Water temperature, depth, weather conditions, and available trout food sources all play a part in what baits we use and how we present them. The majority of our fishing time is spent trolling with ultra light equipment, however, we try to be ready for anything. We troll with downriggers during the warmer months to take our baits deeper. We always carry spinning gear, rigged and ready to cast to feeding trout.
When we find trout actively feeding on schools of minnows, we bring in the trolling lines, cut the engine and cast to the feeding fish. We also drift and jig over structure when the fish are there.
During the cooler months, the Eagle Lake Trout will move into the many shallow, tule-line areas of the lake's shoreline. We employ shallow water trolling methods in depths of six feet or less at these times, always keeping a rigged casting spoon available to cast to trout feeding right in the tules.