Trophy Lake Trout Fishing in Manitoba.

Catch Trophy Northern Pike

The NSR lake trout rivals any trout fishery in Manitoba,

with lots of fish in the 5-12 lb. range, trophies ranging from 35-42″ , and some real monsters up to 49″. That’s a 50 lb. lake trout. Rivers, channels, sand points offer excellent habitat in the spring with the trout descending into deeper holes as the summer progresses. Even better, these summer lake trout run in fairly shallow water, 40-80′ deep, easily accessible by trolling and vertical jigging. Schools of fish can be so concentrated a jig will never reach the bottom before being attacked. Trout numbers in the summer can also exceed 100 fish per day per boat.

 

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All of our Lodges and Outposts offer all 4 Trophy Species.

Because the North Seal river system connects all of the lake together, we benefit in having all species moving throughout the system. All of our camps have 4 species plus others like whitefish and burbot. We can guide you in catching these trophy fish on any of our lakes.

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Time of Year & Water Temps

Our season opens beginning of June and closes in September. Trophy Lake Trout movement patterns change during the coarse of the year and happen fairly rapidly. At the beginning of June, after the ice on the lakes breaks up, the big and small fish (Pike and Lake Trout) are ravenous and are sunning in the cold shallow water. Mid to late June, weeds start growing in the shallow areas, the water begins to warm. Lake trout move into deeper water. Early July, the bigger lakers move into deep holes from about 30′-50′ or more. The smaller lakers will be suspended above the deep holes at approx. 25-30 feet and will cruise the drop-offs. Some can be found in the deeper and wider flowing rivers in this region.  End of July to beginning of August Depending on the year and weather the fish typically hold the same as early july but if the weathers hot all season the fish will be closer to the bottom. If the thermocline happens because of the weather it will bring lakers up to the top early. End of August to beginning of September the fish are coming back to the shallows to feed in the warmer water before winter. The lake is also turning over bringing the lake trout up to shallow water.

June Lake Trout Patterns

Ice-out, water temps, and weather dictate the behavior in June. Ice-out is generally late May to early June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. There are no significant weeds at this time. Trout are shallow, ranging from 3’-15’, in current areas, rivers, and off sand points. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. At this time of the year, you never quite know where they may turn up and a 30 lb. lake trout when you least expect it is quite the surprise! 

July Lake Trout Patterns

Trout will begin to descend into their holes and are usually fully concentrated by mid-July, offering incredible concentrations of fish. Depths range from 10-25’ early and 40’-60′ after mid July. It’s not uncommon to lose the bottom readings on your depth finder as the huge schools blot out your sonar.

August Lake Trout Patterns

Trout concentrated in the holes with large numbers of big fish caught by trolling or vertical jigging. August also hosts an unusual phenomena we have only seen on the North Seal. For 1-2 time periods this month, usually lasting 3-4 days each, lake trout flood into the river mouths in big concentrations, almost like a false spawn. We do not know what keys this – a bug hatch we can not detect?- but the angling is intense and an unbelievable experience while it lasts.

September Lake Trout Patterns

Water is cooling rapidly and the scenery is gorgeous. Trout move onto the mid-lake reefs and river areas in incredible concentrations, brightly colored and attacking anything that moves. 100+ fish days are common casting for trout. An angry 20-30 lb. lake trout in 5’ of water is an unbelievable angling experience. The lake trout spawn usually lasts 2 weeks.

June Lake Trout Patterns

Ice-out, water temps, and weather dictate the behavior in June. Ice-out is generally late May to early June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. There are no significant weeds at this time. Trout are shallow, ranging from 3’-15’, in current areas, rivers, and off sand points. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. At this time of the year, you never quite know where they may turn up and a 30 lb. lake trout when you least expect it is quite the surprise! 

July Lake Trout Patterns

Trout will begin to descend into their holes and are usually fully concentrated by mid-July, offering incredible concentrations of fish. Depths range from 10-25’ early and 40’-60′ after mid July. It’s not uncommon to lose the bottom readings on your depth finder as the huge schools blot out your sonar.

August Lake Trout Patterns

Trout concentrated in the holes with large numbers of big fish caught by trolling or vertical jigging. August also hosts an unusual phenomena we have only seen on the North Seal. For 1-2 time periods this month, usually lasting 3-4 days each, lake trout flood into the river mouths in big concentrations, almost like a false spawn. We do not know what keys this – a bug hatch we can not detect?- but the angling is intense and an unbelievable experience while it lasts.

September Lake Trout Patterns

Water is cooling rapidly and the scenery is gorgeous. Trout move onto the mid-lake reefs and river areas in incredible concentrations, brightly colored and attacking anything that moves. 100+ fish days are common casting for trout. An angry 20-30 lb. lake trout in 5’ of water is an unbelievable angling experience. The lake trout spawn usually lasts 2 weeks.