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Old 02-17-2012, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that catching big browns often includes fishing them in the evening/night time. Was wondering about Lake Trout? Does the same hold true for Lakers? Do the big guys come out more in the dark hours? Has anyone fished for them in the dark? Open water or night fishing for em on the ice? Just wondering?
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I know that catching big browns often includes fishing them in the evening/night time. Was wondering about Lake Trout? Does the same hold true for Lakers? Do the big guys come out more in the dark hours? Has anyone fished for them in the dark? Open water or night fishing for em on the ice? Just wondering?
I have never really noticed a difference... Although from reading up on lake trout, their eyes are very light sensitive.
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Seems I have asked Bernie and he says fish for something else...its all about them seeing...he doesnt even believe in first light on guide trips...
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I would second what the others are saying. In my experience, they'll bite right through all hours of the day all year long. I don't worry about first light a whole lot myself. In fact, I tend to catch more lakers after 8-9am.
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Its extremely dark where they live anyway, even at high noon, so they need the light. They feed by sight. I start when the sun rises.

Even on cloudy and overcast mornings, the bite starts later. I've seen 'em on camera at night (with IR light assist), and they're just laying there comatose.

You "can" catch one anytime. Burbot fishermen on the gorge catch some at night with bait (pups), but night time is the worst time. The only exception could be if they ever came shallow, like browns do. That's rare though, and when they do, its in the daytime. Browns feed shallower than lakers, and love the night time.
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thanks for all the info. So the second part of the question is if a person does go out for Lakers in the night time would the use of artificial light help? like the snap glow sticks. if ya tied one every 5' or so and dropped it down and illuminated the bottom, would that bring em in? is it even legal to use artificial light?
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thanks for all the info. So the second part of the question is if a person does go out for Lakers in the night time would the use of artificial light help? like the snap glow sticks. if ya tied one every 5' or so and dropped it down and illuminated the bottom, would that bring em in? is it even legal to use artificial light?
yeah you can. I know in WY you can't though. I was wondering the same thing and wanting to use the lamp on my aqua vu camera...

I dunno... I've fished jefferson in the early mornings in fall, and right before the light comes up, I just see em stacked along shore. but as someone said, I've fished for them through ice and I've caught them through all hours of the day and evening. with 10 inches of snow and 2 feet of clear/cloudy ice, I imagine it's dark as hell where they live on granby so night or daytime wouldn't mean anything....
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