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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
By Dave Graybill
If you like catching rainbow trout and you like fast action, you may want to consider a trip to Billy Clapp Lake. I fished this lake last spring and this past winter and had terrific success. It was even more fun as all we had to do was troll a variety of Rapalas and Flicker Shads behind the boat, right on the surface. We were running everything from the great big joined Rapalas in the orange color, right down to the size 7s. We also ran Rapalas and Flicker Shads in perch patterns and rainbow patterns to get our rainbow. I have run these plugs both on side planers and just flatlined, with equal results. By now the fish may be a little deeper, so you may want to have some egg sinkers along to put ahead of the plugs to get them down a bit. Put the weight above the swivel and add four feet of leader to your plug. A friend fished Billy Clapp recently and said he got trout to 17 ½ inches, and I know that there are some rainbow even larger than that in the lake. I would suggest that you run up from the launch to the point above the basalt island, then troll just off the shoreline.