Lake Trout Pro-Tips
The lure used when fishing for lake trout will differ based on factors like the water depth, the season, the average size of the trout population, and the available baitfish. Always try to select lures that mimic native bait fish and talk with AML guides, who have typically fished this area their entire lives.
During spring and early summer long line trolling works best, with inline planer boards paired with spoons such as Cleos, Sutton, and lil’ wolfies or minnow baits such as Yo-Zuri’s and Rapalas. Slow trolling spinner rigs or cowbells with live suckers or filleted sucker strips can also do the job, but when it comes to using live bait for lake trout, it’s hard to beat the good old fashioned nightcrawler. Remember that lake trout have a tendency to stay in the same area. The odds are that if you catch one in a specific area then there are likely to be more close at hand.
Lake trout are a very powerful fish. It’s best to use rods that are between seven or eight feet in length with up to a thirty pound braided or mono line. Our guides tend to recommend a 25-pound fluorocarbon leader rather than monofilament. Hold on tight when an Eagle Lake trout hits your lure, and get ready for a lengthy battle!
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