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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
 
By Dave Graybill
 
If you like to catch trout, and I am talking about big trout, there are two destinations to consider. The first would be Banks Lake. I know, I know, it’s not the typical destination for trout anglers, but in the winter there are large numbers of big trout taken here. Rainbow running from 18 to 24 inches are being landed in the northern basin of the lake, and one angler recently landed one rainbow that weighed 10 pounds! These are regular rainbow, too, not triploids. Trolling is a great way to take limits of these fish, but some anglers are sitting on the dock at Coulee Playland to get theirs. It doesn’t take them more than three hours to do it. The trollers are using Rapalas in the “purplescent” color, or the Owner lure of the same shade. The dock anglers are just tossing a marshmallow and crawler combo on a slip sink rig. A six-foot leader of six-pound test is advised. Anglers that like to fish for triploids will be happy to learn that another 4,000 of them were recently released near the net pens on Rufus Woods. These are typically 2 to 3 pounds, but a 15-pounder was landed here last week.