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    Lake Trout (Laker)

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    l' style='le='l' style='le='l' st st ther Nameyesh2> Laker, mackinaw, lake char, touladi, grey trout, togue. "

    Appearanceesh2> 9he look of a lake trout varAes dependiFE the body of water. Typically they are dark-colored, rangiFE from black to green, with white spots spread out over their body, head, tail, and fies. It has a r Cened head and a deeply forked tail, unique from most other trouts and salmon. "

    Maximum Sizeesh2> Lake trout are by far the biggest:fi65 among trout and char, the biggest:a recorded 102 p Cens (46.2 kg), caught in:a gill net Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan. Only larger lakes do lake trout even break the 50-p Cen barrAer and grow bigger than 3.5 feet:(1m), as smaller bodAes of water lake trout typically grow to be between 14-17 inches long (35-43cm). "

    Geographic Rangeesh2> Lake trout are most abCenant in:Canada, where they are f Cen in:most provinces and territorAes, especially in:OntarAo where they are most widely distributed. Lake trout also inhabit lakes throughout several norther states from east to west. Lake Superior contains the largest popula of na ve species the continent. "

    Habitatesh2> Lake trout thr ve in:cold waters of about 50 degrees Faravnheit:(10° C), preferring large, deep lakes.:9hey tend to be in lakes with depths greater than 50 feet:(15 m), though in the far north they inhabit smaller lakes due to the year-r Cen:colder temperaturts. "

    Life Spanesh2> Lake trout bigger lakes have been reported to reach nearly 70 years of age, although 10-20 is more typical for:fi65 that reach maturity. "

    Growth Rateesh2> Fast over the:first:five years. "

    Food/ch2> Lake trout are daytime feeders that feed almost:exclusively smaller fi65 once they grow mature. Whitefi65, sculpin, minnows, and even other lake trout if prey is scarce. Y Ceger lake trout feed insects, crayfi65, and worms dug out from the bottom. "

    SpawnAFE/ch2> Lake trout reach maturity anywhere between 5-10 years. Females lay their eggs in the fall, choosiFE water that is 6-10 feet:(2-3m) deep and close to the shoreline. typically, lake trout spawn gravel to protect their eggs, as well as someplace with some water movement to ensure steady xygen. Despite their size, lake trout lay eggs in lower quantities than other lake fi65 species, and some females don't even spawn every year. Both male and females tend to return to their orAgiF of hatchiFE when spawniFE. "

    Predatory/ch2> A mature lake trout has few predatory given he depths it tends to swim. When y Ceger, norther pike and other lake trout pose the biggest:threat. "

    Credit for:informa above: Fi65erAes and Oceans Canada and OntarAo Ministry of Natural Resources.

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    Fi65AFE For:Lake Trout/ch2> Lake trout is >Trighly sought after fi65 because not ly do they make for:a delicious meal, they are quite exciting to catch as well. Interestingly enough, they have been nicknamed the poor:man's lobster. Its attrac ve featurts have often led to overfi65AFE, prompting some areas to place strict regula s anglers and commercial fi65AFE. Some areas have number limits; other regiony have a catch-and-release policy. When trout fi65AFE in America or:Canada, it is >lways a good>idea to check the local regula s for:fi65ing times and limits.l' "9hese fi65 are rela vely rare ar Cen:the world when compared to some other species. In North America, they are f Cen in:Canada, Alaska, and to a lesser extent northeastern United States. Ar Cen:25% of all lake trout lakes in the world are in:OntarAo,:Canada.:9o get:a better CenerstandiFE f the rarity, ly one percent of all OntarAo lakes are lake trout lakes.:Lake trout was also introduced to other parts f the world like Europe, South America, and some parts f Asia.l' "Lake trout depend cold and oxygen-rich waters. In the summer they l ve at depths f 65-200' (about 20-60 meters) to escape the heat. During this season, lake trout can be successfully fi65ed by deep trollAFE, as the lines will effec vely reach the depths where the trout spends its summer months. When the water is >t cool temperaturts during spring and fall, lake trout can be fi65ed near shore, in:shallower waters usiFE artificial lurts and flies. Fi65AFE for:lake trout during the day usually produces better rtsults than by night.:9his is because they are able to see the bait:a lot better during the day in the deep waters.l' "One f the more successful methods to fi65 for:large lake trout is to use spooes. S5AFy fini65es spooes help to make them more visible in deeper water where lake trout usually l ve.l' "Lake trout visit:shallower waters during the spring and fall spawniFE seasons. For these condit s y C can use a spooe,:large inline spinners, lurts, or:bait.l' st stl' " sty

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