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2017 Trout Opener
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Who all is planning on heading out for winter trout opener? I would like to try it this year. what are your favorite baits/presentations for winter trout? I will be targeting rainbows.

Posted on: 1/4 11:51:10
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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I think I will be out this weekend as well. I usually use bucktail and cisco tail. Drill lots of holes and move around until I mark some. thinking of headed up to Ely area one day.

Posted on: 1/10 10:22:18
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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I will be targeting rainbows. You use a bucktail an cisco tail for lake trout I am guessing correct?

I have heard from a couple guys that a common tactic is a jigging spoon with wax worms for rainbows in the winter. can anyone else attest to that?

Posted on: 1/10 10:46:47
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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Not sure for me as I don't believe there is a season for the Crosby area this year.

Posted on: 1/10 11:50:20
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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Not sure where you got that info? Just checked the DNR website and it says Allen and Pleasant are the only lakes closed in Crow Wing County.

Posted on: 1/10 13:34:29
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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In my searches, I have heard multiple reports of trout being caught in 7-12 feet in the winter. Is this true of most lakes?

If so, im glad I did some research because I was planning on starting in 40-50 feet which is where I have caught them in the summer.

Posted on: 1/10 13:54:50
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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I think it really depends on the type of trout you're fishing. Rainbows I've caught in quite a variety of depths from 5 feet to 45 feet. The biggest thing seems to just be willing to drill lots of holes until you find them and to keep that bait moving. They'll chase the bait all the way to the ice hole. I've even have them hit the transducer on the vexilar. Buckshots and similar small spoons tipped with waxworms have always worked well for us.

Posted on: 1/10 14:21:49
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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Quote:

Bobb-o wrote:
Not sure where you got that info? Just checked the DNR website and it says Allen and Pleasant are the only lakes closed in Crow Wing County.


After further review I didn't read it right and you are correct

Posted on: 1/10 14:52:17
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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AutumnFever wrote:
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Bobb-o wrote:
Not sure where you got that info? Just checked the DNR website and it says Allen and Pleasant are the only lakes closed in Crow Wing County.


After further review I didn't read it right and you are correct


You had me worried as I will be down there this weekend chasing them on the pits, had to look it up!!

Posted on: 1/10 23:07:18
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Re: 2017 Trout Opener
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Rainbows I usually set up from 4fow to 10fow arrive early before light and drill your holes let everything settle and I usually sight fish them.. Many times I have caught them jigging a few inches below the hole.

Posted on: 1/11 5:34:30
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