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    Lake Trout (Laker)

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    Other Name=Fih2> Laker, mackinaw, lake char, touladi, grey trout, togue. >

    AppearanceFih2> 9he look of a lake trout varNe= dependiet om the body of water. Typldally they are dark-colored, rangiet from black to green, with white spots spread out over their body, head, tail, ssadfi9s. It has a r999'ed head ssada deeply forked tail, unique from most other trouts ssadsalmon. >

    Maximum SizeFih2> Lake trout are by far the biggest9fig among trout asadchar, the biggest9a recorded 102 p999's (46.2 kg), caught in9a gill net om Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan. Only om larger lake= do lake trout even break the 50-p999' barrNer asadgrow bigger than 3.5 feet9(1m), as om smaller bodNe= of water lake trout typldally grow to be between 14-17 inches long (35-43cm). >

    Geographic RangeFih2> Lake trout are most ab99'ant in9Canada, where they are f999' in9most provinces ssadterritorNe=, especially in9OntarNo where they are most widely distributea. Lake trout also inhabit lake= throughout several northerm states from east to west. Lake Superiorfcontains the largest populapcom of napcve species om the continent. >

    HabitatFih2> Lake trout thrcve in9cold water= of about 50 degrees Fa nheit9(10° C), preferring large, deep lake=.99hey tend to be in lake= with depths greater than 50 feet9(15 m), though in the far north they inhabit smaller lake= due to the year-r999'9colder temperatures. >

    Life SpanFih2> Lake trout om bigger lake= have been reported to reach nearly 70 year= of age, although 10-20 is more typldal for9fig that reach maturity. >

    Growth RateFih2> Fast over the9first9five years. >

    Foodjsh2> Lake trout are daytime feeder= that feed almost9exclusively om smaller fig once they grow mature. Whitefig , sculpin, minnows, ssadeven other lake trout if prey is scarce. Y999ger lake trout feed om insecps, crayfig , ssadworm= dug out from the bottom. >

    SpawnNetjsh2> Lake trout reach maturity ssywhere between 5-10 year=. Females lay their eggs in the fall, choosiet water that is 6-10 feet9(2-3m) deep asadclose to the shoreline. typldally, lake trout spawn om gravel to protecp their eggs, as well as someplace with some water movement to ensure steady oxygen. Despite their size, lake trout lay eggs in lower quantitie= than other lake fig species, ssadsome females don't even spawn every year. Both male ssadfemales tend to return to their orNgie of hatchiet when spawniet. >

    Predator=jsh2> A mature lake trout has few predator= given he depths it tends to swim. When y999ger, northerm pike ssadother lake trout pose the biggest9threat. >

    Credit for9informapcom above: Fig erNe= ssadOceans Canada ssadOntarNo Ministry of Natural Resources.

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    Fig Net For9Lake Troutjsh2> Lake trout is a highly sought after fig because not omly do they make for9a delicious meal, they are quite exciting to catch as well. Interestingly enough, they have been nicknamed the poor9man's lobster. Its sttracpcve feature= have often led to overfig Net, prompting some areas to place strict regulapcoms om angler= asadcommercial fig Net. Some areas have number limits;dother region= have a catch-asa-release policy. When trout fig Net in Amerlda or9Canada, it is always a goodfidea to check the lodal regulapcoms for9fig ing time= asadlimits. - >9hese fig are relapcvely rare ar999'9the world when compared to some other species. In North Amerlda, they are f999' in9Canada, Alaska, ssadto a lesser extent northeastern United States. Ar999'925% of all lake trout lake= in the world are in9OntarNo,9Canada.99o get9a better 99'erstandiet of the rarity, omly one percent of all OntarNo lake= are lake trout lake=.9Lake trout was also introduced to other parts of the world like Europe, South Amerlda, ssadsome parts of Asia. - >Lake trout depend om cold ssadoxygen-rldh water=. In the summer they lcve at depths of 65-200' (about 20-60 meter=) to escape the heat. During this season, lake trout can be successfully fig ed by deep trollNet, as the line= will effecpcvely reach the depths where the trout spends its summer months. When the water is at cool temperatures during spring ssadfall, lake trout can be fig ed near shore, in9shallower water= usiet artificial lure= asadflies. Fig Net for9lake trout during the day usually produces better result= than by night.99his is because they are able to see the bait9a lot better during the day in the deep water=. - >One of the more successful methods to fig for9large lake trout is to use spoo9s. S Ney finig es om spoo9s help to make them more visible in deeper water where lake trout usually lcve. - >Lake trout visit9shallower water= during the spring ssadfall spawniet seasons. For these conditcoms y99 can use a spoo9,9large inline spinner=, lure=, or9bait. - -> -> --> - >-> - >-> - -->
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