If there is one thing that gets my fish lovin’ heart pumping its hunting ice-off brown trout. Watching a bazooka sized banana yellow flash rise from the depths to turn on a jig is as good as it gets. In fact, as I sit here writing this, I can’t think of one single thing I would rather be doing right now than rippin’ jigs for a chance at a huge brown trout (and some breathtakingly gorgeous 20 inchers to hold me over in the hunt of the big boy.) Although I have never had the opportunity to fish for musky, I think ice off brown trout is a very similar in angling fashion…you’re going to take thousands of casts to maybe rise a big fish. Worth it…oh hell yes!!
Last Saturday at the Gates of the Mountains (before the storm rolled in) I had a beef cow sized brown trout take my jig right at the boat. This was the fish I dream about all day, every day. It was single handed (well maybe double handed) the largest brown trout I have ever seen in my entire life. Painfully enough to say, that was the last glimpse I got of the giant beast. After a very short battle my jig popped out of the fish’s mouth and I was left gasping for air. And just for the record, I still haven’t slept since.
My name is Trevor Johnson and I’m obsessed and addicted to jigging brown trout. Does anyone know if there is a brown trout anonymous group that I can join?? I need some major therapy!!
Although the monster got away, we did manage to land seven beautiful browns and a boatload of rainbows. We (dad) did end up catching a very gorgeous brown that went almost 28” that topped the day off quite nicely. The rainbows are averaging 20+ inches and 3-4 pounds as well. It is a tremendous time of the year to be out and the fishing is incredible.
Remember, jig shallow Kit’s Nation!! The “yellow perch” Glass Minnow and Brown/Orange Pro Marabou were our hot colors. Don’t miss this exciting action, get out there and start “Jiggin’ the Dream”