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Lake Trout

The lake trout is a grey fish with irregular white spots.  Water temperature is a crucial factor in a lake trout's  habitat.  Lake trout prefer deep cold lakes.

They grow very slowly, and often don't mature until they are 8-10 years of age.   Larger lake trout can reach 20-25 years of age and can exceed 10 kg in weight.  Young lake trout feed on freshwater shrimp and other aquatic invertebrates while larger lake trout feed mostly on whitefish and tullibee.

Lake trout feed near the surface of a lake when the water is cold in the spring and fall.  During the summer, the cold denser water sinks to the bottom of the lake and the trout follow it down.  During the summer months anglers must use long lines and heavy lures to fish in the deep waters.  Large, shiny spoons are the best lures.

 

 

Arctic Grayling

Arctic Grayling These fish have a very large and colorful dorsal fin. Grayling have large scales with brown or black spots behind the head.

Arctic grayling are native to North America, and are found primarily in the Athabasca, Hay and Peace river drainage systems of Alberta.  Arctic grayling are typically found in streams and rivers.

Spawning occurs from May to June, depending on the area. Grayling migrate from lakes and larger rivers to smaller streams to spawn. After spawning, they return to the lakes and larger rivers.

Light spinning tackle and small lures, or fly-fishing equipment are best for Arctic grayling.

Northern Pike

Northern pike are also commonly known as  jackfish.  The northern pike is a long, slender fish with sharp, backward-slanting teeth, duck-like jaws and a long, flat head.  Its back and sides are predominantly dark to olive-green, with yellow to white spots. Because of a tiny gold spot found on the tip of most scales, the pike appears flecked with gold.

In Alberta, northern pike have been known to weigh up to 22 kg (50 lbs). It prefers shallow, weedy clear waters in lakes and marshes, but also inhabits slow streams.

Spawning occurs in flooded areas of vegetation in early spring, often when ice is still on the lakes.  Pike will eat insects, but as voracious predators, they also consume large numbers of fish and other vertebrates, such as frogs, mice, and even ducklings.

 

 

 

Tackle 

The best tackle is a medium to heavy action casting or spinning rod from 5 to 7 feet in length. Large spoons and plugs are best for Lakers and Northern pike and jigs and spinners are best for Walleye.  Light spinning tackle and small lures or fly equipment is best for the Arctic Grayling.   A limited supply of fishing tackle is available at the Trading Post, however, we recommend that you bring your own tackle. 

Namur Lake Lodge promotes Catch and Release.   

 

 

For more information on fishing in Alberta visit the Alberta Guide to Sport Fishing Regulations.

Photos Courtesy of Ken Bailey

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