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Old 06-25-2007, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never caught one and would like to either this or next year. I have a small boat I'm working on right now so next summer I can use that. I do not have or plan on buying downriggers, so I'm guessing already my only shot is springtime when they are shallow.

What, when, where, and how are my best chances at catching a few lakers? From shore and from a boat? I know how to catch about all other fish, but know nothing about these guys.


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Old 06-25-2007, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just caught my first laker from shore at green mountain using a silver panther martin with a pretty big weight about a foot above it. Caught him early in the morning and was only fishing about 20 min. I had another bite but it shook the hook. I was close to the dam.
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Old 06-25-2007, 02:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Take your little boat to Granby, GM, WF or anywhere else with lakers that allows boats. Go EARLY so you have a better chance of not getting blown away by the wind. Find 30-60' of water, tie on a white/chartreuse/yellow/brown/black 3-1/2" tube jig with 3/8 oz. jig head shoved up inside and a postage stamp peice of sucker meat with the hook through the skin. Drop that down to bottom and reel up a few inches/feet and start jigging. Lake points and humps are the prime spots, no need for downriggers or leadcore.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Or.....if you don't have a boat or pontoon or float tube to get you out there, fish at the places Cokid suggested, find a shoreline witha big dropoff, throw a hunka-chunk of sucker meat or a big glob of yellow power bait out, grab a beer, and wait. On the other rod, throw out a silver/red Krocodile, or a tube jig /slice of sucker, and have fun!
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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True, Lakers move deeper now that its summer, but they start coming back to shallow water in the fall, and once the ice is on the lake - you have easy access. A pontoon boat or float tube will get you out to Lake trout water, spring, summer or fall. Think tube jigs.
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