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Old 02-05-2020, 06:36 PM   #1
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I am planning vacation in July with the boat, and was set on lake Roosevelt. Well now after doing more research I'm leaning towards Rufus. I'm reading the triploid population is stronger in there. But there's fuel on the water at LR.... But there's power in campsites at Rufus....on and on. Man I can't decide, where would you go and why? This trip will be my only big outing with my family for the year, so I really want it to be a good one and hopefully daily limits.

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I've fished Roosevelt a couple times and despite it being an 8 hr drive for me I'd love to go back. It's truly a "box of chocolates" lake, you never know what you're going to get. Last time up I caught two different strains of rainbow, smallmouth bass, walleye, and Kokanee all while trolling the same gear.

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I've fished Roosevelt a couple times and despite it being an 8 hr drive for me I'd love to go back. It's truly a "box of chocolates" lake, you never know what you're going to get. Last time up I caught two different strains of rainbow, smallmouth bass, walleye, and Kokanee all while trolling the same gear.

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May I ask what you were dragging? I plan on pop gear, dodgers, mag lips, hoochies.....I'll try it all.
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May I ask what you were dragging? I plan on pop gear, dodgers, mag lips, hoochies.....I'll try it all.


Troll these:

Fire Tiger, perch, rainbow trout, or brown trout Rapala minnows. Regular or jointed versions.

Wedding ring lures, with or without hootchies or flashers, tipped with nightcrawlers or power eggs.

As I said in a different thread, I normally like to fish it in October and February. We normally “flat line” with 1/4 to 1/2 oz. of in-line weight. We don’t use fancy line counter reels, so we just cast our spinning setups out about as far as we think “seems about far enough”. We may let out line if not getting bit. You may need more weight if fishing the warmer months.

We normally don’t use a depth/fish finder, but normally do well 20-30 yards off of the main shoreline. We just kinda keep an eye on the contours and really like underwater points and drop offs.

As I also said in the other thread, if the wind picks up, head into the coves and plunk powerbait, toss worms under a slip bobber, cast & retrieve spinners/lures, or even bass gear. There are a few coves that look long and skinny, but are actually very deep. Fishing the coves will also allow the kids to run around and stretch their legs, play in the sand, etc.



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Thanks Scott, I appreciate the tips!! I reserved and paid for our campsite today at lake Roosevelt. Spring canyon in the middle of july, gonna be hot. I have downriggers so getting deep won't be an issue. Really excited.
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May I ask what you were dragging? I plan on pop gear, dodgers, mag lips, hoochies.....I'll try it all.
I was trolling for Kokanee so dodgers with hoochies, trolling flies, and mini super baits. I was there in June but as stated above close to the shoreline 10-30 feet deep is where I had best results.

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Almost moved to Amber Lake and did a lot of research on the area .
Personally believe LR is the best Yr round impoundment on the west coast.
If life throws me another change I will probably move in that direction.
Where else can you catch monster kokes,trout.bass.walleye.sturgon,and burbot
and god forbid pike that doesn't ice over.
Will look for your report and pics.


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Almost moved to Amber Lake and did a lot of research on the area .
Personally believe LR is the best Yr round impoundment on the west coast.
If life throws me another change I will probably move in that direction.
Where else can you catch monster kokes,trout.bass.walleye.sturgon,and burbot
and god forbid pike that doesn't ice over.
Will look for your report and pics.


http://www.northwestfishingreports.c...eportList/7180
I agree. The only downside to having it in our backyard is never checking out any new waters. It's a good rut to be in.
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I am starting to buy more tackle now. Rapalas, mag lips, I also want some trolling flies, never used them before. Would they work behind pop gear? And can you use a plug behind pop gear, or is a dodger better?
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I am starting to buy more tackle now. Rapalas, mag lips, I also want some trolling flies, never used them before. Would they work behind pop gear? And can you use a plug behind pop gear, or is a dodger better?
Pop gear?

Gang trolls? Beer cans? Ford Fenders?
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Yes, and jack o diamonds, cowbells, willow leafs, etc. I grew up knowing it as pop gear.
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I am starting to buy more tackle now. Rapalas, mag lips, I also want some trolling flies, never used them before. Would they work behind pop gear? And can you use a plug behind pop gear, or is a dodger better?
Flies likely won't be to successful behind pop gear, Rapalas sure. You need to have lures that have their own action when using pop gear. I use dodgers exclusively anymore instead of pop gear. More versatile and just as if not more effective IMHO.
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Yes, and jack o diamonds, cowbells, willow leafs, etc. I grew up knowing it as pop gear.
Yes Dodgers only for me. Run everything behind them. Arrow, Simon exclusively now.

Also starting to run Triangle spins attached to the DR ball then pro-release
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I am starting to buy more tackle now. Rapalas, mag lips, I also want some trolling flies, never used them before. Would they work behind pop gear? And can you use a plug behind pop gear, or is a dodger better?
Have had success with Muddler Minnow patterns tipped with night crawler, lead core line and keep adjusting depth until you starting catching fish.
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I will need to get more dodgers then, I have d couple sling blades in different colors for kokes, I'll buy more. Man I can't wait.
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