Tips to help make you a better Trout fisher:
* After ice-out, lake trout roam the shoreline shallows and reefs, where they remain until water
temperatures warm in early summer. Lake trout like bait. Use medium-weight spinning gear to
bottom-fish with dead ciscos or suspend live minnows beneath a float. Troll with spinners
tipped with minnows. Cast or troll with white bucktail jigs, crankbaits, or flashy spoons. Focus your
efforts in depths shallower than 30 feet. Lake trout are often most active at dawn or dusk.
* Warming water sends lake trout to the cool depths. Look for them in depths greater than 40 feet.
Troll with downriggers, wire line, or bottom bouncers, using crankbaits or spoons. Try vertical
jigging with spoons or jigs tipped with minnows or cut bait.
* Spawning urges bring lake trout back to the shallows when water cools. Cast or troll near reefs
and rocky shorelines.
* Lake trout are active all winter. Fish on the bottom with dead ciscoes or live minnows. Jig with
ice-fishing jigs or spoons. Start in depths from 15 to 40 feet. Keep moving until you catch fish.
* Rainbow trout may frequent the shallows in the spring. Inflate a nightcrawler with air and cast it
out from shore, using a slip sinker for weight. Or troll with cowbells trailed by a nightcrawler.
* Rainbow trout are most active in June and July, when they feed on insects. Fly-fish with dry flies
or nymphs. Cast or troll with small crankbaits, spinners, or spoons. The best fishing is in the
* Few anglers pursue rainbows in the fall, but good fishing is possible. Bottom-fish with an inflated
nightcrawler. Cast or troll with small lures or flies along shorelines.
* Rainbow trout often swim just below the ice. Use light lines to fish with small jigs tipped with
waxworms or preserved minnows. Start just beneath the ice and go deeper until you have strikes.
* Look for brook trout and splake near points and shoreline shallows. Troll near shore with
spinners tipped with worms. Cast or troll with dark-colored nymphs or Wooly Buggers.
* Brook trout fishing is excellent in June and early July, but splake seem to disappear after
Memorial Day. Use wet flies and dry flies to catch summer brookies. You'll often find them near
* Brook trout and splake are fall spawners, but they cannot successfully spawn in most lakes
because they need streams for spawning. Troll or cast for them as they congregate near points.
* The best ice-fishing for brook trout and splake is just after winter fishing season opens in
January. Fish in depths of less than 10 feet for brook trout, splake may go deeper. Tiny ice-fishing
jigs tipped with bait are effective.
* Look for brown trout close to shore or near inlet streams. Cast from shore with inflated
nightcrawlers. Troll with bright spoons or crankbaits.
* Brown trout are most active at dusk. Fly-fish with large dry flies or streamers. Cast or troll with
crankbaits or spinners.
* Brown trout are fall spawners. They roam the shorelines in September and October. Cast with
large streamers, crankbaits, or spinners.
* Few anglers target winter brown trout. You can catch them using jigs tipped with preserved
* The key to catching big browns is to fish at night and use big lures. Try casting mouse imitations
or floating crankbaits in likely areas after sunset.
* All trout will eat other species of trout and even their own species. The lake trout eats fish almost
exclusively, including its own species.
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