Trout Fishing Tips
Can you remember the last great trout fishing time you had? I can remember a number of times when fishing Lake Michigan for lake trout or steel head trout. I live in a small town on Lake Michigan called Pent water, Michigan and have fished Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior for trout over the years.
I started out about 30 to 35 years ago in the North port area fishing for lake trout. These Lake Trout were in 100 to 125 feet of water. This was before the introduction of salmon so the idea of down riggers was not even thought of and at the time I didn't even have wire line as that came later for me. We made our first down riggers. We used 8 or 10 inch pulleys and wire that some of the fisherman used to troll with. I don't even remember how we mounted them but they did work. We would take an open faced spinning reel with 12 to 15 pound test line and then attach cowbells onto the end of the line with a lure 18 to 24 inches behind the cowbells. To get the cowbells down on the bottom we put a three-way swivel between the main line and the cowbells, then we would attach a 18 inch leader with five bell sinkers to the three-way swivel. This would usually get the bait down to the lake bottom.
Lake trout normally stay near the bottom of the Great Lakes so as long as we could feel the bell sinkers tick the bottom we knew we were in the right place for Lake Trout.
Cowbells were used as a attractor to attract lake trout. They consisted of a string of blades 18 to 24 inches in length and the blades were usually silver in color. You drag these along the bottom with the sinkers kicking up a little sand and you can catch Lake Trout.
That was tough fishing back then but today with down riggers and a great selection of lures and all of our new electronic equipment it is much easier. By the way even with all that trouble we did catch Lake trout and after that the salmon were introduced, but that is another story.
One last note about our trout fishing sport. We must take additional steps to protect our great fishery. That means not only impose strict rules and regulations on the companies of the world today to protect our environment but also see to it that our governments enact strict regulations on the shipping companies, so they do not release any evasive aquatics into our waterways, such as the Great Lakes ( the world's largest supply of freshwater).
Have a nice day and catch lots of fish.