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Thread: WON TroutFest 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by iPhish View Post
    Putting $15K worth of trout would be so stupid to do right now. Save the $$$. It's too damn hot!!
    I agree 100%. They should have stayed with the original date. There's going to be a lot of unhappy people out $75. The water today was 67* in the east end (surface to floor) and 69* in the west, also surface to floor - makes it very difficult to find fish w/out a thermocline. The Trout are not going to be active with these conditions unless we cool off. The bass fishing has shut down as well.

    Spoke to all my local lake rats and no stocking was done.
    My recommendation is to bring some dough and try for carp. They fight good and make outstanding crayfish bait. That way if you stumble on a trout while catching carp, it's a bonus!

  2. #12
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    Yep that's exactly what I'm doing. The TroutFest has been an annual event for my niece and I to fish. She has placed every year, but still looking for First Place, lost by a few ounces few years back LOL. She loves trout fishing and loves Big Bear Lake --- but this is crazy. So I'm saving our lodging and tourney money for later in October for us to just for fish when it cools down.

    I'd love to hear bad (and good) reports of those who are fishing the TroutFest this weekend. I see there's going to be some rain, might help --- but good luck and tight lines!

    ---Mike

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    Just received word from a pretty good local source up in Big Bear. The TroutFest had about 400 entries. They were expecting at least 600 because they were giving away special gift up to 600 entries. Also, the max entries was 1,000. And now........ the fish count. Out of 400 entries total amount of fish caught on Saturday 34 and Sunday 15... totaling..... 49 fish..... that's right 49 fish! To put this in perspective..... last year's TroutFest almost 500 fish were caught!

    This has got to be the worst TroutFest ever and you can't blame the fish nor the lake..... looks like WON just killed TroutFest!

    Here's some WON propaganda at its best.... saying Trout fishing has been picking up! Check with any local fisherman or local guide and you'll see trout fishing has not been picking up at all for weeks!

    https://www.wonews.com/Blog.aspx?id=...ng-into-form-j

    https://www.wonews.com/Blog.aspx?id=...ly-gathering-a

    https://www.wonews.com/Blog.aspx?id=...h-better-weath

    Gzzz!!!

    ----Michael
    Last edited by iPhish; 09-10-2017 at 08:39 PM.

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    Well I hope I was able to prevent some folks from this fiasco of a tourney with my prior posts warning that the lake was shut down. There were many ticked off people Sat and Sunday who believed the BS fishing reports from WON - All BS, which is par for the course for WON - but I guess it pays the bills.
    The Saturday total was 9 fish. I heard Sunday was bad as well but didn't get the grand total.
    Last edited by Lastroll; 09-13-2017 at 02:35 PM.

  5. #15

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    I was in WON back in the early 90's but long ago stopped buying or subscribing because I didn't like it any longer and found exactly what you're saying. They beef up the reports for their friends, sponsors and subscribers. I started doing the 'Playboy' approach. Looking at the pictures when I see it on the stand.

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    WON destroyed one of the most unique and cool tournaments I've ever fished, the Double Haul in the fall at Crowley. Took a good thing and f'd it up. Par for the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkShadow View Post
    What's WON?
    I always called them Week Old News bacause that's what you get. Fishing and hunting news that's at least a week old. You get much better info (and more honest info) here and on similar web sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Dog View Post
    I always called them Week Old News bacause that's what you get. Fishing and hunting news that's at least a week old. You get much better info (and more honest info) here and on similar web sites.
    I use multiply sources for my fishing information. So I totally agree WON is old news for any Saltwater News. However, it is a good source for future News!!! Such as a lake that's going to have something special (stockings or a fishing derby) and the freshwater news isn't totally useless. Many lakes that have natural fish (un stocked fish) and they start biting. They suddenly don't stop biting 4 days later. I could give multiply examples of that! As for better information is available on here (FNN) sometimes and sometimes not. The Aqueduct section on FNN above the Grape Vine is pretty "DEAD!" I went up there 4 times over a period of time last year and did really well. Guess where I was getting my information on judging if it was worth the 250 mile round trip??? Those who said, "WON" get a Cupid Doll!!! lol
    Last edited by etucker1959; 09-28-2017 at 06:23 AM.

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    All information taken into as a whole is good information if you can see thru the obvious BS. But no information replaces work, time on the water is the only guaranteed accurate information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seal View Post
    All information taken into as a whole is good information if you can see thru the obvious BS. But no information replaces work, time on the water is the only guaranteed accurate information.
    Ditto Seal. Nothing beats hands on by you or anyone else you know.

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