How to Catch German Brown Trout.
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Each year thousands of people come to East
Lake in hopes of catching the new Oregon State record German
Brown Trout. All methods of fishing can be productive in East
Lake for trophy German Brown Trout; however some are more
effective than others based upon the time of year, upon weather
conditions, and water conditions. East Lake freezes over each
year and usually begins to melt in mid-May. The south shore of
the lake always has some open water due to the hot springs and
this is the first area of the lake that the ice recedes. The
fish have been held captive by a ceiling of ice for over six
months, any open water for them is like ringing the dinner bell.
Ice off is one of the best times of the year to target trophy
German Brown Trout as they are cruising the shoreline and along
the ice edge seeking baitfish or anything else in the water that
they can get their mouth on.
Casting or trolling plugs, such as
Rapala’s, LuckyCraft, Rebels, AC Plugs, and Trophy Sticks is the
most productive method in catching these large predatory fish.
Using gel scents or oil scents such at ProCure TrophyTrout or
Rainbow Trout on your hard plugs is also very effective. Spring
is also one the best time of year to catch fish from shore.
Using bait, either nightcrawlers on the bottom or casting plugs
or spoons is the most popular way to fish from the bank. As the
ice melts and the water warms up, German Browns become more wary
and nocturnal. Trolling early morning or late evening at depths
up to 50’ becomes the only way to catch them once the heat and
long days drive them to the deepest part of the lake. Many
trophy trout hunters troll the slot of water that separates the
deep water from the shoal areas utilizing electronic fish
finders and downriggers. As autumn approaches and the water
turns cold, trophy Brown Trout can once again be seen cruising
the shorelines looking for feed.