How To Catch Lake Trout Ice Fishing

How To Catch Lake Trout Ice Fishing

My name is Robert Keith I’m the regional fisheries
supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. We’re out on Flaming Gorge today to see if
we can find some small lake trout; lake trout less than 28 inches. One of the really important tools for fishing
for small lake trout on Flaming Gorge is to have some kind of a sonar unit, a fish finder,
or a flasher so you can figure out what your depth is and you can figure out where the
fish are. We find that typically you’re looking between
forty and sixty feet for these small fish and the sonar helps you to find that depth
really quickly. As you walk off the ice to just keep checking
holes until you find the depth that you’re looking for. Sonar becomes really critical fishing for
these small fish when um, find the bottom with your lure. You can see your lure on the screen and especially
you can see the fish come in on the screen so you know the fish is there. You can try to entice them with the lure. You might see fish that are twenty feet shallower
than where your lure is. You can reel up to them. A great tool for fishing for lake trout and
other fish in different waters in the state. Okay, so this is a typical setup I use for
fishing for lake trout. I’ve drilled three holes. I’ve got my sonar in the middle hole so I
can see the lures in the two holes adjacent to it. I fish the two rods because I can have one
rod dead-sticking. I’ve got a spoon on this rod. I’ve got a tube jig on this rod. You know, I’m sitting here. I’m watching for fish coming in. If I don’t see fish sometimes I’ll drop my
lure down to the bottom. Get it on the bottom and just shake it a little
bit because lake trout are right on the bottom and then I’ll lift up the lure and sometimes
jig it aggressively, seeing how the fish respond. Other times I’ll just put the rod on my knee
and just keep it really still, because sometimes that’s what the fish are looking for. Other times it’s just a matter of just kind
of shaking, shaking that tip gently to see if the fish are going to, going to grab it. With the spoon, I tend to like to be a little
bit more aggressive, because that’s where you get the action out of the spoon. If the fish isn’t taking the tube jig that
I just presented to it, I’ll grab my spoon rod and give that a couple good jigs to get
that spoon fluttering. You’ve got to watch, watch your line because
you’re sitting here, you’re jigging it, you see a fish down there on your sonar, and then
all of the sudden your line stops going down, and you’re like, “Why isn’t my line going
down?” Well that fish has grabbed it in mid flutter
and you lift up and you feel a little tension, you set the hook. Um, same thing with the spoon. A lot of times I like to just drop it to the,
all the way to the bottom. Um, let it lay there for a second and lift
it up to see if a fish will follow it, or just keep it on the bottom while I’m not seeing
fish and then I can grab it, lift it up past the fish and a lot of times they’ll grab it
as it goes by. To see more tips on how to catch species like
lake trout and burbot, please click the link on the screen.

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