Fishing for Spawning Lake Trout

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It’s been busy lately with lots of things besides fishing, so I’m going through with-drawl symptoms and fishing dreams where I’m getting a big bite or fighting a big one! (sorry, Margie, for the twitching and flying elbows) I guess It’s ok to dream of fishing on my off-days, but it’s always tough to come to the end of the season and put the beloved boats away ;-(

A couple weeks ago, (Oct 12th to be exact) son, Roger and I had the pleasure of fishing with Ken J. On his Bayliner. I was the only one who got to fight a fish, and he was a dandy. Caught in only 30 feet, he gave a good fight. The water temp was right on 50 degrees and the fish were not yet on the reef, since it was still a little early in the fall.

On Monday this week (Oct 22nd) was a much better day as we landed 6 nice males, indicating that the females are yet to come in to spawn after the males prepare the grounds. The surface temp was just below 50, the lake was pretty calm and we fished for a couple of hours, jigging first, then trolling.

Tipped with a 1/4 oz leaded jig and Gulp minnow, we jigged on the reef as Calvin caught one laker and I landed 3. Wow, what fun fighting these mature male lake trout in shallow water on just 6lb test mono and a light spinning rod! Roger was not so lucky jigging, but he and Calvin each landed one lake trout when we trolled later on.

Hoping to get out at least one more time before heading to Orlando next Wednesday… anyone want to join me? Always looking for willing fishermen (or women)!

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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