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Cast Master

Advice for icing winter trout

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I'm hoping that some of you who frequently target trout in the winter will chime in and give me just a few words of advice. I am mostly interested in info pertaining to rainbows, browns, and brookies - but info on lakers is also welcome. I realize there are a million variables that play into things, but in general:

1) Hole hop or camp out in one spot

2) Jig/deadstick or bobber/tip-up

3) Live bait or lures/plastics

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cast master if you check the BWCA forum occasionally im sure there will be some great info on lakers in the coming weeks

there is some info now but much more is to come

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Designated trout lakes in MN do not allow live bait since they do not want the little fish to grow into big ones and compete with the trout.

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I have had great luck jigging small spoons for rainbows,brookies,and splake.

Try Small Lindy Flyer spoons, Angel Eye spoons, Cast Masters,or

Sweedish Pimples.

Bait them with a couple of waxworms or use them unbaited at times.

I have found that by ripping the spoons up a couple of feet and letting them freefall to about 1/2 the distance to the bottom in 5' to 16' of water 2 or 3 times and then letting them sit still for a minute or two before repeating works great most of the time.

Hang onto your rod as aggressive fish will really slam your bait!

Cliff

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Trout will roam all sections of the lake. Alot of times they can be caught right under the ice to a few feet below the ice in about 25 fow for example. I'm talking rainbows and brooks mostly, not lake trout. Take a look at ratsos/shrimpos in various colors and sizes.

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