The 5 Best Lake Trout Lures

In my 75 summers, almost all my spare time has been taken up by my passion for trout fishing. I always considered the fact that I lived near the best trout fishing lakes in Canada as my greatest blessing.

Over the decades, I have learnt a thing or two about trout fishing and by process of selection and experience, I’ve come to know the top 5 best lake trout lures of all time. I must say that I, more often than not, win the battle of wits against the trout.

At times, my mind wanders to the days of yore, when my fishing gear was rudimentary. Just a pole with a hook, line and sinker, cast out from a small row boat was my technique.

I did catch some medium ones regularly, just enough for the family table. I constantly got grounded for playing truant (or maybe I should say playing ‘trout’) by bunking school to go trout fishing.

What eluded me in those days was a ‘prized catch’ of a large trout, which I could brag about for years to come. Today, with decades of experience behind me, catching large sized trout has become my second nature. I thought I should give tips on catching lake trout to the vast number of anglers who love fishing with a passion.

Tips On How To Catch Lake Trout - Best Lake Trout Lures
Tips On How To Catch Lake Trout - Best Lake Trout Lures

Trout Haunts: Where to Find Lake Trout

Trout are cold water fish and are generally found in waters between 70 and 100 feet deep since it affords them the correct water temperature with an assured supply of oxygen. Therefore in peak summer, the deepest parts of the late are where they will concentrate. As the weather grows colder, they tend to migrate towards shallow waters. Therefore, depending on the season, you know where to fish.

Trout Bait

The 5 best lake trout lures are:

* Minnows – hook a live minnow at its front end so that it can move naturally. Trout’s love this bait.

* Worms – hook up an earthworm. You can get them by digging in a dung heap from a nearby farm, or from your lawn or local field after a heavy rainstorm. Hook them on one end and let them dangle.

* Salmon eggs – this is a surefire way of landing a trout. Treat it with anise or garlic and make it even more tempting. It should be left dangling in the water and retrieved by a short distance at a time.

* Spoons – tie a spoon to the line and then cast and retrieve. Vibrations from the wobble of the spoon attracts trout.

* Spinners – you can let it sink to the bottom and then retrieve it.
Trout that are suspended will be attracted as it moves past them.

Lake Trout Fishing near Quetico Park
Lake Trout Fishing near Quetico Park

Jigging and Trolling For Trout

In jigging, start at the very bottom and then gradually reel the jig to the surface. The trout will follow the jig or jigging spoon and strike at the opportune moment. Be alert for the strike or the trout will escape. Cover ground by letting your boat drift or use the motor at a very low speed.

The trolling method is best used when the trout are scattered over a large area. The simplest method is to use a 3 way swivel with 3 separate line components. You will need at least 200′ of line for the super line. It is best to use an ultra thin line. For the second component, the drop line, it should be a 3′ section with an 8 pound mono. For forward trolling at 45′ you require 4 oz of lead and you have to increase it as the depth increases. The line angle should be maintained at 45 degrees. The third component connects your lure to the line. Silver colored spoons are the best to use as lure.

Being A Good Angler

You must know all the local rules and regulations. After fishing make sure you remove all your lines and other gear. If you light a fire, ensure that it is fully doused before leaving. If you are fishing for fun, then flatten the barbs on multiple hooks and reel them in slowly. Do not keep trout out of water except for a short time.

  • reply Corey ,

    I have had great fun catching lake trout using the 6″ Super Tubes that we make at the little lure shop called Gitzit Inc.

    • reply stan ,

      guys i am coming to lake Penassi in ontario a small fly in lake by crow lake outfitters, i am from Lousiana and mostly saltwater fish. i realy want to catch a few lake trout because its something diffrent to catch. i like the idea of minnow fishing for them do you use a jig head or a regular hook i will be useing the minnows furnished by the outfitters hook them threw the lips??? in the article you spoke of useing salmon eggs would power eggs work?? and one last question the few rainbow trout i have caught all had a line of bones right down the center of the filit do lakers have the same bones

      thanks Stan

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