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Lots of choices
Posted by BlueMoose on Apr 26 2006
It is an open end question with many scenarios.
Spring Time Fishing in Lakes the fish tend to be around rocky reefs near shallow water. If the Lake has a stream Lakers can be found in the confluences of the stream / streams as well. Example Tangle Lakes from stream to stream offers great Laker fishing right after Ice Out.
Summer fishing on Lake you will be looking for structure and drop-offs as well as deep rocky reefs. A prime example of this would be Harding Lake Mid Summer 60-80 ft of water.
Your methods will change as a Lake Turns i.e. cold water Thermal Cline in the Spring it is shallow in the Summer it is deep, and in the Fall it is shallow again. For the sake of argument say the average productive thermal Cline in a Lake that contains Lake Trout is 40-60 degrees that water temp will be found in less than 20ft of water in the Spring, During Summer it may be as deep as 40ft and vise verse in the Fall. Follow the Thermal Cline and structure you will find the fish. Some people break it down into water Column, or split the lake in 3rds ie. Surface Water, Thermal Cline, and Bottom Water. Surface Temps can reach as high as 80 Degrees which is not suitable for Lake Trout again for the sake of argument lets say the Surface is the top 15 ft of the water and its temp ranges from 80 degrees to 60 degrees at a depth of 18ft. Now mind you this is Alaska so the formula is a general one. Then the Thermal Cline or Mid level of the Lake is found ranging from 20ft to 40ft at a temp of 60-40 degrees, , then of course the bottom water which is 40-35 degrees.
Find the Thermals in the lake and find the fish.
Tackle is an open subject: Jigging buck tails can be productive, trolling with Spoons in the thermals can be productive, and Fishing during the spring Smolt-Out is very productive.
Med Action Rod - Little Cleo's, Crocks, i.e. just about any spoon that represents a bait fish, White, or Red.Black bucktail Jigs up to 1/2 ounce if bait is allowed cut herring, or smelt tipped at the end, and of curse Virbex spinners.
Fly Fishing - Egg Sucking Leach, Clouser Minnow, Lefty Deceivers, and Alevin Patters all on the Big Side. If your chasing Lakers with a Fly Rod Paxon Lake and Lake Louise is a must around the 20th of May.
Tight Lines and Best Wishes
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