Lower Manitou Lake is absolutely one of the best Lake Trout lakes and boasts Lake Trout of all sizes. Our large numbers make it easy for you to catch small good eaters right up to big trophy Lunker Lake Trout on every trip.
Our season starts off with ICE OUT trout fishing. If you haven’t tried our lake yet and you want to experience a Trout frenzy, try fishing at ICE OUT. Just like the name says, ICE OUT fishing is the weekend right after the ice breaks up on the lake. One condition though is you have to tough out the unpredictable weather! During ICE OUT, in the spring, we have had guests catch their limit of trout in only a few minutes of fishing close to camp. This does not always happen, but schools of Lakers do swim along the shoreline in the spring. This is when the die hards get their gear out for their first action of the season!
After ICE OUT, for the first 3 or 4 weeks, Lake Trout are shallow and very active. Using trout lures such as rapala, mepps#5 or bigger, cow bell, spoons and sometimes tipped with either sucker, shiners or ciscos guest have found success catching trout. Fly fisherman will have lots of exciting oppoturnity with a mix of flies. As the water warms up, Trout slowly make their way deeper until mid-summer where they can be found from 30 to 100 feet deep, following schools of baitfish. By changing gear and moving to the right spots, Trout can still be caught in great numbers. Proven trout techniques include using jigs, downriggers or trolling with a 3-way swivel rig. On other lakes, Lake Trout can be elusive during the summer. On Lower Manitou, they are easy to catch and plentiful all season.
Trout are common in the 2 to 6-pound range. Frequently we have guests bring in Lake Trout between 8 and 15 pounds. Occasionally trout in the 20 to 30-pound range are caught. Lower Manitou Lake is a big lake so there should be plenty of Trout over 30 pounds. A Trout that lives long enough to weight 30 pounds is smart so you can’t expect it to make a mistake and hit a lure too often.
Lake Trout are very sensitive to changes in atmospheric pressure. When they are feeding, which is usually for 2 or 3 hours at a time, you can catch 5 to 30 Trout within a time period. Some days they are not feeding, so it does not matter where or how you fish. If you have experience with Lake Trout, then you know what we mean. One thing is for sure; there are very few lakes in Ontario with Lake Trout fishing as fantastic as the Trout fishing on Lower Manitou.
Lower Manitou Lake is a crystal clean lake with a diverse rocky structure including many islands, shoals, deep ridges, sunken plateaus and even deep weed beds. It’s also a nutrient rich lake with massive schools of baitfish. The reason the lake is clear is because it has deep holes that consume all the sediments. There is a large forage base of baitfish because of mineral deposits in the area. Glaciers scrapping the land and exposing non-porous Precambrian Rock formed most Canadian Shield Lakes. Lower Manitou Lake was formed the same way but we are lucky that large amounts of minerals were deposited. A more precious mineral to the fish is Calcium. The population of fish cannot exceed the calcium content of the water because they need it to grow bones. Our lake has a very healthy amount of dissolved calcium thus having a bountiful amount of natural resources for trout to proliferate in great numbers and grow large. This holds true with Muskie, Pike and Smallmouth Bass.
Lower Manitou Lake has perfect environmental conditions for fishing Lake Trout. It’s something our guests enjoy immensely.