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Lake: Lake John
Fish: Rainbow Trout

Lake John

Post By: PikeD      Posted: 2/21/2020 2:41:07 PM     Points: 1655    
Another trip to Walden in the books. I used the Garmin Panoptix Livescope to help find weed edges and watch fish behavior. The Aqua-Vu Camera really helps at Lake John as well.

If you haven't been up there, Lake John has a bunch of Stickleback minnows in it which makes the trout fat, but also makes then a bit less hungry than normal. Finding an area that had fewer minnows was key to catching instead of just watching.

Also, think about how fish would benefit to catching minnows---yes, go shallow. I often fished with less than three feet of water between the weeds and the ice. This limits the movement of the minnows and thus ups the chance of a hunting trout to catch its prey.

I also used weird colors--when there is not food around match the hatch but when food is plentiful, go crazy.

I tried multiple deeper locations and all I found were more minnows. Sometimes the larger fish work together to corral the minnows in open water away from the weeds but no luck this week.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: Feb. 22, 9:10:44 AM     Points: 2626    
Tough fishing up there-- even with all the technology at hand.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Feb. 23, 6:29:02 AM     Points: 387    
I fished at Vega Reservoir on Friday and saw minnow clouds on my screen a couple of times. I had heard from another fisherman that the lake had been the recipient of bait bucket stocking of fathead minnows and some of the fat bows I caught were puking up minnows. I am no expert on minnow ID so I do not know if they were fatheads or something else. They were not trout minnows. The fish were very picky and would often rush over to my jig and then just swim away. I used a variety of baits and finally ended up with 4 fish after 4 hours on the ice. They were very chunky pink meated fish.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Feb. 23, 8:38:00 AM     Points: 1887    
Have you tried a balanced minnow imitation. I fish a few spots where the main forage is minnows. This fly seems to work for me. However sometimes the fish are just sated and wonít eat. These are my ties. Watch the video balanced punk perch by Phil Rowley. I changed the colors to this light gray. Itís been very effective over the last few years.
I had an afternoon where it took 19 fish in 1.5 hours at Antero. It should work at lake John.
I2
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 23, 10:03:27 AM     Points: 5235    
i2fly, those are some good looking flies. Do you use them under the ice and in open water?
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Feb. 23, 1:54:23 PM     Points: 1887    
Yes you sure can fish em under the ice. The style is the same. Just change the colors if you prefer. Iíve done them in hot pink, pearl white, and chartreuse.
 Reply by: jamiehughes      Posted: Feb. 25, 10:33:48 AM     Points: 7    
fishing right on a shallow weed edge used to work great there if you could keep the suckers and muskrats outa there... i know they fixed the sucker problem but not sure about the muskrats..it just always seemed like if they were around the fish weren't..
 Reply by: PikeD      Posted: Mar. 7, 8:46:44 PM     Points: 1655    
If there was any solace, any shallow weed edge seemed to have the same number of fish.
 Reply by: fishmohr      Posted: Mar. 8, 2:24:59 PM     Points: 77    
The hand tied jigs look good.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Mar. 9, 8:41:14 AM     Points: 1802    
The balanced minnow looks good. I am thinking of tying some. I found something similar online Phil Rowleys Balanced Punk Minnow. I have been doing well lately on a white balanced minnow on a jig hook, no eyes on it.