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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2017, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Lake Trout in Raystown

I'm just reaching out those who may be familiar with the lake trout fishery in Raystown Lake. Everyone knows the lake is really good for stripers but there were guys catching lake trout with regularity 20 years ago using downriggers. Anyone still target them? Or, another question, are there still lake trout in Raystown?

For a short period of time, the PFBC had stocked fingerling landlocked Atlantic Salmon there as well and the PA sate record was caught in the tailrace in the Juniata River about 20 years ago.

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From what I hear, in the cold water of spring, you don't need riggers. The trout are up high.

Beyond that................. I don't know how to fish for them............methods or anything. If I had to guess, I'd try flashy trolling spoons around schools of baitfish. But ONLY a guess.

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I'd recommend fishing dry flies, size 28 midges.


Seriously, I'm not a lake fisherman, but seems to me that big spoons should work.
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Thanks guys. I used to spend most of most of my time chasing tout with a fly rod on many streams but my wife got me a kayak last year and now have been spending more time fishing still water. I started targeting the big brown trout in the Quemahoning Dam and thought I might try for lake trout this year.

I always keep the fly rod in the truck because if I get bored on the lake I'll just hop over to Higgins run which is a Class A wild trout tributary of Quemahoning.

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I was kidding about using midges for lake trout.
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I was kidding about using midges for lake trout.
Yes I know. Lake trout don't act like other trout. You can use midges for steelhead though....Haha.

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Depending on the population of lakers I would not be surprised if jigging would work for them. I had great success doing that in the Finger Lakes for lakers. Just shove a two ounce swivel trolling weight in a white tube jig and add an o-ring and treble. Works great from the kayak for lakers. Bounce it a couple times then reel straight up, mostly hit on the retrieve. Unfortunately I have never fished raystown for lakers so I can't be more specific for that lake.
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We used troll black/silver smithwick 4-6" hard baits a few cranks of the downrigger off the bottom. This was the finger lakes in NY. I would image this would work there. I'm not sure how many trees are still around since it's man made...but it's worth a try. This was summer and fall fishing.
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