Joined: 27 Dec 2005 Posts: 348 Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:35 pm Post subject: Suspended Browns?
Hey guys, I ran into a difficult situation recently, need some ideas what to do next time.
Briefly, I was fishing a pretty good Brown Trout lake. Some good fish have come out of this lake. Surface temperature was 54 much of the week. On the sonar, I'd see big arcs midway thru the water. If I was over, say, 80' deep water, I'd see a few scattered big arcs from 20' down to 60'. 45' was the most common depth. I would run my lures (mainly AC Skinny's and AC Originals) right by the suspended fish, a little above and a little below. I zig zagged, speeded up and slowed down, changed lures to bigger or smaller sizes, changed colors. I jig-trolled and went with no action. Leadcore, 3-way weights, and downriggers were all used. I fished both early and late in the day. Very early on, I'd try to fish topline and close to the shore, too.
I did have one nice Brown on (about 30") that I lost boatside, but that was it.
I can relay that this lake has an excellent forage base, plus, it had been stocked a week or so before I got there. The Marina Chief told me that he thought the fish were fed too well! i.e., they weren't hungry!
Its too late now, but can someone help me out? _________________ Mark-O
Brown Trout-Aholics Anonymous
Joined: 14 Mar 2006 Posts: 172 Location: LasVegas, Nev.
Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:11 am Post subject:
My uncle fishes alot of those lake up there and he once went with a guide that graphed them, then placed his boat over the top of them and jigged for them with rubber and skirts. They did pretty well when the bait was place near the fish. I truly think most fish get real lazy especially when they have just eaten well. No different than humans, we want a nap after a big meal. just a thought. I also think that some of the old fashion techniques would work well like a large night crawler on a hook. Nothing against the AC Plugs as i have caught more large fish than ever before since using them. Just changing it up a bit to see what their looking for. Also we have a large population of Carp out here and my humminbird used pick those up and we used to think they were stripers. Those carp can get up to 70 or 80 pounds and make a nice arch on the graph. _________________ Mike Pergola
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