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Old 01-25-2017, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be spending a lot of time near Granby in the next 10 years and am interested in getting started ice fishing there. I have a few questions as to what I would need. 1) Are those sleds with the the pop up tops that weigh about 100 lbs (with probably another 100 lbs of gear including an auger) fairly easy to pull out on the lake or do I need a snowmobile to make that work? (I'm 62) 2) How thick does the ice get in winter? 3) Is the fishing mostly for Lake Trout?

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I'm going to be spending a lot of time near Granby in the next 10 years and am interested in getting started ice fishing there. I have a few questions as to what I would need. 1) Are those sleds with the the pop up tops that weigh about 100 lbs (with probably another 100 lbs of gear including an auger) fairly easy to pull out on the lake or do I need a snowmobile to make that work? (I'm 62) 2) How thick does the ice get in winter? 3) Is the fishing mostly for Lake Trout?

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1) I think you answered your own question. No they are not easy to pull by hand, specifically if there is a lot of snow on the ground. It is very helpful to have a snowmobile or something with a motor to pull it for you. You can still make it work without a snowmobile, but you'll definitely break a sweat.

2) Ice verys per year. Usually by the end of March the ice is about 20" thinck.

3) The most targeted fish in granby is the lake trout, but the lake also has kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout.
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Thanks, that's helpful. The snowmobile part really adds to the complications but I suspected that was true.
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You don't necessarily need a flip over shack though. You can buy a sled and a popup hub shack it will make you much more mobile without having to purchase a snowmobile.
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I'll look into that setup. If I pull a sled on top of someone's previous snowmobile tracks to avoid plowing through snow, is that a reasonable idea to make it work?
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I pulled a clam one man flip over through a foot of fresh snow a few weeks back. It was 3/4 mile each way. Way out was not too bad because the prospect of fish, but the way back was pretty miserable. I won't do that again any time soon. If theres more than 6 or so inches on top of the ice, I'm fishing within 1/4 mile of where I access the water. Also I am 28, not 62.

The other sled I use to pull my hub style shelter is a lot lighter. I'd recommend that if you think you'll be dragging long distances. The Flip over style are really nice though, if you want to use a shelter but also move a lot. Have not fished Granby but I assume it gets a lot of wind. Hub style shelters can definitely stand up to wind when properly anchored, but they are pretty hard to set up by yourself if its super windy.

I know this doesn't give a definitive answer, but hopefully it at least gives you some personal experience to think from.

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I'm close in age and still pull by hand. this limits your range but still very fishable. Atv r good until deep snow. Following tracks help. I find closer areas known to catch fish. Most are friendly but a bit personel.
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All are really helpful answers, I really don't want to get the snowmobile/ATV/trailer and deal with maintaining it/storage and all that. So I thought I need some advice before I take the plunge. I'm perfectly fine with not getting too far off the beaten tracks.

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Weight is obviously the issue, I thought a power auger was a necessity. But if I'm not drilling more than a few holes per trip, is a hand auger reasonable to consider? Or would that be a big mistake? I'm not bringing this up trying to save money, just wondering if reducing weight is more important.
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Go with a power drill conversion power auger. around 12 lbs.
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