Post By: JoeE Posted: 5/27/2012 8:57:29 PM Points: 38
Hey ya'll, I plan to start trying to lakers but have little knowledge of how to catch them. I know trolling can be an effective way to put some in the boat. I was wondering what spoons or other lures you guys like for trolling for the lake trout?
We've trolled a lot of different lures for lakers at Blue Mesa. Most of the lakers we've caught were on 2-3/4" long spoons. Bigger spoons catch some too, but any spoon we've tried outperforms most Rapalas and crank baits.
Hey there. I fished with a guide in Flaming Gorge, UT, and he flatlined needlefish on the surface for kokes, and used flatfish for lakers on the downrigger. I don't know if that technique is applicable to other waters, but...
It was funny because every once in a while, the rod would really bend, but only because we hooked the bottom. Ha, ha. From what I heard, you want to be as close to the bottom as possible.
On a side note, I have seen guys on N. Cat., using flatfish as well. They produced some really large bows on it, but they too were targeting lakers.
If you can get it deep enough you might try a Triple Teaser ---- single hook - doesn't get fouled. I've had good results here in Colorado with the red head (red and white). In Canada we used Rattletraps and small (2 1/2 inch) 5 of Diamond spoons. The key is to get the lure to the right depth.
haha funny that you mention canada! That's actually where I'm heading on friday and will first be using the spoons for trolling them up there. Figured as long as I"m buying some spoons I may as well get ones that ya'll suggest for around here!
Thanks for the suggestions so far, keep them coming!!