Lake trout fly fishing is not a common practice, but it can be a lot of fun. They may not dance like a rainbow, but they will give your rod arm a good workout.
Lake trout live mostly in the large and deep northern lakes of North America. They are also called Mackinaw or lake char and can grow to be very large. Lake trout between 15 to 40 pounds are not uncommon and the largest lake trout ever caught was 72 pounds. (I’ll bet it wasn’t caught on a fly rod!)
The lake trout feed on all kinds of flesh like smelt, eels and minnows.
To find out where to fly fish for lake trout in your area, go to your state department of fish and games website and do a search. In Oregon, Odell and Crescent lakes are good choices.
Once you have identified a potential lake your next step is to fish the shoreline.
Since these trout prefer cold and oxygen-rich waters and live at depths of 60 to 200 feet in the summer, you will need to do your lake trout fly fishing in the spring or fall.
Once the water temperature starts to drop (below 52 degrees), lake trout start moving out of the deep water toward sunken reefs, narrows and rocky points to feed. At this time you may find them in water from 5 to 25 feet deep.