LAKE TROUT- TRIGGERING THE BITE:
On our last trip for lakers, a big aggressive presentation
did not trigger a bite. Luckily when you
ice fish you can use two rods. For a couple years now, Kevin Siemen has been
using big baits to attract lakers, then using a more natural presentation like a white tube
jig to get the fish to bite. He particulary likes the baits pictured below.
These are made by Musky Innovations. The big one is a
14" walleye model. The smaller ones are 11" walleye and golden tail
sucker models. There are about 10 different colors. Here are Kevins comments on why he started using these lures.
“I use these with both a vertical and horizontal presentation. Vertical
presentation while jigged triggers a more aggressive response from trout while
the horizontal presentation is meant to hang on a dead stick to draw in the
attention of more lethargic fish. This bait is mainly used as a
"decoy". I use this bait in tandem with a 4" tube or a small
jigging spoon hung slightly above the Jimmy to trigger the bite. The bite at
this point is usually hard and fast from a "hot" fish.
I discovered this method during an outing when I caught a small walleye. As I
was reeling up the walleye, a Laker rocketed up from the bottom and slammed the
walleye. As I was scrambling, I reeled up my tube jig to the depth of the Laker
on my Vexilar, and caught the 37.5" Laker. I thought about the whole
experience on the drive home and used a Musky lure on my next outing that
resembled a small Walleye, and duplicated the experience.
This has been a very successful though unorthodox method for me to catch Lakers
on LOTW, and I always have one tied on my rod. “
Having fished for lake trout over the last thirty years on
many of the lakes in Northwestern Ontario, and northern Manitoba, I have four
different boxes of lures to match the mood of the fish that particular day. Big
aggressive presentations include the airplane jig, buzz bombs and big jigging
|This laker hit a walleye flyer jig fished halfway up |
For neutral fish, I like smaller jigging spoons and blade
baits like a Live Target or Swedish Pimple. I have also caught quite a few
lakers on a Rattlin Snakie Jigging spoon.
For inactive fish, those hugging bottom, a small jig with a dropshot
Powerbait can be deadly. On the last trip a two inch gold flecked model got the
job done. One of my all time favourite baits is the Walleye Flyer jig from
Lindy, either in a chartreuse or orange tipped with a small power grub.