What do lake trout look like? How do they act? What do you need to know about them?
What do they look like?
These are fairly large fish. They can range in size from 15 to 25 pounds, depending on how well fed they are and what kinds of food are available. These fish vary widely in color. Their spots are very identifiable and viewable, covering their entire bodies, jaws, gills, and fins. They are largely spotted with pale hues such as white, cream or light yellow. Some even are known to be reddish in color. Their base colors are usually dull, as well, maintaining browns, grays, and pale blues. They also have incredible tails, deeply forked and rigid.
How do they behave?
These fish like to swim off by themselves. They don't necessarily thrive in groups, but would rather do their own things.
When they spawn, they don't build nests. They simply swipe their tails along the bottom of their habitat and lay their eggs. The usually spawn over two weeks in the fall months.
Lake trout generally like to eat insects, worms and other fish. Their favorite entree, however, is shrimp.
What else should you know about them?
Lake trout aren't trout at all. They're chars! Many people refer to them as lake trout simply because the are naturally found in lakes. They actually go by several names. Some call them salmon trout; some call them forktail trout; and some call them namaycush. Regardless, they're interesting fish.