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Dooley87

trout in big watab?

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if you didn't already know i am new to the area and thank you guys for all the usefull info in my "new to area" post.

i was online researching stocking records and noticed that big watab has had trout stocked in it. i have my fair share of lakers but never a rainbow or brown, thought it would be a blast to tie into some local trout.

does anybody know if these fish are even targetable on this lake? it looks DEEP and i don't know how to fish trout since i have never targeted them in inland waters. if anybody would be able to lend some info on trout on this lake or just trout in general it would be greatly appreciated.

merry christmas and happy new years! grin.gif (i don't mind saying the word christmas unlike some wacko's)

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Trout does not open till 1-15-08, I believe.

Fish shallow in the winter, 10' or less.

The water is extremely clear, and a very clean water lake, keep it that way, take all your garbage with you. smirk.gif

The ice is a bit sketchy out there as well, there is a ton of very deep water and it is always the last lake to freeze.

There are no lakers that I know of, only stocked rainbows and a few browns.

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wow i'm surprised that you fish trout shallow in the winter, i always knew that trout were in deep lakes so i just figured they were deep all year.

i knew there weren't any lakers in big watab, i just stated that i have caught them because it is the only trout i have ever caught and would love to catch some browns and rainbows too. thanks skeet, its a starting point anyways.

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I have caught a few out there over the years.

I have had my best luck in shallow water.

Fish with small jigs and wax worms, and keep moving until you find fish.

There are also some gills and crappies, but most of them are on the smaller side.

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Skeets is right with his pattern (shallow. Sight fishing them can be unreal!!! Think shallow but dont rule out deeper if you aren't haveing luck! Good luck in your search.

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it's a tough gig to catch them in the winter...you can catch them, and they tend to be bigger (2+ lbs) but not many numbers...I've only caught them 300yards straight out from the access about 15 feet down (in 50+ft of water)

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