Exceptionally cold and wet Spring weather created an opportunity to catch some late season lake trout near the surface by shallow trolling.

Late season lake trout

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Water temps are much cooler this year but the air temps warmed up close to 80 degrees last Friday the 13th, so I went fishing for a couple of hours on my favorite nearby Finger Lake as a low pressure thunderstorm rolled through.  I was targeting bass, but after getting drenched in the rain and only catching a couple of pickerel I started paddling back to the launch.

Exceptionally cold and wet Spring weather created an opportunity to catch some late season lake trout near the surface by shallow trolling.

It was still gently raining and I got a hunch.  I threw out a Rapala Deep Runner and began to troll.  Thirty seconds later, my rod bowed.  I was in the middle of the lake over 80 fow, so I knew I had a fish.  I took my time fighting it to tire it out because I didn’t have a net with me.  I had my drag set fairly light, so it took out some line a few times.  When I got it to the kayak, I was happy to see that it was a 26 inch Lake Trout.

Rapala Rattlin’ Deep Runner Glass Fat Rap Gfr-5 Purple

The next day in similar weather conditions, I was able to repeat the performance by catching an even larger 27 inch long lake trout using the same method.  It is quite late in the season to catch a lake trout this close to the surface of the water.  The water temps are about a month behind normal for this lake and the rain and overcast conditions must have brought them up closer to the surface.  The stealthy nature of my kayak probably helped in catching these shy fish as well.