvest a deer with my recurve
    • monstermoose78
      There are people out ice fishing please use extreme caution!! Beaver runs can keep the ice thinner in a narrow area. Fish can cause thinner spots as well. I think I will check two early ice lakes today. 
    • monstermoose78
      I know a lake around my area that has ice anglers on it and it normally has the first Spearers as well, but I did not see a shack on the ice yet
    • iFishMN.YT
      I was out in the west metro, found a nice solid 3.75 in a shallow backwater type area I checked, but the main lake was too thin still.  Got one small sunny in 5 ft of water, it counts!  Thats the earliest in the season I have ever pulled a fish out a hole. Few more days for the locked up lakes I think,
    • knoppers
      bump give ice reports if you can. just don't go on any ice to give a report, be safe.   I know my 300 acre lake in aitkin froze  over last weekend, but ice depth could vary greatly this time of year.
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Anyone know of the lake is froze over? Or how much ice is on the lake if it is?
    • Schwarz04
      I’ll be out looking tomorrow... Have a spot in mind that I’m optimistic about. Which direction from downtown were you?
    • eyeguy 54
      Got the hangers today and really like them. I did have to drill a slot so they would work but easy peasy. The metal can be bent a bit to get the angle wanted. Moved the turkey fans to a different room and centered the 3 euros. I like the way it ended up.     New Age Taxidermy Head Honcho European Mounts on Amazon Smile
    • Rick
      The holidays are coming to the Governor’s Residence! Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota harvested the official state Christmas tree Nov. 16 from the Nemadji State Forest. The tree, which is approximately 60 years old, will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. “This year’s tree is absolutely gorgeous—tall, full, and almost perfectly shaped,” said Jean Mouelle, the DNR forester who selected this year’s tree. “It’s an impressive example of a balsam fir.” Each year, DNR staff chooses the Governor’s Christmas tree from one of Minnesota’s 59 state forests. Although the tree is always harvested on the Friday before Thanksgiving, the search for the perfect tree begins months beforehand. DNR foresters keep an eye out for a tall tree that’s nicely shaped and well filled out. The tree also needs to be in a location where it will not be damaged when dropped, and where foresters can easily remove it from the forest and load it onto a trailer. The tree will be set up at the Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and lit Monday, Nov. 26. Information about viewing the tree can be found at www.mn.gov/admin/governors-residence/tours/schedule. Half a million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota each holiday season, contributing about $30 million to the state’s economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are planted. Real Christmas trees provide an environmentally friendly decorating option during the holidays because they store carbon during their lifespan and can be chipped for mulch when the season is over. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • eyeguy 54
      Should get the hangers today and will post info. I see that mountain Mikes has them also. Built to fit in the hole in back. The ones I ordered are for the bone skull so hopefully, dont have to send them back. Just got Marks done.  16 inch inside. Mine is 15 1/4. Not monsters but pretty neat. Marks biggest so far.