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ragweed 07-29-2020 11:00 AM

cold lake questions
 
I'm considering taking a few personal days over the next couple of weeks, throwing a tent in the back of my boat and chasing some Walter's and/or Lakers. Right now, I'm staring at a map of Cold Lake. I've never fished up that way before. Thought I might give it a try. With all this hot weather, are the lakers super deep this time of year? I don't have downriggers (yet) but I do enjoy bottom bouncing. Anyone willing to share a couple of hints that would help create a more successful trip?

58thecat 07-29-2020 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ragweed (Post 4210072)
I'm considering taking a few personal days over the next couple of weeks, throwing a tent in the back of my boat and chasing some Walter's and/or Lakers. Right now, I'm staring at a map of Cold Lake. I've never fished up that way before. Thought I might give it a try. With all this hot weather, are the lakers super deep this time of year? I don't have downriggers (yet) but I do enjoy bottom bouncing. Anyone willing to share a couple of hints that would help create a more successful trip?

Jigging works wonders if your into that...TC Moto's have been on fire...I suggest you use the search engine and type in cold lake as there is lots of good threads on what to use etc or go on youtube and watch weaversbentrods lake trout jigging....I was out just recently and had them from 50-140' hitting my apex rainbow trout trolling lure that was behind a willow leaf and a pink lady which is a deep diver you troll to get down 50' ishÖ..I don't use downriggers....and don't jig much as that's what I do all winter.....use the search engine on this forum type in cold lake...good luck.

ragweed 07-29-2020 11:35 AM

Thanks. Yes I've been reading lots of threads on it as well. Many of the tips/hints/etc... were referring to spring/fall. I'm definitely into jigging but I don't have the ability to hold the boat into a specific spot easily in deep water. I'll take a look at some of the jigging rigs used. Perhaps I just have to get a bit heavier.
I appreciate your hints on your experiences.

mooseknuckle 07-29-2020 12:13 PM

Last time I fished for lakers up there a gentleman showed me a neat way to get my spoon deep, 4oz slip sinker, 5ft mono leader and a Northern king trolling spoon. Had a lot od success.

Vapor 07-29-2020 12:21 PM

I just got back on Monday. Lake was on fire with lakers. We were down-rigging in 40 - 60 fow. The fish were very picky with the color of spoons presenting, so take a variety of them with you so you can switch it up if needed. Once you get the right color pattern you won't be able to stop the onslaught! :)

58thecat 07-29-2020 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ragweed (Post 4210097)
Thanks. Yes I've been reading lots of threads on it as well. Many of the tips/hints/etc... were referring to spring/fall. I'm definitely into jigging but I don't have the ability to hold the boat into a specific spot easily in deep water. I'll take a look at some of the jigging rigs used. Perhaps I just have to get a bit heavier.
I appreciate your hints on your experiences.

If you head over to garnet beach (straight across north from provincial park launch on the east side you will see cabins etc) just a little north come off shore 100-150 yards if you don't have a depth/fish finder and use the wind to blow you over that area you will experience 50-140 ish feet of water and seems to hold bait balls there all year long for the most part...now if windy you will have to increase jig weight...fart around in that area and you will catch lakers...just watch where a lot of boats are just sitting...they are jigging with the odd few trolling around those areas too....I have also caught lakers out front of the ski hill area too....head over to the island if weather and boat size permits....up around English bay.....lots of lakers out there and lots of areas to fish.

ragweed 07-29-2020 01:31 PM

great tips. Sounds like if I get shut out...It's my own darn fault. lol
The boat is an older 15' fibreglass, closed bow boat with a 70 on the back. Deep hull. It handles the waves pretty good.

58thecat 07-30-2020 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by ragweed (Post 4210147)
great tips. Sounds like if I get shut out...It's my own darn fault. lol
The boat is an older 15' fibreglass, closed bow boat with a 70 on the back. Deep hull. It handles the waves pretty good.

