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carmike
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08/12/2019 07:39PM
Hello all,

I've decided I need to catch a brook trout before I die. I do NOT want any info re: your spots, as I'm sure no one will tell and it'd ruin the sport if they did. :)

Frankly, I have no idea how to go about actually catching these fish. What lure styles and presentations are the best? Is live bait a good idea? Is there a time of year that's best? I don't need any specific secret lures or anything, just some idea of how to get started.

Thanks!
 
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08/12/2019 09:17PM
I target Brook Trout in the spring and fall when the water temps near the surface are 55 degrees. I troll with Kastmasters and small jointed Rapalas. I did great this past May and will target Brookies in October. Focus on the top 10 ft and you will find
them.
 
mcsweem
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08/12/2019 09:19PM
I've trolled with white panther Martin's, small raps trolling, brown twister tails jigging. Even a plain old worm just depends.
 
carmike
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08/12/2019 09:33PM
How do you use worms....just with a sinker sitting on the bottom? Under a bobber?
 
shock
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08/13/2019 02:48AM
1st of all , Egknuti those are a couple of Dandy's and Mcsweem thats as pretty as they get , and never thought of trolling with a panther martin type spinner Hmm.
i'm with Egknuti , it's either May or October for brookies ,
here's a pic of my brook trout box , i'm a big fan of the shyster spinner (front middle)
Carmike what i do with a whole crawler is on a phelps floater a little bit of air slip sinker on the bottom , as i've got older i do more shore fishing and hard to beat this set up from camp. on one brook trout trip was doing good on it until the buggers started eating right up to the phelps hook and leaving me a tiny piece of worm LOL.
never tried it but people use marshmallow w/corn under a float. 1 thing i dont like about bobber fishing in the BW is unless it's very calm you will do a lot of recasting unlike a slip sinker set up.
i am doing a mid october trip this fall and going to throw in some mid-size crankbaits(bombers ;)
i'm also going to try some chicken skin on a phelps floater off bottom too , try a little experimenting ;)
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/13/2019 07:09AM
Try a #3 Mepps spinner or a little Cleo.
 
lundojam
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08/13/2019 07:16AM
We've done pretty well the last three times we've tried (once a year, Aug., June, Aug.) Like you, I didn't know where to start, so I started shallow with cleos and tiny rapalas. No luck. So we jigged deep with no success. I was ready to throw in the towel when my wife says "let's try it medium." So we put half crawlers on 1/16th orange jigs and worked that 12 to 18' range. Bingo. Been back to the same lake and a second lake and repeated success, so it it could be real. They like it very slow, even try to hold it motionless. Electronics help.
Here's a vanity shot from last week.
 
AmarilloJim
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08/13/2019 07:22AM
Go in the Fall for their colors.
 
08/13/2019 09:46AM
For stream fishing I will use a # 1 Mepps Black Fury,various Panther martins, very small Little Cleo’s. In Lakes or wide streams or rivers, a piece of crawler under a slip bobber rig will do the trick.
 
thegildedgopher
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08/13/2019 10:17AM
Lots of good advice here. It seems the trick is just finding them, and doing so at the right time. They can be fairly aggressive and once you find 'em sometimes seems like they'll eat anything.

We used to catch them on Snoopy poles with corn and worms in the "crik" behind grandma's farm in WI when I was a kid.
 
carmike
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08/13/2019 01:47PM
Thanks for all the tips, everyone. I'll be going in the fall -- sometime in Sept or Oct -- so I'm hoping that makes it easier to catch them.

I usually struggle to catch anything that isn't a lake trout that time of year, so I'm hoping this adds a little variety and/or another option.

Plus, they've gotta be the most beautiful fish swimming in MN waters.
 
shock
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08/14/2019 02:48AM
lundojam: "We've done pretty well the last three times we've tried (once a year, Aug., June, Aug.) Like you, I didn't know where to start, so I started shallow with cleos and tiny rapalas. No luck. So we jigged deep with no success. I was ready to throw in the towel when my wife says "let's try it medium." So we put half crawlers on 1/16th orange jigs and worked that 12 to 18' range. Bingo. Been back to the same lake and a second lake and repeated success, so it it could be real. They like it very slow, even try to hold it motionless. Electronics help.
Here's a vanity shot from last week. "
DAMN Lundo , nice stringer !
 
missmolly
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08/14/2019 08:26AM
I like this thread. I have a couple brook trout ponds close to my house and I suspect nearly no one fishes them as you have to paddle to one up a tight stream and the other requires a serious off-roader to reach. So, c'mon, October!
 
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