Lake Trout Fly-in Fishing In Canada
In the untamed wilderness of Northern Manitoba, 8 km (5 miles) south of the Manitoba/Nunavut border, you’ll find Munroe Lake—and some of the best Lake Trout fishing Canada has to offer.
Here at our lodge, you’ll be able to spend all day—from dawn to dusk—out on the lake, without a care in the world, fishing for Lake Trout. The fish in the lakes surrounding our lodge can grow to incredible sizes—almost no one has ever had the opportunity to fish these waters.
Some of the biggest Lake Trout in Canada can be found right by our lodge. You may even get the opportunity to fish under the Northern Lights—one of the most awe-inspiring experiences a person can have.
Lake Trout Behaviour
Lake Trout are active hunters that love cold water. In the spring and fall, you’ll find them near drop-offs and rocky shorelines. In the summer, they’re usually suspended near the thermocline.
Spring Lake Trout Patterns
In the springtime, Lake Trout are abundant and can be found in even shallow waters. There are so many Lake Trout in Munroe Lake and the adjacent lakes that you’ll almost always get a bite before your lure hits the bottom of the water column. You can find Lake Trout in water that’s 31 - 152 cm (1 - 5 ft) deep in the spring; you can practically grab them with your hands! Lake Trout fishing is incredible at this time of year—the Lake Trout are feasting and breeding.
Summer Lake Trout Patterns
Summer Lake Trout fishing is deep-water fishing. Lake Trout love to hang out in cold water, often staying suspended near the thermocline. Deep-diving crankbaits, spoons, and jigs are the way to go here. Even in the summer, Lake Trout love to hunt, so you can have success trolling with slow-moving baits or jigging.
Fall Lake Trout Patterns
In fall, Lake Trout behave as they do in the spring, though they’re somewhat less inclined to the rocky shorelines where they spawn. You’ll still find them in shallow water, near drop-offs.
How To Catch Lake Trout
Lake Trout often prefer to dwell deeper in the water, where temperatures are cooler. Using lures and fishing techniques that allow you to reach these deeper waters easily is key to catching a trophy fish.
Spoons: These are a classic for a reason—they’re versatile (you can also use them to catch the abundant Northern Pike in our waters), they’re easy to use, and they’re great at catching fish. We recommend using heavy metal spoons, then jerking the spoon toward the surface. Lake Trout are aggressive, active hunters; this is a great way to get a few bites. Excellent for trolling!
Jerkbaits: Anglers have started to experiment with using soft jerkbaits combined with jig-heads to jig for Lake Trout. The Z-Man Scented Jerk ShadZ is widely loved for this somewhat unconventional Lake Trout fishing technique—we’ve seen a lot of success with it.
Bucktail jigs: When casting in the spring and fall (when Lake Trout tend to move to shallower waters to feed), bucktail jigs can bring a lot of success. Jigging for Lake Trout in shallow water is a pretty incredible experience; you can often catch them in 31 - 152 cm (1 - 5 ft) of water.
Crankbaits: Deep-diving crankbaits are perfect if you’re trolling for Lake Trout in the summer months when they prefer slow-moving, deep-water prey.
Don’t bring too many lures, and try to bring lures that will work for the other fish you’re trying to catch, like Northern Pike.
Rod and Reel
You’ll want a rod and reel combo powerful enough to catch a trophy Lake Trout—at their biggest, these fish can reach 102 cm (40”) or bigger. You need something powerful enough to handle the fight and weight of a big fish.
Rod: A medium-heavy fast-action spinning rod or casting rod will do the trick here. We recommend getting a rod that’s 198 - 229 cm (6’6” - 7’6”), perfect for catching both Lake Trout and Northern Pike. You can also consider a trolling rod if you want to troll for Lake Trout.
Reel: The reel will depend heavily on your preferred fishing method, but you (of course) want to go for a durable, high-quality reel; Lake Trout can get quite big, and they can put up a heck of a fight.
We offer two different fishing trips. You can enjoy fishing for Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling, and more—all with one package! All prices are in USD.
4 Days/4 Nights: $4,199
8 Days/8 Nights: $7,699
Munroe Lake Lodge is also proud to offer corporate retreat fishing packages; call us for details!
Booking Your Next Lake Trout Fishing Trip With Munroe Lake Lodge
Munroe Lake is the perfect setting for your next lake trout fishing trip. You’ll be surrounded by rugged wilderness, on a quiet, pristine lake teeming with fish. We’re proud of our fly-in fishing lodge; we think it’s one of the most beautiful places for lake trout fishing in Canada.
Once you visit, we think you’ll agree. Book a fishing trip with us today!
Lake Trout Gallery
Best Tackle for Lake Trout
Don’t bring a ton of lures.
Don’t bring musky-sized lures. They will work, but are too heavy for related casting, but the 2½ to 3 inch spoons noted above will do the job better.
All hooks on your fishing line must have all of the barbs pinched down. Best to pinch down the barbs of all the lures you bring prior to leaving home. Manitoba law says that the lure on your rod has to have pinched barbs, but not the ones in your tackle box. This means, you don’t have to pinch all your lures prior to arrival, in case you plan to take them somewhere else that may allow barbs.
Over-all Lake trout fishing is a secondary fish since most folks prefer going after the big Pike. Lake trout fishing techniques at Munroe Lake Lodge will depend upon when you go there. If you are going at the beginning of the season, in June/early July the lake trout will almost certainly still be roaming around in the shallows, in 1 to 5 feet of water.
Casting spoons in these areas, just as if fishing for Pike, will catch a lot of lake trout also. Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get. In August, the lake trout are going to be in the deeper parts of the lake, near the deepest parts.
Techniques at this time in the north of Canada will involve jigging in 50-70 feet of water or so. Heavy jigs (1-2 oz) with a white hollow tube are a norther favorite. Heavy metal spoons with a chrome finish that are dropped to the bottom, then jerked and retrieved to the top is also a very good technique. Sometimes the trout will hit that lure on its descent, so you have to pay attention at all times, and watch the depth finder for the action if you can. There may be a few of these heavier spoons that I have left there from a previous trip.
Lures for the lake did not have to be large either. For spring time casting in June & July, use the same lures as you do for Pike. Isn’t that nice and easy?
For summertime lake trout, when they are deeper, there may be a few heavy lures at the lodge that you can use. However, just to be sure, you may wish to bring 2-5 lures of your own. A small hook file is a great idea since Lake Trout have very hard mouths, and hitting a few rocks with your hook will reduce your chance. Here are a few suggestions…
Marathon Ava Diamond Jig with Tube Tail, 2, 3, or 6 oz. (The heavier ones go down faster!)
SPRO Bucktail Jig, 2, 3, 4 oz in white.
Offshore Angler Baitfish Bucktail Jig, 2, 3 oz or heavier. White or Chartreuse.
Rod & Reel
The same rod and reel combo as for Pike will suffice for lake trout most of the time. However, if you’re going to fish deep water, there is a very real possibility you can get a 40-inch class fish, which is essentially a big salmon… so have a rod that can handle that. A medium heavy spinning rod or casting rod should do the job, and handle the heavier jigs/spoons.