Slow trolling for fish on a bright sunny day

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  1. spoonminnow

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    Two friends of mine I fish with have told me they use crankbaits trolling for bass and panfish. Up until yesterday I was skeptical until when on the way back to the dock my partner caught a bass and two crappie trolling a medium dive crankbait at #2 speed on the trolling motor. His rod was held high at 45 degrees so the lure couldn't go too deep and the rod was medium action. The depth averaged 10' or so and the bottom fairly smooth with a few small humps seen on sonar while he trolled down the middle of this narrow lake one mile across three miles long.


    The day was in the 60's, cloudy, windy at times (15 mph wind) and the water temperature 71 degrees and dropping due to nighttime temps dropping to 49 degrees. We are going into a fall pattern early that started over a week ago along with a drought that started in June. It's been a very weird year weatherwise!


    When that rod bent back I thought he snagged something until he started fighting a fish ! I own hundreds of crankbaits with different lip sizes and never thought to troll for fish - especially panfish ! Other than soft plastic design and testing different ones, I stopped using bass lures such as jigs/trailers, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, spoons, top water lures, etc. though I've done well on all of them at one time or other.


    Guess I'll have to concentrate on this this presentation when fishing is tough because my partner insists that he catches fish in the middle of a sunny day trolling crankbaits. He also said that when a fish is caught, he throws out a buoy marker and retrolls the area in the opposite direction after turning the boat around and at times stops the trolling motor casting back to the area in hopes a school is present and active. Man I love fishing schools - one fish after another !!!


    Too bad his sonar is old and never shows fish - only the bottom and at depths that are inaccurate by a foot or more. I would have loved to have seen the fish the pontoon boat moved over before being caught with a 2 3/4" crankbait! I have a feeling that a gas engine would have spooked those fish and maybe prevented any strikes. Now the question remains : which crankbait to use !!???
     
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    very nice i have caught plenty of trout trolling at poway lake
     
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    I have caught trout, crappie, bluegill and bass while trolling crankbaits varying in size from teeny weeny Yozuri Snapbeans up to 2 inch medium depth crankbaits. I guess the only thing I don't like about trolling crankbaits is losing them in when trolling in the inevitable snaggy area.
     
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    Good to know ! The more species the better !!!! Thanks.
     
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    I suspect that a good crankbait for trolling is more centered on depth and it's ability to track well at slow speeds. A small dipsey type diver and a rooster tail would probably catch almost anything predatory in a whole lake, bass, pike, crappie, yellow/white bass, flyers, bowfin, sunfish, gar etc
     
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    Overheard a fella in a Kayak saying he caught a couple while trolling across the middle of the lake. Worth a try!
     
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    I have always heard that deep diving cranks trolled mid day were the ticket
     
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    We caught those fish after 3:30 pm.
     
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    Update:
    KILLED THEM TROLLING SMALL CRANKBAITS IN DIFFERENT COLORS !!!
    Today we barely caught 30 fish between the two of us and the quality left a lot to be desired. So in the last 2 hours we trolled up and down the middle of the lake noting landmarks the fish were caught as well as depth which turned out to be consistent.

    Nice size crappy and yellow perch ! Sometimes we had doubles - IE we both had fish on at the same time and different species to boot! We used a # 2 speed on the trolling motor and I noted the depth and fish arches on the sonar as we trolled. The fish caught earlier were usually small bass or decent size sunnies, but the best quality fish came from trolling !

    Have a whole new respect for trolling especially when nothing else is working in a shallow lake.
     
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