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Anybody catching any Trout on Big Watab lately? Thought about heading out there tonight to give it a go.

Any ideas would be great. Feel free to email [email protected]

Thanks in advance!

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Talked to a friend who's been out there recently and he's been getting some corking over deep water. Sounds like there are a few pulling downriggers and small spoons catching a few as well.

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I've fished BW quite a bit this season and have been doing remarkably well trolling cranks w/ Leadcore, and long lining spinners w/ nightcrawler.

I haven't found any Browns yet, but the Rainbow's have been great.

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Not famiilar with trout,but it sounds like they suspend over deep water in the summer? besides corking, I would think jigging would work also? I dont have any lead core setups but could pull spinners. I was out there in the spring fishing crappies and seen a boats rigging for trout. I might have to try this next week. Any tips would be appreaciated.

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Interesting to hear you're getting them on leadcore. How do you figure out how deep they are...just drive around until you see a few on the graph?

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Interesting to hear you're getting them on leadcore. How do you figure out how deep they are...just drive around until you see a few on the graph?

That's what I used to do years ago on Watab. The lake stratifies and they will be in the thermocline for the most part. Your graph should show the "zone of life". It's probably tougher to find a parking spot at the boat landing than it is to find trout. grin

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(Kind of) good to hear, Superduty. Shameful as it is to say, I've never caught a trout in Minnesota. I'm thinking it might be about time. smile

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Interesting to hear you're getting them on leadcore. How do you figure out how deep they are...just drive around until you see a few on the graph?

I figured it out purely by accident last year. I bought a LC set up and wanted to figure it out before trying it on ML. Yes, I do rely somewhat on my graph to see if there might be a hot depth or pattern, but as with all my fishing it's alot of "precision guesswork". I also use some voodoo and a ouji board (jk).

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Thanks for the replies guys! We did give er a go last time out but never found any trout...just sunfish. I couldn't believe the sunfish were out where they were but we were actually pulling a few in. I think next time we will need to try one of these techniques. Thanks again!

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I am going to be busy with other things until the end of August, so I won't get a chance to get out there, but if anyone wants to go out and try to leadcore them then, I'd be happy to share a boat. Just pm me.

Again, I've never caught a trout in my life (apart from at trout farms), so I'm no expert. Just a heads-up. smile

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This sounds like a fish story, but I caught a 10 lb rainbow out of Big watab about 6 years ago. Marked fish about 70 down in the middle of lake, placed a small gold jig with a minnow, and a ton of weight to get it down to depth. Unfortunately I couldn't throw him back in after bringing him up from that depth.

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