Thanks shading. I just don't know how accurate the fish finder is. I haven't really had a chance to use it much. It was given to me by someone who never uses it, I will try to play with it this summer and figure out how to use it properly and hopefully it will help me mark some suspended fish. At the very least it will allow me to find the optimal depths. Is there any weed cover out there in depths of 25 feet plus?
So, the way it seems is these trout seem to always suspend off the bottom. From the ice fishing reports, it seems most stay in the 20-35 foot depths and fish 3 feet or more of bottom typically. Is open water fishing pretty typical of that?
I would like to know how the trout fishing is in the summer? What is the technique that works best, bait, presentation, time of day, etc....?
I only have a canoe with an electric motor and a small portable humingbird fish finder, but I don't rely on it much for marking fish...more for depth. I really want to try for some trout this summer if it is worth while....I just don't know how to go about it....
I am also determined to give the ice fishing out there a shot next winter after following this forum all season this year.
MOON PHASE (96%)
41° - 45° F
Fished near the cottages on the SW side from 1230-330 in anywhere from 26'-33' but didn't have any action. Sounded like the bite shut off for everyone around noon or so. We used pre-existing holes, but they measured out a good 12" or more in thickness yet.
MOON PHASE (86%)
31° - 35° F
Was out on Friday and Saturday morning with a bud of mine and the fish stuck to the usual dawn to 10:30 am bite pattern. Fished 22-24FOW and 27-32FOW, found luck in both. Kept 4 trout across the two days, lost another 5 or 6 to short bites and hole misses. Overall action was medium, would come in flurries and always on the first drop in the hole. Recommend hole hopping to find em. One our way off the lake one of the shore guys bagged a nice high 30" almost 40" pike on tip up. Fun to see!
36° - 40° F
Tough bite today, but I did manage my limit. Didn't mark or catch any fish in the 22'-23' column, but found some active fish in about 26'-27' of water. 2 browns bit on tuffies, on the autos, and the 3rd fell victim to the rattle spoon tipped with a savory minnow head.
It was really sloppy out there, and probably my last time driving out, however, the ice is solid. Launch is holding up nice, just a ton of water on top.