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Written by TV Ontario   
Thursday, 01 February 1996
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Fish-On! - 5 - Lake Trout
The Fish - Size, Shape and Color
The Fish - Requirements
Habitat - Distribution
Habitat - Distribution
Habitat - Water Types
Habitat - Management
Seasonal Changes - Spawning
Seasonal Changes - Movements
Equipment - Casting Rigs
Equipment - Trolling Rigs
Equipment - Planer Boards
Equipment - Planer Boards
Equipment - Planer Boards
Equipment - Jigging Rigs
Equipment - Ice Fishing Rigs
Technique - General
Technique - Trolling
Technique - Casting
Technique - Wire Line Fishing
Technique - Downrigging
Technique - Vertical Jigging
Technique - Ice Fishing


The spring run is very short for lake trout. Immediately after ice-out, the fish will be found near the surface and very aggressive, making it a pleasure to use a fly rod or baitcasting equipment. Most spring fishing, however, is done by the conventional trolling method but never rule out fan casting off rocky points and shoals. In early spring and late fall the fish put up a good fight when you use light tackle.

As the water warms up the fish seek cooler depths and anglers have to switch to special deep-water tackle. Large lustrous spoons or minnow bait are both effective. With the development of surf-casting spinning gear, anglers can now cast at river mouths in some areas such as the north shore of Lake Superior. 

Casting Rigs

When fishing shallow waters, casting is a nice change of pace from trolling. It requires simpler equipment and the experienced troller will carry a casting rig for those times when trolling rigs are not bringing any luck. Using a seven- to-eight-foot medium-action graphite rod and a good quality spinning reel, spooled with a premium quality six- or eight-pound-test monofilament, enables you to cast greater distances with less arm fatigue, while the lighter line will present your bait more naturally. Effective tackle includes spinner baits in gold or silver, sinking minnow baits three to five inches in blue silvers, black silvers, and golds, slender silver and gold spoons, and the short, fat minnow baits known as crank baits, again in colors similar to the other lures mentioned.

On bright sunny days when trout seek protection from light intensity in deeper water adjacent to rocky shoals, you can take advantage of the newer deep-diving crank baits that have been appearing on tackle store shelves. Constructed with or without the internal rattle which can actually be heard or felt by the fish, these lures are killers when worked off the edge of a shoal and retrieved down to the deeper water beside it.

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