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Finding Trout in Protective Stillwaters

By Phil Rowley


In my previous blog entry I discussed comfort factors you can use to help determine where trout might be holding in your favorite lake or perhaps one you are visiting for the first time. In addition to comfort, other factors affecting fish location and activity include protection and food.

Surface texture, light, weed beds, algae and areas of transition are key protection factors that influence where I hunt trout. Let’s take a brief look at each factor and its effect on trout.

A wind induced, rippled surface, breaks up and diffuses light in the same manner as a riffle on a river or stream. Trout are most likely to prowl the shallows using this form of protection. Always take advantage of rippled areas of the lake. Flat calm conditions put trout on edge. Trout cruising under bright skies and calm conditions are spooky and challenging to fool.