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Hey guys..

As soon as the ice off occurs on the mountain lakes, I would like to try lake trout fishing. Never caught one before in my life. I really anticipate catching one... Or two.... or three!

Anyhow, I'm looking for tips. I've spent most of my fishing years in Colorado on the eastern plains waters and now I'm thinking of diversifying my locations and range of target species. May soon be picking up a little boat to gain some advantage.

Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Mack fishing should start picking up right about now, they are all rested from their spawn and should be getting hungry again and back to their agressive ways.
I would fish for them kind of shallow still and stay shallow untell late May. Shortly after ice-out their eggs will rise to the surface and get a little bit of oxygen hatch. Then they will try to escape into the shallows for protection. While escaping they will be preyed apon by all preditory fish including the Mackinaws.
Sometimes during cold weather months and especially during the spawn they can be found in relatively shallow water, up near the surface and in close to shorelines.
That's why you don't always have to fish deep for them under the ice.
If you fish for them in the summer, you know they tend to hug the bottom or suspend over deep water, where downrigger trolling and deep jigging is effective. Use light weight line to reduce friction for easier depth trolling.
If you are going to fish for them deep look for rock humps or steep drop offs and ledges 30-60 feet deep, and when I say shallow I mean for macks, 20 feet deep or so close to shorelines.
Although their metabolisms may be slowed by really cold water temperatures in February, winter lakers are often cruising fish, and they can be readily attracted by a properly jigged bait.
One of the true fail-safe standbys of winter Mackinaw fishing is jigging leadhead tube baits (usually white ones) with strips of sucker meat or nightcrawlers, I use whole suckers.
As for Lakes in Colorado with the best Lake Trout fishing here are my favorites and Contact info for updates:
Taylor Park Reservoir - Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods (970-641-1845) in Gunnison.
Williams Fork - Denver Water Dept. For more information, call (303) 628-6526.
Granby and Shadow Mountain lakes - Budget Tackle (970-887-9344).
Blue Mesa - Also Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods.
Twin Lakes Reservoir - The Granite General Store (719-486-1679).
Turquoise Lake - Buckhorn Sporting Goods (719-486-3944) in Leadville.

(Blue Mesa holds the State Record)
Hoped my ramblings help you some.
 

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Thanks, Epic

That sure does help. I'll surely be heading out as soon as the ice comes off. I'm thinking of Turquoise and Twin Lakes.
 

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I also hunted elk right above Taylor this past September and man, that lake is beautiful!!
 

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Thanks, Epic

That sure does help. I'll surely be heading out as soon as the ice comes off. I'm thinking of Turquoise and Twin Lakes.
Why wait until ice off now is a great time to go catch mack's!!!! Granby is a awsome lake trout fishery.
 

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1eyeReD said:
Thanks, Epic

That sure does help. I'll surely be heading out as soon as the ice comes off. I'm thinking of Turquoise and Twin Lakes.
Why wait until ice off now is a great time to go catch mack's!!!! Granby is a awsome lake trout fishery.
I would love to, but I just invested some money into a boat and that left me with no room for an ice auger. Plus, I've never Ice fished before and there is little ice fishing left in the season (I think).
 

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Hey guys

Would it work to fish just any open water found on the lake from shore at this time of year for macks?
 

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I'm tellin ya,the best time for macs is right at ice out-theyre in close and chuck kastys or rapalas or egg sacs!You cant go wrong.The best time is when theres still ice on the lake,before the boaters stir things up,the macs still feel safe.Sometimes ya gotta walk through deep snow but its worth it!Usually you can find open spots by late march,early april.The best scenario is about 50 ft open water between shore and ice with a dropoff to 30 ft. or so.Chuck something with one rod while the other is soaking a sac or sucker meat!I'll be doin this this year,maybe we can hook up-
 

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I prefer fishing for macks threw the ice in Feb and if weather premits March. I might head upto twin lakes this weekend to do some ice fishing if I can talk my buddy into it.
 

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I'm tellin ya,the best time for macs is right at ice out-theyre in close and chuck kastys or rapalas or egg sacs!You cant go wrong.The best time is when theres still ice on the lake,before the boaters stir things up,the macs still feel safe.Sometimes ya gotta walk through deep snow but its worth it!Usually you can find open spots by late march,early april.The best scenario is about 50 ft open water between shore and ice with a dropoff to 30 ft. or so.Chuck something with one rod while the other is soaking a sac or sucker meat!I'll be doin this this year,maybe we can hook up-
Sounds good to me!! Thanks for the advise!
 

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Those high mountain lakes dont have any open ice yet I dont think, when I drove by lake george it still had ice shanties on it and was completely covered and I dont even consider that a high mountain area. The sucky thing is I have 2 hand augers and I'm so out of shape drilling a hole threw the 2 ft ice at an elevation of 9,500 ft is going to kick my butt.
But if I land a big mack it will be well worth it, shoot if I land anything it will be well worth it.
 

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Slayer is right on about ice off. My best days have been trolling #13 and #15 rapalas at Granby. two years ago one day me and my budy caught 7 lakers between 12 and 23 lbs. just one of those days, my bro is coming over tomorrow to work on my computer and will see if he can download the pictures from that day.
 

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Speaking of Big Macs, I am interested in hooking 'em on the fly. I have successfully caught them in Canada, from a boat, while casting a full-sinking, shooting 9-weight fly line. Fighting them on a 9-weight fly rod is liking trying to pull a school bus.

Any how, I'm moving to Montrose, Colorado in a few weeks and want to try some of the local mac lakes after ice out, next spring. Does anyone know of any mackinaw lakes that have a relatively shallow [20 to 25 feet] mac and brown trout bite in Southwestern Colorado? I appreciate any advice or help given.

FYI ... I use a 6-inch Clouser pattern to draw mac strikes.
 

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Speaking of Big Macs, I am interested in hooking 'em on the fly. I have successfully caught them in Canada, from a boat, while casting a full-sinking, shooting 9-weight fly line. Fighting them on a 9-weight fly rod is liking trying to pull a school bus.

Any how, I'm moving to Montrose, Colorado in a few weeks and want to try some of the local mac lakes after ice out, next spring. Does anyone know of any mackinaw lakes that have a relatively shallow [20 to 25 feet] mac and brown trout bite in Southwestern Colorado? I appreciate any advice or help given.

FYI ... I use a 6-inch Clouser pattern to draw mac strikes.
You will be close to Blue Mesa res which has a good mac population, although not what it used to be. Blue Mesa has some of the largest fish in the state for sure. Taylor Res has them and it is a beautiful place to fish, perhaps the prettiest lake in the state. Those would be the two that come to mind close to Montrose. You can beg a couple of mac addicts here for more info, but good luck with that!
 

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" my bro is coming over tomorrow to work on my computer and will see if he can download the pictures from that day."
parker tom
^^^ Ya we're waiting!^^^ :rofl:
 
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