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Feeding on Trout

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If you have been following my posts lately,I have been getting frustrated due to catching Dinks. The lake I frequent gets a pretty heavy stocking of trout in the winter,and the lake is deep enough that even in the extreme Arizona Summers ,the trout can still be caught . I met a guy that was camping at the lake and he told me that just before first light one morning he was fishing and the lake was "alive" He couldnt see anything but heard slapping on the water and explosions. Think the Bass could have been feeding on Trout? Would it be worth my while to try to throw a swimbait?

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I think if you have a lake with big Florida strain bass, and hatchery trout, it's always worth trying a swimbait ! In fact, (being the trophy bass whacko that I am) I would be inclined to say, "It's not worth throwing anything else" !

Ya' know, your post is very intriguing to me, as I think most people, myself included, often consider the trout-eating Florida bass phenominon, to be strictly a Cali thing. I guess I have heard of a few trout planted lakes in other states, which also contain bass.... You just don't often hear about guys throwing nothing but swimbaits and sticking the big ones on them regularly. Not sure why.

Anyway, yes, I do think all of that pre-dawn racket could have been bass feeding on trout, and I think you need to give swimbaits a good, hard shake ! Of course I'd try a Hud, but if I were going to try a swimbait anytime between dusk and dawn, I'd also try an MSslammer.... which are loud, obnoxious, basically top water swimbaits.

Good luck, and be careful out there at night,

Fish

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Guest bigtex

Swimbaait would be worth your time as well as a crankbait that looks like a trout in design and/or color.

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Most bass where I live have never seen a trout and will never see one in their lives, in places where trout are not present swimbaits work just because they swim. A couuple of weeks ago I went to Lake Zimapán, bass there do not feed on trout and will never feed on trout, they feed on Tilapia, baby bass, native cichilds, minnows and crayfish, tied my trout colored swimbait and at the third cast I got a hit from a big momma, see the point ?  Bass will prey on anything that moves which includes their own kind, if it 's smaller than the width of their mouth then it 's fair game and doesn 't need to be trout pattern, any pattern will do the trick IF PRESENTED PROPERLY.

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