Saskatchewan’s only native trout is common to the cool, clear and deep waters in the northern half of the province.

Average weight: 1-1.5 kg (2-5 lb)
Record/live release: 132 cm (51 in), Lake Athabasca, 2000.

Saskatchewan’s only native trout is common to the cool, clear and deep waters in the northern half of the province. This largest member of the trout family stays deep in the summer time, requiring the use of steel-line rigs or jigs. In early spring and fall, they’re closer to the surface and can be caught by casting or trolling. Use crankbaits, spoons or even flies. Average weight: 1 to 1.5 kg (2 to 5 lb).

Lake trout are common to the northern half of the province. Its colour pattern is mostly grey-green above and white below, with creamy white mottlings on the back and a distinctly forked tail. The laker is the largest member of the trout family with 30-pounders being recorded here.

How to catch: In summer, lake trout prefer cold, deep holes in all but the far northern lakes, therefore steel line or jigging is usually advised. In early spring and fall, they are closer to the surface and casting or trolling crankbaits, spoons, or even flies work best.

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