Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

Missing piece of the puzzle

Recommended Posts

Joe and I fished an overgrown pasture at the out most head water of a stream we frequent.

It was obvious that no one had fished the area for quite some time. We were picking up trout

in water that had any type of depth. The median depth in the flats was about 2 feet. Everywhere

there was a corner or tree on the water there was a slight bit more depth and the trout were

stacked up in there. None of the trout were huge. Most of them were very skinny.

We kept going upstream and catching a trout about every fifth cast. I landed a skinny male brown

with a wound on its head. A heron had been fishing this stretch also. The water really started to get

skinny and the weeds were hanging over the stream making casting almost impossible. Joe and I

decided we would walk a little farther upstream.

We walked through a really skinny area and were about to quit when Joe heard some rushing water.

We decided to go find the source of the noise. We walked 20 more yards and we found a man made

structure. It looked like a flood control mound. It had a pond below it. There was a cement tube coming out

of the earthen mound. The pond had willows all around it and it is tight casting. The pond appeared to be

about 3-4 feet deep and about half the size of a small swimming pool.

I threw a panther martin in there with no luck. Joe hooked on his sure fire rig. A size 6 eagle claw with

a large night crawler hooked through it once. Joe threw up to where the cement tube dropped water directly in to the

pond. The crawler didn't even get a chance to sink and Joe had a trout on. The trout was about 16 inches.

Joe turned his head towards me as he battled the trout. Joe was gloating. He was dissing me for my pick

of trout bait. He told me that there was nothing like a night crawler for trout. I was watching the trout as Joe

battled it. Joe was still looking at me chirping. He was singing his own praise and how he was going to out fish me

again today. The water near the trout erupted and I saw the 16ish inch brown go sideways in the water. This got

Joe's attention and started paying attention to the trout on the end of his line again. Joe reeled a little faster and had

the trout about 15 feet in front of us. The water erupted again and this time the action was directly in front of us.

We both stared in disbelief at we just had seen. Joe let the trout rest for a moment. He asked me what I had seen.

I told him I saw a massive female brown run in to the side of the trout on his line and push it sideways. Joe had me get my

camera out in case the GIANT female brown did it again. I wanted to get a photo of the trout attacking Joe's trout. Nothing

happened. We landed the trout and let it go.

Joe was shaken. he asked me how big the attacker was. I told him a least double the size of the trout on his line and very

deep. We measured the trout that Joe had landed. It measured 16 1/4 inches. The trout that attacked it was clearly over 32

inches and the deepest trout I have ever seen in a small stream. It was a female brown. We both got a really good look at it.

We tried for that trout for 2 hours after that and not a whisper.

On the way home we made our plan of attack. We decided a return trip the next morning was in order. I rigged up three

poles and so did Joe. Joe took his 6 pound mono off his normal rig and put 20 pound power pro on his rod. Joe put 0x on his

fly rod and put a deer hair mouse on the fly rod. His other rod he put a black Mr. Twister on.

I sized up on my fenwick. I put 10 pound fireline on it. I decided this trout was landlocked and could not escape down stream.

I went to cabelas and bought a size 7 and 9 floating rapala in the brown trout pattern. My second spinning rod i put 8 pound clear mono on it and bought a mouse lure. The lure had 2 treble hooks and a slight bill on it. Lastly I put a size 2 black bunny leech on

my 6/7 fiberglass fly rod.

We were at the hole by 4:45am. We exited with our tails between our legs. Not a whisper of a bite. We talked on the way home.

Joe thought the next time we went he was going to try live chubs and chub tails. The hole was big enough that we couldn't cover the

entire hole with a fly rod. Good back casts are almost impossible.

We discovered this trout about 3 weeks ago. We have gone back approximately 15 times at different times of the day and night. We have not caught another trout in that hole since then. That trout is land locked it can NOT get out unless it jumps a spillway and negotiates 6 inch deep water for 60 yards to a tiny stream that runs through a long pasture. It is still in there.

This trout is quite a head scratcher. We have thrown the kitchen sink at it. It ignores everything we have tried. Joe was thinking about a live mouse on a harness. Couple of my friends have suggested a huge hopper when they come around or a big cricket.

I am open to suggestions.