Then the entire lake is yours to explore with that set up but mind you it's a large open body of water and can get grumpy....when I had my 17.5 fish and ski boat I had a brain fart and came back in 6' waves....bilge pump ran the entire time and getting it on the trailer was an adventure too......I got bruised up and so did the boat:)

ragweed 07-30-2020 09:00 AM

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Then the entire lake is yours to explore with that set up but mind you it's a large open body of water and can get grumpy....when I had my 17.5 fish and ski boat I had a brain fart and came back in 6' waves....bilge pump ran the entire time and getting it on the trailer was an adventure too......I got bruised up and so did the boat:)


That would not be fun. I would probably be looking for shore after 3í waves.


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ragweed 08-03-2020 04:31 PM

Well I have a site booked for a couple of nights at English Bay this week; mid week. Not gonna lie. Iím pretty excited to check this fishery out. Hope to pop my cherry for a nice Cdn laker. (Caught some nice ones a flathead a few years ago.).


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35 whelen 08-03-2020 04:38 PM

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Well I have a site booked for a couple of nights at English Bay this week; mid week. Not gonna lie. Iím pretty excited to check this fishery out. Hope to pop my cherry for a nice Cdn laker. (Caught some nice ones a flathead a few years ago.).


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Head towards the islands good luck.

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ragweed 08-03-2020 04:53 PM

Are you referring to the big island at the north end?


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35 whelen 08-03-2020 04:56 PM

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Are you referring to the big island at the north end?


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Yes ,there and off the English Bay Point there was lots there last week

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58thecat 08-03-2020 04:59 PM

just got off the lake and in a few hours we had 14 but not until the overcast blocked out the sun then it was on....odd but that's fishing....

OL_JR 08-03-2020 09:51 PM

If you are staying at English bay it would be worth imho checking out the hump straight east of the launch a ways. I've heard it called "the tits" but it's more like a hump and a hole. If you have Navionics the mapping is bang on for it and is easy to see.

When the fish are out there it can be pretty good but it can also be a ghost town just depends what the finder is telling you.

ragweed 08-04-2020 12:40 AM

Iíve got a new Lowrance and will be trying the social map system. Any cell signal out there in case I donít get it figured out?


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58thecat 08-04-2020 06:52 AM

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Iíve got a new Lowrance and will be trying the social map system. Any cell signal out there in case I donít get it figured out?


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Cell coverage is excellent....remember the wind, if your staying in one area camping there are other launches that can get you out to salvage a relatively ruff weather windy day.....yesterday a south eastern was blowing so that side of the lake was a nightmare but over on the other side accessible by the provincial or French bay was doable....I did it in my putt putt tinner....

ragweed 08-04-2020 04:17 PM

Right on.


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Weavster 08-05-2020 03:52 AM

Garnette and the inside point in French bay were hot for us last week. Most fish came in 70-90ft. Of course we were mainly jigging but the action was pretty steady! Good Luck!

ragweed 08-05-2020 05:17 PM

Got my first one today. North of English bay. Missed 3 others. Going to try again this evening. Need a break after fishing and a 6 hour drive. Lol.


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-JR- 08-05-2020 06:10 PM

garnet all the way...... just hammering there .

jkbloom 08-05-2020 06:37 PM

Ragweed pm me I will give you some info, I would even be willing to head to Cold lake tomorrow if you are struggling to catch them

ragweed 08-05-2020 06:53 PM

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Ragweed pm me I will give you some info, I would even be willing to head to Cold lake tomorrow if you are struggling to catch them


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ragweed 08-08-2020 11:42 AM

Well I managed to hook into a few (4 Lakers) after two days of working the lake. I know it's not the crazy catches that everyone else gets out there, but I enjoyed the trip. Thanks to everyone who shared tips and tricks. I'm sure my lack of success had more to do with tackle, fishing spots, and wind (Thursday morning wasn't that much fun on the English side), than anything else. Looking forward to going back again in the fall.

58thecat 08-11-2020 06:48 AM

Well the wind was brutal over the last few days but if you get days to be out in relatively calm weather it is fun....we managed a few but the boat was bucking all over the place and was even hard to troll and keep two lines on areas you wanted to target....


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