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Fished Jackson Lake today from 9:30 to 3:00 pm. The lake was fairly calm when we got there, but was already buzzing with jet skis, water skiers, and a few other fishing boats. We strated out trolling shad raps and rat-l-traps. Circled almost the entire lake and caught just 3-4 stocker sized trout (12-13") and one extremely small wiper (4"). We threw all of them back. It was about 12:30 pm and I said to my buddy let's just troll through the inlet area and then head back to the launch and call it day. He did not argue because it had been so slow and the numerous jet skiers on the lake were starting to drive us crazy. That's when it happened, the rod with a small (2") silver and blue rat-l-trap doubled over and we landed a 16" wiper. We reset the rods and hooked a 17" wiper about 50 yds. later. We eneded up catching six 15-17" over the next hour and a half. We also caught a 20" and 16" rainbow in this same time period. Ended the day by snapping off a pretty good sized fish (leaves you wondering what could have been). All of the legal wipers and larger trout were caught flat-lining over 10 ft. of water near the inlet (from where the houses start to about 150-200 yds. off the dam. As was the case earlier in the week, the fish primarily hit a silver and blue rat-l trap, but a blue and silver shallow running shad-rap also seemed to work well. Another good day at Jackson, but it took a little persistence.