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Where do all the trout go when the water is cold?

Question by flytier1010. Uploaded on January 08, 2010

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They're still there

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I must be missin somethin, is there a warm water trout?

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I WOULD TRY SOME DEEPER POOLS ALONG THE EDGES OF CURRENT AREAS. THE TROUT SHOULD BE LESS ACTIVE RIGHT NOW WITH THE COLDER WATER TEMPS AND THEY WILL BE LAYING IN THERE FEEDING ON ANY FOOD THAT FLOATS IN TO THE POOL. BUT YES TROUT ARE COLD WATER FISH.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

they are still there, just a lot less active because of their motablisms slowing way down to survive the colder water and conserve energy.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

and yes, there is a warm water trout. it's called poached!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

If you can find some underwater springs they might hang out there (same place they hang out in hot weather because of the constant supply of cold water). The spring water may be quite a few degrees warmer than the surrounding near freezing stream. Also in deeper holes.

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from 3030forlife wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Trout thrive in cold water

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Like people have said, they are still there. In the cold water months trout are very conservative with their energy and appetite. They will hole up in deeper holes with less current and they will change their appetite. They won't aggressively chase down food and they eat much smaller pieces of food. The game changes drastically during the winter.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

under the dock

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from Fluger wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They stay were they normally are.

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from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

they are still there but in different locations than they are in summer

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Are talking about RIVER trout? or lake trout big water trout like the great lakes??

I have taken some very nice lakers from inland lakes her in MI thru the ice and usually it is from the deep holes using smelt or jigging swedish pimples

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Trout thrive in cold water. Most species won't even live in water above 54 degrees.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

They might hop on a flight to Rio...or they JUST might stay put and hide under a rock. Your guess is as good as mine!

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

We are pulling 20" trout through the ice

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

In streams they are deeper in slower water and way more sluggish. They usually will not move far at all for food so you need to present it right in their face.

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from BrookieBuster101 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

They stay put livin on. As the temp dropps down to the 40s however their metabolism slows and they feed less frequantly, and on very small macro invertabrets.

Tougher to catch, but still there ;)

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from flytier1010 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

what flies do i use

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

they are still there, just a lot less active because of their motablisms slowing way down to survive the colder water and conserve energy.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Like people have said, they are still there. In the cold water months trout are very conservative with their energy and appetite. They will hole up in deeper holes with less current and they will change their appetite. They won't aggressively chase down food and they eat much smaller pieces of food. The game changes drastically during the winter.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They're still there

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I must be missin somethin, is there a warm water trout?

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

and yes, there is a warm water trout. it's called poached!

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I WOULD TRY SOME DEEPER POOLS ALONG THE EDGES OF CURRENT AREAS. THE TROUT SHOULD BE LESS ACTIVE RIGHT NOW WITH THE COLDER WATER TEMPS AND THEY WILL BE LAYING IN THERE FEEDING ON ANY FOOD THAT FLOATS IN TO THE POOL. BUT YES TROUT ARE COLD WATER FISH.

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from 3030forlife wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Trout thrive in cold water

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from MLH wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

If you can find some underwater springs they might hang out there (same place they hang out in hot weather because of the constant supply of cold water). The spring water may be quite a few degrees warmer than the surrounding near freezing stream. Also in deeper holes.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

under the dock

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from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

they are still there but in different locations than they are in summer

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Are talking about RIVER trout? or lake trout big water trout like the great lakes??

I have taken some very nice lakers from inland lakes her in MI thru the ice and usually it is from the deep holes using smelt or jigging swedish pimples

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Trout thrive in cold water. Most species won't even live in water above 54 degrees.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

We are pulling 20" trout through the ice

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

In streams they are deeper in slower water and way more sluggish. They usually will not move far at all for food so you need to present it right in their face.

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from Fluger wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They stay were they normally are.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

They might hop on a flight to Rio...or they JUST might stay put and hide under a rock. Your guess is as good as mine!

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from BrookieBuster101 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

They stay put livin on. As the temp dropps down to the 40s however their metabolism slows and they feed less frequantly, and on very small macro invertabrets.

Tougher to catch, but still there ;)

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from flytier1010 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

what flies do i use

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