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We are coming this weekend to try to catch lake trout. We have not done it early and are wondering what depths we should look for and what lures would be good for shallow trolling?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The trout should be near the surface this time of the year. We use white or silver spoons or stick baits like rapalas(anything that looks like a smelt). When fishing right after the ice goes out you need to use a lot of line behind the boat because your boat will spook the fish and cause them to veer away from the boat. By using a lot of line it allows the fish to come back towards your bait after you pass. I am not sure if you can use any live bait or even salted minnows. If you are fishing in WFB I understand you have to use barbless hooks. Be sure to check with a bait shop in Canada on this.

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Mike is on point for right now. Most of our lake trout that are being caught are in 35-60 FOW. The guys have tried trolling but with limited luck, most have been catching them jigging for just shore fishing. It's been a strange start to the season.

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We have been in WFB for the past 2 weekends. Most fish were caught in the 30 - 35 foot range trolling Rapala Taildancers. The bite has been very good - fishing humps and points has produced the best. Fish seem to be fairly spread out so it is a bit of a run and gun routine. Catch a few at each spot then move on.

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We typically stay at the Tomahawk Resort if we are there for more than a few days. On shorter trips Crystal Harbor Motel is a good option. It is fairly short boat ride from the Tomahawk or Crystal Harbor Motel to the fishing spots. Other options would include Vic and Dot's on the south end of WFB - all depends upon how long you are planning on staying up there.

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