Ice Fishing Trout

Lake trout on your table. But first: You need to catch some.

TroutDeep-water lake trout feed best during the day, presumably when they can see the best. Shallow water trout feed best during dusk and dawn.

Most deep-water trout are caught on tip-ups, but you need a lot of line on the spool. Use smelt or cisco or suckers.

You will also need fairly heavy fishing line-preferably 25 to 30 lb. line on your tip-up.

In early season, the fish will be at mid-depth 50-90 feet down.

Late in the season trout move shallow.

A favorite for ice fishing trout is called an ‘airplane’ jig. This jig covers a lot of water as it’s jigged and creates just the right movement that attracts lake trout.