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Ice Fishing For Trout at Night, Do They Bite

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Trout are a coldwater species and they remain active under the ice because the water is cold. You need to look for shallow flats of 4-8 feet deep, with soft bottoms. Trout will flock to the largest flats that are available during the winter months. They normally hang in approximately 10 feet of water, but as stated above, can be in shallow water as well. During the winter, the flats are well populated with minnows, crayfish, aquatic worms, and other small prey. These fish are some of my favorite to catch and I’ve spent a lifetime fishing for them.

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Because trout are coldwater fish and they are active under the ice, they will bite. It may take longer at night, but you will feel strikes. The trout are not as aggressive at night at some of the other species of fish, but they are there and can be caught. As long as you can handle the frigid temperatures, in some areas, you will have a good chance of catching a trout. Check out my highest recommended Ice Fishing gear Here.

I‘m going to provide you with some tips and tricks to help you be more successful at catching trout at night under the ice. I will also include 3 great places that have a good supply of trout in the winter time. I will give you a brief run down of rod/reel combos, line, bait, and lures. I’ll go more in depth in articles that are coming very soon, so watch for those. 

3 Popular Night Fishing Areas

If you want to go ice fishing, no matter what type of fish you are wanting to catch, your best bet is to go up north. The colder states, and Canada have amazing ice fishing. But, what about for trout? Let’s take a peek and see where you will need to travel. 

  1. Lake of the Woods: situated on the border of the United States (Minnesota) and Canada {Manitoba and Ontario). It is the 2nd largest freshwater lake, next to the Great Lakes. Besides lake trout, you can also catch walleye, perch, northern pike, and whitefish. During the frozen ice months, you will see hundreds of fish houses (also called ice houses) scattered around the Lake of the Woods. Some will be moveable ones, so that they can be relocated to where the fish seem to be each day. 
  1. Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan: This lake spans 145 miles and is extremely popular amongst Canada (and other) anglers. It has a few prime spots along the 145 mile stretch, to catch walleye, pike, rainbow trout, and lake trout. The trout that you catch here are known to be over 10 pounds. You will want to schedule your vacation in January or February, because that is peak season for trout. Make sure you have plenty of layers of clothing because it will be extremely cold at night. 
  1. Antero Reservoir: Located 100 miles from Denver, Colorado this reservoir has a diverse trout population. This includes rainbow trout (which are said to get quite large). Look into staying at the Mountain RIver Lodge for your accommodations. It is close to the water, and has all of the amenities that you could possibly ask for. Be very prepared to possibly catch a trophy sized rainbow trout, along with kokanee salmon, splake, and greenback cutthroat. 


Most Important Items for Your Tackle Box for Ice fishing at night

Now I’m going to briefly touch on items for your tackle box and fishing or trout at night, under ice. You can find my recommended gear HERE. The anglers that prefer ice fishing, whether at night or during the day, count down the days until Jan 1st. This is the beginning, the opening day of lake trout winter fishing.

I stated earlier that the best time was January and February to catch trout under the ice. 

Tackle & Bait for night ice fishing

You want to choose high visibility baits that are going to imitate the prey and forage that trout enjoy the most. If you are fishing in clear water, the trout can actually see your bait from quite a distance away. Stick to a white or color that imitates minnows. They are natural looking and highly visible. But do remember that trout are line shy. We will cover the line next. 

Fishing line you should consider for ice fishing

When ice fishing, it is suggested that you choose braided line. It has less stretch, thinner diameter, and more strength than the traditional monofilament. With the almost no-stretch, you will be able to get a good hook-set in deeper water. Some less active trout, will hold at 20-30 feet deep, but will still strike your line if presented with the correct bait/lure. 

Rods & Reels for fishing at night on the ice

For ice fishing, you want to use a longer than normal ice rod. These are going to help you when there are bigger fish on the ice. You will get more hook-setting power and more shock absorption when you are fighting the big trout. You want to make sure it is medium to medium-heavy action. The spinning reels will be more efficient for moving your bait around in the water. If you are going to be using heavier baits or baits with heavier hooks, then you will want a bait-casting rod/reel combo. 

When you are fishing for trout at night, under the ice, some anglers prefer to use electronics. This makes it easier to spot the fish that are suspended throughout the water column. You can also choose whether or not to use leaders. This will be a personal preference. 

