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Lake Trout

Salvelinus namaycush

Trout Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Lake Trout

Common Name(s):
Char, laker, Great Lakes trout, gray trout
It has white leading edges on all the lower fins and light colored spots on a dark background. Unlike other trout there are no red, black, or haloed spots of any kind.
Similar Fish:
Bull trout, brown trout
Feeding Habits:
Adult fish are opportunistic feeders their diet consisting of aquatic and land insects, crayfish, plankton. They also eat a range of fish species, including other small lake trout. They have also been known to eat mammals that are small enough for them to swallow.
Lake trout are found in much of Canada and Alaska as well as the Great Lakes and sections of the western United States. The lake trout has also been introduced into southern parts of the United States, but they do require deeper lakes to find the cooler water.
Lake trout that were introduced in southern climates will seek out the cooler and deeper water of the lake. In northern lakes, where the water is naturally cooler, they can be found in either deep or shallow water.
Typical Size:
Lake trout average between 20 and 24 inches and 3 to 6 pounds, but are capable of reaching 50 pounds. Lake trout are slow growing and long living capable of living 20 years.
World Record:
72 pounds, 0 ounces (Source - IGFA)