How to Fish: Where Trout Live in a Lake | GoFishBC

How to Fish: Where Trout Live in a Lake | GoFishBC

Becoming a successful fly fisher or just
angling- any type of angling- stillwaters requires a basic understanding of lake
structure: the anatomy of a trout lake. Because trout live in certain parts of
the lake at certain times of the year depending on water temperature and the
amount of options that is available to them. It’s safe to say that the two most
important parts of the lake are the shoal drop- off zone- the shallow part of
the lake and then where it drops off in the deep water, and then the deep water
zone. So if you looked at a perfectly designed lake it would be like a shallow
dish where you’ve got shallow edges gradually and then deepening off into
the main soup bowl part of the lake so you’ve got a combination of shallow
water and then a deep water zone. The shallow water zone right to the edge of
the drop-off where it drops into deep water is extremely important because
that’s where photosynthesis occurs; that’s where the energy from the sun
penetrates to the bottom of the drop-off and shoal area and allows all that green
plant growth to flourish during the spring, summer and fall months and all
that plant growth provides quality habitat not only for the food that the
trout are eating but for juvenile and some adult trout as well. So it’s the
grocery store where all the bugs are living in that shoal shallow area edge of the
drop-off zone. Now the deep water zone of like the middle of the lake, or the middle of
the soup bowl, is important during certain times of the trout season,
and where it becomes really important is during the warmer summer months where we
have a lot of interior lakes in British Columbia that get a lot of heat, a lot
of sun, and the water warms up. Fish are cold-blooded and they need to seek out
optimal water temperatures where they’re comfortable and there’s sufficient
oxygen to support themselves so in the summertime they slip off the shore
shallow drop-off areas down into the deep portions of the area and in the deep waters
of the lake and that’s where the water temperature is cool and well-oxygenated.
Now, in a lot of small lakes there’s not oxygen right at the very bottom of the
deep water zone on the lake so that’s where it comes important to understand
how to interpret your fishing sounder and fishing by your depth sounder that
tells you not only what depth of water you’re fishing but it’ll tell you where
thermoclines establish where there’s stratification in the lake and where the
fish are actually suspended. They may not be right at the bottom of the lake in
the middle of the summer simply because there’s not a lot of oxygen. So there’s a
lot to understanding the different techniques to catch fish but before you
do that you need to understand where the trout
can live at certain times of the year in order to ensure that you’re fishing water
that does support trout.

local_offerevent_note August 31, 2019

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