This trout is quite a puzzle. I am 100 percent sure it is still in the hole. It is like having a jigsaw puzzle almost finished and losing the final couple pieces. This trout is soooo huge it is a no brainer on what we are going to do with it if we ever crack the code.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

toss out a 10 inch shiner smile

try a muskie lure like a suick, or a size 13 original floating rapala, something that'll imitate that huge brown she was trying to eat maybe

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

A 14" sucker or Chub on 8 lb florocarbon little trebles quick strike, 10 pm. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky, NO NOISE or vibrations at all Aloha.!

(I'm such a sucker! like Mr H doesn't know...)

Mr Harris will get him, or more likly, he will step aside and coach some fortunet soul on how to catch this monster. Mean-while the real Mr trout sits back smiles and writes us a fantastic story.

(with pictures)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I would definitely be there for the full moom rise on the 7th of July. I have really paid very close attention to what that moon rise and set does with muskies over the past five years and there is no doubt in my mind that big fish eat on a full moon rise and set. I wouldn't go too big on the creek chub or sucker either. I would go with 6"-8". Have you tried any huskey jerk-baits or X-raps for her. Maybe twitching and pausing a bait of that nature would trigger her to bite. Is there a Hex hatch on this perticular river? I would think she makes a pretty good living on those when they are coming off. I have done well on walleyes during a hex hatch fishing a 3" chunk of crawler under a bobber. I was tring to imitate an emerger and it worked really well. That's my 2 cents. Good luck and I hope you get her.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like a night feeder to me. How about large streamers after dark? Say a gray ghost or black nose dace?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

You better get back there and catch that fish before I get there in August. Go catch some chubs or small suckers with some worms today. Then plan your attack. For the chubs use a #2 hook so you can get some bite into the fish. I believe you have yet to use chub or sucker tail this season. It worked for me last time I tried.

Can anyone tell me how the lunar tables work as they relate to trout? Do people really have the best luck at full moon?

July Lunar Table

According to the chart, yesterday and today are supposed to be excellent times to go? Obviously weather and water conditions have a lot more to do with it. More so is knowing where to fish and what to use and how to go about it -- stealth required.

In MN you can only legally fish one hour before sunrise and 11PM is the latest you can stay on the water. WI has 24 hour fishing.

Which would be better times to fish? Moon overhead or moon underfoot or both good times?

I'll be fishing Sat am and will be at my hole by 4:45 am. Moon underfoot runs until 5:30, so is this a good time? Or is this mainly a bunch of hog wash +/- fishing during a full moon?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I have to look up ramps on the interweb to see if I have any to try.  Never had them before.
    • I just talked to someone who was in NE yesterday.  He said the amount of ducks and dark geese he saw was UNREAL!
    • Fuel injected so no.  If it were carbed they'd come off and be cleaned too.  The throttle bodies were cleaned though.  The exhaust valves were cleaned earlier.  Got to like Amazon for prices and vendors that ship right away.   Reeds are in then noticed when filling with antifreeze my coolant cap didn't fit. The neck warped from heat off the muffler.   I'll have to true that up and probably put in a heat deflector.  Then stabil in the tank and into the enclosed trailer for season.  
    • Yep nice to win a couple on the road, nice 5 point cushion on the Stars and Kings who are fighting for that last playoff spot. Still need to keep getting points and we should be fine even with an average record. 
    • I was knee deep in snow when I was in the woods this weekend just north of Elk River.
    • Saw the first flock of geese while in Superior on Saturday
    • Swiveldigger vaults into first place with 2nd win of year with 340 pts   2--fishing_Novice                    339 3--huckfin                                 306 4--BlackLundProV                  298 5--Juneau4                              293 6--rl-sd                                     279 7--mnwildman                       275 8--icefishinnut                       249 9--Rip_Some_Lip                   226   ___________________________________________________________ Season Standings 1--Swiveldigger                     1468 2--huckfin                               1454 3--Fishing_Novice                   1446 4--Juneau4                             1432 5--mnwildman                       1383 6--BlackLundProV                 1358 7--Rip_Some_Lip                    1356 8__rl_sd                                   1237 9--icefishinnut                        1178 Highest weekly score is 343    BlackLundProV---I don't think that will last for long!  
    • I think part of the problem was that rent was too high in riverdale. It should be better at that location. And it is right off the highway may be better for them. Time will only tell.
    • Every time I drive by the land I hunt I see at least 50 in the field cant wait