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Fish Species of the Boundary Waters

Lake Trout

Cold water marks the territory of the lake trout, generally seeking water in the mid forties (degrees Fahrenheit). This means that in the spring and late fall you can locate lake trout in relatively shallow water (10-25 feet). As the warm summer sun heats up the water the lake trout move to deeper spots in the lake. During the summer months focus on the deep troughs of the lake and make sure you get your lure deep (30-50 feet) and run it nice and slowly.

  • Jigging Spoons: Hopkins, Swedish Pimple, etc.
  • Lead head jigs.
  • Cleos
  • Deep diving crank baits.

During the summer months lake trout are down deep and you need to get to them. Fish a deep diving crank bait with some splitshot in front of it and troll slowly with 100-200 feet of line out behind your canoe. A fish finder can be very helpful in locating deep water lake trout.

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Reader Input - Add Your Thoughts or Advice

Is there anything else we should know about fishing for lake trout? Do you have a special lure or technique? Let's hear your tips and advice.

Brent: A graph will help you find the lake trout. Without one, fishing can be tough.
Marc: I've had good luck the end of June using a medium black and silver/gray shad rap with a weighted leader (in the store they look like a bead chain with a 1/4oz weight melted in the middle) draging so that I can occasionally feel the bottom at 30 feet.

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