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OldTripper
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07/20/2018 05:20PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
New Trip Report posted by OldTripper

Trip Name: Knife Lake Lake Trout.

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07/20/2018 07:29PM  
Thanks for a very enjoyable read, Old Tripper. I'm glad you and Ryan had a good trip.
flynn
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07/22/2018 08:39PM  
Great read. Thanks for sharing!
OldTripper
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07/23/2018 07:53AM  
You're very welcome! I'm glad you both enjoyed it.
cyclones30
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07/23/2018 08:04AM  
Great report, glad you found your fish and made it back for a good trip.
carmike
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08/10/2018 11:55PM  
Great report, and bummer about the trout.

Was the flesh white...or was it pinkish/orangish/reddish? The "white" ones aren't as good eating, which is why I'm asking.
08/11/2018 06:44AM  
carmike: "
Was the flesh white...or was it pinkish/orangish/reddish? The "white" ones aren't as good eating, which is why I'm asking. "


I agree. The red flesh trout are incredibly good.

Thanks for the nice repot and pics. Sounds like a perfect trip and IMO you guys need to go more often. :)

OldTripper
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08/12/2018 06:44AM  
carmike: "Great report, and bummer about the trout.


Was the flesh white...or was it pinkish/orangish/reddish? The "white" ones aren't as good eating, which is why I'm asking. "

It was grayish in color, off white.
After I got back here to Colorado I caught a Splake and cooked it up and it was fine.
I think part of the problem was how we cooked it in the BW, wrapped in foil over the fire. I fried the Splake in smokin' hot oil. The one in BW was also a texture issue. The meat was very mushy.
OldTripper
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08/12/2018 07:03AM  
TomT: "I agree. The red flesh trout are incredibly good.

Thanks for the nice repot and pics. Sounds like a perfect trip and IMO you guys need to go more often. :)"

Thanks for the kind words TomT.
In many ways, it was the perfect trip. We are most likely going to go up again next summer. Once a year is all I can manage vacation-wise. Sometimes I wished I still lived up there.
carmike
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08/19/2018 04:10PM  
Sounds like you got one of the "whites." They are subpar eating, in my opinion, no matter how you cook them. To my taste buds, a "red" cooked in tin foil over the fire is about as good as it gets.
molshove
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08/22/2018 11:46AM  
Thanks for sharing, sounds like an awesome trip! What else were you throwing, other than the shad rap?

carmike: "Sounds like you got one of the "whites." They are subpar eating, in my opinion, no matter how you cook them. To my taste buds, a "red" cooked in tin foil over the fire is about as good as it gets. "

Is there an easy way to identify without cutting the fish up? I've never gone after lakers, primarily walleye, but would like to snag one this upcoming trip.
OldTripper
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08/22/2018 07:27PM  
molshove: "Thanks for sharing, sounds like an awesome trip! What else were you throwing, other than the shad rap?"
When trolling I used the silver/grey Shad Rap, a purple Scatter Rap and a purple Tail Dancer. The Shad Rap got the most action, the scatter rap second and that's the one I lost to the fish and the purple tail dancer never had a strike. And I know it's supposed to be a good lure for up there. Go figure...

molshove: "Is there an easy way to identify without cutting the fish up? I've never gone after lakers, primarily walleye, but would like to snag one this upcoming trip."
I don't know of any way. If anyone does know, I hope they can share the info.

molshove, just go for it. Don't over-think it. I'm not really a fisherman and I think we did well. Bring the right lures, fish the right areas of a known lake trout lake and you will most likely catch a lake trout if you put in enough time. Do a little searching on this site and you will find pages of valuable information that will help bring success to your fishing endeavors.


 
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