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Watab and trout


Rogue Hunter

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Now that I have a boat, I wanted to try Watab for trout. What presentations and bait should I try? Also, I've heard they're down deep. Is this true?

Thanks,

Rogue

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For the next couple weeks you will find them on top with a #5 floating rapala trolled behind the boat. They will move deeper in June.

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Anywhere as long as the boat floats. The trout school and swim around the entire lake so there really isn't a hot spot. Just stay in 20' of water or deeper and you should be find.

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One thing you will find with the trout is that they are ALL over. They never seem to stop moving. We have had the best success on the back side (south) of the lake. Try a bunch of differant things. Something will trigger. We do good on crawlers as well.. Good luck

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So has anyone caught any trout since opener? grin.gif

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I have not caught anything huge yet this year. I fish watab often and I check the locator to see what depth there at and then set a slip bobber 5ft up from that with a no.8 hook and half a crawler. Sometimes a angleworm works best. I haven't got skunked yet!

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Hey Notcho,

Couple questions for you or anyone else...

How much does a trout stamp cost?

What time of the day do you usually fish for those trout?

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They used to be $5. Not sure if they went up.

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Trout stamp is $10 now. Anytime of the day. Have found it usually slows down as after sunset.

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Thanks, might be worth a trip. Never been trout fishing, I heard mini marshmallows sometimes work. Just don't want to throw away $10 bucks for nothing.

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The best time for me is mid morning like 9:00 and mid afternoon 2:30. I have had good luck with the new berkley powerbait that is pink and sparkley! And you better have your trout stamp when you go there because the lake is patrolled often.

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Notcho: welcome to the site, you're going to love it.

Shoot me an email, I grew up in Avon and am curious as to which Notch you may or may not be.

cheektowaga at hotmail dot com

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Good luck on Watab. I caught a 10 pound rainbow last year in June. I was fishing about 60 feet down in the middle of the day. Just a jig and a minnow.

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Tried the lake on sunday morning for crappies...managed a few bass and sunnies but no crappies to be found. Would like to give trout fishing a try out there sometime also.

SA/wdw

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