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Old 04-07-2018, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone!

Moved up here to Breckenridge a little less than a year ago from central Ohio. Spent last summer getting settled in and adjusting, now getting ready to hit the fish this year. Used to fish for bass regularly back home but I realize, without a day trip to Denver, Trout will be my new daily hunt. So with that in mind I've got a few questions!

1. I plan right now to use spinning equipment for all my fishing. It's the method i know and love. I've noticed especially in Summit that Fly seems to be the only game in town. Will i draw any ire from fellow fisherman for my choice on the stream?

2. Along those same lines I'd love to find a tackle shop better than Wal-Mart and closer than BPS. Anyone know of a place?

3. Would love to hear what you all like to use with a spinning outfit lure wise and maybe some good spots around Summit to start out when the ice thaws?
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How do we know you're not scum from Fishexploiter just simply trolling for free info?
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, now a few tips for trout fishing. Think lighter tackle than for bass, a medium light spinning rod with a reel set up for 6lb mono line is a good starting rig for trout. You can buy a second rod stamp with your fishing license and use two rods. If your are fishing in a lake you can bottom fish with bait on one pole and cast lures with the other. If you are bait fishing there are many baits you can use, I'll just list a few of the basics: salmon eggs, night crawlers and power bait(many colors available) Gulp eggs and creatures.
There are many lures to use but think smaller sizes in spoons (Daredevils, Thomas and Cast Masters are good) from 1/8 to 1/4 oz and silver and gold colors for a start. Spinners in smaller size also can work, Mepps and Rooster Tails etc. Small minnow baits like Rapala and H-D Trout can be effective at times.
I would spend some time going to the local waters and talk to the people fishing and see what information they would be willing to give out to a trout rookie. Most anglers will share at least some information with you if you are polite and friendly. I would stick to still water until you get to know the habits of trout a little better, and don't let fly fisherman bother you, you can fish however you want as long as it's legal.
The other tip is to read the regulations and check the water you are going to fish for special regulations, there are many restrictions in the state.

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Please don't bait fish unless you plan on eating what you catch.
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and why is that Pete?
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More times than not a trout swallows bait. It's pretty tough to get out without hurting the fish. That's been my experience with bait. I haven't done it in about 12 years.

It should be ok to release trout caught with bait if it's lip hooked.

Just my opinion.
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Thank you very much for explaining that to the OP!!! Very true!
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I'll also add... 90% of trout caught on bait will be fresh (within a year) white mushmeat stockers whereas 90% of those caught on fly/lures will be nice firm red meat fish... much better table fare imo.
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Hey thanks for all the awesome answers! I assume when you guys say bait were talking powerbait, doughballs, live bait etc? I actually have never used anything other than artificial baits and lures for freshwater fishing so that's what i plan to use here. Personally i feel more engaged that way!
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What do you call artificial bait?
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