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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.


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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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Well it was awesome!!!!
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Details CrabbyDan please. Dying to know where you ended up and how the fishing was. Thanks.
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Well it was awesome!!!!
Your boat turned out awesome! Congrats on the fish
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Details CrabbyDan please. Dying to know where you ended up and how the fishing was. Thanks.
Went to Roosevelt, camped at spring canyon. Was able to leave the boat in the water all week, was so nice! Caught all the fish between the dam and Keller, with a bonus 5 pound kokanee in the san poil mouth! Caught every fish using pop gear dragging a worm behind, the old school way worked. Cowbells were the best producers. The wife caught a few nice ones too, but she was in camp with the grandkids most of the time. It was weird, every day the bite was best at around 2 pm. Once the sun started to set the bite was off. I tried fishing shallower, no help. Weirdest thing ever. Caught them all at around 30' on the riggers with 80' setbacks. Here's a trout she caughtClick image for larger version

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Great report and boy the boat turned out great especially for the price you got it 4. I personally believe LR is the best impoundment in the west and really regret not moving to that area when I had the chance. Next time when you get bored with catching trout and huge kokes try for walleye and maybe sturgeon.
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Wanted to refresh this. With the Covid and fires I did not get up there like I wanted. I moved to Pasco so cut the drive in a third now. But I was up there to check on my RV and went to the Keller launch to see what was going on. I do like October for fishing also. I saw that the tribe was loading a net pen with the help of the volunteers and chatted with one. There will be 4 or 5 net pens tended this winter, this was the second one. He said there were around 7500 triploids in there and it was typical. They will feed them all winter and then release. The interesting part is that this will be the 3rd year of this strain of triploids, mixed with steelhead somehow in the milt process, need to read more of that. But they are now using what I think he said was the Gerrard strain of Kamloops trout mixed with steelhead somehow, like is in Rufus Woods, and Lake Pend Oreille. These fish at Rufus are 8 to 15 pounds and even bigger at LPO. So now for 3 years this strain has been growing, to think that 12+ pound trout will soon be available at Roosevelt is amazing. The comment earlier about this lake being the gem of the West is going to be even more accurate. The lake has amazing nutricional capacity, that is why the fish are so prolific. Kokanee can be up and down, good years and lean years but they all cut red and taste as good as salmon. Plus walleye, smallies, you know the line. I love this lake.....
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I launch at the alternate ferry landing on the Keller side almost every weekend. I have heard the same regarding the kamloops. Hadn’t heard of the steelhead mix. Haven’t noticed the net pens yet. Any idea where they set them?
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[QUOTE=Alysium; Any idea where they set them?[/QUOTE]

I am here now, fished yesterday, lights out for some. Trolled flies are the rumor, shallow. Saw a 23" rainbow at the launch (Keller) I was here 2 weeks ago and they were finishing moving the second one into position. They have 4 or 5 now, they tie them up where they moor the House boats and volunteers do the feeding.
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