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grapeapplepie

Trout lake end of July

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A buddy and I are planning to spend a couple of days on Trout lake at the end of July. I fished the lake once several summers ago for walleyes without much luck. I know we will be fishing for walleyes and possibly lake trout and bass this time around. Any suggestions on lake depths/patterns to fish would be helpful. (We will be in a boat with electronics, not a canoe.)

Thanks,

Grapeapplepie

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Specific Trout Lake fishing information can be very difficult to obtain. I say this having fished Big Trout since 1960. I am not a lake trout fisherman but I would assume they would be stacked up in the deepest part of the lake which is due west(?) of Trout Rock.You can shut your eyes and find smallmouth bass. Absolutely every shoreline or reef that shallows up to under 30 ft will have them. Walleyes are a different matter. Trout Lake walleyes move "on" and "off" of "spots" from day to day. I have several spots that I know will hold walleyes at times and when I reach the lake I start by fishing an area just long enough to see if they are there. Sometimes just a "hit" will give me enough info to, perhaps, stay in an area longer to determine exactly "what" hit. Believe your electronics and stay if you can mark walleyes. If you troll, they should be in 20-30ft of water adjacent to really deep stuff(40+). Mid-lake reefs and around the islands is where they should be. Nitecrawlers are good now but big leeches work really good in that lake(if you can get them). I believe simple is best and a plain red hook or floating jig head, 4-5ft leader, and 1oz bottom bouncer or Lindy sinker will work.

General enough for you? Well then here's a specific tidbit that will produce BIG walleyes: if you like to slip bobber, there is a reef that comes up to 6-8ft out of deeeep water that lies southeast of Dollar island a few hundred yards. It might take you awhile to find it, but it will be worth it. Good luck........

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Vermilion Fuel and Food has a good supply of jumbo leeches!

Cliff

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There are still undiscovered walleye spots on Trout Lake!

Trout has to be the most hit or miss lake Ive ever fished for walleyes. One day (in the west bay @ 28ft) we caught 11 fish from 9am to 11am all over 17". After 11:01 (lol) we kept trolling the same spot and never got another bite there the whole weekend!

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As I said, they move on and off spots from day to day. Along those same lines, there is a 24ft "cone" that comes up out of 50+ ft of water shortly after you enter West bay. One year, I bribed the portage driver to take me early because, they would be on that cone every day until the sun topped the trees and then "poof". Typical of Trout Lake walleyes.........

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Thanks Barney and everyone else for the replies/information. I'll be sure to pick up some jumbo leeches before we head in. I'll re-post after our trip with an update. Hopefully, I will be able to post a few pictures of some fish we caught.

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Trolling cranks is a good way to fish also, the bonus is you might pick up some hawg pike.

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If you are fishing for Trout, and have downriggers or rods with wire or lead core line try to find the suspended fish 35-75 feet down. Sutton or Daredevle spoons worked for me.

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The only dependable spot I know of is an early season spot where the river comes in from little trout, but that's usually best right around opener

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