The Ultimate Lake Trout Fishing Quiz

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The Ultimate Lake Trout Fishing Quiz
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About This Quiz

A great way to relax after a stressful work schedule is to hit your favorite lake for a day of lake trout fishing. Many people think of trout as a small-sized game fish, but lake trout can weigh in at over 90 pounds each. Lake trout have been known to live for well over 20 years, so the big ones can make a worthy opponent. Learn more about lake trout fishing by taking our quiz.
What was the weight of the largest lake trout ever caught?
112 pounds (50.8 kilograms)
102 pounds (46.2 kilograms)
According to freshwater-fishing-canada.com, the largest lake trout weighed in at 102 pounds (46.2 kilograms). This fish put up an incredible fight before it was finally in the boat.
91 pounds (41.2 kilograms)

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What part of the year is the best time for trout fishing?
spring and summer
summer and fall
spring, summer and fall
You can fish for lake trout throughout most of the year, depending on how icy your area lakes get. In some areas, people even go ice fishing when the ice gets thick enough.

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What do lake trout prefer as their No. 1 preferred meal?
minnows
Think about what your game fish prefers to eat before you bait a hook or choose a lure. In the case of lake trout, the best choice is small minnows.
Mackinaw
char

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What are other common names used for lake trout?
Mackinaw and Siscowet
laker and humper
both of the above
Lake trout have many names and you may have already fished them by another name. They are also called lakers, Mackinaw, Siscowet, Namaycush, humper, char, gray trout, paperbelly, or landlocked salmon.

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What do the smaller lake trout usually prefer to eat?
worms
insects
Smaller lake trout typically prefer to eat crayfish and insects. Smaller trout will also go for worms, but they prefer manure worms and do not care for night crawlers.
tadpoles

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Where do you commonly find lake trout?
in every state in the U.S., Alaska, and through Canada
Great Lakes region, the more northern states, Canada and Alaska
You can find lake trout mainly in cooler northern waters. They live throughout the Great Lakes region and Canada, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and much of New England.
in Canada, Alaska, and every state except Florida, Texas, and New Mexico

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What kind of water do lake trout prefer?
deep water
Lake trout prefer relatively deep waters to a depth of about 100 feet (30.4 meters), although their depth varies greatly by season and lake size. You can expect to fish lake trout from a boat rather than from shore.
shallow water
marshy calm water

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What is responsible for a lower than expected population of lake trout in the Great Lakes?
seals
dolphins
sea lamprey
In the Great Lakes lake trout are being killed by sea lamprey that invaded from the ocean via canals. The lamprey uses a suction-cup mouth to attach itself to the skin of a lake trout and grinds away tissue with sharp teeth and a probing tongue.

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What do trout do when it is warmer around the middle of the summer?
they do the same as they always do
they only feed at dawn and dusk
they go deeper
Lake trout respond to warmer weather by going deeper in the lake. They are not trying to escape the sunshine, but rather they are following the baitfish that seek cooler temperatures.

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How can you stack the odds of catching some great lake trout?
Use the new bait oils on your lures.
Research your lakes unique features.
Because lake trout stay deep, it is wise to research the underwater topography of your lake. You should know where major underwater barriers are, as you will always find more game fish near underwater sandbars, rocks, docks, shoals, wrecks, etc.
You should do both of the above.

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Where will you find lake trout just after a lake has lost its ice?
just below the surface
Lake trout are hungry in the early spring, so they are not very discriminating about when or where they feed. If the lake has only recently lost a covering of ice, lake trout may be just below the surface.
near the bottom where it is warmer
between 10 to 15 feet below the surface

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Where will you find lake trout in late spring as the water is warming up?
within five feet of the surface
10 to 15 feet below the surface
Late in spring lake trout tend to hang out around 45 feet (13 meters) below the surface.
about 30 to 45 feet below the surface

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How should you fish for lake trout on a windy day?
Cast against the wind and let the line drift back in your direction.
Cast with the wind for best results.
The wind blows warm surface water, which does not hold enough oxygen for trout. Fish the side of the lake where the wind is coming from and cast with the wind for best results.
It really does not matter which way you cast so choose what works best for you.

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What is a jig or bucktail lure?
a lure with a weighted body and triple hooks
A jig or bucktail is a lure with a weighted body and one or two triple hooks. Jigging gets its name from a characteristic jumping, bobbing and fluttering motion that makes the lure mimic a wounded baitfish.
a light hollow lure with triple hooks
a three-piece swivel lure with triple hooks

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What is the technique you need for successful jigging?
The jig lure takes care of the jigging motion you just need to reel it slowly in.
You must create some jigging motion by slowly raising and lowering your rod or waving it from side to side.
At a leisurely pace, you raise and lower the rod, or wave it from side to side. Vary the height and the timing to give the jig a genuinely erratic movement to help the lure mimic a wounded baitfish.
You create some jigging motion by alternately snapping the line towards you and letting it settle again.

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What kind of lures do lake trout prefer?
dark colored lures
bright colored lures
light colored lures
Lake trout typically go for light lures, so try a spoon jig, also known as a wobbler. You can try attaching a live minnow to your jig, as it is a lake trout's favorite meal.

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When does jigging for lake trout seem to work the best over other methods?
warmest summer months
early spring or late fall
Jigging tends to work best at either end of the lake trout season. Use a jig in the early spring or late fall for best results, as other methods are better when the water is warm.
early morning and late evening

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What is the second most preferred method to use when fishing for lake trout?
trolling
Troll fishing is slowly dragging a line through deep water; it is the second most preferred method for fishing lake trout. Use a boat whose motor has been quieted so as not to frighten the fish away.
fly-fishing
drift fishing

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What should you do before you start trolling a lake for trout?
Make sure you know where any obstructions lurk just below the surface that you need to avoid.
Put on an approved life jacket or personal flotation device.
Check that the state or province where you are fishing allows motorized trolling.
Not every state allows motorized trolling, so before you troll for lake trout make sure you are permitted to do so. If you are not permitted to motor troll, you could try stroll-and-troll by dragging your line while walking along the shore.

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What is the best rig arrangement for successful motor trolling?
a single weighted swivel with a floater spoon on two feet of line
a three-way swivel arrangement with a hanging weight on four feet of line
Use a three-way swivel to attach a weight to your line and leave your lure free to move. The weight should hang about four feet below the swivel.
a hollow lure with enough buoyancy to float just above your preferred depth

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