Ontario Lake Trout Fishing
Part of the char family, this fish is a cold-water species. It is widely distributed throughout the cold lakes of the Canadian Shield, as they prefer water from 40 to 52 degree F. A fly-in fishing trip is the ideal choice if you want to catch lake trout. This type of fish is found in the remote wilderness - cold northern lakes accessible only by fly-in plane. Wilderness Air can put your down on your own exclusive lake, where you'll stay in one of our deluxe, clean and well-maintained outpost cabins. For excellent lake trout fishing, we suggest Confusion Lake.
General Lake Trout Facts
This species is 15-20 inches long, weighing an average of 10 pounds. The body is typically trout-like and elongated. Lake trout are light green or grey, dark green, brown or almost black with lighter colored spots.
The world record for this type of fish was a 72 pound lake trout caught in 1995 in Canada's Northwest Territories (Great Bear Lake), and the Ontario record was 63.12 pounds.
In the summer they go deep, often to depths of 50 to 60 feet, but in spring and fall you can often catch them in shallower waters at depths of 20 feet or less.
Lake Trout through the Fishing Season
In Ontario, the fishing season for the lake trout runs from January 1 to September 30.
Tips for Catching Lake Trout
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