(story and photos by Maxim Bloudov) – Sitting at home for days due to weird weather and strong winds, I got a call from my buddy Bruce. “My Dad is town from Ontario and you have to us fishing” he says. Well then, If I must….. I must…
Friday June 18th comes around and the winds have subsided, but still present at 15km/h. Not ideal fishing conditions, but if you wait for perfect weather in Yellowknife, you might not get out at all. So we packed up some light gear and headed out on the Ingraham Trail. Prelude Lake was our destination and Lakers were the target.
Got on the water about 7pm. Made a few passes by my favorite fishing hole, got a couple of small trout. Then I decided to go exploring. We trolled all over the Lake for 2 hours with out a single bite. Started to get board and disappointed, we made a last minute decision to return the original fishing hole, where we got the first 2 trout. OH BOY, am I glad we did…. For next 40 minutes we got HAMMERED by Lake Trout. One after another, another, double headers, left, right, right again, left, another double. At one point I didn’t have enough time to reset the down riggers again, I needed to take a break…. We ended up pulling in 11 trout in 40 minutes, keeping only 3 to take home and releasing the rest. Lesson learned, WIND, CLOUDS, don’t matter, get out there and give it a try, you’ll never know. But keep your safety and safety of your passengers in mind at all times.
TIPS: All Trout we caught were 30 feet down in 45 feet of water. I used down riggers with 20 lbs MONO line on 9 foot trolling rods. We did not mark many fish on the fish finder, but they were below us. Trout is know to strike bait from as far as 75 feet in clear water conditions. If you manage to get a Trout in the boat, try to keep trolling 50 yards pass the hole, then make a sharp 180 degree turn and pass the area again. Trout are a schooling fish, and if there is one, there will be more. We used Williams lures for this trip. A Williams silver spoon with a RED/SILVER side and Williams SILVER/GOLD spoon.