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    Default Water bugs in Fairbanks area lakes

    I just caught a 23 inch Rainbow in one of the local lakes up here and it was full of these hard shelled bugs, some almost a inch long. Can anyone tell me what these bugs are and more importantly, What jigs, spoons or flies would mimic them fishing through the ice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingerdt View Post
    I just caught a 23 inch Rainbow in one of the local lakes up here and it was full of these hard shelled bugs, some almost a inch long. Can anyone tell me what these bugs are and more importantly, What jigs, spoons or flies would mimic them fishing through the ice?
    Need a photo of the bugs to tell you, but forget the bugs, lets see the fish!

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    I've caught some trout with the same bugs and want to know what wingerdt wants to know

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    I'm thinking they're "water boatmen", which have hard shells. They look like a beetle. I haven't seen them an inch long here in AK, though. Are they snails? Trout will ingest them by the hundred when nothing else is available. Without a pic it's hard to say. Don't worry about imitating that insect during the winter. They were probably available a month or two ago before the ice hit and were eaten then. The shells on aquatic insects take forever to pass through. Continue to keep it simple on rainbows......worms, salmon eggs, shrimp on jigs will do just fine. Nice fish, BTW. I may have to PM you as I'm here an Eileson and ice fish also!

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    It could be one of three insects. Waterboatmen, backswimmer, or predatious diving beetle. The first pick is a waterboatmen, the second pic is a predacious diving beetle.

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    Backswimmer

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    I have tied a few flies to mimic those, I can't keep fish off of them in lakes. Great to get kids in on some action.

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