Trout from a boat, what works?

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  1. Produce Man

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    This is really getting to annoy me. I always do well on the tank raised Salmonoids from shore no matter which lake. Can't seem to catch them from my boat. Yesterday at Jennings found a school in Eagle Cove in 35-40ft suspended at 35 down and on both sides at that depth. Dropped down my standard dough rig and a d-loop with a nightcrawler. No interest. Left the dough down there and worked spoons, Kastmasters and minijigs for more helmet. I also tried trolling spoons and Roostertails one deep, one shallow. Are there some other rigs I'm missing here? If it wasn't for the bays I'd sell my boat out of frustration!
     
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    Every body has their pet method . I have fished trout in most of the western states . If I were to pick one method for trout in lakes , it would be a bead head wooly bigger very slow trolled . Doesn't matter about the type of gear whether fly with fast sink line or spinning with a split shot about 4 feet in front of it . Trolling sinkers would probably work or what is called a wedding ring in front of it for some added flash . Very slow presentation . I think this rig has accounted for more trout in lakes for me that any other . Favorite color , olive green with copper body wrap and bead , size 6 , 8 , 10 . It just plain kills them . Wedding rings are common in the tackle shops up north but I am sure you could get them online . Tight lines . WR
     
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    I will share my experiences although I am not sure if they will apply... I have excellent results with worms I dig myself, they seem to outfish store bought worms about 2:1... I like a casting bubble with a few feet of leader under it with a size 8 hook.. get the bubble just right to barely sink, deadly
     
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    I did use a 3/8th oz keelweight way back for the deep rig trolling, Needlefish or anything non-blade.
     
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    I slow troll a Rapala with the colors you mention. =^..^=
     
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    Most of my trout fishing at Jennings is done shallow. I move around until I find a lively area. Are you sure that was a school of trout at that depth? Could have been bass or panfish.
     
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    I’ve caught a lot of trout at JENNINGS slow trolling countdown fire tiger rapalas and lipless cranks. Fire tiger has been a great color for me find the depth they’re at and drop sinker and kast and count down to the depth you found them trolling.
     
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    Keep in mind, hatchery trout have never been deeper than 3’ their entire life until stocked. They tend to stay with what they know and what their physiology is accustomed. Big green meanies that are not their friend also live in deeper water. Because of this those deeper fish probably were not trout.
     
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    I was there Saturday. I walked around half the lake and did not see a single trout swimming around. I did see a few bass, but trouts were nowhere. So maybe they were out deep. That or the lady at the concession lied to me when I asked if they stocked.
     
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    The same stuff as the shore line lol
     
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