After returning from our last trip at Crawfords Camp on Whitefish Bay on Lake of The Woods, I was left with wanting a little more. It seemed like we had just started to really figure them out towards the end of the trip and we felt like their was a lot of potential for catching a trophy fish.
Between losing a few magnums and missing a few fish that we knew were good ones, we had to make a return trip. Plus it’s not very often that you get 20-30 degree weather on LOTW in late January. The weather really is key up there because it allows you to be much more mobile. Usually when we pull up to a spot you will likely have an encounter with a trout that is in the area within 5-10 minutes. You can always camp on these “high odds spots” for the duration of the day and catch a number of trout, but it’s nice to be able jump around from point to point or wall to wall and give it 10 minutes then move on.
I should say too that some of the spots that were good one day you might not mark a fish your first 10 minutes the next day. What I like to do is leave for another spot, but then return at a different part of the day. Trout are roamers and just because there wasn’t a few fish hanging out there at one point in the day, doesn’t mean there wont be a fish there an hour later.
These spots that I am talking about are rock points and walls that are adjacent to deep water.
The rock walls are typically good since the trout both cruise these edges, and also chase bait fish up against them trying to get an easy meal. Now the points are good because you get the cruisers that are following an island and run into a point which they have to either turn around or go around them, creating a funnel. I either target the inside corner of these points, or the tips. Both of them yielding a lot of encounters with trout. Its all about trying to get your bait within sight of a trout, and more often than not they will at least come take a look.
Like I said in my last report the part of the water column that we were targeting was 20-30 feet down. Which made complete sense since most of the clouds of bait fish were also running in that depth. I have found that true on most lakes that I have fished for trout, but paying attention to where the bait is coming through can definitely give you an advantage. As far as depth of water, we found that 40-60 feet was the best, but some of those ledges are so steep that you could be 15 feet of shore and be sitting in 100 feet of water, in which case as long as you were right on the edge of where it falls off you were good.
Overall we had another awesome weekend at Crawfords Camp. The average size was awesome again with most of the fish in that 7-10 pound range. I feel a little more satisfied now and i’m not quite as mad at trout!