Lake Kipawa Lake Trout Behavior:
Lake Kipawa is a deep clear-water lake and a perfect environment for Lake Trout. Lake Trout are common but not many people bother fishing for them because they have been unsuccessful in the past using the traditional methods. Lake Trout will be around 50 feet deep during the summer, which is just above the thermocline. They hit best from day-break until 10:00 am and in the evening after dinner. They do feed during the afternoon but during the day they seem to turn on and off constantly so you can troll for 3 hours and not catch anything and then hit a couple within minutes and then they stop again. Lake Trout hit best on bright sunny days with high pressure. A low pressure system going through the area can make them stop feeding for a day or two. Lake Trout tend to hit smaller lures that are silver-&-blue, silver-&-green and in Lake Kipawa they seem to like hot pink with a silver back. Do not put fish scent on your lures. Fish scent does not work in the north and will actually repel fish.
Shallow Lake Trout Fishing after Ice-Out and Early Spring:
Just after ice-out and the first few weeks after, Lake Trout will stay shallow. Many times they will be very close to shore and casting off shore with Cleos and Mepps Cyclops' is very effective. You can also cast off a boat.
Lake Trout will be found at the mouth of rivers, in the rivers, off rocky points and shoals. The very best spot is in dark water off a sand bar. The sun heats up the water on sand bars in the spring and the minnows go up on the sand bars to enjoy the warmer water. Lake Trout will sit off the sand bars in darker water and hit minnows that come to the edge of the sand bar.
Different Methods for Fishing Deep in the Summer:
3-Way Swivel Method: The 3-way swivel method is the best way to fish deep for Lake Trout because you can use light action equipment, you can feel the bottom without snagging your lure and the method is stealthy compared to other methods. You can feel the fish hit and you can set the hook. Bringing in a Lake Trout on your Walleye stick is a ton of fun. The only downfall is you need to be in a boat that trolls slowly. If you have a bigger boat you will need an electric trolling motor or a small kicker motor. Back-trolling in a small fishing boat with a 20 hp motor or smaller is the very best.
Please reference the diagram below. You only need a light action rod and 6-pound test dark green line. With a 2 oz. weight you can troll 50 to 60 feet deep easily. This is the best depth for Lake Trout on most lakes, especially on Lake Kipawa in the middle of summer. You need a 3-way swivel, 6 pound test line, a 2 oz. weight and a light flutter lure. You only want to troll just fast enough for the lure to start working. 6-pound mono has next to zero friction with the water so your rig goes almost straight down. Using heavy line or braded line is not effective because there is too much friction with the water.