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World’s Best Lake Trout Waters

by Matt Straw   |  June 7th, 2012 5

The gray world awaits—a chiaroscuro of gunmetal skies, charcoal water, and dappled submarines. I’ve been fortunate enough to chase lake trout from the Yukon to Labrador and from Colorado to the Arctic Sea, always hunting for another shot at a 50 pounder. Trolling spoons, fly fishing with big synthetic flies, pitching plastics, casting swimbaits—there are as many methods for lake trout as there are tactics for bass, pike, or anything else. The best method is the one catching the most and biggest fish, in my opinion. Every environment distills its own unique methods out of its signature blend of baitfish, structure, water clarity, and latitude. Developing tactics designed to complement the specific and unique character of the water is what it’s all about. The following waters offer the best laker fishing on earth right now, in my opinion. (Could be wrong, but I doubt it.) And right now is the time to call one of the following venues to set up the trip of a lifetime.

  • http://twitter.com/AAbleFishing @AAbleFishing

    WOW, arguably all but one of the top 10 lakes are beyond the edge of civilization! Another top laker lake that is actually accessable and close to some of the best aditional outdoor activities is Montana's Flathead Lake!Close to Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and offering so much more mainstream "entertainment, Flathead Lake offers some of the finest fishing for Mackinaw year round. The state record fish came from here and is over 42 pounds and 42 inches. Fish over 40" are caught every year by some of the top guides and the ones to eat (3-6#) are fantastic table fare, as they gorge on Mysis shrimp, making their flesh a bright red, like a salmon.__Several top charter operations operate on the lake, but I like to think my outfit, A Able fishing Charters and Tours, offers the best value with top equipment, newer boats and a family friendly environment.__

  • http://twitter.com/AAbleFishing @AAbleFishing

    Other lakes close by offer some great laker action as well, like Tally Lake (fish must be a minimum 42" to harvest) McGregor Lake and Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. If it's Lake Trout you are after, NW Montana offers some of the finest fishing, certainly in the Lower 48. We can even ice fish them on a number of lakes in the morning, then hit the boat for open water action in the afternoon!__

  • Kevin McNeil

    According to the NWT biologist Aylmer Lake is a premier trophy fishing lake and he feels the new world record will come from Aylmer Lake NWT.

  • Max Thurston

    I caught a 26in and a 39in lake trout out of Lake McDonald in June. The lakers are everywhere in there!

  • blumesa

    nice to have a picture of Matt smiley holding a Blue Mesa lake trout. Thanks Colorado Division of wildlife for not reconizing value of lake trout and instead netting and killing off our lake trout. Close to 5000 netted and killed as of 2012, They prefer a put and take kokanee salmon fishery to trophy lake trout.

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