LAKE TROUT - Early Spring
One of the best times to fish for Lake Trout is early spring right after ice out.
This time period around the end of April and first few weeks of May can be very rewarding. Water temps are cold and the trout are cruising up higher in the water column looking for schools of Ciscoes and other bait fish.
We use 7' - 8' rods with 20 - 30 lb mono or braided line and 25lb. florocarbon leaders about 4-5 ft. long and 1/2 oz. sliding bullet weights. This time of year we are trolling spoons and 6-inch crank baits like Yozuris and Smithwicks. We will add some cowbell flashers for attractants and occasionally we will jig some rock walls with 1oz. Jigs, Sucker Minnows or various plastics. Rock walls are a good spot when looking for some suspended fish. Many of my larger trout have come from this time period.