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Lake: Rampart Reservoir
Fish: Lake Trout

Spawning lakers

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 9/16/2019 11:40:32 AM     Points: 2876    
Looking for some info on how to get some lakers when they start coming up shallow to spawn, specifically at Rampart. Any tips on what to use, and where they'll typically be would be greatly appreciated.
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 9/16/2019 1:29:34 PM     Points: 3747    
I am fairly new to the lake trout game, and I don't have information about Rampart in particular, but here is an interesting study about lake trout spawning behavior. I have seen them breaching at Taylor Park Reservoir and my experience there was that they were totally uninterested in anything I had while they were spawning. [log in for link]

Some of the lake trout guys on here will know a heck of a lot more, but I hope this study helps.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 9/16/2019 2:32:21 PM     Points: 2876    
I appreciate the insight Santiago. Interesting to know they don't spawn super shallow which is what I assumed was the case.
Well, maybe I can still trick a few once the water starts getting colder and they just start coming up shallow to look for food before winter.
 Reply by: luresforall      Posted: 9/16/2019 2:49:49 PM     Points: 6433    
As of this last weekend the Lakers are still deep. looking like it will be weeks before they start moving up with the water temps holding as high. They have moved up some on the south side of the lake between 70-100'
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: 9/16/2019 3:39:14 PM     Points: 881    
I have done well for lakers at Granby in mid october on tube jigs from shore.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 9/16/2019 5:17:42 PM     Points: 6199    
That scientific paper was fairly useless. 6-1/2 hours of video surveillance in the great lakes was only interested in actual spawning....

Here's some real observations, since, as fishermen, we aren't interested in the ACT OF SPAWNING, but fish's behavior relative to their "catchability"

Lakers will come very shallow as they prepare to spawn over ROCKY areas from 3-10 feet of water. Usually happens around the time ice is forming, ie, when temps approach freezing at night. My studies tell me that I want to be fishing right before ice forms, in rocky areas, ande as soon as ice forms. Since they prefer dark conditions, cloudy, overcast days are best times to fish. Otherwise, one could try fishing before sunrise or after sunset.

Smaller lakers are shallow before the bigger ones. Usually, i've found the big boys to be 4-6' deep as soon as a lake is capped. From my experience, the best places to fish for lakers in late fall have rocks from fist-sized to football-sized. Last year was great for finding these areas when most lakes were fairly low, like Twin and Blue Mesa.

Good luck!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 9/17/2019 9:57:31 AM     Points: 2876    
That's good to know Malty, and a good point about catchability.
Have you ever fished Rampart Reservoir? Any parts of the lake that tend to fill up with lakers shallow?
It would be the first time I've ever fished there so ANY insight about the makeup of the lake would be really helpful.
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 9/17/2019 10:39:46 AM     Points: 11    
I once read a study that said that the lakers hold in the deeper water near spawning flats in the daytime, and move shallow at night to actually spawn. I was able to check off a bucket list item, which was catch a lake trout on a fly, by fishing with a deep sinking line in deeper water near the inlet flats at Turquoise. I do not have my map of Rampart handy, but I would look for shallow water flats with deeper water close by. Good luck!!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 9/17/2019 1:17:19 PM     Points: 2876    
thanks wackokid, that's definitely what I'm hoping for, is to catch one of them on a streamer, so I guess we'll see how that goes. Gonna be inheriting an 8wt from my old man that he doesn't use anymore. Definitely hoping that can be put to good use up there and elsewhere.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 9/17/2019 2:37:48 PM     Points: 197    
Per catching lakers on the fly:
I have caught some at gross reservoir in surprising shallow areas during spawn..just pitch infront of cover n strip strip..

Also..if you really want to target lakers on the off is the time to do it in my opinion so dont forget about that! There are always nice ones cruising shallow at that time
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 9/18/2019 8:50:55 AM     Points: 11    
The fly that worked for me at Turquiose was a white Zonker with a silver mylar body and a red thread head. The flyline was a streamer line that has a Type 5 fast sinker head and neutral running line. i was using that for deep water. A floating line or clear intermediate sink line would probably do the trick for the shallows. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!