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donjuan  
#11 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 7:16:37 AM(UTC)
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Aright Trapper, per your request...Laugh

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And one more of yours truly:

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FryinPanDan  
#12 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 8:12:17 AM(UTC)
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Somebody please stop him...
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Greylin  
#13 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 8:49:46 AM(UTC)
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Thank You for the trout porn Smile Work productivity is at an all time low.
I live in a van down by the river.
AutobotTrainer  
#14 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 10:27:15 AM(UTC)
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I'd like to confirm that NONE of these monsters were caught in Iowa. Only in MN and WI, so hunt for them up there...

Right Don? RIGHT?

Great report, as always.
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Mark Dahlquist  
#15 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 12:09:04 PM(UTC)
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If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!
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kschaefer3  
#16 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 12:37:45 PM(UTC)
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Mark Dahlquist wrote:
If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!

Read: marginal water
DanE  
#17 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 1:00:08 PM(UTC)
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kschaefer3 wrote:
Mark Dahlquist wrote:
If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!

Read: marginal water


I don't mean to start a debate, but not necessarily. I fished a section of stream that was about 75% brookies, 25% browns last Friday. It was nice water in the upper 1/3 of the watershed and there were a couple of huge banks like that in a pasture section. I caught a 13" brookie in one hole, and the best one I broke off a big fish on the hookset. I turned it and saw it roll, so I could see it was a big (18-20") brown. Still a little butthurt about that one.
kschaefer3  
#18 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 1:06:38 PM(UTC)
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DanE wrote:
kschaefer3 wrote:
Mark Dahlquist wrote:
If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!

Read: marginal water


I don't mean to start a debate, but not necessarily. I fished a section of stream that was about 75% brookies, 25% browns last Friday. It was nice water in the upper 1/3 of the watershed and there were a couple of huge banks like that in a pasture section. I caught a 13" brookie in one hole, and the best one I broke off a big fish on the hookset. I turned it and saw it roll, so I could see it was a big (18-20") brown. Still a little butthurt about that one.

There are bigger fish in all types of water, just saying he highest density of big fish, and the best chances of catching them (no little trout to get to your fly/lure before the big boys) is marginal water. We have a long lost friend who used to be a very active poster and perpetual pot stirrer that always referred to a piece of marginal water in Richland Center when talking about big trout. Just one example.

I'm not exactly the right person to talk, but I'm decent at spotting patterns, and readily try to do so when people post big fish pics/stories.

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William Schlafer  
#19 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 1:10:27 PM(UTC)
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kschaefer3 wrote:
Mark Dahlquist wrote:
If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!

Read: marginal water


Early in the year, absolutely.

When the water warms up though, the bigs start moving up into the tribs looking for cooler water. They're tricky as hell to catch in the smaller water. But once you figure out where they live, they eventually have to come out to eat. Caught this guy last summer in a small creek barely five feet wide, eating hoppers that fell off the grass:

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kschaefer3  
#20 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 1:44:06 PM(UTC)
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William Schlafer wrote:
kschaefer3 wrote:
Mark Dahlquist wrote:
If you want big fish look for tall eroded banks. That's your secret!

Read: marginal water


Early in the year, absolutely.

When the water warms up though, the bigs start moving up into the tribs looking for cooler water. They're tricky as hell to catch in the smaller water. But once you figure out where they live, they eventually have to come out to eat. Caught this guy last summer in a small creek barely five feet wide, eating hoppers that fell off the grass:

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-Bill

Some move up, some stay. Big fish are WAY more tolerant of warmer water than small fish, and their eating habits support a lifestyle where they sit 99% of their day and eat 1%. It also depends a lot on the specific system, and if they can find springs/seeps/feeders to stay in.

I'm also talking more about your really big fish, say 22" plus. Those fish act a lot different that your normal big fish, 18-21".

Edited by user Monday, May 2, 2016 1:45:47 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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