Conclusion

Trout will bite at night, under the ice, when they are provided with the correct bait/lure. Do some extra research for the area that you are going to be fishing at. Also remember to check the rules and regulations and purchase your fishing license. Take plenty of warm clothes and other supplies so that there is no chance for hypothermia or frostbite.

Check back often, as we will be discussing more in depth, the items that you are going to want to have in your tackle box for catching trout. Whether it be day or night, ice or warm weather. We will do our best to provide you with all of the information that you need. Until then, Happy Fishing!

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Fishing Willow Beach – Catch Fish Near Las Vegas

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Can You Fish at Willow Beach?

Willow Beach is a long-time classic fishing destination. It’s a part of Lake Mohave on the Colorado River. The black rock canyons are just below Hoover dam and are part of Lake Mead National Park. Its Cold waters are on the north of Lake Mohave.

I’m going to share stuff here that you won’t find anywhere else.

Back in the day, they used to catch huge
rainbow trout out of that little beach. I remember when I was a kid they had a café in by where the
store is. Other Species we caught were Carp, Catfish, and Bass.

Inside the café, we used to go there to eat breakfast in the mornings before we went
fishing or we would go fishing early and come to the café after a couple of hours of fishing.
Inside the café.

The walls were lined with hundreds of pictures of anglers with their catch. These
were all rainbow trout at the time and you had to have a trout over 5 pounds to get on the wall.

There were also taxidermy trout on the walls along with other wildlife that you can find in the
area. If I remember right there was a bighorn ram mount at the front entrance.

Later on, as I grew up in the 80s and 90s the decor changed a little bit. The trout pictures were still on the wall
but the trophy at the front of the store was in a case and it changed to a striped bass.

Around this time striped bass got out of Lake Mead into the river system. They had a heyday eating up
trout.

Because of that, they grew to enormous sizes. I can’t remember exactly but I seem to
recall a striped bass in the display case that was over 60 pounds if I remember right.

This place is the iconic big fish travel destination. There have been people coming here for decades to
catch big fish whether they be trout or striped bass.

I took a 100 person survey on facebook if people like bass fishing best or trout fishing best. Here’s the results.

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Can You Swim at willow beach?

There is no swimming allowed at the marina but if you go outside the buoys you can swim. You should be warned that the water is ice cold year around though.


Do I need an Arizona fishing license to fish at Willow Beach?

There is a lot of confusion unless you already know about whether you need a license to fish at
Willow Beach or not.

First of all yes you do need a license to fish at Willow Beach. However, if
you have a Nevada license that will work as well.

It doesn’t matter if you are on a boat or on
the shore as long as you have a Nevada or an Arizona license you are good to go.

Do I need a stamp for Arizona or Nevada at Willow Beach?

The answer is
no. Some time ago they did away with the stamps. Now when you buy the license it is included
with the license if you get it in Nevada or Arizona does not matter.

Do I need a trout stamp at Willow Beach?

Again the answer is no. Back in the day you
used to have to buy a trout stamp but nowadays that is included with the license as well no
matter which state you come from Arizona or Nevada.

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alt Martin McElroy Echo Bay 06/17/2021 More Info

Do I need a stamp for a second pole at Willow Beach?

Once again the answer to that is no. It is
included with the license and you can have up to two poles but a maximum number of three hooks
between the two poles.

So I usually fish one pole with one hook in the other pole with two
hooks.
At the end of this article, I will give you a willow beach fishing Report for 2021


Can I catch striped bass at Willow Beach?

The answer is absolutely yes you can.

What are the
recommendations for catching striped bass?

Well you can do it similar to the way you do it in
Lake Mead- bait fishing with anchovies that are frozen.

Cut them in thirds and put them
on a standard worm hook. Use about 1 ounce of weight and toss them out there about as far as
you can get them.

If you are on a boat you can do the same thing or you can go upstream a ways and float down slowly with an anchovy on the hook slightly above the bottom.

Another
recommended way to catch striped bass is using baits that mimic baitfish. Either a lure that
mimics a shad or one that mimics a trout or even bluegill.

These are terrific to use because
the bass and the striped bass love to eat these smaller fish, especially trout.

