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I love this reservoir, but I?m a complete rookie in figuring out how to fish it.  Most of my fishing here has been comprised of trolling for trout. I?d like to span out and seek other species.

Can anyone offer suggestions as to what type of fish will become active first, and possibly offer tips and strategies on how to fish for them and where to locate them on this lake?

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I'm not sure about the Walleye, but as far as I can tell from what I've read on this site they should become more active when the water temp hits 50+, and right now it should be in the upper 30s ( it was still 1/2 iced on Wed ) I did watch a fishing show that was filmed at Aurora last year and it took place in early April. they were fishing smallmouth. the guide is convinced Aurora could hold the next State record ( just under 6lbs I think ) they were back towards Senac cove and they were throwing cranks, but mostly grubs and tubes. I have know idea about the Wiper but cant wait try for some this year...... Good luck
 

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Pete,

Aurora is indeed, weird!

Trout will come into play first and last, if I'm not mistaken. Though I've not had sucess with walleyes and cannot call myself a walleye fisherman, I will address some general fishing strategies if you get on the water out there.

There are some big trout out there still, and by big I mean over 5# and + There seem to be fewer of the 22" trout that used to be had there in plenty. I suspect that the biggest ones have become nocturnal feeders, but trout of several pounds can be had trolling from about 1' - 7' deep (maybe deeper....cannot say absolutely) with nightcrawlers, minnows, powerbait etc). I've used several strategies and they've worked well. Trout can be had in almost any part of Aurora, which is weird.

Trolling routes:

1. From the Boat Dock across to the large promontory on the far East shore, angling slightly to the Northeast.

2. From there to the first cove near the Northeast corner of the damn (which holds fish other than trout

3. From the Boat dock directly to the middle of the dam and back through the middle of the res toward the two coves, and in both coves Senac and the other one. I've caught trout way out there in the middle of the res and it's weird, cause I wonder what they are doing there. [At Aurora, you can start getting Trout right after you leave the Boat Dock.

Wipers:

Wipers will work right up to the shoreline feeding, in shallows only 1' deep, and they work in the middle in certain areas also.

Largemouth:

For sure will cruise the Western shoreline of the res. They probably inhabit most of the res, but I've seen them cruising mostly the Western shorelines and in the Northwestern corner of the dam where there is an extended shallow 5- 15' deep.

Catfish over 10# have been caught both along the Dam and in the two coves also at the South end of the res.

In the two main coves, (I cannot recall the name of the Eastern one) Senac is the one with the larger creek, Senac creek, feeding the res. So the Eastern Cove has less fresh water feeding in.
 

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I appreciate the feedback on Aurora; great advice.

I need to figure out whether or not I want to pick up a spare battery and trolling motor before hitting the lake in my Tracker.

I ran my batteries dead on more than one occassion on Aurora, and you don't want to get caught on this lake without juice especially when the wind starts to blow.

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Pete

All last year I took three batteries, but never had to use more than two. This year I've got two, and we'll see if it'll power the boat all day and run the fishfinder too!
 

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You said you were excited to try for wipers. Have you experimented at all with them? and any good tips on how and where to catch the. I have a electric tolling motor 9 foot boat that we will be taking out.
 
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