After a long, dreary, busy winter season I finally got out fishing today. Sure I did some duck hunting in January, as well as hiking and other outdoors activities in the past 3 months but I haven’t fished since a trip to the Swift on Christmas Day. I took advantage of the nice weather and headed over to Wachusett Reservoir to try for a Lake Trout on the fly. I’ve never caught a laker on the fly.
This time of year is the absolute best chance, really the only chance, to target Lake Trout on fly rod. Lakers are the epitome of cold water fish and this far south in their range they don’t show up close to shore except right at ice-out and late in the season – usually after Wachusett (and Quabbin) is closed to fishing. The water temperatures in the shallows are still within Lake Trout thermal tolerance in early spring and late fall in the two impoundments where Lake Trout are found in Massachusetts. The remainder of the year lakers are essentially out-of-reach of fly anglers as they are hanging out in deep, cold water offshore.
Unfortunately I did not hook any fish. I ended up hiking about 5 miles checking out different spots along the shoreline. I really only spent about an hour actually fishing. Still it was great getting out. I’m going to try to get out again after Lake Trout. There aren’t too many freshwater fish here in Massachusetts that can match the potential size of these guys; 24″ is pretty common for lakers in Wachusett and Quabbin but they can get substantially larger!
Does anyone else flyfish for Lake Trout? I’m new to the species and I’d love to get any insight on fishing for these fish.