Lake Trout Fishing

The largest member of the trout family in Saskatchewan, the lake trout can grow to achieve weights in excess of 20 kg (45 lbs). Lake trout are actually not ‘true’ trout, but chars and they can be distinguished by the light spots that fleck their dark bodies as well as the white leading edge on their lower fins.

Unlike most of the other members of the trout family found in Saskatchewan, lake trout are native to this province. They require large, clear, cold, deep lakes to survive. Throughout the warm months, lake trout will only be found in the cool waters below the lake’s thermocline. During spring and fall, waters are well mixed and no thermocline exists, lake trout will range throughout the lake including shallow near-shore areas. Juvenile lake trout tend to feed on larval insects and other aquatic invertebrates. As the lake trout matures, fish become more important to the diet.

Lake trout spawn in late fall. Females will broadcast their eggs over shallow, wind-swept rocky shoals. The fertilized eggs settle down in-between the rocks to incubate.


Suggested Tackle for Lake Trout Fishing

For early and late season spincasting, use a 6 1/2' medium-power, fast action spinning rod and a medium-sized spinning reel spooled with a 15 to 20 lb. mono. It should have a smooth drag, preferably located on the front of the reel. A size 4 or 5 Mepps spinner or most any flashy spoon weighing 3/8 to 3/4 oz will do the trick.

For deep trolling during July and August we recommend bottom bouncers and downriggers. For downrigger fishing we suggest a 7 1/2 foot to 8 1/2 foot, slow action rod and a level wind trolling reel, spooled with 20 to 25 lb mono.


At Which Outpost Camp Can I Fish for Lake Trout?

Lake Trout can be found at the following Outpost Camps: