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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir
Fish: Lake Trout
Rimrock Canyon Ranch, Colorado, near Byers Canyon of the Colorado River and Williams Fork

Late season lakers question...

Post By: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/25/2018 4:00:36 PM     Points: 1813    
We typically fish WF for laketrout - mostly because we can't figure out Granby at all.

We do ok on WF early on. We can usually catch fish there - not big but we've always found a way to catch them by moving around, and trying different groups in different depths picking up fish along the way.

We've noticed that as the season progressed this year, especially the last month or so we could still mark a lot of fish in usual spots, but they were very selective and would largely ignore all the lures/tubes that worked well early in the season.

Surprisingly we could still catch few on tiny small tear drop jigs but they would ignore just about anything else.

Is it the lack of oxygen this late in the season that has this effect on them or is it something else?!

 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/25/2018 7:24:01 PM     Points: 18243    
It may be location. I did very very well today. I was fishing in what most people might consider unconventional styles over 80, 65, and then 37 FOW. I caught fish at each of these depths, and landed 3x doubles over 65FOW in less than an hour.

The fish can get picky, but they are in there and are eating.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 3/25/2018 7:44:51 PM     Points: 8675    
Super picky it seems
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/25/2018 7:52:39 PM     Points: 2275    
I kept one last week
And it had 8 finger lenght rainbows in the stomach
I put down a couple diffrent jigging raphalas and they chased it all over but no takers
They would come up 30ft off the bottom
I think they start thinking about summer food
Crawdads are majority of there diet
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/25/2018 11:14:25 PM     Points: 18243    
Very true about the crawdads BTW. Think about how a scared up crawdad flips up over the water and lands. And hit that hook-set when they bit on the drop.

Are you sure those "finger-length bows" were not salmon? Not that I am saying otherwise, but I've have suspected...
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/26/2018 6:15:01 AM     Points: 2275    
Pretty sure they were rainbows cause they had alittle red on them
But the were pretty well digested.
Ive seen kokes in the belly at granby off inspiration point
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: 3/26/2018 11:05:01 AM     Points: 854    
Tbubb. I was out there yesterday as well. I was on the West side of the lake and covered a fair amount of ground. I assume you were one of the 2 parties fishing in a group along the ridge? I started early shallow looking for pike and had one mark that I believe was a large pike but no love. Ended up moving to 42 FOW and deeper catching fish when I threw in the towel on the pike mission. Caught a handful from 11am to about an hour after you guys split. West shore is showing signs of softening as there is runnoff coming down the dirt hills in most areas.

Saw some open water by inlet. I measured around 14 inches of ice most of the day. A spot I had great action last week had very few this week. If one is not marking any fish its time to keep moving a little bit till you do find them.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/26/2018 5:02:58 PM     Points: 18243    
Lone Shark,
Thanks for putting in your account of this as well. I would expect that the ice would be thinner at the shallow areas around the inlet. Glad you caught a few fish too!

We were not part of the aforementioned parties, and were not fishing on a ridge. I also don't think you saw us leave, thusly... but no matter. Just fixing some presumptions about who I am/what I look like and where I fish.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/26/2018 5:13:59 PM     Points: 1813    
So you guys were still catching them with 3 inch tubes or there abouts?! We were there 3 days last week... didn't get skunked but didn't catch anything with tubes. Hence my questions....
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/26/2018 9:45:57 PM     Points: 18243    
I don't fish tubes, no. As it happens, I fish swim baits. It also happens that one of the guys fishes the tiny stuff all year and caught quite a few, but not as many as I did Sunday.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/27/2018 8:04:18 AM     Points: 2275    
Ive been catching on tubes before the sun comes up
Then its a variety of lures after that
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/27/2018 9:54:54 AM     Points: 1813    
@tbubb >>I don't fish tubes, no. As it happens, I fish swim baits.<< OK - but did you have to downsize your sim-baits to get bites, or do the same sizes continue to work for you even now.
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: 3/27/2018 10:23:23 AM     Points: 854    
Tbubb. I must have not been paying enough attention to who was where. I know nobody was over on the side I was fishing. At least my general area. It is certainly possible I suppose you were in Johnson bay or along the east shore somewhere. The 2 groups I saw appeared to be fishing the deeper water just off the dropoff. In hindsight I should have started lakers early or stuck to pike all day.

...A dog trying to pick up 2 bones at a time sometimes drops them all LOL.

Did manage a toad there a week or so back though. Not an easy big fish lake there but there are some dandy's for sure. I drive a blue Tundra so if you ever see me up there say hi! :D
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/28/2018 8:38:05 PM     Points: 18243    
Fishing Junkie,
I fished the same 3" swim baits all day that I fish every time I go there.
But the bite was a reaction bite, they had to be enticed.
The count for our group of four people was 34, 19, 17, & 2 fish (per person) I think, all fishing pretty much on top of each other.
So... yeah, it depends how you fish them.
And of course, location and how you fish a particular bait matters.

I know a guy who catches as many as I do there, but if we switch equipment, we can both get skunked... I know how to fish my stuff, he knows how to fish his.

Kev-O caught a few on a 6" jig... (ha hah)
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/28/2018 8:43:49 PM     Points: 18243    
PS- and yeah, truley BIG lakers are hard to get out of there. Seems I normally get one over 20" but never really get very big ones (see below for a "larger" but not large laker there.
I used to fish lighter gear and had fish I could not turn around or get off the bottom, so they are in there alright, and I've seen a few, but I guess I don't hit that class of fish very often.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/28/2018 10:34:32 PM     Points: 1813    
That's a really nice one, Tony. Thx for the info.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/29/2018 1:49:52 PM     Points: 18243    
Here's a bigger one caught on the same lure. They can/do eat stuff other than tube jigs.

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