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Hey guys, I figure since we're headed into the fall that the trout will start getting aggresive as the water cools. Any particular time of the day that usually trout bite the best? I was thinking of going just after sunrise to the poudre here in Ft Collins but wasn't sure if trout are more active as the day goes on or more towards the evening? Also anyone know what temp the water will be once browns start their spawning?
 

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For me trout seem to go in spurts, I can catch them almost any time of day but sometimes I get alot of bites in the morning for an hour or two then it dies down then right around noon or a little later lots of bites again then it dies down and then mid afternoon back up again then early evening and so on.
 

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i think i depends on the trout it seams them stockers can go off at any time but the fish that were stocked as fingerlings seam to take on the natural rythems the longer they are in after stocking at deweese i seem to do best mornings and evenings but at brush hollow ive done best well after dark
 
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id take early evenening and into the night, but i get a few spurts during the day too, i think if u run into a school u can get them anytime, we did this at evergreen once and for ten minutes we got hit on every cst, then nothing for a fw hours
 

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trout are easy and i have got them at all times of the day. i have been out early and stayed all day into the evening and had runs for 30 mins to 1 1\2 at times catching non-stop. i always rig up one bait pool and toss it out and then use spinners or panther martins on the other untill i figure out what they want that day. if you can figure ouut what the bite is on that da by continualy trying new baits and lures you should have no problem with consistent hits all day. oh by the way this is from the shore. i am broke i dont have so much as a raft but there is still fish to catch.
 

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Like a lot of fish, trout (brown trout included) are photo sensitive...they dont really like bright light. This puts there peak activity levels at morning, evening, and night...but also days that are cloudy can be good times to fish for them. spawning temperatures are at around 44-48 degrees during the fall...October and November usually. Brook trout also spawn at these times, while rainbows and cutts are spring spawners...usually late feb-april, depending on where you fish. some of the lakes in northpark are active as late as may for spawning fish.

My favorite time to fish for trout is on warm overcast days...this usually produces lots of bug activity and gets the fish feeding. i gotta say though some of the best times ive had on the river have been during snowstorms...especially in the spring when its not too cold.
 

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for dries with out an active hatch i stick to dawn and dusk once the sun is on the water ill switch to wets and nymphs and drege the bottom except for terrestrials like hoppers and such ill toss them midday especialy when there are a batch of the natural hoppers around and a good breeze helps with the hoppers too
on over cast days i tend to stay with the dry longer but if i need the shades then its time to switch
 

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i think that mornings and eves are best for numbers, but all of my big trout(5lbs or better) have been caught between 10:30 and 4:00. i've seen big trout early and late just never seem to catch them. all my big ones have come ice fishing with a very very slow presentation.
 

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When fishing the shore,most of my big fish have come early.When fishing from the boat or ice,most bigguns have come midday.Like JH said-1030 to 4 pm.
 

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thanks for the tips guys. I guess I'll need to wait a week or two before the fishing on the river up here gets real good since we're still in the 80's as far as temp so I bet the water is still too warm for most action. I got that rainbow the other day at around 10:00AM in the shade under a tree. Thats where I've seen most of the fish feeding has been near the shore under trees or bushes that hang over the water. I can't tell if they are feeding off bugs that live in the water or off bugs that are falling in the water. When I was over there yesterday at around 8, there wasn't much activity, but as it came around 9:30 they started to feed quite a bit, many buldges and slurps coming from the surface. Same thing in the afternoon when I got there, almost no activity, but as the evening wore on, buldges and slurps again until I left at around 6:30. I just can't quite figure these guys out lol.
 
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At dawn until about 10:00am, then about 2:00pm until dark (this is, of course, fall and winter daylight hours.). These are the time that I do best.
 

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I catch trout all day, but first light is best almost always, even and sometimes especially in the winter.
Even with ice floating down a river, I get more bites in the morning. Come afternoon when the ice melts, I get less bites. Time of day is very important. It can mean the difference between no fish and success for other species that are smarter and harder to catch than trout.
 

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Like Oats said, they come in spurts. If you are fishing for Brown trout the best time is the false dawn from about 4:30 AM till the sun hits the water or whenever the weather is really cold, wet and socked in!

At Spinney i like from about 3:00 PM till evening in the fall. The wind blows all morning and sets up a mud line in the afternnon along the SE shoreline. Then you have big trout feeding heavily in shallow water!
 

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Jeez, people, I buy you books, and I buy you books, and you just tear out the pages....

The best time to fish for any kind of fish, is always, always, ALWAYS,

RIGHT NOW!!!
 

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Neal is a 100% correct on that mudline at Spinney...while the wind is blowing prior to the mudline...fishing the breakers on the dam has some awesome fish too...with big waves crashing they are within 5 feet of shore chowing down on all the food swept in in the constant undertoe of the current...
 
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