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Vilas15  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:12:02 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone bobber fish artificials in small streams? In my limited experience I throw spinners but thought this might be something different to slow down a bit and get baits in the strike zone longer. I'm thinking maybe a clear float like this with a crappie jig or some small plastic a foot or two below it. I've got plenty of ice fishing jigs, will trout go for them even in all the crazy bright colors?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:50:13 AM(UTC)
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I use crappie type jigs a lot, they work quite well in winter, but skip the float and just bounce it along the bottom. Marabou jigs are fantastic for sluggish trout in cold water, but I find the dancing/stripping action in the key, I'd bet it's less effective to just drift it under a bobber.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:57:32 AM(UTC)
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I know when I lived in West "By God" Virginia, a lot of folks used Trout Magnets under bobbers/floats. Mostly fishing for stockers but I'm not sure how much that matters.

https://troutmagnet.com/trout-magnet.html
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:08:44 AM(UTC)
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I know when I lived in West "By God" Virginia, a lot of folks used Trout Magnets under bobbers/floats. Mostly fishing for stockers but I'm not sure how much that matters.

https://troutmagnet.com/trout-magnet.html


Ha!

I have those and I bought em as crappie jigs.

I agree with the need for a horizontal presentation though and have been scheming on using these (below) along undercuts when the trout won’t come out for a PM…

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The jig head is the key or more importantly, where the eyelet is so that the tail presents horizontally.

These are killer for crappie through the ice and I’m thinking they might work for trout if I can figure out a way to deliver them.


OP… I bought these a few years ago to try exactly what you are talking about:

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Have never really given them a fair shot as I always go right back to a PM.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:53:56 AM(UTC)
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The biggest winter fish I ever caught was on a jighead with a gulp minnow like that. Came out from under a cut and smashed it after ignoring spinners 3 or 4 times.
Beware what you're using in WI, a lot of the powerbait/gulp baits are considered live bait, and thus not legal for WI early season.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:58:17 AM(UTC)
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Ooh! Good point.

These are “donkey sauce infused” lol.

I only like them for the shape and tail action and don’t generally use scented tails.

That would be the first time that I run into a warden of course.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:45:58 PM(UTC)
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I have seen the small jig under a bobber work in Driftless streams. One of my son's friends went with us a few times and that is what he would use. He'd hang a tiny jig about 18" under a clear bobber. He caught fish but he was also snagged up a lot. That was more likely to him being a young kid at the time.

The jig and bobber technique was one of my favorite ways to catch crappies on the prairie ponds where I grew up in South Dakota. Let the jig hang a couple feet under and then bring it in slowly. So fun to see that bobber disappear.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:51:15 PM(UTC)
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Jigs don’t have to be a strictly winter thing. I started using 1/8 ounce pink/white Mr. Twisters last fall, and they’ve become a great addition to my repertoire, through the summer and all. They seem to be very effective on slow days. I either let it slowly fall on a tight line and crawl it back, or I slowly retrieve it just above bottom, with a twitch every 5-10 seconds.

There’s a jig company out of Terrace Bay, Ontario called Mighty Mitch and Jungle Joe’s Jigflies. These baits are absolutely fantastic on Salmon in the 1/3-1/2 ounce variety, and I’m going to start testing out their smaller jigs for big Brookies this summer. They’re fantastic and outfished live bait/yarn flies for Chinook and Coho this fall.
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#9 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:41:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Ooh! Good point.

These are “donkey sauce infused” lol.

I only like them for the shape and tail action and don’t generally use scented tails.

That would be the first time that I run into a warden of course.


Yeahhh I don't know what donkey sauce is LOL, but if it's animal product, it counts as bait. I learned this because I made the mistake of asking my local warden, not cuz I got caught using them. The places I go I rarely see anyone, let alone a warden haha

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#10 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:53:38 PM(UTC)
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I have been dressing spinners with mini tubes for a full season. Trout love 'em. And donkey sauce is probably not safe for human consumption! Hahaha
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