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.