In case you did not know trout are stocked at Willow Beach every Friday. When this happens it’s like buffet time for
the striped bass. This would be a good time to throw out a swim bait that looks like a trout.

last but not least you can use live bait which you can get from my buddy mike wigglerarmy.com

Can I catch trout at Willow Beach?

Again the answer to this is an astounding yes.

How do you catch trout at Willow Beach? I would suggest the old standby Berkeley power bait and fish
somewhere around the picnic area by the store or the fishing pier over by the hatchery.

Probably the best place to catch trout. Anywhere in between that is able to be official legally is
good as well. If you have a boat or kayak you can go up or downstream and fish The coves. The
trout like to hang out in there as well and you can catch some real big trout at Willow Beach.

Both of my sons have caught 5-pound trout there. In case you were wondering yes this was
recently it was 2020.

My son Lorin at Willow Beach – This Rainbow Trout was caught on a Berkley Mousetail

I know the best do you eat the trout but the hatchery also put out some
very large ones for the anglers to catch. You can also use lures like spinners for trout and even
jerk baits that are semi-small.

Another popular soft bait or mouse tails made by Berkley. Also,
regular old nightcrawlers are a great option. You can get them from my friend mike
wigglerarmy.com

Marshmallows are a good bait for trout as well. Some people use the garlic-flavored ones made
specifically for fishing but the little colorful marshmallows that you put in your hot cocoa do a
nice job too. (the garlic flavored ones give me bad breath)

Lastly, a super very good option is wax worms or mealworms that you can get at
the store at Willow Beach. Keep in mind Arizona time is different than Nevada time most of the
year and the store closes fairly early.

My Son Jerren. His Beautiful Rainbow trout was Caught on a nightcrawler available in LasVegas Here


What are some Willow Beach fishing tips?

The first tip I would give you is to try to fish in the off
hours to beat the crowds.

A lot of people go down to Willow Beach If you try to go during a holiday weekend you are
going to fight for elbow room. I would say if you go in the morning during the week that would be
a terrific time.

Ethan Enns fishing on the pier at Willow Beach during an off time when there are not too many crowds

It doesn’t matter if you are going just to kayak or if you are fishing, the middle of
the week is a good time.

Late in the evening is also a good time. Only the most diehard
fisherman are out there after about 10 PM so getting a spot is not so hard except maybe on the
weekends. They do have a very nice fishing pier at Willow Beach and it’s quite large but in the
late summer, there’s a lot of grass around the pier so it’s kind of difficult to fish.

If you are going to fish the pier in the late summer you are going to want some sort of gear that you can cast out
very far. This will get you out past the grass and give you a better chance of getting a striper.

Mouse tails and wax worms seem to do the best on trout if you can see them. Plop one of these
baits in front of them and you can usually get their attention with it especially the wax worms
and regular worms.

The best piece of advice I can give you if you want to catch trout is to go
there on Friday morning. Prepare for heavy traffic along the shore because a lot of people know
that the department of wildlife stocks Willow Beach at the ramp on Friday mornings at about eight.

Watch out for the no fishing signs. You need to stay in the designated fishing areas which are a
little ways away from the docs. If you are fishing for striped bass this is a good time too.
Because the stripers come in to eat the trout. Putting something out there that looks like a trout
is a good bet during this time.

A Colorado River Rainbow Trout caught off the fishing pier at Willow Beach south of Hoover Dam. Caught on Berkley Power Bait. Orange


Willow Beach trout stocking schedule 2021

All I can tell you is that they stock Willow Beach at about 8:00 AM every Friday morning. There
are occasions when that schedule is changed for example during Covid lockdowns they did not
stock for quite a long time.

There may be other reasons why they don’t stock for example if it is
a holiday. Other than that they are pretty regular about it.

Willow Beach Fishing Guides

There are fishing guides that will take you fishing at Willow Beach. The one I recommend is
Travis Pitt Bass Experience.

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Willow Beach Fishing Report 2021

It’s willow beach. itseveryones favorite place to go get skunked. However if you follow the tips I give in this article you can also hit one out of the park. Oh and if you land-a big one, make sure to stop at the Willow Beach General Store and put your name on the board! and Tell em FishinMoney sent Ya!

