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Written by TV Ontario   
Thursday, 01 February 1996
Article Index
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

Fish-On! Chapter 5

Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush)

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Lake Trout

Mackinaw, salmon trout, gray trout, Great Lakes char, togue: these are some of the local names given to the lake trout. Some even refer to it as landlocked salmon even though the term actually applies to the landlocked variety of the Atlantic salmon.

With so many names, it's obvious that the fish enjoys great popularity. And no wonder. It strikes hard and puts up considerable resistance. It can sometimes reach trophy-size proportions. When a fish has matured on a good diet, its meat can be excellent. And it's an elusive fish, teasing the skills of even the most accomplished angler.

Although local regulations may shorten the fishing season slightly, the lake trout is under constant pressure from the angling enthusiast. In ever-increasing numbers and with more sophisticated equipment and techniques, fishermen are catching greater quantities of fish with every passing year. Can the lake trout sustain this kind of pressure indefinitely? Even with the greatest controls, this situation can become dangerous to the survival of the species unless we lend a helping hand. For example, all of us can take extra care when playing a fish so as to lessen the possibility of internal damage to a fish you wish to release.

What then is it about this fish, or namayoush, as the Indians called the "dweller of the deep," that entices so many throngs of anglers, making it almost impossible to restock sufficient numbers to meet demand?

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