Lake Trout have so much negative folklore associated with them and people that have never caught one create most of this folklore. The three biggest misconceptions are that you have to use steel wire line to catch them, they don't fight well and they do not taste good. In actual fact, you only need light action Walleye equipment and Lake Trout fight like hell, especially when you catch them in shallow water in the spring. Lake Trout are also the best tasting trout in the world. They taste very mild and don't have that scunky salmon flavor that Rainbow Trout have. The same can be said about Brook Trout as well. Mind you, Brook Trout in Northern Ontario have dark Indian-red meat with a very unique flavor that cannot be described.
Lake Trout are actually a species of char and they can get big. The Ontario Record is over 63 pounds and was a world record for 48 years until being beaten just a few years ago. Like Brook Trout, they like sunny days with high pressure. Lake Trout tend to go much deeper in the heat of the summer in many lakes but you will find in our small spring-fed lakes the trout are shallower because the water stays cool all year.
Lake Trout are common in the 2 to 10-pound range and on the inland lakes guests have caught Lake Trout over 25 pounds. Lake Trout are also available in good numbers. Guests have reported catching 30 keepers in a day. Even though you will catch lots of small ones, bigger trout usually take about an hour of fishing to get.
In the spring you can just cast or troll with Cleos or other smaller lures on the surface. In the heat of the summer, the Lakers are down deeper and can be taken easily with our 3-way-swivel tips. If you want to catch a Lake Trout in the 25 to 40-pound range, you will have the best chance on Lake Nipigon but you will not see the numbers that you will see on the smaller lakes. Please read our Lake Nipigon Lake Trout page.
Below is a chart showing our best Lake Trout lakes.