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Fishing at Lorenzi Park Las Vegas Aka. Twin Lakes

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When I was a kid there was one thing that you could count on that was always on my mind and that was fishing. 

Of course when you’re a kid you only have what you have and that is not much when it comes to fishing gear.

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Of course, I had a fishing pole but I must have gotten for Christmas or my birthday and I had a tackle box with a few things in it.

Your run-of-the-mill bass curly tail jigs, a couple of flies for trout, a handful of bobbers. 

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And a few other odds and ends like some 6 pound fishing string. And assortment of hooks mostly for trout.

When my friends and I got lucky enough to get dropped off at Lorenzi Park to do some fishing we had a blast together.

I don’t recall who all was there but I remember that my friend Shane and I quickly learned that the fish in the pond at that time were so small that you needed a Hook that could fit in their mouth and we do not have any that small.

As I recall I took a small treble hook and type two hooks off of it to make one single hook that was small enough to try to catch some bluegill.

It took us most of the day to figure all of this out and get our gear ready to actually catch a fish but in the end, we did not give up and we were able to catch bluegill that day.

I don’t go back there anymore, at least I have not been there for many years because in my opinion there are other places that are better for fishing.

The neighborhood is a little tough and although in the daytime it’s fine I would not want to be out there too much at night.

I prefer places like cold Creek, veterans memorial pond in Boulder city, and even Sunset Park.

But I know there are a lot of people who for one reason or another are going to Lorenzi Park and they want to know where to fish when they get there.

Where should I fish at Lorenzi Park?

I can tell you exactly where I always had the best of work and I can also tell you where would be a good place now to finish when you get there.

 Around the center of the pond between the two lakes, there is a bridge. Near the bridge, you will see a blue roof picnic area. Next to that, you’ll find some steps that lead down to the water and an overlook with a rail around it that’s where you want to go. Just remember it’s near the center bridge that crosses the two lakes find the steps near the bigger lake and it’s right there. I’m going to include a picture of the place that I’m talking about and you will quickly see you once you see the picture of why I recommend this place.

This is the place where I was able to catch bluegill when I was a kid. 

What bait should I use at Lorenzi Park?

We used Webber’s white bread. 

Yeah, no joke we just rolled it up into a tight ball and put it on our hook. Every time we cast and we were able to get lots of bites.

The problem with using this type of meat is that as soon as he gets wet it starts to get loose and it’s not too long before it comes off your hook.

It’s really easy for the fish to steal your bait. But it’s cheap and his kids that was what made the most sense to us I guess.

Nowadays if I were to go there I would probably bring some Berkeley power bait. You can make small little balls of bait for fishing and it would be much harder to get it to come off of your hook.

How do I fish for trout at Lorenzi Park?

However, if you are going to fish at Lorenzi Park during the fall and spring before it gets too hot. I would still recommend the same exact spot for fishing however you might be fishing for a different species.

That pond is now stocked with rainbow trout. Back when I was a kid it was not but now it is and also during the hot summer months it is stocked with catfish.

If you are fishing there any time between November and March you can rest assured that there are rainbow trout in there and in that case I would go with a very small treble hook maybe a size 14 and Berkeley power bait for trout fishing.

How do I fish for catfish at Lorenzi Park in Las Vegas?

If you go there during the summer months or hotter months, I would recommend using a small warm hook and you could try using nightcrawlers or anchovies.

You will need to know where you can get nightcrawlers and anchovies so I am going to tell you here.

The best place to go for that is the Walmart sports section. They have a refrigerator and a freezer where they keep both nightcrawlers and anchovies.

However, I am going to give you my best tip of this article. If you are fishing for catfish in the warm months, go to the grocery store and buy some small shrimp. Put that on your hook and you will knock out those catfish.

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The Best Trout Fishing YouTube Channels

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In the year 2020 there is no question that we are definitely in the information age. You can learn about practically anything that you want, and there are countless platforms to do so. One of the most well-known ones would have to be YouTube.

There is an immense amount of videos available to help people learn about a given craft or skill. Take fishing, for example. There are fishing channels devoted to every type of fishing imaginable, from fishing for crappie to fishing for catfish and everything in between.

