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Back-lake Rapala spinning ice combos, Sufix Ice Magic line, Luhr Jensen spoons and TriggerX grubs for brook & rainbow trout.

Posted on January 16th, 2015

Early, safe ice is one off the best times to target back-lake brook and rainbow trout that are still feeding along the shorelines and in shallower bays where they find the most food.

rapala_ice_combosYou don’t need much gear, especially if you have to use machines, or are walking to get into a back-lake. Rapala has a series of spinning ice fishing combos that work great and are very compact, they even come spooled with Sufix Ice line!

sufix_icelinesThe line you use is very important. You can use a braid, but under really cold conditions I find the monofilament works best. If you use a braid, make sure to use a low diameter Sufix Fluorocarbon leader.

luhrjensen_krocodileBest lures to use are small flashy spoons that have a fast darting action. You can fish these fast, especially in water less than 15′, and if you want to attract trout from a greater distance and you are fishing a soft bottom, letting these fast dropping spoons hit the bottom on a “free-line” drop, really stirs it up and often attracts fish in to strike them. A couple of my favorite are the Blue Fox Lil’ Fin and the Luhr Jensen Krocodile spoons.

When I fish for brook & rainbow trout, and especially panfish like jumbo perch, bluegill and crappie I always tip my spoon (or jig) with a TriggerX grub. The combination gives the spoon/grub a really tantalizing action especially when a fish moves in and looks at your presentation, often commuting to strike!

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