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Old 02-23-2006, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone out there fishs for them specifically? I caught a couple of 16" Splake at Antero by accident on Prince nymphs.

Both Carter and Horsetooth are being stocked with decent numbers of Splake and i would love to catch a big one! Especially in the fall when they take on the spawning colors of a brook trout!!!!!! Has anyone caught them on Tube jigs, Jerkbaits, etc? Since they are half laker I would imagine they might fall to simular Laker methods? I would think the next six weeks the water will be cool enough to keep them along rocky shorelines?
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I have targeted Splake with some success at Wolford. My most successful method was to use a Blue Fox Pixee spoon in the spring. My thinking was that the water temp was good for the splakes tolerance zone and the Rainbows were in the spawning cycle. If you've fished Alaska for salmon,* you've for surely used or seen pixee spoons. They are supposed to resemble eggs (roe) with the flash of a lure. I fished my baits fairly shallow in the various coves and small tributary type spots. Like I said I've had limited success but that was the method I caught the most on. Good luck, I would love to hear some other successful methods.
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What is a splake? Is it a hybrid?

A Brooke trout + Lake trout?

Also, Why are Lakers and Brookies called trout when their not trout?


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Nevermind, I found my answer

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Splake are a hybrid trout resulting from the cross of brook trout and lake trout.



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You got it. Brook+Mack=SPLAKE. My brother works in the wildlife management field, and he tells me,,,, Splake, being a hybrid, are used in cold water lakes just like tiger musky are in cool water lakes. Keep a lake clean of undesirables. They cannot reproduce because they are hybrids so the DOW can somewhat regulate their numbers. Lake Trout are always the dominant predator in any lake which they exist, even over Pike (imagine that!) so Splake will exhibit the dominance part, but be more tolerant of a little higher water temps like the Brook. So i guess they are a fishery management tool essentially. I guess they can get fairly large. Come to think of it now,,, I need to start fishing for em more too!
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I found some good info on them at this site: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/fis...ion/splake.htm


One of the quotes says they can reproduce?
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This hybrid trout is genetically stable and capable of reproducing. However, splake reproduction has never been documented outside of the hatchery environment.
Thanks, Your a good addition to this site!

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Yeah,

"Sp"eckled trout + "Lake" trout = Splake. Jefferson has a bunch. Standard laker fair like tube jigs work well. Elevenmile has some. Pete had either a Splake or Laker up to the boat last spring at Elevenmile.

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I know they salvaged a quite few big Splake a couple of years ago at Antero and put them in 11-Mile.
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I used to catch a lot of them at Carter Lake in the mid to late 90s (14-20 inches). I caught them downrigging on flashers with a tri-colored needlefish. The magic depth was 30-35 feet along the west shore. I trolled just off the bottom (lost a lot of gear but caught fish). I think they were just off the bottom, because they were feeding on crayfish. Some of them would be bulging with crayfish (10-12 in the stomach). The meet was a bright red/orange like store bought salmon and they had an excellent flavor. Used to be able to limit on them there, but have not caught many recently. I was wondering if they stopped stocking them in there.
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