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Jaybird

Trout Lake report - 8/4-8/6

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Just got back last night from my first trip to Trout. What a beautiful lake - I may have to make it an annual trip (assuming spousal permission). I camped on the 5 Sisters site with man's best friend and did most of my fishing in that area. The bass fishing was very good. Lots of fish, and though many were small, I did get some nicer ones including a 19". They were mostly on rocky flats in 10 to 15 FOW. The best spots were adjacent to really deep water. They came mostly on jig-worms, and the brown powerworm with the chartreuse tail was very productive. Also got some on tubes and twister tails tipped with leeches. I picked up a few pike trolling cranks. Didn't get any walleyes or lake trout, although I didn't spend a lot of time targeting them since the bass were so cooperative. I was fishing as deep as 30 FOW, so I assume the walleyes were deeper than that. I was somewhat hampered as to where I could fish by the strong winds on Saturday and Sunday. Saw a moose and a heck of a light show to the north on Saturday night which I later learned was the weather that hit Warroad. Is this lake as good for bass as it seems, or did I just hit it at the right time?

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Jaybird,

Glad to hear that you had a good trip to Trout!

Trout has always been a very good bass lake!

The walleyes were probably deeper, although they can be caught in the eveniongs trolling cranks close to shore.

Cliff

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The bass seem to bite on anything in there. Although I couldnt get any to bite on buzzbaits.... they slam floating rapalas... And of course you can catch a bass per cast on a senko.

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I was interested in trout the last time we went to vermilion. What do you have to do to get in there?

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Get BWCA permit at Fprtune Bay or LaCroix Ranger station in cook. Read the rules. Have a boat with no bigger than 25 HP motor. Bring $30 in cash for motorized portage. I think the aug hours are 7am-10am 4pm-7pm. get a depth map, I know they have them at gander mountain and places in ely do too.

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