Identification & Features
Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. Other names for it include mackinaw, lake char (or char), touladi, togue, and grey trout. In Lake Superior, they can also be variously known as siscowet, paperbellies and leans. Lake trout are prized both as game fish and as food fish.
They are native only to the northern parts of North America, principally Canada but also Alaska and, to some extent, the northeastern United States. Lake trout have been introduced into many other parts of the world, mainly into Europe but also into South America and certain parts of Asia. Approximately 25% of the world's lake trout lakes are found in the province of Ontario, Canada. Even at that, only 1% of Ontario's lakes contain lake trout.
In the Great Lakes, lake trout spawn in autumn at extreme depths (often more than 100') - otherwise, they will spawn in the deepest, coldest part of a shallower inland lake. The female will clear out a patch of gravel with her tail, then scatter her eggs for a male to fertilize. Females will sweep a portion of the gravel bottom clear of debris, and disperse their eggs randomly over it. Incubation can take up to five months, during which time many of the undefended eggs are eaten. Once hatched, the highly photo-sensitive fry remain in deep,darkwaters until reaching mature size.
Fishermen must be careful not to take too many adult lake trout pre-spawn, as it will not only reduce the number of young in the next generation, but also reduce the food supply for the adult population.
Lake trout are cannibalistic out of necessity, given how few other species swim as their preferred depths, and depend on their own fry as a major food source
Lake trout are the largest of the charrs, the record weighing almost 46.3 kg (102 lb).
To locate lake trout, fishermen should troll the coldest, deepest parts of a lake with large, deep-diving lures similar in appearance to the local baitfish. Generally, lake trout prefer open water clear of obstructions - the only structure worth checking out would be steep drop-offs where the temperature also drops rapidly. Once you've gotten some hits, you might find it more effective to switch to casting gear with mediumto large spoons, spinners, or crankbaits, or even a fly rod with a long,shiny lure. Jigging the bait vertically atshallow to mediumdepths will often draw the lake troutup towards the surface. Where legal, a bit of cut bait or attached to a weighted lure will certainly help get the lakers' attention.
Snelled Hooks: 016, 051, 073, 073GE, 073Q, 139, 139GE, 139Q, 140, 179Q, 442, 672SB, 673, 673GE
Rigs & Spinners: 012, 014, 129, 129N, 4284, 06040
Kit’s & Assortments: 084-KIT, 084R-KIT, 613, TK-NEECO, TK-FRESH
Hook Styles: 024, 038, 080, 084, 084R, 085, 089, 165, 181, 186, 186R, 189, 226, 374, 374SB, 375, 376, 377, 570, 575,
Rods: Featherlight, Powerlight, Trailmaster, Brave Eagle, Water Eagle, Pack-It
Reels: Gunnison, Eagle Claw, Brave Eagle, Black Eagle
Snelled Hooks: L139, L139BPFC, L139BPXL, L673FC, L704, L739,
Hook Styles: L1, L2, L038, L038R, L181, L702, L934
Eagle Claw Clear Blue