Cold Lake Alberta Trolling for Lake Trout in the Summer
I woke up early to make some lunch and waited patiently for my Grandpa and Wife to get ready and head out on the road. Cold Lake is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from where he lives so it really isn't too bad to head out for some Lake Trout.
We were running two downriggers and three lines off the back of the boat. Our lures of choice for the day were the Manistee, Williams Wobbler and a large silver apex behind a Hot Spot Flasher. One downrigger was running two lines about 20-30 feet apart. We would put one at 47 feet which always seems to be our lucky number and one deeper down at 70-90 feet. It wasn't long before we were hauling in one lake trout after another.
Now it is important when fishing large spoons behind the downrigger that you use a treble stinger hook or you are not as likely to catch many fish. The lake trout are notorious for short strikes when trolling and the stinger hook will likely catch 70% or more of your fish. So don't forget to add this extra special touch. Also it is important to vary your speed going slower and faster to encourage the following fish to strike. This can also be done by making turns as you troll.
Well turns out we caught fish like crazy all day long! We landed over 20 big lake trout and lost probably twice as many before they got in the boat. We were catching fish from the surface all the way down to 120 feet. The largest was probably around 12-13 pounds, but did not have a scale for definite weight. We were trolling at a good pace in the new boat and it seemed to be working well. What a day, an epic day!
We only fished till or so and the fish were still biting good when we left. Even got some double headers including one big set fat Lakers!
If you're planning a trip out to Cold Lake this summer get yourself some downriggers, some large flashy spoons and your are ready for a fishing trip of a life time!!!
Check out these Youtube videos from our day of fishing Cold Lake!