Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3902 Jan 3-17 - Page 8
Jan 3-17, 2020
VOL.39 • ISS. 2
Fall Trout Pointers…
When the water
is murky, the best
strategy for hooking
trout is often presenting
your bait or jig in the top
10 feet of water column
where the least stained
water is found. Slip
bobbers are great for this
work, since they allow
you to suspend a bait at
the depth of your choice.
Bank Fishing For Trout:
How To Hook Up When The
Water Turns Murky Or Cold!
In waters where
live minnow are off
limits, minnow imitating
jigs are a great option.
jigs and tube jigs work
very well as do small jig
heads tipped with Gulp!
Minnows like these.
n terms of rain and snow the
2019/20 started slow, but things
have caught up and wet stuff is falling
from the sky as I hammer out this article.
If things keep going the
way they have been trouters
and other anglers should be
enjoying full reservoirs and
briskly flowing streams come
spring. But alas everything
comes with a tradeoff.
These days heavy rain and
the resulting runoff has made
the water in many reser-
voirs murky. While water
temperatures still remain
in the 50’s at many foothill
destinations, perfect for
trout, the downward trend
has started and before long
water temperatures will get
Murky and/or cold water are the two
biggest challenges wintertime trout
anglers face here in central and northern
California. Either of these factors can
make catching trout a challenge. Combine
murky water with a water temperature
below 50 degrees and tempting strikes
tends to get downright difficult for many
Luckily there are some tips and tricks
that can help you put trout on the stringer
when the going gets tough, so don’t put
new batteries in the TV remote and sink
into the couch to wait for the arrival of
spring just yet!
There are two types of murky water.
Water that has recently become murky and
water that has been colored for a while.
The toughest nut to crack in terms of
hooking trout is working a lake that had
been clear, but suddenly turns murky. This
situation is going to put the trout in a funk
for a few days and hooking up is going to
be exceedingly tough in most cases.
Fishing is easier in a reservoir that has
been murky for a period of days or weeks
simply because the trout have gotten
accustomed to the conditions.
They may not like murky water,
but regardless they still have to
When bank fishing floating
various baits off the bottom
using a sliding sinker rig is
our homerun swing. It works
because much of the time trout
prefer to hang out along the
bottom. Two exceptions to this
rule are when the water is murky
or exceedingly cold.
When a lake gets muddy, the
muddiest water will always be
found near the bottom and the
clearest water will be near the
surface. This make’s sense when you think
about the particulate matter that is making
the water murky gradually settling toward
This is why I typically try to work the
top 10 feet of the water column when
targeting murky water trout. The trout will
be drawn to the cleanest water and that’s
where I want my bait.
Cold-water trout also tend to suspend
and cruise near the surface, while murky
water trout may be found out in open
water, cold-water trout tend to hold fairly
close to the bank. I’ll talk more about
where you’ll likely located trout in a bit.
A sliding sinker rig is the wrong tool to
employ in this situation. Instead you’ll
want to make use of a slip bobber rig for
fishing baits and small jigs.
If you’ve never set up a slip bobber rig
before they look sort of complicated, but
they really aren’t. To rig up start with
a light spinning rod spooled with 6 or
HOW – TO
fantastic baits for
winter trout fishing,
but you’ve got to
be certain that live
minnows are legal
in any given water
before you begin
by Cal Kellogg
Pro-Cure is critical
to trout fishing success
when the water is cold and
stained. It not only helps the
fish home in on your bait,
but it is infused with powerful
amino acids that can prompt
inactive fish into striking.
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