Wednesday, September 15, 2010

scatching up lake trout

Hi folks, Spent a great morning fishing lake trout in the morning on a lake in the north east kingdom with a friend.  We used a specialized technique to catch the lake trout unlike many forms of fishing.  We set up over humps, shoals, and underwater structure that came up out of deep water.  There was a slight west wind with over cast conditions.  The water temperature is still warm with surface temperatures hovering in the upper sixties.  We used slow action fly rods and fiberglass spin rods between 8' and 9' in length.  We spooled them with spin reels with braided line and a 9' long fluorcarbon leaders.  We cast 1/4oz chartruse colored jig heads tipped with soft plastic baits that resembled young smelt and emerald shiners.  We anchored the boat and made long casts to the structure and then varied our retrieve to the boat.  We landed 10 lake trout between 18" and 24".  We missed and lost another half dozen fish as well.  Some of the males were beginning to become fairly colored up in preparation for the spawn in coming weeks.  Lots of fun and some of the takes happen right at the boat as the fish chase the jig up to the surface.  Most of the lakers came from 25' to 35' of water.  A lot more enjoyable than trolling or jerking lead core line.  Received a 1/2" of rain at my house in Stowe over night and things have really cooled off.  Should make for some good fishing in the next few days.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy