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Looks like a VERY chilly opener and beyond. Any tips with this cold weather. Would it bring them shallower or deeper? Any insight would be welcomed!

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Cold weather almost always pushes the fish deeper.

The opener can be a little different though, as they are already accustomed to cold water.

Try shallow at first if that is where you usually fish.

If that doesn't work, go DEEP!

Cliff

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I plan on starting shallow. One question Cliff, say the fish were in 7-12' of water prior to a cold snap in an area where there is nothing deeper than 20' around....where do you look for these fish? The deepest area around even if it is just a large flat? Just deeper to where you were getting them before? Stop fishing the area if the 1st 10-20 minutes doesnt produce?

I dont mind fishing deep, but most of my go-to areas for the opener and adjacent to shallow bays and do not have any "deep" water around.

We typically just fish different areas completely that do have some deeper water, but those fish have to be somewhere, dont they?

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If the deepest water close to your 7-1/2' spot is 20 feet deep, then the fish will be there!

I would suggest using a plain hook Lindy Rig baited with rainbows fished extremely slow.

Good Fishing! laugh.gif

Cliff

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That is what we do.....dont forget RED hook. Hopefully the new "Y" store has a good supply of rainbows tomorrow.

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I have not checked there yet, but have heard that the rainbows are much nicer sized minnows this year! laugh.gif

Cliff

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Cliff,always nice to read your reports! I talked with you a couple of years ago at Glenmore resort during fall fishing. Always appreciate your expert advise! Maybe I'll see ya on the water.

Jeff

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