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  • #16
    Hellgrammites.

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    • #17
      I once read of a trout didnt catch what it was, it had 20 shrews in its mouth and stomach

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      • #18
        I troll smelts or shiners with slide hooks at about .8 mph. I can't wait for ice out!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by fishman417 View Post
          It depend on where your fishing mostly

          For a lake: go with a shiner or chub about 2-3 feet under a bobber.
          I fished one spot on a lake the whole fall right where a creek entered. I got roughly 20-25 Browns all over 2 pounds. And about 30-35 rainbow on power bait.
          Also ignore the comment about not using worms. They are gonna work just as well float them under a bobber to.

          I have never tried this before but I am gonna try to add pictures of some of the trout I got

          I wish the best of luck to you. Just remember to be patient and stick it out. I got a 2.5 pound brookie in the pouring rain after 3 hours. Worth it!
          I spit on the Bruins, but nice fish.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
            Sculpins! And if you can catch them by hand, you're not of this world.
            Lol I catch them by hand all the time XD

            In Arkansas

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Nyflyangler View Post
              You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort.

              The only thing that will do are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Fish & Game will not be amused either. (That's where fly fishing has an advantage, you can fish patterns that mimic small trout without raising the ire of Fish & Game.) Mice will work too but they bite and people are squeamish about putting them on the hook.

              Also fish at dusk into the night if you're serious about large trout. Big trout are largely nocturnal. You'll be scared by the size of trout you'll come across.
              Night crawlers. Have 6 browns 20"-23" in the past month on them. This is about Average compared to earlier months. All on night crawlers and in a river (not state stocked). Energy conservation is why, flies aren't enough calories to swim 4 feet off the bottom and possibly miss, minnows also can get away. Worms on the other hand aren't very strong swimmers. Plus the night crawlers I find in the area are quite large, and weigh more than small minnows.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Nyflyangler View Post
                You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort.

                The only thing that will do are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Fish & Game will not be amused either. (That's where fly fishing has an advantage, you can fish patterns that mimic small trout without raising the ire of Fish & Game.) Mice will work too but they bite and people are squeamish about putting them on the hook.

                Also fish at dusk into the night if you're serious about large trout. Big trout are largely nocturnal. You'll be scared by the size of trout you'll come across.
                Catch browns constantly on crawlers. All are 18" plus.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Nyflyangler View Post
                  You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort.

                  The only thing that will do are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Fish & Game will not be amused either. (That's where fly fishing has an advantage, you can fish patterns that mimic small trout without raising the ire of Fish & Game.) Mice will work too but they bite and people are squeamish about putting them on the hook.

                  Also fish at dusk into the night if you're serious about large trout. Big trout are largely nocturnal. You'll be scared by the size of trout you'll come across.
                  This isn't true at all, night crawlers work great on big browns. In fact, in the winter big browns are more likely to go after a worm than they are the local bait fish.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Nyflyangler View Post
                    You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort.

                    The only thing that will do audacity temp mail origin are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Fish & Game will not be amused either. (That's where fly fishing has an advantage, you can fish patterns that mimic small trout without raising the ire of Fish & Game.) Mice will work too but they bite and people are squeamish about putting them on the hook.

                    Also fish at dusk into the night if you're serious about large trout. Big trout are largely nocturnal. You'll be scared by the size of trout you'll come across.
                    cisco, shad, suckers, chubs -- whatever is prevalent in that body of water.
                    Last edited by ADYLATYSA; 10-07-2019, 05:26 PM.

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                    • #25
                      There’s only 3 I stick with. Eggs, shiners, and crayfish.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Solitario Lupo View Post
                        There’s only 3 I stick with. Eggs, shiners, and crayfish.
                        Funny this thread went as long as it did without mention of crayfish. Many of the bigger (and some smaller) trout I've kept had crayfish in their bellies. I also learned that a crayfish diet does a lot for the flavor and color of the meat. I can't remember the name of it, but there's some natural chemical in shellfish that causes it. I got onto that last year when it dawned on me how much redder and tastier the browns in one particular stream (all rock-bottomed, full of crawdads) were than a couple of other streams (that were both pasture-streams, more muddy bottom, and hardly ever did any of these fish have crawdads in their bellies). Looked it up and sure enough, the redder meat was likely from eating the crayfish.

                        When I was a kid, I used to catch small-stream brookies, too, on little crayfish tails, or chunks of meat from bigger 'dads.

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                        • #27
                          I heard that to the crayfish is a good diet for any fish. I’m usually running around with worms and powerbait for trout. If I really want to catch one and I know they been in the creek for awhile, then I’ll catch a crab and give it a shot. I’ll do this with smallmouth to.
                          Surprised also to see no one posted a crab for live bait.

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