I’ve fished the spawn the last two years (fly fishing) and the only thing I witnessed was a bunch of guys throwing huge ass lures with huge treble hooks purposely trying to snag lake trout in the “mouth area”. Granted I was fishing Bear Lake Marina both times, so maybe it’s different at other lakes.
On both occations that I fished it was not great – a big fat zero! My buddy that took me fly-fished it the year before with great success, but we couldn’t get them to take anything we were throwing. We were fishing the dike with all the other people that also have hopes of catching/snagging a nice lake trout. The cool thing about fishing the dike is it’s lit and you can watch these huge fish swim into the channel. The bad think about fishing the dike is it’s lit and you can see the fish, which makes snagging a whole lot easier. They do have signs posted that snagged fished must be immediately released – However the correct translation is“ take the fish and hurry and run to your car and throw it in the cooler in your trunk before anyone knows you illegally caught it”.
I know not everyone does this, but we watched more the 4 different people do it.
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