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Roche is a very reliable lake, and you should do well. Post a report when you get back.
 

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I talked to a couple of guys that were up at Roche on the weekend and they said they did pretty well. They said that most of the fish were being caught in quite shallow water, i.e., 5 feet or less. Lots of action in the no-motor zone at the north end and in the shallows just off of the resort cabins.
 

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Thanks for the info. I experienced the same feeding depth last week at Plateau Lake. The fish finder was indicating fish right on the bottom but all my takes were in 5-7 feet.
 

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i fished roche yesterday and can confirm that fish are in very shallow. If things dont produce at roche i heard great things about the surrounding lake also.
I'll say this. just cause there small doesn't mean they have small fish.
 

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i'd like to head up that way next weekend (sunday/monday). aside from staying shallow, and trying in the no motor zone (does this mean no electric motors as well?), any other tips on where and how to start? i've never fished roche and really want to give it a try. i'm planning on tying some chironomids and leeches this week. any suggestions as to styles and colors? thanks. :)
 

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Ruger-Roche isn't really all that hard to figure out. It is a very popular lake, so the best approach is to look for where all the boats are and head on over. After the May long, it is quite busy, so rather than try to pick up information on line, I recommend taking a few extra brews and offer up some to the folks at the next campsite, and you'll get all the info you need.
 
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i'd like to head up that way next weekend (sunday/monday). aside from staying shallow, and trying in the no motor zone (does this mean no electric motors as well?), any other tips on where and how to start? i've never fished roche and really want to give it a try. i'm planning on tying some chironomids and leeches this week. any suggestions as to styles and colors? thanks. :)
Friends of mine fished Roche last week and did very well on rather large fish, fishing midges on 35' leaders in 40' of water. Go deep for the BIG BOYS! (chromies)
 

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Ruger-Roche isn't really all that hard to figure out. It is a very popular lake, so the best approach is to look for where all the boats are and head on over. After the May long, it is quite busy, so rather than try to pick up information on line, I recommend taking a few extra brews and offer up some to the folks at the next campsite, and you'll get all the info you need.
sounds like a plan. will do. it's always nice to meet and greet on the water and in camp. i usually pick up some good tips and share a few of my own. i actually met my fishing buddy this way. :D

Friends of mine fished Roche last week and did very well on rather large fish, fishing midges on 35' leaders in 40' of water. Go deep for the BIG BOYS! (chromies)
thanks for the tip. i'll be sure to bring along extra tippet. :)
 

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Returned from my weekend at Roche Lake and while the weather was unsettled with snow flurries on Saturday/Sunday I managed to land approx. 50 fish over the 3 days. Pornomids in size 16 seemed to be the ticket with lesser success on black& red, black & silver chironomids. Fished mostly in monster bay anchored in 8-9 feet of water fishing at 5-6 feet with most fish in the 16-20 inch range. A little time spend around no motor island with larger fish in the 3lb range and the largest 4 lbs.
 
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