Lake Trout Fishing

Lake trout are a freshwater char that live mainly in lakes in North America. Their color patterns are mostly grey-green with white mottlings and a distinctly forked tail fin. They primarily inhabit cold, oxygen-rich waters, often living at depths of 20-60m during the summer months.

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.

Where Can I Fish for Lake Trout?

Lake trout can be found in following Thompson's Camps lakes:

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