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Indeed, there are so many that it can be difficult to figure out which ones are good and which ones are not so good. However, when it comes to fishing for trout, there are quite a few examples out there.

Are you looking for some really good YouTube trout fishing channels? Of course, before we get started, you probably should realize that most of the suggested channels are not devoted to just trout fishing, but many of the techniques are easily adapted to fishing for this particular breed. Here are some that you should strongly consider:

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Salt Strong

Versatility is the name of the game for the Salt Strong YouTube Channel. They have videos devoted to almost every species of fish, including bass, catfish, and even such obscure options as snook and grouper. However, one of the reasons why they were included in the trout fishing category would have to be because they have plenty of good (and recent) trout-related fishing videos available.

They have posted at least 15 different trout or trout-related videos. Moreover, one of the things that makes this group unique would be that they aren’t just a collection of videos, but they also market themselves as an online community where other fishermen can bounce other ideas off each other and where they can even take different courses about how to fish for different breeds!

Yet another notable video they offer would be entitled, “3 Tips For Fishing Points” where it discusses some of the things you can do to catch more snook, redfish, and trout. A couple of these would include going with the flow and to avoid doubting the drop-offs. Of course, it is important to mention that when we say “points”, we are talking about a designation in place and not simply an element of conversation.

Moreover, one of the best things about this video would have to be that they are excellent at providing strategies for helping you to improve your fishing game. Ask any angler, and they will tell you that they enjoy the experience much better if they are catching fish. There’s just something about getting results from your hobby that makes it that much more enjoyable, and that’s probably why this channel regularly gets views in the tens of thousands for many of their recent videos and views in the millions for their oldest videos.

Addicted Fishing

Again, versatility is the name of the game for this fishing channel. One of the best things about Addicted Fishing would be that they provide a number of in-depth “How To” tutorials regarding how to catch all of your favorite fish. For example, they posted a video where they discussed fishing with “plastic pink worms” as a way to catch more trout.

That video was posted about seven months ago, and it already has over 258,000 views. And don’t think for a minute that that video is the only one that has had that many views. Addicted to Fishing also has a video detailing the “TOP 3 Methods For SUCCESS!” when fishing for trout that has had about 236,000 views as well.

Moreover, Addicted Fishing has a lot of unique listings for you to ponder. They have videos with titles such as “How to Catch Trout With Jet Puff Marshmallows” (197,000 views), “Using Trout Magnets For a Stocked Lake”(148,000 views), and “The Best Methods For Catching Trout in Rivers, Streams, and Creeks.” When it comes to YouTube channels that offer good trout-fishing videos, my point is this: Addicted Fishing is definitely a keeper.

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Fishin Money

Fishin Money might be a bit of a new kid on the block, but some of the insights they provide are every bit as useful to the trout fisherman as some of these larger channels. Moreover, you definitely should consider the fact that even though they have only been posting videos since last January, they are already up to 102 subscribers.

Perhaps one of the most compelling videos they have in their offerings would have to be the one posted in early July regarding fishing weights. Perhaps it’s due to COVID-19, but many fishermen are starting to notice that fishing weights are getting to be in short supply in such places as Bass Pro Shops and other fishing retailers. However, ask any experienced retailer, and they will tell you that weights is almost a necessity if you are going to start targeting a specific breed of fish.

Trout and other breeds will almost always stay at a certain depth, and the weights will help your bait sink to the required level. However, before I digress too much, this angler did notice the dilemma of these major fishing retailers no longer carrying weights. Indeed, some were completely out of them! So what did he do? He made his own! That’s right, and part of the reason why this YouTube channel has so much potential would have to be because it offers several practical life hacks for helping all anglers catch more of their favorite species, trout or otherwise.

Another good thing that this channel is that it often will combine elements of sports, psychology (RE: the overcoming negative fishing thoughts video), and even an analysis of different fishing locations. This is truly a fishing channel that has a lot of potential and should have a bright future, so you definitely should tune in regularly in order to get some solid angling tips.

All three of these videos illustrate the fact that fishing is so much more than just a sport. Fishing can definitely be a way of life, and it absolutely can bring families together. Lifelong friendships are made out on the water, along with many new ways of strategizing for the fish. There is no question that fishing is a great way to deal with life, and an excellent way to learn new things about yourself.

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