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.
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.
What is responsible for a lower than expected population of lake trout in the Great Lakes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.