trying to tie the two together...
Camped on Trout from 8/10 thru 8/19. Mostly hit area lakes but on the two evenings/night I hit Trout I got a limit of Walleye, keeping 2 each night. 17", 17" and 24" on first night and 15", 17", 25" on night two. The big ones are still swimming.
Some shorts went back as well.
Mix of jigging and cranks. 20 to 28' Color did not seem to matter. Mix of cranks as well, but all deep divers.
Hit panfish, bass and Musky on other area lakes, did well on all. no muskies in the boat for 3 hours of work, but two on and moved a couple of big (45"+) fish. Musky were on topwater or Spanky dbl 10's (they run deeper than most big blades).
Stayed on Trout the week of July 22nd. Only fished Trout few times during the week mostly in the evening -SM - 11-20FOW plastics - picked up around 10 with 19.5 being the biggest (fished with my dad). Even had few doubles!!!! Targeted walleye 2 evenings - picked up 8 fish up to 17.5 inches - again plastic in 11-20 FOW. This has been my 20 year fishing Trout Lake few times a year. Walleye fishing is usually good at night with cranks but this year the bugs were impossible after dark so we did not try. Got 4 ski for a week on few different lakes.
Thanks again. I won't be there until next week Thursday, but I'll definitely be looking for some reports!
Except for the depth, Trout Lake seems to remind me a little of Sugar Camp Lake (one side of it), north of Rhinelander. Very little vegetation, and clear water. At night time in shallow water, the walleyes' eyes used to reflect light from the stern light as they swam by. They looked like headlights on cars. 2 feet of water, over a sandy bottom.
Have a good trip! Looks like steady, mostly decent weather for the rest of the week.
No problem. I will be up there starting today thru Sunday. Normally I stay at North campground, but we splurged and got a cabin on the North end this year. Great campground. I have been staying there for 40+ years. If you see a green Lund Explorer with a Yamaha say hi. I will point you in the right direction if I have the pattern figured out. We are hitting a bunch of lakes, not sure how much I will be on Trout.
Thank you CoachRob and Hockey-guy! This info helps alot. Maybe I will try trout lake if I go out on a solo mission then. Lake looks tough on the topo map but willing to give it a shot! Might Try Big muskellunge as well. The nice thing about this area is there is many lakes to fish!
Overall- Trout has a steep learning curve. I have been fishing it for over 30 years, staying at North campground. You will have to put in time to learn it. Check out a topo map and you will know what I mean. Very deep, very clear, limited weed growth, and it was the last lake to ice out this spring. If you do not use your electronics extensively and know how to pattern walleye and bass, you will find it to be a VERY tough lake to fish. That said, it is my favorite lake in Wisconsin.
For Eyes and bass Trout should be outstanding this weekend, but you will need to work for them to figure a pattern.
I would expect the eyes to be on the reefs and rocky points, weeds if you can find them (there are not many weeds in the lake). Bass may be up shallow getting ready to spawn. I would have to be on the lake to know if they are spawning yet.
North landing I put in a 17 foot lund with a roller trailer, but I get my feet wet loading. You might stay dry with a smaller boat. With a small boat/motor be careful if you run from South to North lake. She can kick up enough to couase some trouble. On the South side know where you are! Depth goes from 100 feet to 2 feet around the islands very quickly.
For Panfish with kids, - Hit Allequash or Escanaba nearby. On Allequash and Escanaba, find weeds and you find panfish. Both have plenty of gills and perch, both are easy to fish. Escanaba is a 2 mile dirt road and you have to register at the DNR station there, it is an expiremental lake. Panfish are very tough on Trout. There are a few spots for Perch and bluegill, and you should be able to find them that time of year, but you will have to work for them more than other lakes. They are very tough on Trout. There are a few spots for Perch and bluegill, and you should be able to find them that time of year, but you will have to work for them more than other lakes.
Good luck. I am up there for 5 days starting June 12.
Not saying you can't catch fish on Trout, but it is (in my opinion) a tough lake to fish. To be honest, I've only been up there in later summer though, so now may be an easy time to fish. Gorgeous lake though. If looking for an action lake, I'm sure you can find something that's a little more of a sure thing.
FYI on the launch on the north lake, it is extremely shallow. If you have anything more than a 14 footer, you'll probably need to use the launch on the south lake.