Ontario Lake Trout Tips

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Among the various trout breeds, the lake trout is said to be the largest of the bunch for they grow to as much as one hundred pounds (46.2 kg).  That is mainly why there was a time when lake trout were fished commercially.  That was until over harvest put a stop to this activity.  Since they are slow to grow and late to mature, they are quite susceptible to exploitation.


This fish breed thrives on cold (40 to 50 F) and oxygen-rich waters, often living at depths of about 60 to 200 feet.  Siscowats or fat trouts go even deeper to as far as 330 to 500 feet.  As a result, bottom fishing is the way to go when dealing with lake trouts or lakers as they are otherwise called.


They are not known to leap.  Instead, they put up a strong underwater battle.  Lakers are easily spooked, so make sure you approach them as quietly as possible using long leads.


Seasonal Activity


Spring is the only time you can catch lake trout without the use of downriggers and similar equipment.  You can usually find them high in the water column, thereby allowing you to flat line your bait.  For better success, use minnow baits and spoons, but make sure you use a considerable amount of line when you troll them behind your boat.


Summer time is deep fishing time for anglers.  The reason for this is that lakers tend to sink farther down during this period as they seek cooler temperatures as well as baitfish.  Summer is when downriggers are used.  Lakers usually show up on fish finders as large shadows near the lakebed.  The best way to go is to make sure your bait is as close to the bottom as possible.


Lakers usually move higher up the water column during Fall season.  The best spots to find them are near river mouths and break walls.  And the best time to fish for them is during the early morning or late evening hours.  Using down riggers will still yield you better results but make sure you drag your lures at different depths.


Final Note


The key to lake trout fishing is knowing and figuring out what their food source is and then finding where their food is most abundant.  Lakers usually live on a diet of small fish like ciscoes, smelt and the like.  In some areas, they rely heavily on plankton, insects, or crustaceans.


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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