DESCRIPTION: The average size of this fish is dependent upon the body of water which it comes from. Minnitaki produces larger fish which range in weight from 12 lb to 18 lb, and 30+ lb. fish are not uncommon. If you fish for this species on Big Vermilion, you are going to average 3 lb. to 6 lb. fish. In general, there is greater action on Big V than on Minnitaki, but the search for trophy Lakers is definitely found to be on Minnitaki Lake. The colour of this fish varies from light green or gray, to dark green, brown, or almost black. The entire body of this fish is covered with light spots and its belly generally light. As this fish grows to larger sizes, it can take on a silvery appearance, sometimes making the light spots difficult to see. Their fins may be orange to orange-red in colour. This species has an adipose fin present on its back between the dorsal fin and its tail fin. This is typical of the Char family of species.
DISTRIBUTION: Due to the need for this species to have deep, cold water it is not as wide spread in our area as many other species are, but the numbers of fish are abundant which we see being caught throughout our season. Lakes which host this species are as named above, Minnitaki and Big Vermilion Lakes. Due to cold water temperatures in the spring and fall, this fish is often caught in 4 to 50 feet of water. As the summer warms the water, these fish will move to deeper water where they can be caught in up to 80+ feet deep. As Big Vermilion is a spring fed lake and remains colder throughout the season, the average depth we fish in the summer is 50 to 80 feet. As a fall spawner, this fish will come up from the depths of the lakes when the water temperatures reach 48° F to 57° F.
ANGLING METHODS: A common practice for angling Lake Trout in this area is to run a “set line” from the shore. This involves attaching a hearing on to a treble hook, weighing it down with an egg sinker, and running the line out to an area of water that ranges from 30 to 80 feet deep. Also common is to jig for these fish with a sonar or a plain lead head jig tipped with a minnow.
TROPHY LAKE TROUT FISHING: We fish two different lakes for Lake Trout from our base camp. The trophy Lake Trout lake in our area is Minnitaki Lake. Minnitaki produces Trophy Lake Trout up to 45 lbs. We also fish Big Vermilion for Lake Trout. The size of the fish are not as large as Minnitaki but the fishing is more consistent. You can also enjoy tremendous Lake Trout fishing at our Tully Lake Fly-in Outpost.
|Angling Experience||Suggested Tackle|
|Novice||Three simple ingredients: 3/4 oz. egg sinkers, snap swivels, and treble hooks (size 4). This combination is topped with a herring to create one of the hottest Lake Trout appetizers going! Also, the standard 1/2 oz. jig (chartreuse) accompanied with a white twister tail works wonders for mid-summer jigging action.|
|Seasoned||Along with the herring rigs and jigs, fancy yourself as an ultimate jig fisherman and try on a Sonar for size! 5/8 oz. is perfect, now its up to you to hook one of these beasts when it hits this treat while its being jigged up!|
|Veteran||The basic Trout fishing lures listed above should accompany you, but go for it all and try your luck with the flashy Sutton Spoon. For that matter, how about some long lining with flutter spoons! The colours of choice would have to be Chartreuse, Oranges and Silvers. These baits are best suited for spring and fall fishing and require several egg sinkers to get your spoon into the strike zone.|
|Angling Experience||Suggested Equipment|
|Novice||ROD: 6′ to 6’6 in length, one or two piece, heavy action, Spinning rod
REEL: Spinning reel with the capacity for approximately 200 yards of 10 lb. test of 165 yards of 12 lb. TestLINE: Trilene (or similar) 14 lb. to 17 lb. Test
|Seasoned||ROD: 6′ to 7′ in length, one or two piece, medium-heavy to heavy action, Spinning or Casting rod.
REEL: spinning or baitcasting reel with the capacity for approximately 165 yards of 12 lb. test or 130 yards of 17 lb. TestLINE: Trilene XL (or similar) 12 lb. to 15 lb. test.
|Veteran||ROD: 6′ to 7′ in length, one or two piece, medium to heavy action, Spinning or Casting rod.
REEL: Spinning or Baitcasting reel with the capacity for approximately 165 yards of 12 lb. test or 130 yards of 17 lb. TestLINE: Trilene XL (or similar) 8 lb. to 12 lb. test.