Ontario Lake Trout

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For some people, fishing is not just a game.  It’s nothing to be trivialized.  In fact, it’s something that they take quite seriously.  In fact, it’s wholly possible that some people have based their life goal on the capture of an elusive fish.  Take the story of Moby Dick, for example.  The guy in that story practically spent his whole life chasing a white whale.  But times have changed, and if we were to set out for the big blue sea armed with a harpoon, an eye patch, and a corsair, we’d probably be sent straight to the mental hospital for apparent insanity.  So, to satisfy our inner urges to set out for our own Moby Dick, we’ve settled for a smaller version - a more attainable Moby Dick, so to say.  We have set our sights to the quick and elusive Lake Trout.

The Lake Trout is the largest of all trouts.  Its average length is 17 to 27 inches, and it weighs an average of 3 to 9 pounds.  But if you want something to hang proudly on your wall, you have to do better than just ‘average.’  In fact, you’ll have to catch a fish that weighs close to 25 pounds.  The largest lake trout ever caught and recorded weighed 46.3 kilograms, that’s a whopping 102 pounds.  It was caught in Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan in the year 1961. Lake Trouts have light spots that are splattered across dark crome sides.


Where can you find the lake trout?


If you’re looking for a good chance to catch some lake trout, your best move would be to go to Canada.  The further up north you are, the better, since lake trouts are fish that generally dependent on cold water.  But, you could also find them in some parts of the United States, particularly in the northeastern part.  They can also be found in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior.


How do you catch the Lake trout?


The Lake Trout is a very quick and very elusive fish.  They don’t typically swim in schools, so it’s hard to spot one.  Also, since lake trouts have a love for cool water, they tend to stay at a water level that’s comfortable for them.  So, if the weather’s hot, they can be found deeper into the lake, and when the weather’s cold, they move closer to the surface.  All they’re really striving to do is to keep the temperature constant.  So, if you want to catch them, take note of the season or the time of the year and adjust your strategy accordingly.


This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips.
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