Lake Trout Fishing

03/07/2011 09:04

 ICAST anglers in need of a challenge should look no further than the lake trout, as they are one of the toughest fish species to conquer. Many fly anglers from across the continent have travelled to the great lakes, in hopes of catching at least 10 trout on any given day. However, after going through several sets of fishing gear, anglers find themselves in a distraught state of mind, as the lake trout has overcome their human counterparts. Here is a guide on how to catch trout.


Mainly located in the great lake regions in Canada, the lake trout has become synonymous with a fight for your life, as once they latch onto your line; you will need to put all your energy into reeling them to the surface. The lake trout is a member of the Char family, and the largest trout ever caught was 102 pounds in Saskatchewan in 1961.


The peak points to lake trout fishing season, are end of fall and beginning of spring as right before the ice freezes the water and after it breaks apart, the lake trout changes locations from lakes to rivers. From September to November is mating and birth season for the trout. In the past, the female trout has spawned between 10 to 20,000 eggs at a time in this three month time frame.


As we noted earlier, the best time to catch the lake trout is once the ice breaks at the start of the spring. During this time, the 10 to 20,000 eggs have hatched and the baby fish are ready to swim around as adults. What’s more, once the ice is finished breaking, anglers simply need to cast their lines at the surface and just below the surface of the water, as the trout come up to eat the insects and minnows. Conversely, as the season progresses, you will need to use bait for deep water fishing, as the lake trout travel to the deepest part of the lakes to hibernate.