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Lake: Granby Lake
Fish: Lake Trout

What a beautiful day at Granby !

Post By: Maki      Posted: 2/12/2018 7:48:47 AM     Points: 3    
Went to granby Sunday morning at dike 3 and walked for about a mile, drilling holes and trying to get a fish marked. Finally I decided to go to one of the spots I usually have luck at. Fished at about 95' depth for couple hours without marking any fish on my fish finder. Finally I sat down and decided to have a beer when my JawJacker went off. It missed it but from experience I know to just drop it back down,which i did. I dropped it back to the bottom and like I expected the line was taking off. That fish was very hungry since it took me long pliers to take out the 3" tube jig.(he swallowed it all the way). I missed about couple more after that and I managed to catch another smaller laker. The weather was just beautiful even if you're not catching fish, there was no wind and the weather was just perfect.
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: Feb. 12, 9:25:05 AM     Points: 18    
Maki, great to hear you had a great day at Granby! How thick was the ice?
 Reply by: Maki      Posted: Feb. 12, 9:29:12 AM     Points: 3    
It was about 12" and it was very slushy.
 Reply by: Granby_Slayer_1      Posted: Feb. 12, 10:09:39 AM     Points: 67    
Nice work Sir!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: Feb. 13, 7:22:19 AM     Points: 3724    
Granby still looks really full
Is fishing tuffer this year haven't been yet been fishing different waters this ice season
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 13, 8:11:29 AM     Points: 2503    
The fish are more spread out during high water and it can seem like tougher fishing if you dont know the patterns.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: Feb. 13, 9:28:44 AM     Points: 3724    
For sure usual
Same with GMR even though water level is 180 But if your not on em
Your not on em
Day to day hour to hour
Travel light and tight lines
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: Feb. 13, 4:37:40 PM     Points: 1810    
Is it safe to take snowmobile to A-basin area?
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 14, 8:03:28 PM     Points: 100    
Went out again today for about 7 hours, didn't mark a lot of fish but caught 4. The wind was blowing hard most of the day, stayed in a shelter after about 10:30 and it was flapping pretty hard. Not an easy bite but tubes with sucker meat netted a few. Snow settled and blew off a bit, maybe 5 inches now, where we went on a snowmobile slush was a non-factor for us today.
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: Feb. 14, 10:35:05 PM     Points: 779    
U netted them? 😂🤣
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 15, 7:19:23 AM     Points: 100    
we cut a really big hole in case we hooked the Granby whale :)
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 15, 7:59:25 AM     Points: 2503    
7 hours ... 4 fish.... Ouch!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Feb. 15, 10:03:20 AM     Points: 635    
Uh... a net fit in a 10" hole...?
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 16, 1:10:07 PM     Points: 100    
Getting 4 seemed at least fair to me, better than the skunk. Saw quite a few on the sonar but the bite was tough. How many are others catching? Others we talked too were not catching too many either.
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 16, 2:14:47 PM     Points: 2503    
Seeing as i live right here, i spend more hours on the lake than 99% of ppl, and i was even a guide here for years... My catch rates are not generally inline with the majority of the public.

That being said, Ive been catching alot and i dont keep count. Prolly between 20 and 30 on average. Some days 3x that many.
I had a big fish try to take off with my transducer today... Dunked it like a bobber and pulled the cord tight before i got ahold of it.

The water is very high this year, this spreads out alot of the fish...,alot more areas with acceptable habbitat and feeding grounds. High water also amplifies the mysis blooms giving the smaller fish a ton to eat for next to no effort.

Best general advice is to get away from those popular areas... Sunset, elephant, fords ect. Just look around for some places others havnt been fishing. Try some completely new,spots. Hot dogging holes and following the crowds mentality is usually a bad move.
Varry depths, baits, and presentation until you can find a pattern.


