Finally, the winter storms have began to roll in.
These conditions have really brought plenty of hungry fish to the shore. We keep saying if you are chasing large trout this is the time to do it. We have surprisingly had some very good days on blue bird or partly cloudy days with minimal wind. It’s just a matter of time in the water.
Schools of big fish have been coming at random times through out the day. With the water being cold sometimes it takes most of the day to warm up shallow water enough for the bigs to come in and comfortably feed. The best times seems early morning and between 10:30 am - 3 pm. But again, that is weather dependent. Another thing to remember is don’t leave fish to find fish. If you are getting fish to eat but haven’t found a big one, keep working it until the right fish comes by.
As the water continues to cool down the fish will begin to get slightly more lethargic. Slowing down how you fish could produce a few more fish as we get into winter. Fishing a floating line with or without an indicator with midges, balanced leaches or both have been effective of the ledges. Stripping has brought in more of our large fish this year. Vary retrieves depending on water and light conditions. Also, don’t be afraid to slow the speed of strip down either mixed in with of speeds and lengths per strip.
Top colors for the midges are still red, black and wine. And as always the best colors for balanced leeches/baitfish and any other meat you might want to throw behind a sink line would be black, white, olive, and chartreuse.
Now go out and get yourself a monster!
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