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Stump Lake is producing kokanee in the one to two pound range as well as some big rainbow trout. Read more about  Stump Lake


April 12, 2024

It was a beautiful day out on Stump Lake today, perfectly calm! Unfortunately the fish were not as excited to bite as I was to be out on the water. I marked only singles and doubles all day at 20 feet and at 60 feet . I started in front of the boat launch and trolled my way northward but nothing was taking my lures. Finally I tried pulling my pink wobbler to the surface to about 5 feet deep and shortly after I caught a small 13 inch kokanee! I thought the surface was going to be the ticket to success, but I was wrong. Over the next two hours I got one more bite and that's it. I tried jigging for the last hour in front of the boat launch where I was marking fish but again no success. I could get them to chase my gear but no takers.

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March 27, 2024

I went out to Stump today after checking out Monte Lake to scope out the ice situation. The northern end is opening up nicely and one person was out in a small car topper boat. The southern end has about 150 to 200 feet of open water, and a random spot in the middle has a good sized open area. I tried a few casts off shore in the open area but caught no fish, just ticks :/

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worst case


March 21, 2024

I took a drive out to Stump to check out the ice situation and also to try to jig up some rainbows from the rec site fishing dock. The lake is still 99% ice covered (see note below). The northern and southern ends have some open water, as well as a few feet of open water around the edges of the lake. It won't be long now!

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However- the ice would definitely not hold a person's weight today. It was thick but very soft and in some places it was breaking up vertically in crystal-like shards ("candle ice")- check out the videos. It was so soft in spots around the dock I could push my ice auger right through it without drilling.


Fishing off the dock in the morning was pretty awesome! I caught 9 rainbows and lost 3 others. Nothing too big today, but it was super fun. They were taking pink-dyed cured shrimp, and also an orange grub tail. They were quite aggressive, I think most baits would have worked.

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March 8, 2024

It was a nice warm day on Stump Lake today and I was happy to find close to nine inches of ice where I set up.

I set up about 200 yards off the highway boat launch and a little north of it. The water depth was 80 feet. There were many fishers on the ice today including someone who was set up close to me who had forgotten his rod. Luckily I bring several rods with me so I was able to lend him a rod for the day.

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I set up my camera just above 40 feet deep, mostly because any deeper was getting a little dark and hard to see.

I began marking fish in ones, twos, and threes and at all depths. It took a little trial and error to figure out that the fish seemed to like a meal worm jigged horizontally best. Once I figured this out I put two kokanee on the ice pretty quickly, both coaxed up from 50 feet into view of my camera where they took the bait. Unfortunately I had a little trouble keeping the fish on today. I would have had my limit by 10:30 a.m. if I didn't lose three kokanee in a row, two of them right by the hole.

The fish that were coming in a 20 feet and shallower seemed to have no interest in my jigs, but the deeper marks would occasionally chase my gear. Over the next two hours I got a few bites, put one more kokanee on the ice and lost another three. Between 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. the bite seemed to drop right off. I couldn't get anything to even look at my bait.

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Finally I put kokanee number four on the ice just before 3 p.m. and lost another. At 3:30 p.m. I finally put my limit fish on the ice! In case you weren't counting that was seven kokanee lost, five caught and a few bites. It was fun chatting and sharing fishing knowledge with some of the fishers on the ice today. 

the Strategy

Ice rod: A blue and silver Williams wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a tungsten weighted chironomid (size 10) tipped with meal worms. 

The bait:  meal worms for the win today!


It was hard to keep them on. seven kokanee lost and five caught.

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 0


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March 2, 2024

Randy writes, "Another great day on Stump, Sunday, March 2nd. Ice was a solid 5 inches and no slush or water. Fish schools were slow and mostly singles. I easily caught my 5 and my partner caught two. Missed many. My depth was 40 feet. I was in 76 feet of water west of the parking area. It was amazing to see schools of kokanee 2 feet below the ice from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00. Pink CC flies with chartreuse head and a white wing was my killer."

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Thanks for the report, Randy! Hope you enjoy those beauties.
Randy got a free pack of lures from the Chrome Catchers' shop for sharing his report from Stump Lake!

February 23, 2024

It was a beauty of a day to be out on the ice this morning! I arrived at Stump Lake around 9:10 a.m. and was all set up about 200 yards offshore by 9:30.

There was about 7 inches of ice and lots of fishers out chasing some great tasting kokanee.

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I was set up over 82 feet of water and the fish were marking fairly consistently at 45 to 65 feet. I tried jigging with my pink tungsten jigs with shoepeg and was able to generate a few bites, but the fish were only mildly interested.

At 10:30 a.m. I tried a tungsten weighted chrome and red striped chironomid, but to no avail. I then slid a meal worm over the body of the chironomid and this was clearly the way to go: I began getting bites right away, and  I quickly put a kokanee on the ice. I followed this up with two rainbows caught and released.

At around 11:30 a.m. a big school came in at 55 feet. I got my meal worm in the middle and quickly hooked a really nice kokanee. Unfortunately I watched this massive kokanee get off the hook at the top of the hole. I quickly lunged to pull it out but all I got was soaked as I watched the fish swim away. Imagine my frustration when this happened two more times in a row with two more kokanee! At 12:30 p.m. another school came through and this time I managed to put two on the ice before the school disappeared.

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At around 1:30 p.m. I got another good kokanee, and like all the rest it was caught at 55 feet. Only one to go to fill the limit- but it never happened. I had several bites and lost two more, but just couldn't get the last one. Throughout the day a few schools came in at 20 feet but I couldn't get them to bite. The vast majority of fish came in at depth, about 45 to 65 feet.

the Strategy

Ice rod: A blue and silver Williams wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a tungsten weighted hook   (size 10). 

The bait:  meal worms for the win today!


It was a great day catching kokanee at 55 feet deep!

kokanee: 4
rainbows: 2


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