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mmalyuk  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:02:56 AM(UTC)
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Temps are all over the place the past month. Up and down,50s then down to 20s and 30s. I had the best success fishing slow no matter what lures I've been using and still best during the midday for me. I'm ready for a true Spring pattern. Streams I fish continue to come down and clear.

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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:45:43 AM(UTC)
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That's a bad ass looking Brown! What did you catch him on?


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mmalyuk  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:11:30 PM(UTC)
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Bill, this one was caught on a spinner.
mmalyuk  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:34:11 PM(UTC)
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Fished today for a short time. This fish took the spinner on the fall. Several other fish did too.
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Pickerel  
#5 Posted : Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:14:15 AM(UTC)
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Please explain what water temp means to trout fishing.

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William Schlafer  
#6 Posted : Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:27:15 AM(UTC)
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Pickerel wrote:
Please explain what water temp means to trout fishing.

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Simplest way to think about is this: Trout are cold blooded, their body temperature is regulated by the water temp. When it gets too cold, their metabolism slows down and they stop feeding. When it rises, they become more active and feed. When it gets too hot (above 70 degrees) it can be fatal for Trout when they're stressed from being caught. Just like pretty girls in bikinis, they're most commonly found when conditions are just right.

Mostly what Trout seek is stable water temps. That's why spots with small spring fed creeks are so popular with Driftless Area fisherman. Trout flourish in them due to the stable 45-50 degree water that they produce.

The supposed ideal water temperature range for active Trout is 45-55 degrees, although most fisherman have found that Trout (particularity Brown Trout) remain active in even warmer water. The best use of a thermometer for Trout fishermen is to indicate water that is too warm during the summer months. Above 70 degrees, stop fishing and find streams with cooler water.


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mmalyuk  
#7 Posted : Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:32:03 PM(UTC)
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Bill hit a lot of good points.

It only means a few key things for me. If it's cold fish SLOW and try to fish with the temps rising (even if it's just a few degrees). Heat of the day during Winter and early Spring. Hot days in Summer I don't fish...too hot for me and the trout.
mmalyuk  
#8 Posted : Monday, April 3, 2017 3:26:01 PM(UTC)
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I've been targeting big fish this early season as usual and it's been nothing short of awesome. Starting to yank raps now too and fish are responding.

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shebs  
#9 Posted : Monday, April 3, 2017 8:49:38 PM(UTC)
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mmalyuk wrote:
I've been targeting big fish this early season as usual and it's been nothing short of awesome. Starting to yank raps now too and fish are responding.


Duuuuude those are some hogs. ThumpUp

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mmalyuk  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, April 4, 2017 8:10:17 AM(UTC)
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Except for a handful of non-designated locations they really aren't secret spots. A very large portion of my time is spent fishing the lower half of streams that are well known.
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