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Fish: Rainbow Trout

No Need to Fish Early, Sunset Bite is BEST! [Video]

Post By: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/15/2020 4:13:45 PM     Points: 1481    
Always trained my self to wake up early and head out to a lake to fish and have the best chance at most fish. No one ever tells you to wait and fish the pre-sunset. In the last few weeks my best fishing happened between 3:00pm to 4:30PM.

Me and Paul went south to fish for a few days 3 fish all day until the afternoon where we ended up with a combined 20 fish! Some of the fatter ones tend to feed closer to sunset. Hope you enjoy the video. Here's the [log in for link]

 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 12/15/2020 9:11:11 PM     Points: 15204    
You are probably dealing with fish feeding on the crepuscular movement of scuds, from the weeds up to the bottom of the ice. At dawn, they move the other way. And the fish feed heavily at both times on them.
Mid day, you might have better luck with other areas and tactics. IE, during the doldrums of 11am-2pm, I frequently move over to rock areas and present a baitfish or crawdad presentation instead of scud pattern, and pick up the pace that way.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/15/2020 10:42:33 PM     Points: 1481    
Thanks Tony. I like the way you explain the feeding pattern. Learned something new.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 12/16/2020 12:32:12 AM     Points: 5883    
Good video thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 12/16/2020 8:13:41 AM     Points: 74    
Thats one of my goals for 2021. I want to use the word "crepuscular" in everyday conversations--at least increase my usage by 21%. I'm sure a few other fishermen have noticed there is no need to freeze your hands off from October till ice-on by being on the water early. Seems like the action peaks from mid-day through sunset. Thats my old guy excuse for sleeping in anyway....
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/16/2020 8:33:58 AM     Points: 1481    
SirGreg, you couldn't be more right. I've noticed for certain species and water the bite early seems better such as walleye or small mouth bass. Trout just seem so random with being more predictable in the afternoon/evening time.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 12/16/2020 11:15:07 AM     Points: 235    
Nice chunky Bows! 🎣👊🍻
 Reply by: dblendc      Posted: 12/16/2020 2:01:33 PM     Points: 256    
Great trip!
Great video!
Great info! Thank you for the tutorial!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/16/2020 2:23:27 PM     Points: 1481    
Thanks guys. A tip as far as the atomic teasers go, if you get the :Powerbait brand ones you don't even need to tip them with a waxie or meal worm because I think the scent does as good of a job.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 12/17/2020 3:04:50 AM     Points: 15204    
If you want to take advantage of crepuscular feeding, bear in mind that the fish will be less demersal, and perhaps even pelagic during that time.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 12/17/2020 7:47:58 AM     Points: 74    
Gotcha chief! My clients are the same way........
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/17/2020 8:30:43 AM     Points: 1481    
Haha Tony, I learned more new words in your one sentence then all year. :D
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 12/17/2020 9:14:07 AM     Points: 124    
I've always been a morning guy, fishing before sun up until the bite stopped, usually for me about 930 or so. I fish Antero and 11 Mile, do you evening bite guys find your tactic works (for trout) in the South Park lakes?

 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/17/2020 5:09:49 PM     Points: 1481    
Walleye Guy,

My favorite fishing is for warm water species walleye, crappie, wiper and such but I love to fish trout through ice. As far as 11 Mile and even Antero but specifically 11 Mile. The morning bite is decent and I even catch up to 9:30am. My trick has been to find 18 to 25 feet of water once the bite slows down and go fish there. I end up catching even more fish, and those fish are suspended and when I mark them suspended they usually will take my lure. It's more sporadic around 11 to 2 but once 3pm and on comes around they go on a more aggressive feeding pattern. This is just in my experience, it varies with everyone of course.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 12/17/2020 6:48:08 PM     Points: 15204    
Walleye Guy,
You can hit fish all day, but different things work at different times. IMO, the sunrise and sunset bites are pretty similar, overall, but given the tactics I fish in Southpark (scud patterns over downed weeds at the dawn and dusk) that should not be a surprise. I fish other areas and patterns at other times of day, like injured baitfish and crawdads near rockpiles.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/18/2020 9:06:29 AM     Points: 1481    
A lot of rock piles at 11 Mile for sure. I just fish the rock piles with spoons and it works just as well most of the time. Never done the crawdad pattern i need to try that.

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