Master Angler The Alternative to Work: Lake Trout Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Dennis Musgraves North Pole Alaska My friend and I decided to skip a day of work for some ice fishing. We thought the weather warming up would help the lake trout bite, and we were right. I was sitting over 90 feet of water while jigging my tube at 70 feet. As I watched my fish finder, I noticed a mark come off the bottom, locking on my jig like a smart bomb, quickly rising towards my offering. I anticipated the strike perfectly as the fish slammed my tube like a freight train, I set the hook. Head shakes and a drag ripping battle ensued. With the swivel to my leader finally coming up to the surface I knew it was just under the 24 inches of ice I was standing on. I peered into the 10 inch hole to see nothing but the side of an enormous lake trout. No head… no tail…nothing but the side. I almost passed out with excitement. I carefully turned the fish and led the head into the hole, guiding to the surface. The fish nearly filled the entire diameter of my ice hole. I could barely contain myself, my buddy helped to get a estimated length measurement with an ice ladle, took some quick pictures, and I lowered the giant back to the hole. The fish was held, revived, and released with a strong kick. I love Alaska, especially when I am not at work. Species: Lake Trout Date Caught: 02/08/2013 Kept / Released: Released Region of Catch: Region 4 Length: 36 inches Weight: Lure / Bait used: Lure | White 3 inches Berkley Powerbait Tube Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More master-angler Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!