LAKE TROUT

by Fly Fisherman

A quite distant relation in the char group. Resides almost entirely in cold, deep-water lakes. Its appearance is an olive tinged, drab gray or brownish in comparison to its other trout cousins and it sports a sharply forked tail in contrast to the more nearly square tails of most other trout. The lake trout is a bottom feeder and only rarely does it seek food in the shallower shore waters. Not regarded seriously as a game fish, but is in a top bracket for food value. Under some conditions the lake trout will exceed 80 pounds in weight.
It is known as Mackinaw trout, Lake Michigan trout, Togue, Longue or Lunge, Great Lake trout, Namaycush, Gray Salmon, Deepwater char, Forked Tail trout and Lake Salmon among others.

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