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LittleGrumpy  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:26:27 AM(UTC)
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I've been curious for a while if trout could be caught occasionally on a warm winter night on Driftless streams. Of course it's probably not a very practical way to catch fish consistently, but it sure would be amusing to catch a few at night just for fun. Maybe a slow-rolled streamer in a deep pool on some of the warmer creeks?

I know the warmest part of the day is the best bet for numbers of winter trout, but I can't help but wonder if larger browns would be vulnerable in the dark, especially on pressured systems...

Anyone have any experience or ideas on this?

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Life of Riley  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:41:49 AM(UTC)
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The fish in my avatar was caught at night I think from the trimbelle on a bigger bait than most people ever throw for trout. And it was the middle of winter, either December or January.
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LittleGrumpy  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:51:36 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Life of Riley Go to Quoted Post
The fish in my avatar was caught at night I think from the trimbelle on a bigger bait than most people ever throw for trout. And it was the middle of winter, either December or January.


That's a real nice fish!!!

Now I might have to put all those big streamers I've been tying to work...

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shebs  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:55:40 AM(UTC)
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You better not have been fishing in WI in December if you like having a license...And you probably shouldn't hold a fish by the gill plate during C&R season. I kill my fair share of fish, but damn dude

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s.t.fanatic  
#5 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2019 4:42:28 PM(UTC)
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pressured systems in the middle of winter?
LittleGrumpy  
#6 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2019 5:34:12 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: s.t.fanatic Go to Quoted Post
pressured systems in the middle of winter?


Think Whitewater State Park weekend during the fall C&R season...though there are certainly better places to target larger trout haha.
Life of Riley  
#7 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:41:02 AM(UTC)
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You better not have been fishing in WI in December if you like having a license...And you probably shouldn't hold a fish by the gill plate during C&R season. I kill my fair share of fish, but damn dude


I always am rushing replies on my phone, sorry about not putting all the context in my original post. I caught him in the Mississippi, hence my original, "I think from the trimbelle." We were right in front of Everts and the tbell dumps in 100 yards away. I suppose he could have come out of hay Creek or some other trib but I guessed based on proximity. We were trolling for walleye after dark and the fish hit a #12 husky jerk. It surprised the heck out of us to see a big trout in the Miss, but a few years prior I hooked another large trout near wabasha but didn't get a pic as he got off at the boat. After fishing all my life and seeing everyone hold pike, musky, walleye by the gill plate I didn't think anything of it as that was the first trout I'd handled in 25 years. Thanks to the articles posted on this site I've learned trout are fragile and should be handled a certain way. I haven't grabbed one by the gill since.
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shebs  
#8 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2019 1:46:39 AM(UTC)
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There are some big bastards in the miss in winter...every year somebody catches an upper 20s brown by accident on lake Pepin or near Prescott. I'll let it slide this time Razz
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Gurth  
#9 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2019 1:57:00 AM(UTC)
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As long as we are all willing to learn and take useful criticism/advice.

Thanks for further info LoR.


Trout fishers are by and large more conservation minded than warm water fishermen, so we're all gonna hear about it if we do something wrong or against best practices.

I for one wouldn't have it any other way.
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rschmidt  
#10 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:11:59 AM(UTC)
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The big browns will cruise the Big Muddy at the mouths for warmer water (in winter) and prey (any they can get). I have seen pics of giants caught at several of the driftless stream deltas. Happy Fishing! R
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