Scientific Name
Salvelinus namaycush
Lake Trout
Image Credit
30-80 centimetres (12-31 inches)
1-5 kilograms (2-10 pounds)
Similar Species

Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Superior and across the deep, cold lakes of the Canadian Shield

  • green, grey, brown or almost black back, with lighter sides
  • white belly
  • light wormlike markings and spots on dark background, none are red
  • white leading edge on lower fins, but no black line
  • deeply forked tail
  • lakes at least 15 metres (50 feet) deep
Angling Tips
  • found near the surface just after ice goes out in spring, and deeper as the water warms up
  • in early spring, some feed aggressively before dark
  • in the summer, trout hit best in the morning when surface waters are calm
  • use spinners, spoons and plugs with a fly rod, or as summer trolling baits
  • use special deep-water tackle in summer – wire line, lead-core line, downriggers, diving planers
  • try jigging, or still-fishing with large, dead minnows in deep water in summer
  • ice fish with minnows, lake herring or jigs with spoons or bait attached
  • take fish under 10 pounds with a medium-action spinning outfit with 8-pound test line
  • trophy fish, common in northern waters, need stronger line
Common Bait
  • spoons, plugs, jigs
  • large live minnows or dead bait