Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring.

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2018/03/24 09:22:02 (permalink)

Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring.

Laker fishing out of North East in spring is on my to do list. I have never caught a Lake Trout and only targeted them once in Simpco with no luck. I have no clue as to method of fishing for them any generic clues would be appreciated.
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    Divemaster
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/03/24 10:28:22 (permalink)
    Sent you a PM.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/04/16 14:51:52 (permalink)
    Planning on doing the same this spring.  Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/04/16 15:44:57 (permalink)
    Fish mainly in 60-140 FOW up until the water hits a uniform 50-52°, at which point the spring fishing is over. Concentrate on the bottom 1-10’ but don’t be afraid to drag some baits higher in the water column either. Run spoons at any speed, Dodgers at 1.6-2.4mph, flashers at 2.2-2.8mph, and cowbells at 1.4-1.8mph. Green, chartreuse, yellow, white, and silver are never bad colors. Good luck!
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/04/17 08:23:42 (permalink)
    What is your advice for fishing the Mountain?  The same? Also pound test for trolling and leader line?  Thanks.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/04/17 08:27:26 (permalink)
    Hammer Handle
    What is your advice for fishing the Mountain?  The same? Also pound test for trolling and leader line?  Thanks.


    That info is for the mountain, I almost always fish the northern part of it in that depth range. I use straight 25lb mono on my downrigger rods and 20lb fluoro leaders on my Dipsy and planer board rods. Generally put baits 5-15’ behind the Downrigger ball for the most success.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/04 08:56:30 (permalink)
    Anyone been out for lake trout yet this spring? 
    Having any success? Or have a down temperature off the lake? 
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/14 13:05:32 (permalink)
    621 Ranger
    Anyone been out for lake trout yet this spring? 
    Having any success? Or have a down temperature off the lake? 


    Presque Isle Angler made a Facebook post the other day about Laker fishing.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/14 17:56:19 (permalink)
    621 Ranger
    Anyone been out for lake trout yet this spring? 
    Having any success? Or have a down temperature off the lake? 


    Was out two Saturdays ago and this past Sunday. 5 for 7 the first day and 5 for 5 the second day, about 5 hour sessions each time. I’ve been getting everything in 80-120 FOW so far. Surface temps have ranged from 41-45° out deep and the bottom is likely a degree or two colder than up top right now, no probe on my boat.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/14 18:48:28 (permalink)
    Hey Dive when those Trout are that deep any problem releasing them as far as air bladders?
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/14 20:35:18 (permalink)
    CAPTAIN HOOK
    Hey Dive when those Trout are that deep any problem releasing them as far as air bladders?


    Not that I’ve found. Lake Trout have a pneumatic duct that connects their swim bladder to the gut, so they can easily “burp” air in order to alleviate pressure and rapidly rise in depth. Part of what makes them such successful deep water predators! I’ve fished for them as deep as 220’ down on Lake Superior and they’ve all gone back fine. Now, Summer Lakers with 75-80° surface temps, those can be a PITA to revive at times considering they’re a fish that loves 39-45°.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/15 21:03:19 (permalink)
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    Anyone been out for lake trout yet this spring? 
    Having any success? Or have a down temperature off the lake? 


    Presque Isle Angler made a Facebook post the other day about Laker fishing.

    39/48 the last 2 days. Fishing is decent right now.

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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/21 01:15:04 (permalink)
    Got a 32 inch Laker today in 12 ft of water walleye trolling didnt weigh it pics measure and back in the water for someone else to catch- I believe it was over 20 lbs Ill post pic tomorrow.
    Caught a few nice bass and 9 eyes NICE TO GET OUT!!...!WCW
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/21 12:50:13 (permalink)


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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/21 15:02:43 (permalink)
    Nice Laker!
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/21 22:08:25 (permalink)
    nice catch congrats

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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/23 14:20:50 (permalink)
    Anyone going out this weekend? We’ll be searching for Lakers for 2-3 days as long as the waves cooperate. Have a feeling this is going to be the last solid weekend for Spring LTs, might have to do some exploring out deeper than usual.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/23 14:23:14 (permalink)
    Ill be out but in shallow after WALDO taste better...GOOD LUCK!   WCW
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/23 14:33:34 (permalink)
    workcanwait....
    Ill be out but in shallow after WALDO taste better...GOOD LUCK!   WCW


    No argument there haha, best eating fish in PA! I might try running some plugs in 15-30 FOW for one or two dinner Eyes if the Lake Trout bite is off, or we get our fair share early on, but we’ll see. I don’t want to deal with going to a restaurant for dinner on a holiday weekend and some fresh fillets on the grill sounds a lot more appealing.
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/23 21:50:10 (permalink)
    Go get those LAKERS if u can now or WAIT not judging jus not my thing...eyes will be chomping if u can weave thru traffic!!!
    Be SAFE and ENJOY-CATCHEMUP ...WCW
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    Re: Lake Trout fishing out of North East in spring. 2018/05/25 10:38:17 (permalink)
    Anyone have recent down temps around the Mountain? Looks like the surface water is in the low 50’s already, I’m just hoping it’s still in the 40’s down over the mud.
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