 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 16, 5:18:23 PM     Points: 100    
Wow, we have a ways to go then. Would you mind adding what you use? Tubes or spoons? Having a hard time getting them to take anything.
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 16, 5:25:56 PM     Points: 2503    
We use plastics mostly..tubes ect.

I feel like how you use it is usually more important than what you use as long as its within reason, but the fish have to tell you how they want it on a given day. I do have my "goto" baits tho.

 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 16, 6:58:03 PM     Points: 100    
Thanks! Working up the learning curve, every little tidbit helps.
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 16, 7:01:42 PM     Points: 2503    
Ive been known to show up to the granby fxr "gatherings" and share some of those tidbits. I hear there is one comming up soon...
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Feb. 16, 8:49:10 PM     Points: 26    
Really? Do tell....is Jim really going to give it a try?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Feb. 16, 9:21:07 PM     Points: 17326    
Hope to see you there Shmiley.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Feb. 17, 2:54:29 PM     Points: 1712    
Spent a few hours up there this morning. 0930 to about 1030 was INSANE. I opened a new set of holes on top of a school of fish. Couldn't set the rod down. Nothing over about 14" though. White tube and sucker, they'd hit it on the drop. (usually around 5 feet off the bottom)

Before that didn't see a single fish, after that, they'd come through but wouldn't bite, just kind of play with it.

Ice is solid I did NOT measure though, I didn't even take a tape with me, but better than 9" for sure. If you head to A-Bay, take a shovel and waders. About 4" of slush on top of the frozen slush, and more under that before you hit solid ice.

Let me tell you, the best time to find out your boots leak is NOT while standing in that much slush, when it's 20 degree's out.

5 years out of my Walmart boots....time to replace them.
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:49:06 PM     Points: 26    
Our "village" today...
 Reply by: redleader      Posted: Feb. 17, 10:34:05 PM     Points: 544    
Solid advice Shmiley, didnt you just start ice fishing Granby a few years ago or am I getting old fast, lol.
 Reply by: Lakerman      Posted: Feb. 18, 11:07:12 AM     Points: 0    
ParkerDude, that's a excellent day on the ice. Catching fish was the bonus. Any day on the ice is a great day!
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 18, 11:33:55 AM     Points: 2503    
You are getting old buddy....but so am I. Lol

I havnt forgotten that i got alot of help and direction from some of you "ole timers" when i was trying to learn the lake. I try to do the same for some of the newer guys nowadays. I have however learned from experience to be pretty selective with who i tell what tho.
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 18, 1:30:13 PM     Points: 100    
Thanks Lakerman, was feeling depressed :). Caught 11 yesterday, moving on up! I will not be back until the 27th. Hope the serious slush stays away. All catch and release by the way, have enough smoked and in the freezer for the year for me. Two of us spent 4 days on the ice this week, caught 23 fish, mostly in the 18" range, largest was 24".
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Feb. 18, 5:32:31 PM     Points: 36283    
Man redleader, thats a heck of a fish you got thru the ice! Here's mine - thats me on the left practicing safe ice fishing. FishingApex landed the fish for me
 Reply by: redleader      Posted: Feb. 19, 8:52:56 AM     Points: 544    
Lol, only difference is mines not photoshopped
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Feb. 19, 1:59:04 PM     Points: 2503    
Hey, dont feel depressed... Wasnt my intention.
I can still remember when the skunk was a very real possibility for me every trip to granby. It took along time, alot of learning, and a good bit of help to get it seriously dialed in.

Keep at it and before you know it you will be seeing 30+ fish days, if thats your goal.
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: Feb. 19, 2:37:48 PM     Points: 100    
Just kidding about being depressed, we're having fun out there. I've been easily seeing 30 fish each day.....on the sonar......it's getting them hooked up that's the challenge. That's why they call it fishing I suppose :). Bernie helped get us started in the right direction, huge jump up the learning curve by hiring him for a day last fall, I highly recommend hiring him for a trip or two.


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