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I decided to go ice fishing one last time and knew that Brainard would still have plenty ( of ice that is).
The day was beautiful and though there is about a 2 mile hike, it is an easy hike on the road. This is a beautiful area and well worth the hike, if the wind doesn't blow. After drilling through about 42 inches of ice, I caught 25 brookies in about three hours, all between 10 and 12 inches and in surprisingly good shape. The lake is shallow and there was no more than two feet of water under the ice where I was fishing, so I was surprised to do as well as I did. I would guess that you could still fish through the ice up there for another month. Oh yes, I almost forgot... I was using a pink jig head baited with earthworms and moving the jig .
 

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I guess it will be a little while before I can fish the Indian Peaks then. Bummer, I've been dreaming of Mitchell and Blue Lake . Better get an auger and some snowshoes.
 

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Yes, and a power auger would make sense. Three and a half feet of hard ice with a hand auger is a job.
 

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I'd love to hit the ice one more time, and that sounds great! Could you tell me if there's enough snow on the road to x-country ski? I usually take my dogs skiing there every year, just been too busy so far. Also, where did you fish, near the bridge, the big rocks? If I make it, I'll be using a hand auger. ;D
Thanks, and excellent report!
James
 

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As of last Fri. the road was still snow packed and fine for skiing, but in some places it was not very deep so I don't know how much longer that will last. I was fishing in the center of the lake. Good luck if you go.
 

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thanks. I ended up making some plans w/ friends to take the kayaks out Sunday. I'm still going to have to get up there before the thaw. (maybe a sick day ;)). Thanks again!
 
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