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splake techniques

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I have over 150 splake stocked lakes within a 3 hr drive of my home, and I have no idea what they look like. Last summer I gave stillwater fly fishing a try. I had good success catching rainbows but was a complete failure with the splake. The lakes are small to medium sized, and I would classify them as deep and oligotrophic. I believe they are stocked as put and take fish for ice fisherman. If any one has experience taking these fish with fly fishing techniques, that they could share it would be appreciated.

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Like lake trout while using fly gear, your best chance at them is in the spring when they come into shallows to spawn and fall when the lake 'turns over' and they go on the feed to prepare for winter.

 

Rocco

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Funny but I've caught dozens of them over the years up north but almost all were in winter through the ice. During the summer on the same lakes I would fish evening and catch rainbows on top regularly but never a splake even though I knew they were there. Had a few friends who would troll cowbells deep during the summer days and catch rainbows and the occasional splake or stocked laker. So I guess I'm just working on my typing since I can't help you with flies except what Rocco said, and when I might have caught them shallow in spring I was out hunting walleye.

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I generally fish them trolling streamers much as I do for lake trout. Late May / June seems to be my favorite time to try for them.

 

Doug

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