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Great Lakes Lake trout fishing?

Old 06-12-2019, 12:54 PM
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Hey Guys,

This redneck is a little out of my element on this subforum (well, a lot) - my dad grew up in a very poor family outside Kalamazoo and has talked about how they always wanted to be able to go catch lake trout in Lake Michigan but they didn't have access to a boat or any means to be able to make it happen. As he gets older I'd love to be able to take him back up there and knock it off his list. Took him to Alaska in '17 (which was the biggest thing on his list) and it was a great experience for both of us.

I'm used to being pretty in tune with the fisheries around me so I'm at a total loss here because I know absolutely nothing - is the lake trout fishery viable? Seems like a lot of charters I've looked at so far focus more on salmon. It would mean a lot more to catch a laker out of his old homes backyard but if it's a long shot I can always plan to go somewhere with better populations (or a chance at larger fish).

Any information you guys could provide while I work to put this trip together would be greatly appreciated - charter recommendations, time of year that tends to be the most productive etc. He still has a brother that lives up there that I'll be bringing along as well.

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Old 06-12-2019, 01:17 PM
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Lake Erie, closer to the deeper waters of the Central and Eastern basin has a good bit of good Laker fishing. It's mostly a spring time fishery. It's rarely targeted other than for catch and release.
There's a few videos on youtube showing how the Erie guys are doing it..
Here's one.

Cool that you're doing stuff like that with your dad!
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:59 PM
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Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Fishing on facebook is probably a better place to ask this question.for more varied and quicker response. It would help if you mentioned where you live. You will get a ton of recommendations for Charter boats and from.there you have to weed them out or contact them and tell them what your after. Lakers like colder water and are more abundant in the deeper Great Lakes. Erie has semi deep section where they have more of a tendency to gather. But if you live closer to another Great Lake save the long trip and fish that one.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:44 PM
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Thanks Classic - Catch & Release is fine I got tuna in my backyard and really just want him to have the experience! I'm just thankful I'm in a situation to be able to take him on these kind of trips!

Mr88 proximity isn't really an issue as I'm down in Eastern NC and would most likely be flying up either way, so location is extremely flexible - was hoping to avoid facebook groups so he doesn't see me asking around (sometimes facebook will show up on his timeline when I post in fishing groups, would like it to be a surprise) but in the mean time i'll keep digging through charter pages to see what looks like a potential good match
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:35 AM
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I'd recommend the Lake Ontario Lake trout and salmon fishery. If you just want to catch lakers there are a ton of big dinosaurs in that lake. But the salmon fishing has been fantastic.

I fish out of the Eastern Basin, (Henderson Harbor) area. I know some charters up there and have fished with some. If you'd like some recommendations please send me a message I will hook you up. I trailer up in August every year and salmon fish, but always dedicate some time to Laker fishing as its usually really good! Henderson is a pretty short drive from Watertown and Syracuse airports. And the whole south (US) shore of Lake Ontario is great for fishing, I just personally like fishing the Eastern Basin the best.



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Old 06-13-2019, 04:59 AM
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If you want good lake trout fishing, this charter will put you on the fish: https://m.facebook.com/finlandersportfishing/

He does catch and cook at the restaurant he owns that over looks Grindstone Harbor, too, which is located at the tip of Michigan's "thumb." I believe his boat is a 34 Albemarle.
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Thanks guys those are the kind of details I was hoping for! DT I may take you up on that offer when I get a longer chance to sit down and type!
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:09 PM
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There are actually plenty of Lake Trout in Lk MI, most of the charters advertise salmon because it's a popular fish with customers. Any one of the guys you were looking at 'close to home' can more than likely run a LT charter for you if you ask for that, good luck and nice work getting the old man out there.
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There are actually plenty of Lake Trout in Lk MI, most of the charters advertise salmon because it's a popular fish with customers. Any one of the guys you were looking at 'close to home' can more than likely run a LT charter for you if you ask for that, good luck and nice work getting the old man out there.
That's great! I may just have to shoot some e-mails and see what they'd be willing to put together... Would love it if any of them do any jigging or casting for them, I think catching them on his old "home lake" would make it more special, plus I'd be able to bring his brother along that still lives up there.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:52 AM
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X2 on the grindstone area. That part is loaded with lk trout, and most the time it’s easy pickins
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:54 AM
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Lake Trout in Lake Michigan on the MI side is as very good.

We run charters out of Frankfort. (InTheNet charters) We put more emphasis on Salmon but Lake trout can be our savior on a slow day. Depending on a Morning or afternoon trip we set up for a specific specie then slowly switch over. In the AM we start off targeting Salmon and the as it gets lighter we start mixing in more trout setups.PM trips the opposite.
You should have no problem catching Lake trout for dad.
(Finlander guys are good)

If you want to travel to Lake Huron / Grindstone Is very good. Stormy Chinook/ capt Dan is good.

Lake trout fishing is mostly trolling. Not enough real structure and we are often 75-100 ft deep or more

Wait till you see our 18 rod spread! (with 6 on board) we have lightened up to 13-14 rods more often
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
Lake Trout in Lake Michigan on the MI side is as very good.

We run charters out of Frankfort. (InTheNet charters) We put more emphasis on Salmon but Lake trout can be our savior on a slow day. Depending on a Morning or afternoon trip we set up for a specific specie then slowly switch over. In the AM we start off targeting Salmon and the as it gets lighter we start mixing in more trout setups.PM trips the opposite.
You should have no problem catching Lake trout for dad.
(Finlander guys are good)

If you want to travel to Lake Huron / Grindstone Is very good. Stormy Chinook/ capt Dan is good.

Lake trout fishing is mostly trolling. Not enough real structure and we are often 75-100 ft deep or more

Wait till you see our 18 rod spread! (with 6 on board) we have lightened up to 13-14 rods more often
Great to hear! What time of year would be the best to plan for?
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I'll make this easy for you. Fly into Rochester, NY. Rochester is on Lake Ontario and for the next 45 days will be a Lake Trout Mecca. Boats will be available for charter as June is a slow month for Salmon but a fantastic time for LT. I would suggest Capt. Sam Zucco of Dream Catcher charters Dream Catcher Charters with Captain Sam Zucco - Salmon, Trout & Bass Fishing - Rochester, NY be sure to tell him you are targeting Lake Trout. Choose a hotel north of the city. I would highly recommend Polizzi's for dinner. Let Capt. Sam know that Capt. Carl Bish recommended you. I operated a charter service on Lake Ontario for 28 years before moving to the Florida Keys. 100 fish days are common in June. That is the easy way.

The Great Lakes Lake Trout trip that I hope to do some day is a trip to Standard Rock, Lake Superior. This is the upper peninsula of Michigan. The guides here jig for monster Lake Trout this would be the ultimate experience. I only know one retired guide/captain but if you are interested I can get you more info. I believe you would fly into Marquette, MI.

In central Michigan contact Capt. Mark www.diabolicalsportfishing.com he is a tournament fisherman and is always in the know. I have been seeing lots of Lake Trout pictures on his facebook page lately. He and I are both on the prostaff of Moonshine Lures the premier glow lure of the Great Lakes.
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