FISHING — Bait fishing for triploid rainbow trout has been hot at Lake Rufus Woods, especially near the lower net pens, says Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service.
New flavors of Pautzke baits work, he said.
“Mallow Balls O’ Fire, American Wildfire, Atomic Garlic and Garlic Wildfire all got woofed when the bite was on,” he said, noting that they continued to get fish when the faster bite had turned off.
“Refine your old slip sinker bait fishing techniques for better success at Rufus,” he said.
“First, lengthen your leaders. Instead of 2 to 3 feet, your leaders should be 4 to 6 feet.
“Second, vary your weight as the current changes. To be consistent you have to be able to feel the bottom. You can be going 70 to over 90 feet deep to get at these pellet-eating fish.
“Third, use a big chunk of bait. We usually are putting a gob of bait big enough to hide a #4 hook.
“Finally, don’t just let it sit there. If you don’t get bit, move the bait. Recast often.”