Pasha Lake Cabins has many trout lakes you can drive to by car, boat in, or portage to. Even if you’re vacationing at Pasha Lake for the awesome walleye and pike fishing, you can still fish deep for trout with your light and medium action walleye and pike equipment. The trout species available in our local inland lakes are lake trout, brook trout and splake. (Tips complements of Lake Trout Heaven).
When we fish Lake Nipigon, we are in a bigger boat that trolls faster to we have to use downriggers. The three-way swivel method does not work in a big boat unless you have a small trolling motor. Basically you need to be in a small boat that trolls slowly. The method below is perfect for our smaller inland lakes.
In the old days, people used steel wire, Bait Walkers or Dipsy Divers to fish deep for trout. You can catch fish with these methods but you have to put in a lot of hours to catch a trout. These methods are greatly inferior to the 3-way swivel technique below.
You need a light action rod or a medium-light action with 4 to 6 pound test line. You can also use the ultra thin, 15-pound braided Power Pro line. The reason we specify Power Pro is because it’s a non-alkaline based line and does not oxidize and rot like the really expensive brands. You also need 3-way swivels and a 1-2 oz weight depending on how deep you want to fish, which depends on what time of year it is.
Lake Nipigon in summer
If you are using this method on Lake Nipigon in summer, you may want to go with a 3 oz weight and use heavier braided line because the average lake trout is 20 pounds and the thermocline is between 55-65 feet deep. Below the thermocline, oxygen levels are low and any fish that are down that deep are lethargic and not feeding.
This diagram shows the setup
By using light line, the line has less friction with the water and slices through so that your line goes down to the bottom without having lots of line out. Tie two 3-foot pieces of line to your 3-way swivel. Use a 1-2 oz weight on one line and a light lure on the other. Lake trout like small lures more than big lures. The very best lure is a small Sutton Silver spoon. You can also use #1 or #0 Mepps, Panther Martins, or Blue Foxes. Small Cleos or a small Mepps Cyclopes are also good.
A 1 oz weight with 6-pound test dark green line is good for fishing down to 40 feet. A 2 oz weight is good for fishing down to 65 feet. In the middle of summer, feeding trout usually are not deeper than 50 feet.
You only want to move just fast enough for your lure to work and no faster. If you boat is moving too fast, it will be very hard to find the bottom of the lake. If you are using a boat with a bigger motor and it’s hard to keep slow, try back trolling.
Finding the Bottom
The most important aspect of deep water trout fishing is letting out line to get to the bottom. DO NOT just let out your line until it hits the bottom. Hold the rod in one hand with the bail open. Let the line run through the palm of your other hand and grip the line. Once the boat starts moving and you have a good straight troll going, open your hand with the line, then close it again. This way you can let out a foot or two of line at a time. Get a rhythm going. Open, close, open, close. Your rod tip will bounce up and down as you release little bits of line. The rhythm of your rod tip bouncing will be disrupted when your weight hits the bottom of the lake. When this happens, reel up a foot or two. The purpose of this procedure is to keep your 3-way swivel setup from getting tangled.
Trout are funny when it comes to hitting your lure. Small ones will hit and then take off so you know you have a fish on. The really big trout will hit the lure and slowly swim away. Some are so big they don’t know if they’re hooked. So if you get a snag, make sure it’s not a fish before you start toughing on your line. If it’s a big trout, loosen the drag on your reel because they will go nuts and strip a 100 feet of line off your reel before you can turn them. Keep your drag set for 6 pound test line and do not horse the fish in.
Until next time!