One of my favourite things about spring is chasing lake trout once the ice goes off. It's a great time of year for getting lakers in relatively shallow water. Trolling with planer boards, Dipsy Divers and even long-line trolling is all it takes to catch big lakers. Covering water is the name of the game for finding spring lake trout. Minnowbaits, spoons and small in-line spinners all have their place in the spring trout trollers arsenal.
Here's a nice one from the weekend on my annual G.bay trip with good pal JP Bushey. This fish hit a jointed Rapala, 110-feet behind a planer board.
In other news, I am happy to share the May cover of Ontario OUT OF DOORS. It's an honour for me to grace the cover of this magazine. Thanks to James Smedley for snapping the photo. Inside this issue I have an article on post-spawn walleye fishing. Check it out.
Coming up next, gobble-gobble, it's turkey time. My favourite hunt of the year.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.