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.
- 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.