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First time fishing the Mile soft water caught limit of bows everyday one 21" most 15-16" and fat. Trolling 3.5-3.9mph 20-24' of water blue/white rapala. Water temp 62 degrees. Friend was fishing bright green power bait form shore late in the day caught a lot of nice bows and one 26" pike
 

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Right on Chief...THX!!!!
 

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I usually troll 1.5 to 1.8, but I have caught fish reeling in cranks while trolling, which would probably be going around 4 mph when combined with trolling speed. May have to try it:)
 

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make sure your drags set..... get a bite and hold on at that speed. good stuff. fish are fast. i have a 3mph troll. when they hit all hell breaks loose. lol.
 

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I started trolling 1 mph then went in .5 mph increments. When I hit 3.5 mph I was making a turn when the fish hit on the outside line meaning it was going faster than 3.5 mph. So I kept the boat between 3.7 and 3.9 mph. I have been trolling 3 mph and above in the mountains for the last couple of years and have been doing great. Lost a nice fish early because my drag was too loose. Also I don't stop the boat I bring it to an idle so slack never develops.
 

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I've heard of trolling those speeds (and faster) for warm water fish like stripers, but not trout.

Glad it is working for you. Doesn't that stretch out your line?
 

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I know a local guide that would troll large minnow lures at 4 to 4.5 mph for large rainbows...quite succesfully too...
 

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Bait was a Rapala size 8ish X-rap deep 15-20'
Line Tri mono 12 lb doesn't seem stretched

I also troll with standard Rapala size 7 it works fine also
 
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