Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:08 pm Post subject: Plugs on stocker rainbows
What do you trout guys thing about the prospect of catching some of the bigger rainbows on pay to fish lakes here in So Cal on plugs? These are rather unnatural conditions where they truck in fish some well above 20lbs. I honestly never read of one of these fish being caught on a plug or even a rapala for that matter on these local put and fish spots. It always powerbait and small jigs. Am I wasting my time or what? Something like a 5"-6" skinny??
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:50 pm Post subject: mini jigs
I grew up fishing Irvine Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes. Mini jigs on 2 pound test were the ticket back then. I remember getting my Kencor rods and bb filled bobbers. It was the hot thing back then. Marlin Meade and Crappie John Beale were the pioneers. I remember camping out the night before opening day to get the best spots. That was in 1985-1990 though so things may have changed =) _________________
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Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:20 pm Post subject:
Well, my two cents. I'd say not. I mean, these big stocked trout have been pond raised, fed pellets, and they're not exactly fit, muscular trout that could be a top line predator. The tactic I've read about most often is slip bobbers with micro jigs, done at a very slow pace. Powerbait, gels, and flies tied to look like a pellet are also common.
One other thought. Mark K, you mentioned you've fished and caught some of those big triploids. What was the stomach contents? Did you commonly find a couple stockers in a big guy's stomach? _________________ Mark-O
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Thanks guys. I'm intrigued that there is no clear cut consensus on this one. It does make sense to me that the bigger fish that don't get caught after a few weeks or months would try to adapt to their surroundings and look for a new food source. I think I'll load up some 6lb. floro on a spinning rod and see for myself. I've caught catfish on a 9" AC so anythings possible right!? HA!
Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:57 pm Post subject: trolling for stockers
Currently the best action at Irvine Lake has been trolling with various lures all over the lake. Most popular lures have been rapalas cd3-cd7 in just about any color they make so I don't see why they would not eat a smaller A.C. Plug. If I could make it down there I would give it a try plus there are big Largemouth that live there to and do eat the smaller trout.
Joined: 27 Feb 2008 Posts: 284 Location: Southern Utah
Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:37 pm Post subject:
regarding the plugs for stocker rainbows, i troll 7-12 inch plugs and catch small (10-14") rainbows occasionally when i'm fishing for macks. I caught a 22 inch rainbow on a 12 inch original one day, that had me scratching my head. The hook was in the back of his head. Rainbows fresh outta the raceway are pretty stupid, and generally will swat at anything. Don't know about the real big ones though. I'm not sure if they're hitting it because they think it's food or if they're trying to spawn with it, lol.... _________________
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