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I was planning a splake trip this weekend, but heard that most trout slowed down a couple of weeks after season opened. My source said lakers are still active, but he has never down well on rainbows or brookies more than two weeks after season opened. He wasn't sure if it was oxygen levels, fishing pressure, his own rotten luck, etc.

Can anyone verify this or prove him wrong? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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End of the Line

Welcome to the forum.

I cant believe that anyone actually thinks there is no place to fish that would have the same affect on every splake, or any other species, that you couldnt go out and get some on any given day. There are lakes in MN that have splake and trout that hardly ever see an angler all winter. But to put a general cap on one guys outings is certainly not fair. Splake and Cohos were the best biting fish on Lake Superior last weekend in WI.

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JustinG

I have been targeting stream trout now for the past 2 weeks and have had varying luck on any given day. I have not been skunked once...just some days are slower than others. I really think the weather this week has has alot to do with the fish bite as a new front has passed every day this week. I saw the biggest Rainbow ever this past week, he swam up to my bait, circled it and would only snap at it and wouldn't bite. It was still unbelievable excitement! Splake, however, seem to be voracious and have been biting hard. Not always, but more often than not they fly right in and smack the bait. You just have to go out and drill some holes and give it a try.

Justin

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Steve Foss

Hi grouser. Welcome to FM. Great to see you here. grin.gif

If your source only was talking about his/her own experience, that's one thing, and it's chancy to take the word of a single person on something that broad.

And your source is wrong. Streamers will bite all winter. They tend to be most active from just before sunup through the first few hours of light, but that's just a tendancy, not a law. And splake are a cross between a brook trout and a laker (both actually are char), and lakers are quite agressive in all seasons. If someone tells you not to bother fishing splake after the first couple weeks of opener, I'd say balderdash.

However, most fish species, and I believe trout in particular, tend to be shy of tons of on-ice activity. Someone who is in the middle of a village of houses and looking for splake or streamers, or lakers for that matter, is going to find hard going more often than not. Likely your source fishes near other folks, because that's what most do, and it doesn't take more than a week or two of a lot of traffic to move fish away from villages. People who isolate themselves and fish quietly catch streamers and splake the whole season.

So I say: Get away from the crowds, because trout move around ALOT, and there are many good places on any given lake that have not sprouted houses. And fish whenever during the winter you feel like it.

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JustinG

I think one huge mistake people make ice fishing for any species is unwillingness to seek fish. If you aren't catching fish-you need to move! Don't be afraid to try other depths either. All too often, people will catch fish in one location early then "it shuts off" and they still sit there, well, alot of times this is true- but more often if you make a move to different depths or locales on a particular lake, you can still find actively biting fish.

One thing a person needs to remember when fishing stream trout is it is a totally different ball game than Walleye fishing...and that goes for time of day as well. I think a lake with heavy weekend activity on it especially early in the morning will have a tendency to shut fishing off early-you just need to make a move and use your fish senses. Seek and you shall find!

Justin

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