Video: winter trolling for Lake Roosevelt trout

FISHING — Anglers new to winter trolling for trout at Lake Roosevelt should take five-minutes to view a video produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Chris Donley, the agency's inland fisheries manager and a Spokane County native, offers general guidelines to help anglers zero in on what's left of the 750,000 net pen rainbows that are released in the lake each summer. 

Main points: 

  • Most winter rainbows are in the top 10 feet of the water column.
  • Troll far back behind boats —150-300 feet — or use side planers to put lures in front of fish displaced by movement of the boat.
  • Experiment with a variety of flies and lures, such as Apex and Rapala, and use a flasher to attract fish.
  • The keys to success generally are speed (he mentions trolling at 2 mph), depth and color.

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